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Tour Aotearoa


Tour Aotearoa is one of the world’s great bikepacking trips: stretching 3,000 km from Cape Reinga to Bluff it follows a combination of cycle trails, tracks, paths and lanes connected by the most enjoyable country roads available.



The Tour Aotearoa route is designed to highlight the best New Zealand Cycle Trail Great Rides, Heartland Rides, and quiet back country roads. The route was/is designed by Jonathan Kennett, a New Zealand cycling guidebook writer.

A Tour Aotearoa Brevet event is also organised once every two years; 2066, 2018 and 2020. The 2020 event starts in waves of 100 people per day spread from 17 February to 8 March. Rider are supposed to take no more than 30 days to finish. You can track participants progress down the country at: https://touraotearoa2020.maprogress.com/

Sign up to receive email updates about the 2020 Tour Aotearoa event. Note - signing up for email updates is not the same as entering the event!


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.




“I’m not sure I can convey the wonderfulness of it all – what a great route, what a diverse and beautiful little country, what fantastic people I met along the way, what a lot of tasty food I ate!"
- Brendan Pheasant, Napier




“It’s been a very memorable experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Just sheer awesomeness!”
- Nils van der Heide, Wellington