Tour start – Pacific Coast Highway from Auckland to Gisborne

Finally back on the road. New Zealand is the goal of the 2nd leg of the Solo Tour 2015/2016

But sometimes a tour can be finished before it really started. I was waiting to board at the Munich airport for Dubai, other passenger were already queuing up. Well, it takes some time until boarding is completed on an A 380, so I rather ordered another beer. They wont depart without me. To my surprise, the glass of beer was still half full, or just half empty, depends on your perspective, I was called to contact the counter desk
Well, there was still quite a queue, so I wanted to finish my beer first – you have to set priorities. Still a zip left I was called for a second time. What a stress on an early evening! But I did what I was told and went to the counter. Against my expectations I wasn’t told that it’s time for me for boarding, but that they were unwilling to let me board at all, because I hadn’t a return ticket (of cause I didn’t – how should I know when and from where I wanna go home again????). And, so the agent, the counter would close within 10 Min. and it’s impossible to get a ticket in this short time. End of the Solo-Tour!
I protested pretty harsh and the supervisor was contacted on his phone. It took him only 5 Min. to present me a Flex-Ticket Auckland/Brisbane.
As the very last soul of the herd I entered the plane an got the scowls you get, when you’re entering far after all others.




First task in Auckland was to get a new bike to ride the tour with.
I already had e-mail contact with BMW Auckland prior and on the next day an F 650 CS was mine already. Actually I was hoping on a 650 GS but there was none,
Well, it was clear that I couldn’t ride any gravel roads with this street bike, but to be honest, I’ve done enough of them in Australia last year.

On the way home I stopped by at the One Tree Hill, U2 wrote a song about it back in the 80th and a bit culture can’t be bad. I spend the evening with a bottle of wine on the staircase, happily watching my new bike on the parking lot, and look forward to start the tour.

Mein neues Kaelbchen

My new bike

The first trip leads along the Pacific coast. Beautiful roads up and down hill. The turquoise blue sea to the left, fern trees to the right. And bends, bends, bends… Riding a motorcycle is pure fun here and you have to stop frequently if you don’t wanna miss all the beauty of the landscape.
Fist stop is in Whenuakite close to the famous Cathedral Cove. Close by is a micro brewery and you can get yummy fish & ships. Life’s Good!


Home, sweet home

Home, sweet home!!!


Schmeckt so wie sie aussieht

BASF vitamine drink???

Shared Road

Sometimes you have to share the road.

On the next trip to Opotiki it’s the same; bend is followed by another bend. That’s just a motorcycle playground here!!!! I stop again and again to enjoy the breathtaking scenery or just to have a cup of coffee.

Opotiki is quite a nice place to stay for a while. And it’s a good base for some day trips. E.g. to Rotorua, where are plenty of thermal areas. Luckily they don’t smell as bad as their relatives on Iceland. But an entrance fee of 51$ for the Geysir is just a rip off. I keep on rollin’.



Thermal areas…



…be happy that there’s no ‘smell’ internet…

The nest day I rode to the Muto Falls. A just gorgeous road winds through the hills, like riding through a jungle with awesome views to the surrounding volcano hills.
And here the difference between a GS and a CS is obvious. 53ks gravel road on a street bike can take quite a time.
The falls should also be an area where Kiwis live, but unfortunately these birds are active only at night. So, no chance to see some…


Motu Bridge

Who says you can’t ride a gravel road with a CS???


Motu Road

…half way done…

Poverty Bay

aktiver Vukan

Nw Zealand’s most active vulcano

I am following the Pacific Highway to Gisborne. On the way I have a perfect visibility to White Island, New Zealand’s most active volcano, which is kind enough to send white water steam in the blue sky to greet all travellers.





Poverty Bay; The place where Captain Cook set a foot in the island for the first time…




6 thoughts on “Tour start – Pacific Coast Highway from Auckland to Gisborne

  1. Hallo Thomas am Ende der Welt!
    Wie schön wieder an Deiner Reise Teil haben zu können, ich wünsche Dir viele schöne und gute Eindrücke von Neuseeland und freue mich auf viele schöne Bilder mit Umschreibung von dort. Es grüßt Dich, für Dich vom anderen Ende der Welt, Marianne, aus Schortens.

  2. Hi Thomas,
    schön das Du wieder auf Tour bist, wir freuen uns über die Bilder von Neuseeland … LG

  3. Moin mein Lieber,
    das sieht doch alles sehr ordentlich aus. So wie es sein sollte! Viel Vergnügen und immer ne Handbreit Wasser unterm Reifen! Und grüß Wynton Rufer. Wir machen auch mal was Abenteuerliches und fliegen morgen nach Beirut.
    Schöne Grüße ans andere Ende der Welt,
    Patrick + Inga

  4. Moin Thomas, alter Hobbit,
    schön, dass es weiter geht!
    Ich werde wieder dran bleiben und freue mich auch schon auf neue Eindrücke!

  5. Hallo Thomas, ganz liebe Ostergrüsse machen sich auf den Weg zu Dir auf die andere Seite der Erdkugel. Danke für die schönen Bilder mit den Texten.

  6. Mein lieber Patrick, wenn du mir nochmals Aquaplaning an den Hals wünscht, kündige ich dir fristlos die Freundschaft!

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