Beautiful lakes, breath-taking skies and a flat tyre – Waikato off the beaten path

Beautiful lakes, breath-taking skies and a flat tyre – Waikato off the beaten path

«Nah, we’re not very likely to get a puncture”- Chris said this to me as we were on the way from our secluded campground at lake Arapuni to Mangakino, where we wanted to ride a section of the Waikato River Trail. Arohena is one of DOC’s (Department of Conservation) campsites. It lies directly on the lake, there is no phone reception and to get there, we had to drive a section on gravel. And that’s where it must have happened. A mean little stone slashed Stanley’s tyre.

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Alex in mountain biking wonderland

The first time I’ve ever heard of Woodhill, the mountain bike park in the east of Auckland, was from Chris. He went there with a friend and immediately bought a season pass. I was so keen to find out what it was all about so I got really excited when we decided to shred the trails on the past Labour Day long weekend.

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Long live the long weekend: 3 tips for 3 active days in Auckland

It seems to be a phenomenon that everyone seems to flee Auckland as soon as there is a long weekend on the horizon. If you decide to stay home this time, here are 3 tips for 3 active days in Auckland

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