Wednesday, 28 August 2013

NGARNZ HQ presents Fiji Adventures from the 30th August

Exciting NEWZ for NGARNZ HQ -  
JetStar Pilot Tim Denham Steers a Course for Sonaisali Island Resort where
his lovely fiancée Jess Tantau will be waiting at the alter........
Sitting pretty with something OLD and something NEW
Something BORROWED and something BLUE - Jess waits for her Adventure Beau......
Jetstar Pilot Tim Denham will wed his long time partner and fiancée Jess Tantau at the gorgeous resort of Sonaisali in Fiji this Saturday the 30th August


NGARNZ HQ   will commence Operations from FIJI from the 30th August through to the     September 10th.  Over this time we will be able to answer incoming emails once per day.  Normal trasmissions will resume once we are back into Aotearoa.   
  We expect to touch down on the 10th September -   FIJI Adventures await. 

Northland Forests Adventure Bike Tour commences FOUR days afterwards.....

Many of our   long standing Adventure Riders here in New Zealand will well know Tim and Jess.  Both Tim and Jess have accompanied Jim and I on very many Gravel and Off The Road Adventures.  Tim the proud owner of his BIG F800GS which mostly lies Parked Up inside of NGARNZ homebase.  

Both Tim and Jess have been a couple for going on 7 years and we feel it is high time this couple made it to THE ALTER!!!!   Bring on FIJI and some Adventures of the warmer kind.  ps  we will forward some Adventure photos from our sunny paradiso.

Tim and Jess Pictured here enjoying some of our Past Adventures
Just the kind of FUN Tim enjoys on his time off when he visits New Zealand shores
ps Jess has also shared many of our Adventures whilst riding the proud
Yamaha XT250cc  -  Watch out - Those Mid Rangers are ABOUT!!!



14th/15th September

Our Adventure Tour  will commence Whangarei based and will conclude Maungaturoto.  If needing to overnight on the Friday evening prior to our Tour,  your accommodation could be Whangarei Top 10 Holiday Park.  Sharon and The Team will provide secure storage for vehicles/trailers from your Friday Evening stay through to your Sunday pick up.

This Tour takes in many privately owned areas NOT accessible by the public. 

Your Ride Package to attend this Tour will include twin share accommodation on the Saturday evening along with Saturday evening dinner and also Sunday morning Breakfast.  If wishing for single berth accommodation please contact and we can arrange that for you also.

We will be closing entries to attend this Tour on the 30th August.  Full and comprehensive Ride Briefing details will be mailed to all Registered/Paid Attendees before the commencement of our Tour.


28th August   -   Excerpts FROM

Under THREAT of torrential thunderstorms and being just plain WASHED AWAY...
                   THE Gravel Riders came Out To Play!!!!!

MIKIE providing us with some LIGHT HEARTED  oratory skills whilst conducting
Ride Brief to attendees - READY when YOU ARE Mikie -   ps don't overtake the Ride Leader -  (NEW One I just threw in there for today - WE have a NEW vest now with RIDE LEADER PRINTED ON IT  :)
Looks like THAT NEW F800GS is back out to play again also    :)  (BIG CLEAN UP JOB FROM LAST WEEKS ADVENTURE)

Fine weather welcomingly greeted us for our early morning meet up Kumeu base.  The arrival of so many NEW Gravel and Adventure Riders was welcoming to see.

 Mikie sporting our NEWLY produced Lead Rider vests soon had the group BRIEFED and off into the back country hills we embarked. 

Exiting the busy Highway meeting point and attempting to bypass the many road work stations that invariably seemed to drag us back,  it was not long before we had reached our metal back country roads.  Mikie leads our Group 1 over a longer route and Sue leads our NEWER group for those wishing to partake of a shorter route and with more scenic vantage points factored in.

Meanwhile,  high up on the summit overlooking the Puhoi and surrounding country areas,  our Mid Rangers had just treated themselves to their very first scenic lookout stop. 

OUR silence in the valley was shattered by the distant rumble of
E N G I N E S......   OH NO....   we had been SNAPPED and (incoming) our Group 1 also decided to join us for a scenic lookout stop here also.  What are the odds???


