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Anyone here living in New Zealand? Especially Auckland?(7 posts)

Anyone here living in New Zealand? Especially Auckland?Peter E
Jan 6, 2003 1:52 PM
I'm going to Auckland for almost a year. (Feb-Nov) to study and would like to know as much as possible about it.
The things that im currently wondering most about is how the bikeing possibilities are around Auckland?
I like hills and Mountains and use both road-bike and mountainbike but i prefer the road-bike. But im in hessitation about which bike i should bring. It seems to be a very good country for MTB but i would rather just bring the road-bike if the surroundings are great enough for that.

Any inputs are welcome!
re: Anyone here living in New Zealand? Especially Auckland?jim hubbard
Jan 7, 2003 12:20 AM
I have lived in Auckland for the past 3 years so know my way round on a bike. Firstly the climate is great for year round riding because of the humidity. Second there are a great number of place to go training. You didn't mention where you would be staying in the city so it makes it a bit hard because there are so many. There are a larger number of bunch rides that happen in the weekends so there is never a need to go training alone. A word of warning, we have some the slowest roads in the world because of the volcanic chip seal used. Mtb wise auckland is great, the main place to go is woodhall, loose sandy single track. It is possible to ride 4 hours with out crossing the same trail twice. Riverhead is another place, hard packed clay and roots, technical single track. So there is something to start you if you have anymore questions just post them.
re: Anyone here living in New Zealand? Especially Auckland?Peter E
Jan 7, 2003 12:08 PM
So you recommend bringing the roadbike?? i won't regret it because there isn't enough with training-roads and possibillities around Auckland?

How is it with hills/mountains around there? (Serpentine roads? Those are the best ever to bike in!!) Are there any high one's in cycling distans from Auckland?

I will be studing at UNITEC and will probally live in som Campus or so nearby there
re: Anyone here living in New Zealand? Especially Auckland?jim hubbard
Jan 7, 2003 7:18 PM
there are hills to train in the main two ranges being the Waitakere ranges and the Hunua ranges. Of the two the waitakere's are the more accessable from town. From unitec you could be at the base in 30-40mins of riding. Unfortunately the hills here are quite different to what you get in the states, not as winding or as long, however we tend to make them a bit steeper. What will you be studying???
re: Anyone here living in New Zealand? Especially Auckland?Peter E
Jan 8, 2003 12:02 PM
I don't come from the states, im from sweden. And that the hills are'nt long and winding is PERFECT. i like 'em step. I have been on trainingcamps in both Spain, where they have long and rather flat hills with just rocks all around(at least where i was) and Italy where the hills are steper but shorter and the surrondings are much nicer.
And Italy is the most wonderful place i've so far been cycling

I'm going to study a postgraduate diploma in computing. Hoping that it wan't take up all my time so i can enjoy some biking.
How is it with competitions around there? Can you find road-races all year around?
re: Anyone here living in New Zealand? Especially Auckland?jim hubbard
Jan 8, 2003 10:34 PM
yes pretty much, it is track season at the moment. There are also some short road races 24k, crits. The next series of long races are in the end of March. If you want to talk more my email address is D_W_Rae@hotmail.com.
I'm a New Zealanderkiwi lad
Jan 7, 2003 12:28 AM
Hi there,
I am a New Zealander though I've never spent much time in Auckland. Compared to where I live Auckland is hell busy but I'm sure if you can get out of the city into the country side you'll find plenty of good roads to explore. The terrain is hilly but not too bad.
I had a look at my mtb guide book and there are plenty of decent trails around the Auckland area. If you do bring your mtb, you should get 'classic nz mountain bike rides' book by the Kennett Brothers- its essential.