Riding the East Cape with our new friends, passing Lake Taupo and hitting to Napier through the mountains to see our old friend Steve

First: Sascha is doing much better! He can close his eye again and sometimes he can manage to whistle already ;-) We LOVE it!!! Last Saturday we left with Josie, Chris and Marty and had a great ride to the north cup (via Roturua) We had great breaks in lovely places and in the of the day we met up with some other  friends of them in Opotiki at the east coast to spend the night together in a pub. Next morning we left direction East Cape – we had an amazing sunny warm day, riding the gravel roads and walking up the light house. We continued direction Gisborne when we got stucked late afternoon in Tologa Bay because all the gas stations run out of gas… we took it as it was, spend a nice evening in the back packers and playing pool with the locals. On Monday we Read More …

Meeting lovely people and exploring Coromandel

After we passed the ninety mile beach and spending a night in the Kauri Forest, we had a short „tea-stop” in Auckland with Gabe and Bob going direction south the east coast to KatiKati where we had a contact. We arrived at Josie´s house and got a warm welcome and the possibility to stay. She introduced us her friends, Chris and Marty, with whom we had nice motorbike trips and spend lovely evenings at their kiwi farm. They are all members of the Vincent Motorcycle Club, and invited us to join a trip on the following weekend to the East Cape. Anyway, Marty is having a museum in his garage: A full assortment of different Vincent HRC Vintage Road Bikes, starting 1932. He gave me one for a short ride, the starting lessen took 15 minutes. Not so easy to start these things, but when the sound starts it give Read More …

Welcome our motorbike and the first kilometers direction Northland – with interruption

How to summarize… To get the motorbike wasn´t so difficult, but to get it out of tappers proprietary! This was a challenge but with help from Dazz and his truck we managed it in the end of the day: the inspection itself took 5 minutes but to bring the crate out of the property of the cargo facility took 4 hours. We have been not allowed to unpack the crate there and had to get the whole crate out on the street with our own truck. And there came Darren and his truck, he took the crate on his truck and brought it out on the street (100m in 5 hours!), unpacked it, screwed the bike together on off we wend direction north along the east coast… Nice little camp sites next to the sea were making it easy to enjoy the first two days of our trip. Unfortunately the Read More …

Got the bike finally

WE GOT IT! The inspection itself tok 5 minutes, the guy said that he never seen a cleaner bike and that this is funtastic. Them the nighmare started. “Where is your truck” they asked. What truck? … OK after severall houres and with the Help of our friend Darren we could get it out on the street and finally WE ARE LEAVING NOW! Thanks to Darren and his family we had the best time in New Zealand! Ok, we have to leave now…

Getting out our motorbike hopefully today

More than one week delay of our motorbike arrival couldn’t bar us from exploring the wider surroundings of Auckland. Our lovely new friend, Febe, lent her great van to us in which we were travelling around; we found amazing places to stay for the nights, incredible beaches and we met several nice people on the way already: Fishermen who passed us a snapper for dinner when we were enjoying our spot – perhaps we were looking poor in our rain coats watching them coming back from their successful fishing trip ;-) THANK YOU unknown fisherman – we had a delicious dinner!!! In between we came home to our lovely Kiwi-parents, Gabe and Bob, who took us around Auckland and pampered us all around and we enjoyed Febe´s house warming barbecue. But enough words for the first here… if you like enjoy the pictures and imagine how it was… We will Read More …