Sunday, 30 September 2012

Neil and The Cider Shed September 2012

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   30th September 2012


This Sunday 07th October 2012 - Neil will lead us out to "The Cider Shed" via the many gravel roads that this area has on offer

It has been quite some time since we paid "Cath" a visit at "The Cider Shed", so our Ride Group member "Neil" has opted to lead us on a
journey that will take us over the many gravel roads that invariably lead towards SH1 and "The Cider Shed."  We will meet at 9:30am BP Kumeu and we will enjoy the many gravel roads that run past RiverHead and much more that this area has on offer.  For our smaller cc bikes in attendance we will refuel at "GAS Service Station" around the Waitoki area.  This is a free ride for our Ride Group Members.  Non Members are welcome but will incur a Ride Fee.

East Cape/Motu Adventure Ride weekend October 20th - 22nd
WE are very shortly looking to close-off our entries for this Adventure weekend, as we are nearing FULL to capacity.  We could not have envisaged that this adventure could have proven to be so very popular, so we have reserved this Labour Weekend slot again next year for another visit to this area.  We have been looking closely over the last couple of weeks, and it is clear that there is a wealth of untapped terrain to be explored here.  We are currently organising your individual accommodation for those of you who have now paid your deposits which confirms your booking with us.  We have looked to house you all comfortably.  For our next visit here, we will plan to book many more accommodation spaces.  Our NGARNZ policy has always been to attempt to accommodate all of our valued members.  If you book ahead of time with us we will also look to provide you with your choice of accommodation also.
 We now have available "overflow" accommodation and can now look to house a few more of our riders

NEW to hand - Saturday December the 13th - 42nd Traverse/Fishers Track/Tongariro and Much More

We have something "special" for our Ride Group members here that will conclude the end of what has been a "FULLY-packed Ride Calendar" for our first year for NGARNZ.  Our Xmas break-up ride - we are planning an Adventure TOUR of Tongariro National Park and what this area has on offer, along with much more.  We look to combine forces with many Adventure Riders living in and around this area for our weekend.  If you wish to RIDE the Traverse, and carry that "Emblem of Honour" around with you - "YES, I have TRAVERSED it", then this will be unmissable.  The 42nd Traverse is what some consider as a "HIGHLIGHT" in any adventure, so we will be conducting this, and we will look to get you "ALL" through if you wish to participate.

What Is On The Horizon for the 2013 year?  We look to make the most out of our long weekends to enable us to take in what these areas have on offer:

Our "NEW" Season begins February 2013 - NEW Membership Forms will be on hand along with NEW Membership Cards that FIT into our wallets.  This is currently being redesigned  and will be available for the NEXT season for our Adventure riders.
Sadly, we farewell a Ride Member "Gordon" who leaves us to live "ACROSS the DITCH".   Some of you may have come to know "Gordon" and the KTM Enduro R, that has followed us around on our adventures.

  Gordon will now be selling "That Pride of Joy"   The KTM 690R   If you might be interested, or if you know of anyone looking for a meticulously maintained 2011 KTM Enduro R, please contact me and I will forward your interest through to Gordon.

List of fitted accessories:
Akropovic slip-on muffler with appropriate fuel maps installed
Uni air filter
Scotts Steering Damper plus optional large knob plus Link Arm Puller
service tool (less $500 if you don't want the damper)
Flatland Racing skid plate
Touratech luggage rack
Touratech tailbag
Cycra CRM hand guards
KTM rim sticker kit
LED indicators with flash relay

From Rally Raid UK:
Side Stand Foot Extension
Billet Sprocket Guard
690 Radiator Protector
Lower Tank Mount Kit
Subrame Tank Mounting Bolts

Asking price: $14 500

*****FOR  HIRE*****
Yamaha XT250cc
We have had many queries just recently with regards to the possibility of a dual-purpose adv bike being available for HIRE for those wishing to sample one of our ADV rides.  This bike is a most competant adventure bike both on and off road.  It just so happens that we now have this bike available for those wishing to SAMPLE our rides or just wishing to attend a day with us.  This bike is only available for hire to attend NGARNZ rides.   If you have any queries please contact for further details:

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

East Cape/Motu Mania October 20th - 22nd

Labour Weekend October 20th - 22nd THREE days of riding East Cape/Motu and Much More...

