Cape to Cape

A fully supported cycle tour from East Cape to Cape Egmont

The Cape to Cape is a 1050km cycle route from the most eastern point of the north Island rather indirectly to the western most point at Cape Egmont. It is a ride that will take you into the thick of the north island’s most remote, rugged and off the beaten track towns; while making sure we experience every detail of the undulating topography.

East Cape to Cape Egmont
16 Days
1050 km
Fully supported version of New Zealand’s classic Cape to Cape

The route was created by the Kennett Brothers and makes use of as many of New Zealand's off road cycle trails and quiet back roads as possible.

We are offering a fully supported version of the Cape to Cape so that you can enjoy the ride - without the hassle of carrying your gear or finding food and accommodation.  Our tour loosely follows this classic route and also includes plenty of quirky extras, stop-overs and special places in the true Escape Adventures' style.

This is a ‘Fully Supported’ cycle tour, rather than a 'guided tour'.  We will organise the logistics, book accommodation and organise all included meals. Two of our awesome Escape Adventures tour leaders will ride with you, and provide daily briefings, first aid and mechanical support. Our trusty ’Sag Wagon’ support vehicle will carry your luggage, has lunch, snacks and water, and is there if you need a break from the saddle. There are times when the vehicle will need to take a different route and will meet up with you where it can. We will supply you with daily route notes and maps so that you can ride at your own pace throughout the day.

 Contact Us for a detailed itinerary

The Biking

  • A total distance of 1050km spread over 13 biking days.
  • 35-115km riding per day on wonderfully remote and scenic, quiet gravelled and sealed roads and cycle trails.
  • The Cape to Cape is renowned for its hilly terrain - big ups, big downs, and otherwise rolling coastal terrain. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
  • A hardtail mountain bike or a touring bike with off road tyres is the ideal bike.
  • This tour is ideal for pedal bikers who like hills / or E-Bikers.
  • Hire Bikes are available locally. Contact us if you plan on hiring a bike.
  • Dirt/gravel road biking experience will very much add to the enjoyment of your tour.
  • Our ‘Sag Wagon’ support is available (most of the time) should you need a break from the saddle.

Support

This is a ‘Fully Supported’ cycle tour, rather than a 'guided tour'.  We will organise the logistics, book accommodation and organise all included meals. Two of our awesome Escape Adventures tour leaders will ride with you, and provide daily briefings, first aid and mechanical support. Our trusty ’Sag Wagon’ support vehicle will carry your luggage, has lunch, snacks and water, and is there if you need a break from the saddle. There are times when the vehicle will need to take a different route and will meet up with you where it can. We will supply you with daily route notes and maps so that you can ride at your own pace throughout the day.

Group Size: 6-14

Meals

Included in the tour are all breakfasts and riding snacks, 13 lunches and 9 evening meals. The other meals (as per the daily itinerary below) are in places where there are dinning and wining options available - therefore at your own cost and choosing. (This gives you more control over the cost of your tour AND spreads the love supporting local businesses!).  We are most definitely able to cater for vegetarians and special diets and if this includes you, it is essential to advise us of this before your tour begins, so that the support vehicle can be stocked with the necessary supplies.

Typical Meals Include:

  •  Breakfasts - Fresh fruit, muesli, toast and spreads, hot drinks.  Cooked breakfast on occasions.
  • Lunches - Picnic style lunches, fresh salads, cold meats, cheese & bread.
  • Snacks - Fresh fruit, salty snacks, home baking.
  • Evening Meals - Prepared by your tour leaders or local accommodation.

Accommodation

All accommodation for the 15 nights of the tour is included.  We have explored and chosen the most fitting accommodation we could find to work in with the riding route, this includes holiday park cabins and motels, homestays, farmstays, and lodges!

Accommodation is on a share twin basis.  If you’re traveling alone, we’ll pair you to twin-share with another biker.  If you do not wish to share a single supplement will apply. Single room options may be limited in some locations.

Itinerary East Cape to Cape Egmont

Day 1:  Arrive in Gisborne no later than 12 noon. In the afternoon we transfer to Te Araroa. Pre-departure meeting and first meal together.

Day 2:  Our first days’ ride is along the most remote and stunning part of the cape.  Rugged coastline, windswept landscapes and lots of horses! 75km.

Day 3:  We follow the coastal road on the north of the East Cape as it meanders to and from the coast, through bush, farmland and coastal settlements. 87km

Day 4:  Here begins the road less travelled. Sharing the road with only the odd farm vehicle or free range animal we leave the coast behind us and climb into the hills. 87km

Day 5:  Inland East Cape gets an A in country roads that are great to bike on.  Add in a very unique river, a waterfall and a homestay and there is not much to complain about. 103km

Day 6:  What goes up must come down.  And then go back up again!  Some parts of today might be the slowest you’ve ever travelled on your bike.  But what the road building lacks in tact - it makes up later in the day with good looks.  87km.

Day 7:  You might have a feeling that you deserve today… and your rewards come in the form of lakes, bush and birds of Lake Waikaremoana and Urewera National Park and a very long down hill. Keep your eyes peeled for free roaming cows, sheep and horses. 90km

Day 8:  If ever there was a day of contrast - this is it.  We leave the Ureweras behind us and take a long straight road for a change.  We transfer by vehicle to the city for a re-stock.  Optional 30km cycle trail into Rotorua.  68km

Day 9:  A well earned rest day and time to explore the many attractions of Rotorua.

Day 10:  We begin the day with a 30 minute transfer back to where we left off. Quiet country roads, small holdings, lifestyle properties and dams.  75km

Day 11:  A fun day starting on parts of the Waikato River Trail, quiet country roads and then we head off road into Pureora Forest Park and the centre most point of the North Island.  50km

Day 12:  Let the fun begin!  The Timber Trail is famous for stunning stands of virgin forest saved from logging in the 1970s.  Remote cycle trail and cool bridges bring us to the Timber Trail Lodge.  35km

Day 13:  We ride the he second half of the Timber Trail on cycle trail and historical milling tracks down to Ongarue and then onto Taumaranui for the night.  70km

Day 14:  Joining the Forgotten World Highway in Taumarunui we begin the day following the Whanganui River.  At the top of the Paparata Saddle hilly farm country swaps out to native forest and the Tangarakau Gorge and downhill to the independant Republic of Whangamomona.  105km

Day 15:  A wee stretch of the legs is required to make our final lunge out to the west coast.  We take the scenic way over a low foothill of Mt Taranaki and down to the Cape Egmont before sunset.  A 30 minute vehicle transfer takes us back to New Plymouth for our final dinner together. 115km.

Day 16:  Our final breakfast together for this tour.  Stay on and explore the Taranaki region or for those heading home airport transfers can be arranged.

Trip Price

Full Cape to Cape Tour:  NZD $6,250
+Bike Hire if required $500

Rotorua to Cape Egmont only: NZD $3,290 | Bike Hire if required $300

Singles: You DON'T have to pay a single supplement!
- If you’re traveling alone, we’ll pair you to twin-share with another biker.
- If you do not wish to share that is fine too, but a single supplement will apply.  Single Supplement if requested: $1,150

Included in your Tour:

  •  Vehicle transfer from Gisborne to East Cape
  • 15 nights accommodation
  •  Meals as per tour itinerary.
  •  Two Escape Adventures tour leaders
  •  Local support driver
  •  Support vehicle & bike trailer
  •  Vehicle transfer from Cape Egmont to New Plymouth

Tour Price does NOT include: getting to Gisborne and from New Plymouth, optional activities, personal equipment & some meals as per the detailed itinerary.