Panmure/Glen Innes, Maungarei

One of our aims is to bike up all of the maunga around Auckland.  This one takes in the new Cycleway from Meadowbank to Glen innes – not very long but 4m wide concrete is a treat, with platforms on the slopes to slow us down. They would have worked if I didn’t have a full suspension bike 🙂

Total distance: 20.48 km
Max elevation: 140 m
Min elevation: 28 m
Total climbing: 836 m
Total descent: -825 m
Average speed: 14.38 km/h
Total Time: 03:44:50


Around the Harbour

From home to the boat at Hobsonville Marina,  find our way around the harbour to the NW bike link to the city, nice couple of beers and a cuppa for Jill at the bar downtown, ferry over to Northcote and home.

Total distance: 58.72 km
Max elevation: 138 m
Min elevation: 26 m
Total climbing: 2049 m
Total descent: -2119 m
Average speed: 21.00 km/h
Total Time: 07:24:53

GBI / Aotea

The car ferry is a treat. It chugs along at 11-12knots (I checked on Navionics, my navigation app), dead calm until the Colville Channel, then the swell came from the beam and I didn’t like that much, and while you’re spending 4 or 5 hours with a group of strangers you get to hear  few tales and have a few people to wave to. Friendly and slow which sets you up for the Barrier. 

I forgot to turn on Geo Tracker, but the trip over the hill to medland is a doddle on our bikes. I was puffing at the top but at least I got there. And to here

Port Fitzroy and back

I had estimated 45-50k starting from Clarissa, but Shark alley is about 8k more and one more climb. 69k more likely with 1250 vertical metres, the last third in my case with no battery. 41k is not a good range and I was being careful.

Total distance: 66.14 km
Max elevation: 383 m
Min elevation: 23 m
Total climbing: 3288 m
Total descent: -3282 m
Average speed: 17.53 km/h
Total Time: 07:59:37

Harataonga Coastal Walkway

Some maps say it’s a MTB track some say “Not for bikes”, another map showed it as grade 2, and they all said it was fairly flat for the Barrier, so with the bikes in the back of the rental SW we slowly negotiated the road to the doc camp.

Bit of an uphill to start with, wide and formed with a bit of gravel, but a few J’s along and you’re into single track, deeply rutted with well formed drains, some down right informed with steep drop offs and it was all adding up to grade 3+. Great views, awesome ride along a piece of NZ you can’t see any other way from land, perfect weather, fabulous bikes and Jill for company.

Total distance: 23.65 km
Max elevation: 176 m
Min elevation: 36 m
Total climbing: 1760 m
Total descent: -1759 m
Average speed: 10.70 km/h
Total Time: 04:36:00

Soak in the hot pools on the way home, down to Swallows for an excellent burger, car to the airport and bike the 6k home, me in low ratio because I still can’t get the front derailleur adjustment right. This one is gallery 12

Total distance: 6.79 km
Max elevation: 73 m
Min elevation: 35 m
Total climbing: 209 m
Total descent: -177 m
Average speed: 19.80 km/h
Total Time: 00:25:56

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Best inner tubes

The best multitool, small, strong and all you need for day tripping. If the job needs a tool that isn’t on this, you shouldn’t be doing it yourself.



Not so much a tool, but these come highly recommended for price, weight and grip, and although I don’t need the full sporting lightweight style, these are probably less likely to attack my shins when I walking through the crowds on the ferry ramps.



Best bike lock?

Jill’s getting this one, I’ve got a Kryptonite and we’ll see which gets stolen first