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Cycling from Wellington to Auckland

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Cycling from Wellington to Auckland

Hello Everybody!

My friend and I are planning to cycle from Wellington to Auckland in New-Zealand in August 2014....I know, it's going to be freezing! We have a month to do it, and we want to see nice things on our way..obviously!
We are wondering if anyone done it before and what is the best way in terms of traffic and scenery: middle, east or west coast road?
We will be very happy if anybody can share their experience with us!
Thank you!
Cheers,
Jessica and Jeremy

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Middle west

Hi guys, we did Wellington Auckland earlier this year.

Our route:-
Followed the cycle route out of Wellington all the way to Waikanae. Some lush stretches of coastline. Then joined SH1 which was nowhere as bad as people make out.

Headed to Bulls ( you can avoid the Highway near her a bit) and along SH3 to Wanganui. Up SH4 a short way before heading up the Whanganui river road. Really nice road to Raetihi, now sealed all the way.

SH4 again to National Park and Taumarunui. Then Forgotten World Highway as far as the Pohokura saddle where you turn right down a signed route to Waitara. Really nice section.

SH3 to Awakino, then up the Manganui river road (now mostly sealed) to Marokopa and inland to Waitomo. South to Te Kuiti, then SH 30 to Pureora. Lovely section here. Metalled road to SH32 (splits at DOC camp) and then the road north of lake Taupo to Taupo.

SH5 to Waiotapu then onwards to Rotorua - actually a really scenic road!

SH5 to SH28 and Okoroire before working up to the Old Te Aroha road off SH24. Lovely road with great views of the Kaimais. At Te Aroha, picked up the rail trail to Paeroa where we detoured to Karangahake and spent a few days at Dickey's Flat - highly recommended - rail trail again.

Doubled back to Paeroa and followed the rail trail to Thames. Round Coromandel on a Thames, Coromandel, Fantail, Fletcher Bay, Stony Bay (walking section), Waikawau, Colville, Coromandel, Thames, Kauranga Valley and the pinnacles route.

Into Auckland via the north coast, Miranda, Kawakawa, Clevedon. Omana Beach. Easy and quiet route into the city.

Hope that helps. It took us 6 weeks, but we stayed a couple of days in places like Waiotapu and Waitomo and National Park.

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Thanks!

Hi guys,
Thank you so much for this! It's awesome!
We have to work it out and see if we can do it all in a month!
Cheers,
Jessica and Jeremy

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from Wellington to Auckland

Hi Jessica and Jeremy,
My friend and I biked in March 2014 from Wellington to Miranda near the Coromandel. Biking in Wellington up to the North was a challenge because of the busy traffic. We drove on the SH to Lowerhutt. There starts a nice bike path to Upperhutt. We had some problems by passing the gates on the bike path that weren't handy for heavy packed bikers like we were with four sacs and camping gear. We sometimes had to unpack our bikes to be able to pass. After Lowerhutt we took the Atakawara road that passes a mountain and we got into Waikanae. We continued by the SH 1 and passed Wanganui, Patea where everyone seemed to have left and Hawera. We did the Surfhighway along Opunake, to the wonderful cozy and relaxed city New Plymouth. So we drove around Taranaki a magic mountain that must be nicer in this winterperiod when snow might cover the mountain. We loved this road for its seeings and quietness!! We continued the SH along the wonderful coast passed mount Messenger came in Mokau and we were surprised to get into the wonderful Awakino gorge. In Hamilton we went to the east. So we cann't tell you how biking from Hamilton to Auckland goes. We loved this part of our New Zealand tour. Hope you can use this information!!

Ans , Netherlands

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