Hog heaven in the Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands shook to the collective roar of up to 1500 Harley-Davidsons during Saturday’s Thunder Run from Paihia to Kerikeri and back. The mass ride was part of the two-day Iron Run, an annual convention for riders of the iconic American motorcycle, which was held at Paihia and Waitangi for the first time this year. As well as the Thunder Run and rides to Cape Reinga, Waipoua Forest and Whangaroa Harbour, the event featured a bike show, live music, a chance to try out the latest models, and quite possibly the most chrome and leather Northland has seen. The Thunder Run started from Paihia’s Williams Rd in and travelled via Puketona Rd, SH10, Waipapa Rd, the Heritage Bypass and Kerikeri Rd before returning to Hog headquarters in Paihia. Photos by Peter de Graaf.

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