Day 02 – Auckland to Warkworth to Henderson return

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, New Zealand, Travel
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Elevation Profile

We decided to do a day trip and have a hot swim at the pools in Parakai. We set off at 11:30am, thinking that we would get to Warkworth around 12:00pm – how wrong we were. The traffic was diabolical on the new tollway bypassing the old Hibiscus Coast road. It was stop start traffic from the tunnel north. Even on a motorbike it was very slow going.

We passed this unique tree house along the way.


When we spotted a cafe by the side of the road, we decided to exit the almost non-moving traffic and have lunch.


This is the view from the cafe where we had lunch. As you can see, the traffic is very heavy – travelling at walking pace.


We took Woodcocks Road from just before Warkworth down towards Helensville, a road that is very enjoyable on a motorbike.

We arrived at Parakai mid afternoon, and were surprised by the entry cost to the hot pools. It cost $16 per adult, but they only have two very basic pools – one outdoor and one indoor. Compared with AC baths or De Bretts in Taupo, this is very expensive. AC Baths only charge $6.50 per adult, and have a sauna, steam room and many more facilities.

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