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Itinerary: Ultimate surf, ride and lifestyle adventure

Want to copy the VW Kombi-powered surf, ride and lifestyle adventure that photographer Camilla Rutherford embarked on with three good mates? Of course, you do. Here's what you can expect.

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The Coromandel Walkway is a stunning ride with views across the glistening bays and coves of The Coromandel. Photo: Camilla Rutherford

From golden beaches to misty rainforests, Camilla, together with Casey Brown, Traharn Chidly and Mike Hopkins, explored the beaches of The Coromandel by bike, surfboard and lazy afternoon campfires, before heading inland to some of the amazing backcountry trails of the Central North Island.

This itinerary is one part lifestyle, one part adventure and a whole heap of exploration.

Warning: Some of the trails featured in this itinerary are not for the faint-hearted. The Te Iringa Track is a challenging Grade 5 trail with loads of hike-a-bike and requires a good level of fitness. It also requires an overnight stay in a classic Doc hut – you'll need to be prepared, but if you are you're in for a whole lot of fun.

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  • Riders walk across a log during an adventure exploring the remote Te Iringa trail near Taupo. Photo: Camilla Rutherford
    Want to get away from it all and experience some of New Zealand's true backcountry? Then the Te Iringa Track awaits you. Carved deep into the remote Kaimanawa Forest Park, the 38km Te Iringa Track is a Grade 5 out-and-back adventure ride. This trail provides a challenge for even the most avid mountain bikers, with steep forested hills, stream crossings, wetlands and fallen trees. This special, challenging and technical trail should be ridden as an overnight excursion with a stay at Oamaru Hut. You'll be grinning from ear-to-ear by the time you emerge from this epic. 
  • The lads relax alongside the Pakihi River at the end of the Motu Trail, Eastland, New Zealand. Photo: Derek Morrison
    Motu Trails provides a trilogy of contrasting trails that can be ridden in a loop totalling 93km. The three links offer a range of all-terrain riding, which includes stunning beaches, spectacular native forest and family friendly rest stops. This cycle trail can be ridden all year as a full loop, or can be split into the three shorter sections. As a popular 1-3 day ride, it offers options for all ages, abilities, fitness levels and preferences. 
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    Whakarewarewa Forest is one of the most established mountain bike networks in New Zealand and has earned a worldwide reputation as one of the best. Also known as the Redwoods, there are more than 150km of trails in the forest that cater for all levels of rider, from beginners, through to family groups and expert riders looking for an extra challenge. From buff flowing trails to fun jump lines and rooty technical singletrack, there is something here for everyone to enjoy. This is the forest that put Rotorua on the world mountain biking map ... come and explore it for yourself. 
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    The Whangamata Ridges Mountain Bike Park features some amazing singletrack, with purpose-built berms, jumps and rollers. The Grade 1-5 trails provide a huge amount of fun and days of enjoyment for everyone from families right through to advanced riders. There's something here for all levels. 

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    RideNZ's Scarlett Hagen takes a closer look at adventure photographer Camilla Rutherford’s special journey around the Central North Island. Complete with a couple of 1970s VW Kombi campervans, this journey was entrenched in style right from the beginning. 
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    The thermal wonderland of the Central North Island is rich in early Maori history, wartime establishments and heroic tales. For the history lover, these three trails will add to your insight and knowledge of New Zealand’s short, but vibrant history. Be in the moment as you ride along cycle trails originally built by soldiers, travel through volcanic landscapes and become familiar with more than 800 years of Maori practices.