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October 2, 2008

Auckland, New Zealand


Leaving Auckland on the ferry

Leaving Auckland on the ferry

This is an account of our trip to New Zealand in January 2007.  Enjoy!

Our travel to NZ was pretty uneventful and we made a few forays into urban Auckland on the bikes. We managed a little sightseeing and a

The arrival...

The arrival...

little urban riding on the first day. So far we have managed to avoid setting off an international incident but this may not last long as there are some pretty amazingly long sets of steps out there. See the slide show attached for some more details.

As long as we keep the bikes out of trouble, all will be good.

Shellfish and Sauvignon Blanc--the first of many?

Shellfish and Sauvignon Blanc--the first of many?

After our extensive urban assault on the way to and from the Parnell District on Tuesday, we felt it was best to leave town until the heat blew over. Becky was keen on visiting SheepWorld, but Dave said the logistics just wouldn’t work out, so we decided to visit one of the islands in the Auckland area. I’m not so sure that she was happy with that explanation.

We rolled down the hill from the hotel to the ferry and cruised out to Waiheke Island where Becky promised an easy road ride to see the sights. She said there would only be a couple of climbs in the 300 to 500 feet range and the ride would be a little more the 20 km in length. Sounded it like my 30 lb full suspension rig equipped with flat pedals

The disappointment was extreme when Dave said we couldn't fit SheepWorld into our stay!

The disappointment was extreme when Dave said we couldn't fit SheepWorld into our stay!

and brand new Kenda Neverrolls inflated 5 psi below the optimal level for sketchy dirt conditions may not be up for the job, but Becky assured me that the bike was just perfect for me. The ride was pretty much non-technical unless you consider the difficulty of figuring where the hell the cars are going to come from as you ride down the left shoulder of the road.

The ferry trip was a good way to see the sights in Auckland Harbor. There are some interesting art installations that are visible as you arrive in Matiatia Warf on Waiheke Island. We headed out from the ferry on Ocean View Rd, stopping first for lunch with a view at Oneroa Bay and continued along until we stumbled past the Goldwater Vineyards and Winery, one of our favorite

View from Goldwater Winery

View from Goldwater Winery

The tree at Goldwater Winery

The tree at Goldwater Winery

Sauvignon Blanc producers. We decided to stop and do a little wine tasting (the 2006 SB is awesome). We continued the ride along the loop. The loop took us past numerous scenic coves followed by steepish 300 to 500 foot climbs. Particularly on the side streets, the vibe on the Waiheke is incredibly peaceful and restful with thinly occupied, beautiful cove beaches scattered about.

Somewhere around the fifteenth “300 to 500 foot” climb on the

Becky, looking towards retirement

Becky, looking towards retirement

partially inflated Neverrolls, I was feeling pretty worked. Becky offered to add some air to the tires, but I figured she had done enough already and we were close to the end so I declined. We finished the loop at a beach bar near the Ferry Terminal where we enjoyed an adult beverage waiting for the ferry to arrive. She mentioned something about I wouldn’t be so tired if we had seen the sheep, but I’m not so certain what she meant by that.

Ross needs to provide an explanation for this!  The bag is empty, though.

Ross needs to provide an explanation for this! The bag is empty, though.

The ferry got us back to the room about 6 hrs after we left. Tomorrow we plan to make our way on the LEFT side of the road in the campervan to Rotorua for some more adventures.

WARNING, BIKE PORN:

http://picasaweb.google.com/brainbucketster/AucklandDayOne

Days two and three:

http://picasaweb.google.com/brainbucketster/AucklandDay23#

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