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Three Alternative Rides For Cold Kiwi Weekend

With the unfortunate news that the 45th Cold Kiwi motorcycle rally has been postponed until 2021, we‘re scrambling to find something else to do this Father’s Day weekend. Here are three of the weekend rides in the North Island we‘re considering instead.

1| Taranaki and The Forgotten Highway

The Taranaki region is filled with scenic rides to get out and enjoy your motorcycle. From the scenic coastline to the adventurous interior, there is a ride route suitable for all types of motorcycle.

Where to stay

When it comes to an overnight stay, there is one option that is head and shoulders above the rest, and that’s the Whangamomona Hotel on SH43.

With a cosy interior and great kitchen, the Whangamomona Hotel is a night away you’ll never forget.

2| East Cape and Lake Waikaremoana

From one coast we move to the other with a lap of east cape finishing up at the stunning Lake Waikaremoana.

A great chance to scout out your summer escape, with expansive coastline known for great fishing, the East Cape lighthouse is a must stop location on your ride while the Gisbourne area hosts plenty of wineries for your lunch stop.

Where to stay

We think an ideal spot to spend the night is on the shores of Lake Waikaremoana itself.

The Waikaremoana Holiday Park offers plenty of accomodation options ranging from unpowered camping to cabins and beyond.

3| Northland and Tane Mahuta

As the most narrow section of the country Northland offers the ability to jump from coast to coast like nowhere else in the nation.

Northland features some of the best riding roads in the country, from the coastal roads around The Bay of Islands to the twists and turns of the Waipoua Forest and adventure of 90 Mile Beach there really is something for everyone up here.

The Waipoua Forest is a stand out ride, and while you’re there you’ve got to check out the legendary kauri Tane Mahuta in person. This tree is immense!

Where to stay

While far from the cheapest option, the Copthorne Hotel and Resport in Omapere blends a stunning location with comfy living. We’ve stayed here before and with a sunset to die for waking up to Kingfish hunting in the shallows next to the wharf is one hell of a way to start your day.


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