28th September
 Waikaretu and surrounds Gravel Road Riding 
               ADVENTURE IS COMING

Dean and Bev are currently working on our 28th September Adventure
This Adventure will be that something a little different and something we will now look to incorporate also

As our membership base is increasing so we will now diversify to provide more unique and interesting adventures to cater for those looking for an adventure

We will provide a good mix of back country riding for our Big Bike Attendees along with our  Adventure Events

We will provide regular training for both gravel road riders along with those looking to seek out and explore taking their Adventure Bikes on Off Road Terrain Sections

"Calling all Big Bike Adventure Riders"
Promising to be that something a little different and well suited to our fleet of Big Adventure Bike Riders

Knobbly tyres not required


Motopro Hand Protectors 

We have recently run another batch of these universal fit hand protectors and a pair can be yours for; $125.00 plus $10.00 shipping or come to our North Shore address for collection or free fitting.
* Helps keep hands and gloves
   protected (dry & warm) from the
   elements and reduces wind chill
* You will be able to ride with
   lightweight gloves for longer into the cooler months
* Universal fit - Fits over rigid
   Barkbusters, Handguards or

* Great for bush bashing
   protection on enduro bikes 

* Unique look

* Constructed from durable plastic
   and canvas with webbed edging.
   Velcro fastener 

* C/W fitting instructions and mounting bolts 
* Pictures show fitted to BMW F800gs & KTM 690  bikes. Suitable for all
   bikes that have rigid lever protection already in place. 

* Can fit for you if you wish. Bring your bike to our North shore address.


Overseas Adventure Ride planned for July/August 2014 riding the 8,000+ km 

* Ride would start on the East coast from the  state of Tennessee and 
   finish in Oregon state, on the West coast of the USA then dropping
   down to Los Angeles, California

* This ride is totally offroad and will take in the US back country

    including many alpine passes. Each day drop back off the trail into a
    local town for motel room accommodation or camp?* Navigate the route by route sheet and GPS 
* Click on the links below to find out what the ride consists of; 

   Trans America Trail.pdf    

* Option 1)

At present the idea is to purchase new bikes at the start of the ride and either sell at the completion of the ride or ship back home.  Possible bike choice New Honda XR650L’s at NZ $8,100 approx. + ORC or similar.
You would need to add NZ $1200  approx. worth of accessories, improvements to each bike  ( Preferred option

 *  Option 2)

Ship our own bikes from NZ and return. This option would add an extra 5 - 6 days to the trip as we would have to ride the bikes across the US from West to East (not all bad) before starting the trail. Adding another 3,600 km’s to the trip, incurring more accommodation, shipping both ways and bond (carnet) costs.

* To be organised on a cost only basis (non profit) 

contact Jim Denham if interested  021 517 110

SUE will get back to you on a daily basis from
some Internet Kiosk someplace "FIJI SIDES"........
BULA   from sunny FIJI -   Stay Safe out there on those roads and enjoy

Ride Group Calendar and What We Have For YOU!!!


NGARNZ wishes to thank our fabulous range of Supporters

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Puhoi and a Gravel Road Ride

Gravel Road Ride Saturday 24th August

Mikie Takes us over the many Gravel Roads in and around the Puhoi Area

Meets 9am BP Kumeu
Lunch The Cider Shed

Free for NGARNZ Ride Group Members

$20 for NON NGARNZ Ride Group Members
This can be put towards a Membership to NGARNZ that will see you out until the end of this Season

NEW to riding metal roads??   

WE will be running TWO Groups for this ride
Group 1 Experienced Gravel Road Riders with a longer route
Group 2 NEW to Gravel Road Riding or for those looking to enjoy a shorter route

Both Groups will meet at our scheduled luncheon stop


Mystery Forests Adventure Bike Tour
*****H I G H L I G H T S*****  

And Opening Highlights of our Mystery Forests Adventure Bike Tour  I think DEAN takes Centre Stage with the opening sequence of events here  :)     Dean's Camo Styles Colour Co-Ordinate so very well this pic is just running HOTTTT    I think we will need to take some additional Insurance out to keep these hotties at bay.......     SMOKIN.....   

Our Pic Below - With A Grin Like This One - I think SIMON may STEAL the SMOKE from DEAN??    We let YOU be the Judge of this one???

This Pic - Michael wonders Where The Torrential rain from the evening before has gone to???   Yes Michael we are puzzled also??         Al is non committal and prefers to adjust his tightened chin strap .........   

Joining us today some famous faces amongst us also

"Enduro CHAMPS and Legends"
Do YOU Know "YOUR" Enduro History????
 In this pic we present Gordon and the brand NEW F800GS - Just recently upgrading from his DAKAR Gordon brings the NEW edition to the Stable OUT TO PLAY - Somehow I don't think BIG BOYSZ TOYZ will ever take on the SAME meaning      "Use them"......  

Check it out -   Make No Mistake - Gordon says This Bike is Built to PLAY -   Will the BIG F800GS be back out for another casual day amongst the tracks and trails?? - GORDON says "You can bet on It" - "This is What An Adventure Bike is BUILT FOR" -  He is just loving to get his Adventure Bike amongst the dirt - the bike was bought to be USED!!!

