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Old 05-05-2019, 05:06 PM   #16
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Putere Rd. junction....






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Old 06-05-2019, 04:18 PM   #17
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This time around, the Putere Rd. twisties-polka (all sealed) wins over the Cricklewood farmland and ridges-gravel due to time-constraints....while the quick check out of Putere itself is blocked by some serious roadworks blocking passage for another hour or 2.

The Cricklewood Rd. option is the one I rather prefer (as per some previous trip)... but finishes rather further west on the SH2 near Wairoa.


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Skimming along the SH2, Mohaka Railway Bridge





Time for some excellent fun and sweet gravel ridges from Tutira up the sealed Waikoau Rd./ Holts Forest, climbing to the branch down Darkys Spur and Waipunga Rds. for some ridge-magic and fabulous views into the Upper Hawkes Bay beaches and coastal flats.
Too busy here for pics...but this shouldn't be missed.


While Napier doesn't do it for me, Havelock North and the Te Mata Peak Park most certainly do!!
Make sure there's no floating pigeon-coop near the shore... the resulting line of coaches to ferry the cruise ship -inmates up to the lookout totally spoil the experience.

At the right time...Te Mata is GOLD!



























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Old 06-05-2019, 04:19 PM   #18
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The shadows are getting long...but there's time for a quick-one at the pub-in-the-middle-of-nowhere, the Patangata Tavern.






Time for the leg into Waipawa...




...where Paddy from the Rivers Edge Holiday Park has shut the shed-door on his Harleys, Trumpys and Kwakas to welcome us with a beer and a cute, little cabin!
A big thanks for the "family-welcome", brother!



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Te Mata Peak - absolutely beautiful!!!
This is what I found there (nearly 400m above sea level):
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Old 07-05-2019, 06:27 PM   #20
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Te Mata Peak - absolutely beautiful!!!
This is what I found there (nearly 400m above sea level):

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