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TA Brevet event

Self-supported, 3000 km brevet

The Tour Aotearoa is open to anyone to ride at anytime - but there is also a Tour Aotearoa brevet event held every year.

2024 start dates

Start time
Low tide Sunrise
18 Feb 20247:00 am

19 Feb 20248:00 am

18 Feb 2023, Sat10:00 am
19 Feb 2023, Sun11:00 am
20 Feb 2023, Mon11:30 am
21 Feb 2023, Tue12:00 noon
These dates are selected to maximise time to complete Ninety Mile Beach at low tide and start at a reasonable time of day (this combination occurs for a few days roughly every two weeks). 

FREE POSTERS: here are two A3 sized posters of the 2018 route [6MB PDF] you can download and print for yourself or friends and family.

You can track 2024 participants progress live at: https://touraotearoa2024.maprogress.com

This is a self-supported 3,000 km brevet from Cape Reinga to Bluff. A brevet is not a race. It is a ride following a set course, via 30 photo checkpoints, which you must complete between 10 and 45 days.

If you are participating in the brevet, you must make a $100 donation to a charity of your choice. And of course you can add personal value to your journey and fund raise more money for the charity you are supporting. Besides this donation, all entrants are asked to offset your carbon emissions from travelling to the start and from the end of the Brevet.

Over 300 people entered the 2016 Brevet, including 65 from overseas. In total, over $250,000 was raised for 83 different causes ranging from social and environment to trail building.

In 2018 over 500 people rode the TA brevet. In 2020 just over 750 riders started, but some of those were interrupted by the Covid19 lockdown.

Tour Aotearoa Brevet is now run annually, starting in February each year. The exact start dates vary from year to year depending on tide times at 90 Mile Beach.

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2025 Start Dates

We haven't finalised dates yet but 23-27 Feb looks good. [Source data for geeks.]