East Cape/Motu Mania

        Three days of riding which includes "PRIVATE" forestry/farmland and also stations along with numerous stream crossings.  "Two Routes" have also been planned along with "TWO Ride Leaders".  Additional fuel and supplies will be travelling along with us in our "ONE support vehicle".  We also have available room for three passengers in our  support vehicle.  Your luggage etc will be carried along in our support vehicle.

DAY 1:
Our Ride Begins:
Meet Sat mng 9:30am where we will begin our Riders Briefing - Opotiki MotorCamp(details below)  trailer parking here can be made available by arrangement Incoming on Fri evening, please contact to make your booking, or Opotiki has many available overnight accommodation options.

Overnight accommodation on Saturday is part of your Ride Package
luncheon  Saturday Lunch 1:30pm  Doc Camp site Raukumara Ranges - Support team/trailer
  Rolls  ·        · Orange juice or apple juice  · Assortment of cakes/biscuits/fruit

Saturday Afternoon tea 3:30pm      Alcuin Station hay shed – Support team/trailer  ·       
·       Orange juice or apple juice  · Assortment of cakes/biscuits
S    Saturday evening dinner       will be  a selection of meats/salads/potatoes along with breads and dessert/tea/coffee  .  Please bring any beverages or additional drinks that you may require    All of your aditional supplies will be carried along to our overnight accommodation and will be waiting for you there in your pre-booked rooms    Our accommodation for the Saturday evening will now be Waikanae Top 10 Holiday Park (this has also been completely booked out for our ride)  All who enter for our ride will be personally notified of their individual accommodation housing and which unit etc you have been booked into.  WE have taken every care to look to accommodate you well with friends/partners etc and those you have been travelling with.  On the late Saturday afternoon we are planning to pass through the very beautiful region of "EastWood Hills" and plan to also take a brief stop here at a unique and iconic area.   Your Sat evening dinner is being prepared and served at "EASTWOOD HILLS" where the catering team will await our arrival for dinner    WE expect to arrive LATE on the Saturday evening at our planned accommodation.  If you have any special accommodation/food requirements please contact me to organise further details to ensure your weekend with us is also special to you.

     The Mid-Rangers(group 2)  and our Advanced riders will cross paths often over our day, meaning some of the more technical stages can be by-passed by our newer riders or those with bigger bikes.

DAY 2:

Sunday begins with a fully-cooked hot breakfast  Sunday Breakfast 6:30 till 7:30am    Choice of

·        Sausages, bacon, eggs, beans, eggs & toast.    ·         · Coffee & tea
 This will be a "BIG day",   8-9 hours riding for "ADV's" and 6 hours for our "Mid Rangers",  A shorter route will be made available if the distance gets too much.

Sunday we make a stop for mng tea at  Waipaoa River approx 11:00am.   HERE we will be serving ·      Orange or apple juice,  ·  Cake selection,  · muesli bars,  · Bananas,  · mandarins

Sunday lunch approx 1:30pm - Tokamara Bay - Te Puka tavern

Sunday afternoon tea 3:30pm  at "The Turnoff" - Support team/trailer Orange or apple juice   Cakes/biscuits                  Muesli bars Bananas Mandarins
Sunday Dinner 6:30pm  Tatapouri Fishing Club – set menu   (SELF CATER)

Your Sunday evening accommodation is at a very popular holiday spot over the Labour Weekend - Waikanae.  This is now being utilised both Saturday and Sunday evenings, so you will NOT be required to change accommodation venues, which is g r e a t.  Sunday lunch along with dinner will be SELF-CATERYour Sunday overnight accommodation is included as part of YOUR Ride Package with us.

