Maungaturoto to Ahipara 296 km in four days (three days of cycling + one rest day)
I had a rest day in Waipu with my warm showers hosts because of the bad weather that was passing over New Zealand. That day it rained and the wind was too strong to even walk, let alone cycle. The next day the rain had stopped but the wind was still there. I had planned to continue north along the east coast but now the wind was coming from the east so it made sense to go west. It didn’t take long to make the decision and I was on my way to the west coast.
I was going to stay in Dargaville which is the main town in the area but arrived there quite early so I pushed on to the Kai Iwi lakes which was a a bit of a detour but it was a beautiful place to spend the night. I freedom camped at a nice secluded spot thanks to recommendations from Geocaching.
The next day I cycled through the famous Waipoa forest that is one of the biggest areas of native bush in NZ. It rained on and off that day. It was also the day I met Mark, an Australian cyclist in his 50s who retired, sold everything and went on to cycle the world. We cycled for a bit that day but then would cycle again for many days later.
After Waipoa, the road took me to the beautiful Hokianga harbor. I couchsurfed there for two nights, took a rest day and explored the area. By far some of the best views in Northland.
The road then follows the length of Hokianga harbor and after a ferry crossing continues further north. It’s a quiet road, with some rolling hills, good for cycling. That day I reached the small town of Ahipara and the famous 90 mile beach.