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Kopiko Aotearoa


Kōpiko Aotearoa is a route across the North Island of New Zealand from East Coast to Taranaki (or the other way if you prefer).

Sign up for email updates from event organiser Simon Kennett. Here's his latest update from 9 Jan 2024.

Here's a detailed Google map of the route [updated 19 Jan 2024]


The full standard route is detailed in the guidebooks:
These guidebooks provide vital turn-by-turn cue sheets, maps, elevation charts and important contact details along the standard route. All in a compact no-nonsense format.


2024 route via Whakatane East to West GPS files:

 2024 route via Whakatane West to East GPS files

Warning 2024: A disgruntled, anti-social character has set up camp at the East Cape lighthouse car park (by the public toilet). We’ve been advised that it is best to avoid this person. That means avoiding the toilet at the car park. The nearest public toilet is in Te Araroa.

Kopiko 2024 Brevet event

The 2024 event will start on 20th and 21st January 2024. [Note: we are considering making the Kopiko Brevet run only on even-numbered years in future.]

Enter the Kopiko Aotearoa 2024 Brevet here. Once the event has started your friends and family will be able to follow along

Facebook group: Kōpiko Aotearoa General Forum

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Archived 2022 Gisborne start/finish route, aka "the Covid route":

The 2022 event had to avoid East Cape because of Covid and road closures. These links are archived here in case we ever need to revert to this route option.
2022 COVID ROUTE East to West GPS files:
2022 COVID ROUTE West to East GPS files