We chose to break the ride into two days. Day 1 was a 90km ride from Taumaranui to Wangamomona. Day 2 was an easier 60km ride to Stratford at the foot of Mt Taranaki. Traveling west gave us the benefit of a slight tail wind, and a night in New Plymouth.
Camila and I left Takapuna early on Saturday morning. By the time we arrived at the start and I got kitted up, it was almost 12pm. Temperatures were in the mid-single digits. I don't think I could've counted more than 20 cars or houses in over 3 hours of riding.
You can read my FWH day-2 ride report by clicking here.
Photographer and team car driver: Camila Guarnizo.