Arriving at our Scheduled luncheon stop - Question - Did Mikie meet A Rooster  Enroute???    RUMOUR has it   the ROOSTER came with a full set of ORANGE parts????     Any guesses???

Fabulous weather,  awesome people,  fantastic ADVENTURE.....


Northland Forests Adventure Bike Tour
Saturday September 14th to Sunday September 15th
This Tour commences from Whangarei and will Conclude Maungaturoto
Your Ride Package includes:
*     One Night Twin Share based Accommodation
       (Single or Double Room can be purchased)
*     Saturday Evening 3 Course Dining
*     Sunday morning Hot Cooked Breakfast or Continental
*     Access to Many Privately Owned Forestry Areas
As Little Or As Much As You Would Like Over This Weekend
Entry Forms available now:  -

Friday evening accommodation could be Whangarei Top 10 Holiday Park.  We have arranged with Sharon and The Team here to provide secure storage for vehicles/trailers from Friday through to the Sunday pick up.

50% Deposit must be paid to attend this Northland Weekend before 30th August


Out South - Gravel Road Ride
Saturday the 28th September
Dean and Bev will lead us on a Metal Road Expedition that will take in some very scenic countryside.  They are putting extensive time into preparing a different route for us.  We will enjoy a visit to the Famous Nikau Caves for lunch on completion of this route. 

NEW to riding The Looser Stuff??   Bring those bikes out and touch up on a little of the dustier stuff.......     Join like-minded people as we take our Adventure Bikes for a Saturday romp.

2 Groups will be running
Group 1     Exp with Gravel Road Rides and a Longer Route
Group 2     Novice to Intermediate Shorter Route
FREE for Ride Group Members
$20 for Non Ride Group Members        
NEW to NGARNZ Your Ride Fee will be put towards a Ride Group Membership that will see you out to the End of This Season

Level 1 Adventure Bike Training
Saturday October 05th

The G650 Sertao joined in for some Metal Based Exercises with the NEW Yamaha XT250 - Phew These girls did well!!
Own an Adventure Bike?   and looking to Take It Over The Looser Stuff   or   even enjoy an OVERLAND experience??
- We will put you through a comprehensive set of exercises personally tailored to your requirements
Commencing with The Basics required to take your Adventure Bike over The Looser Stuff  we will Progress you towards a Level 1 Off Road Experience.  Especially tailored and suited for Larger cc Adventure Bike Riders.
-  Where can you take that Adventure Bike??   Attend our Course and find the answer to this question.  You will be amazed at what these Big Adventure Bikes are really capable of!!   Your skills are the ONLY limiting factor.   Come out and experience a whole NEW world with your Adventure Bike.

Venue RiverHead Forest
Registration Forms available now: -

Adventure Bike School  TAUPO BASED

Big Bike

Enjoy to Master Pumice Tracks/Trails
Introductory to a Level 1 Course

NEW to taking your Big Adventure Bike Off The Road??
and Over The Land
Pumice is a perfect medium to begin this NEW Journey
with your Big Adventure Bike

WE have the perfect Ride Terrain to coach you

Details and Dates posted on our website soon:  -

Numbers will be limited to adequately cater for
a small group focus


NEW Gizzy South Adventure Bike Tour
Central North Island Adventure
Our Tour commences and concludes from Taupo
Your Ride Package will include:
*    Two Nights Accommodation along with Two evening Meals
      and Two morning Breakfasts
*    The kilometres will be FULL and the Views will be Spectacular
      This Adventure Bike Tour covers NEW ride Terrain NOT
      ridden by NGARNZ before

*    Many private Stations along with Private Forestry Areas and of course a wealth of NEW Metal Roads inside of this area


NGARNZ    Pre-Xmas   Breakup          
November 23rd/24th    


We Have It.....           Pumice ..  Water..  Trees ..
 THE ALL    "NEW"     

2 Days of   OVERLAND   Adventure
Many Private Stations/Forestry Areas
New Ride Terrain and gorgeous views


Hard Packed Pumice Tracks/Trails/Metal Roads/Private Forestry Roads                                               LakeFront Water Views
 Pumice ...      Water ...      Trees ...
Your Ride Package will include:
*   Pre-Xmas  3 Course Saturday evening Dining
*   Fully Catered Lamb on the Spit Luncheon
*   Access to Many Private Stations/Forestry Areas
*   Donation to Local School

Accommodation Links have been posted on our website all within 5 minutes walking distance from our Saturday evening Dining

Entry Forms now available via the Registration Link on our website before 30th August: -

*****         THIS   IS   THE   ONE
WE  WILL  BE  GOING  OUT  ON         *****

Many Thanks to all those who have supported NGARNZ over our past Season of Adventures

We look to bring you some NEW and Exciting Adventures over our NEXT Season

Supporters to NGARNZ