Quadbiking at the end of the 90 mile beach

Trip Start Oct 16, 2007
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Trip End May 09, 2008


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Thursday, January 31, 2008

After breakfast on the Maori campground we needed to kill some time in Ahipara before Frank's dirt quadbike tour at 1pm.  Ahipara is known for its massive sand dunes around Tauroa Point.  On the beach, we saw people driving their cars and 4X4s up and down the beach.   One car got stuck in the sand and needed a lot of people to push it out.  In the distance, we also saw Cape Reinga, the northern most point of New Zealand, on the other end of 90 mile beach.  We also went to our favorite internet spot on the beach and caught up with a few things. 

Frank arranged a quad biking tour with Tua Tua, and it ended up being a private tour-only Frank and the guide for 1.5 hours on the dunes.  It was awesome!  First we rode around the beach to get used to the quad and to get a feeling for drifting it through turns.  After about half an hour or so, we headed up into the massive dunes, which were very steep. There was a lot of terrain to play in up in the dunes.   Frank got stuck ones or twice, and got thrown off the bike twice while drifting through high speed turns.    The most fun was a huge half-pipe.  It was a lot of fun blasting through the dunes, and awesome views from the top of the dunes.

We didn't have much time to comfortably drive 100km one way to Cape Reinga, so we started driving southbound towards Auckland.  We wanted to see the huge Kauri trees the next day and planned to drive as close to them as possible the rest of the day.  We took another ferry from Kohukohu to Rawene - nothing really noteworthy, just a short 15 minute ferry ride.  We ended up spending a night at a holiday park in Opononi.
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