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Tour Aotearoa

Tour Aotearoa is one of the world’s great bikepacking trips: stretching 3,000km 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 was designed by Jonathan Kennett, a New Zealand cycling guidebook writer. In February 2016 he organised a Brevet event designed to highlight the best New Zealand Cycle Trail Great Rides, Heartland Rides, and quiet back country roads. He has published a number of books about the Tour and he is organising the Tour Aotearoa Brevet again in February 2018.

Tour Aotearoa 2018 "official event" start dates and times:

10th Feb8amSaturday
12th Feb10amMonday
14th Feb12pmWednesday
24th Feb7amSaturday
26th Feb9amMonday
28th Feb11amWednesday

Riders from each wave will take from 10 to 30 days to complete their ride. The last riders should reach Bluff around 30 March 2018.

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