The truly brilliant thing about a bicycle as a means of touring is the ease with which we can change our plans about where we want to go and that has implications for the shape of the things we see and do. There is none of the 100 kilometer per hour drive-by experience of a place. We all know that feeling. We spot something intriguing along the road and before we can fully formulate the thought, “Oh, that’s interesting. What is that?” we are long past it and cannot be bothered to stop, turn around and go exploring.
Time to head out of town.
Just an hour north of downtown Auckland via the Northern Motorway is the village of Matakana, our hopping-off point to visit, by bike, some of the 19 wineries that comprise the Matakana Wine Trail.