DAY 3:

 If you are still WITH US on the Monday,  we hve a comprehensive DAY 3 planned for those looking for "MORE" before we depart for home

Monday Breakfast  Captain Morgans CafĂ© – Self-cater
Monday lunch - Matawai Hard Drive cafe - Self cater

DAY 3:
For those wishing for "THAT MORE" to our weekend, we have a DAY 3 of riding planned for you also.  We give you the option on Day 3 to journey with us, or to leave us for the weekend.

Ride Package Cost   $250 per person,  passengers in attendance  $150
For those wishing for the "TWIN-SHARED" additional accommodation option - we are more than happy to provide this to you at YOUR cost, but we will look to make this available on a small scale.

For queries please contact  or you may text -   021 036 7234
Contact:  Sue Denham
Northern Gravel Adventure Riders NZ

visit our website to view pix of our Ride Leaders and their time in these surrounds

Monday, 24 September 2012

Turangi Explore Adventure Ride - and more....

GRAVEL NEWZ 24th September 2012

For those of you that attended our Turangi Explore Adventure Ride on September 15th - Three NEW vid clips have since emerged - Bernard has been busy at work with his GoPro on hand whilst pilot Tim D has been to work busting those berms and filming also.  If you are looking for a REALLY good laugh then go ahead and view Bernard's vid.  If you have recently attended the gym (as some have mentioned to me they have recently, you might like to abstain from the pleasure of viewing until the DOM's have settled down.  .......

Warning, the sound effects on this vid may keep you guessing here >>>>>  I cannot divulge any further info here.

Tim and his berm-busting produced something a little different, if you have the time to while away a few more hours then these are not to be missed also >>>>>

This is Episode Number One
                                          and We now also have Episode Number Two available >>>>>

If you missed all of this, then we will be back to the tiny township of TURANGI again next year to tackle some new terrain that will be available shortly and will promise to please also

Ride Reminder Notification:   Labour Weekend -
East Cape/Motu  October 20 - 22nd

If you are looking to attend this ride please complete our registration form as deposits are due for this ride by the end of September which is coming up soon.  Interest is good for this ride as we look to take you all to a very remote region of our North Island.  Accommodation is scarce in this region and we need to have our overnight stops close to where we will be riding.  We are currently looking for a few more bed spaces and something may have just come up to be able to take a few more of our riders.
Topuni Forest and Topuni Mill - September 22nd
We were very fortunate this last weekend of September the 22nd to be able to take a small visit to Topuni Forest situated just past Te Hana on SH1. Topuni Forest has a working mill stationed inside of it, and at this time of the year the mill is quiet, so timing was right for a visit here. Some excellent roads inside of this forest and wow, what a lot of variety also. We will of course be back and hope that the mill will stay quiet for a while longer. A couple of local visitors came to catch us for lunch at Dragon's Rest. Hi to Ross and Sara from Kaiwaka. Our farmers will be joining us again shortly when their very hectic schedule has calmed down. The teenagers on their farm managed to forestall their birthing and allowed the two of them a brief TIME-OUT to chat with us. Ross looks forwards to getting those TWO wheels back out on the gravel again shortly. LOOK-OUT I am sure he will be enjoying this!!!
A NEW lady adventure rider joined us for a stint here to take in the surrounds and the peacefulness that we experienced at one of our brief stops - especially at the wooden bridge stationed right at the very intersection of one of our FAVOURITE roads. I don't think OUR group will forget BRIAN Road in a hurry. Great PUDDLE training and we enjoyed it so much, we decided to tackle it several times around. Our new ADV lady rider is currently in training for her very big trip to India in 2013. We wish you all the best for your forthcoming

If you have been following two of our adventure riders 'Bernard and NOW Vincent',  well our caption of 'LIVING The DREAM' is very real here.  Wow, indeed.  I can't wait for Vincent to be back into New Zealand - I am sure he will be more than happy to relive some of his adventures with his, both motorised and pedal power, but wow, what pedal power this is.....  Tune in for your next episode of......  we will of course be following ........
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