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Old 02-05-2019, 02:26 PM   #11
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The narrow, twisting and weaving asphalt band tacking north from the Tiniroto Rd. finishes just north of Ruakituri, from here its a steady climb towards the ridges and saddles of a whole ring of hills and low mountains.

What a feast!







































....before it morphs back to the black stuff under your wheels...
... while all else continues the same, glorious rush.










North on the SH38 towards Lake Waikaremoana.


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Old 02-05-2019, 02:41 PM   #12
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Too late to run up to the Caravan Park at Te Urewera to top up the tanks now, the only fuel far and wide.
Better settle in at the night's stay, the Lake Whakamarino Lodge the old lakeside place in Tuai, a former hydro-worker town.
If you book and let them know, they'll even cook up a tasty 2-course dinner for you (not that there's a choice in town :-)

Great place, great folks, a BIG THANKS !


Tuai



Bridge into town....




Sluice-keepers cottage
























Benita, manager and yes-can-do of the place, dishing up.





And while the humming and buzzing of the afternoon is still on the retinas, there was no clue that this would only turn out the precursor.



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Good stuff. I've had a look (on maps) at that unnamed road. Will now have to investigate in person...

Keep the good stuff coming!
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Old 02-05-2019, 03:47 PM   #14
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Good stuff. I've had a look (on maps) at that unnamed road. Will now have to investigate in person...

Keep the good stuff coming!
Gmaps calls it Erepeti Rd. from this turnoff
https://isn.page.link/ikGA
and it's signed as such at that junction.
Once you enter the station at the top of the small ridge there is no further signage until the Ohuka School just north of the bridge at Mangaaruhe River.

Then again, just follow the main-looking track.
That whole semi-circle from near Ruakituri to Ohuka is ringed by a line of hills, the road stuck to the hillside about 1/2 to 3/4 way up. Beautiful little pocket...
and the seal from Ohuka to the 38 doesn't let the show down, either.
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Old 05-05-2019, 05:05 PM   #15
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....might as well start the clear, sparkling day the way we finished the previous one: with some hearty tucker and a few laughs.
Again, that's if you let them know in advance you'll be on for brecky...
Early morning at the Lake Whakamarino Lodge...





No calorie-skimping here!









First up, some sweet twisties north to Te Urewera for some fuel....
via the Onepoto Bay Lakeside loop for a bit of a gawk, eh?








The SH38 is somewhat intense....a hotchpotch of prime and junk-tar mixed with sections of smooth+scenic gravel laced with teeth-chattering (and arse-puckering) corrugations...
I can't see much of a "riding"-road here, there's far better to be had at both ends.

Getting back to the "good stuff", it's south past Tuai for a few km for the turn off onto Waihi Rd.....and maaaan, NOW we're talking!!
This is text-book "Ridge-Skimming" at its BEST!

Anyone who can read a proper, old school map (or Gmap above, zoom in hard)) will realize, that this thing is literally PINING for a point to drop into the steep valley below... and cross the Waiau River.















What a find!!
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