After a weeks 'rest' in Sydney I was exhausted. I landed in Aukland and hit the road after a morning looking around the city. City life, isn't really for me so I was keen to escape and see what NZ had to offer.
My first night camping was on the Seabird coast. It was the first night camping and a shock to the system. For some reason I presumed that sleeping in a sleeping bag liner at night in the NZ summer would be warm... it wasnt!
En route to Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty
The Mount, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Our family friends emigrated to NZ ten years ago. I was great to catch up and go for a spin in their speed boat!
Next stop was Rotorua. The second half of my trip wasn't just about touring. I wanted to explore the world class mountainbike trail New Zealand has to offer and Rotorua was at the top of the list.
At the top of the trails in Rotorua, by this time the beard was sprouting and getting quite scruffy. I was proud though, it marked a landmark achievement for my baby face!
Heading South to Lake Taupo I spotted this graffiti, its like they knew I was coming!
The north island has plenty of geothermal activity. This stream is boiling hot!
I arrived in Taupo pretty exhausted so did some touristy stuff including taking this photo of Hauka falls.
Some times you just have to sit back and admire the view.
Back on the road or in this case off road! I cycled the Great Lake trail around Lake Taupo and then onto the Timber trail.
The Mountains to Sea trail ends abruptly at the Whanganui River in the middle of nowhere...