North Island

In March 2006, I returned home, primarily to go to Cameron’s wedding, but also to travel around the country. I spent most of the month driving around, mountain biking where I could. Unfortunately Ronelle and I missed out on doing the Tongariro Crossing yet again, due to bad weather. Here’s some photos from the North Island. South Island photos here.

I’ve also added some photos from “The Last Ride” – my ride from Auckland to Whangarei, to complete my London to Whangarei bike ride.

Craters of the Moon, just north of Taupo. Weird landscape, but also some fantastic mountain biking.

Craters of the moon

For once I decided to stop at the lookout point just south of Whangarei, on SH1. This is looking down the harbour to the Whangarei Heads

Whangarei Heads

This being March, the mountains were pretty bare – a little different to what they must look like now. Wait, is that Mt Doom?

Mt Ruapehu Mt Nguarahoe

OK, OK, it’s not the Victoria Falls or anything, but man, there’s a lot of water goes through the Huka Falls

Huka Falls

That’s not 1.20km, or 12.0km – that’s 120km of winding, unsealed, narrow road. And I drove all the way down it. I can’t decide if they should seal it all or not – it would mean more people going to Lake Waikaremoana, in the next shot

Winding Road

Lake Waikaremoana

Tolaga Bay, with the longest wharf in the southern hemisphere, apparently. Not going to be around for much longer, given the state of it, and the weather that day

Tolaga Bay Wharf

Random East Coast beach shot

East Coast Beach

A few of wedding-related shots. First two are from the pre-match warmup the night before

Family shot Ronelle and family Pre-wedding nerves Ronelle Blowing Bubbles

You see, every time I go to Wellington the weather is fine. Look how flat that water is

Wellington Ferry

Shots from the ride from Auckland to Whangarei

Auckland Harbour View back from Devonport Rangitoto Bike beach pohutukawa Orewa Wenderholm Park Support crew at Langs Support crew at Langs Dad on bike View from Parahaki Town Basin