Down Under

After a Winter of relaxing and recharging my batteries, the new F1 season has begun. With the long flight down to Australia it seemed a shame not to fly an extra 4 hours south and visit New Zealand.

A friend of mine has recently moved down to Auckland with his family so it was a good excuse to make the trip.

After a couple of days in Auckland relaxing and recovering from the jetlag, I hired a motorcycle and spent the next four days on a road trip around the North Island.

Starting from Auckland and heading East around the Coromandel Peninsular I spent the next 3 days enjoying a short but beautiful ride down to Whangamata and its beautiful beaches where I spent the night.

The next day was onto Gisbourne passing through the stunning Waioeka Gorge and the surrounding countryside and its deserted roads, bliss on a motorcycle.

After Gisbourne, it was up to Lake Taupo, a beautifully tranquil lake formed in a Caldera which is heated by the geothermal activity beneath it.  After a long day in the saddle, relaxing on the lakes shores is a wonderful way to unwind before enjoying some fine food and the odd glass of excellent Kiwi wine.

I was hoping for a clear morning so woke early to capture what I hoped to be a very peaceful scene with the lake as still as glass and that beautiful hue of morning shimmering on its surface.

I wasn’t disappointed. An hour enjoying the lake waking up was lovely and set me up for the last leg of the journey back to Auckland.

One last night in Auckland before heading off to Melbourne and the first race of the season.

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