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.
The Cape to Cape route created by the Kennett Brothers is known as the Kopiko Aotearoa. This wonderful ride 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. 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.
Two weeks of riding bliss across Te Ika-a-Māui
Annette Sweeney, 10/04/2021 8:05pm
What an amazing trip! The Cape to Cape was an absolutely brilliant two weeks riding through some of the best scenery that Te Ika-a-Māui has to offer. Every day we experienced unique and beautiful parts of Aotearoa; enjoyed delicious, nutritious food served up by the fantastic support team; and enjoyed each other’s company as we rode our way across the country. The riding was great – a few big days, but you have nothing to do but ride and enjoy, and its such a great feeling when you get to the top of the hill, or reach your accommodation for the evening. Escape Adventures organisation and planning is amazing, and the support team work tirelessly to make sure everything is organised for you making it a fantastic escape from ‘reality’ where you can just focus on riding and enjoying the trip. I was really impressed by Escape’s commitment to sustainability and minimising waste along the trip – it was evident in everything that they did. If you are thinking of doing the Cape to Cape, don’t hesitate, just sign-up! There’s no way you’ll regret choosing to do the Cape to Cape with Escape.
Cape to Cape, another awesome ride !!
Annie Hudson, 07/04/2021 4:44pm
Escape have done it yet again, another superbly organised epic bike ride, wiggling our way from East Cape to Cape Egmont, the widest part of New Zealand. What a way to explore and see so much of remote, rural and the small towns of the North Island, riding our bikes along scenic coastline, fabulous trails, through native forest and back country roads. Of course, there were a few good hills, but they came down too! The support crew of Bruce and Alice were amazing - again. Always thinking ahead and on hand to support us and keep us topped up with great snack food along the way. I can’t recommend this enough, just prepare yourself to really enjoy a ride of your life!!
An awesome trip with like minded people!
Pam Thompson, 02/04/2021 11:41am
Great trip with tour leaders Alice and Bruce who looked after all our needs and wants. Really good cooks and we were feed extremely well. I rode from Gisborne to Rotorua which was very hilly but the scenery and homestays were worth the effort. The days varied from 80kms to 104kms so some preparation is needed. Riding an E-bike does help with hills but the battery needs to last the day so still takes effort from the rider. An awesome trip with like minded people!
STEPHEN HOLT, 01/04/2021 5:39pm
Despite a very nervous start, the ride became a pleasure, a challenge, an opportunity.. a blast! The riding company was great, the support excellent, the food varied but generally excellent, making for a comfortable experience. Best of all, the weather was almost perfect. Highlights included the regular coffee stops, in some very unlikely places, wonderful nibbles and lunch stops, and help whenever required. Thank you Mandy, Alice and Bruce for all tour efforts to provide a positive, first class riding event of a 1000 plus kilometers.
In Good Fettle
Michael Sidey, Wanaka, 24/03/2021 12:00am
Reporting in to say we made the journey and are in good fettle. We ventured with an excellent bunch of mid-aged people, all competent riders and amusing company. Bruce and Alice made for a seamless experience where we we able to really appreciate and enjoy the privilege of riding freely and the uniqueness of our locations. I can see now why you have retired from supporting....they could both keep up! The combination of E-Bikers and Analogues worked well both because of rider competence and the astute programming of Bruce and Alice. So well done and thank you. We wish you and Escape every success in the future.
Great cycle tourism in our own backyard
John Dunbar, 27/02/2021 6:09pm
What a great sense of achievement completing the cape to cape ride! Thanks so much Mandy and John for another superbly organised trip with great support staff. There's a surprising amount to learn being a tourist in your own country and visiting out of the way places and small communities. We should all get to know our country better. The cycling distances sound tough but were quite manageable so anyone considering the ride shouldn't be put off, provided they are realistic about their capabilities. I'll certainly be keen to line up for another ride in New Zealand.
- 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 is a pedal bike-centric cycle tour. Riding distance and pace is designed at pedal bike-pace. / E-Bikers are also welcome.
- 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.
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
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.
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 quiet country roads, then into Pureora Forest Park, the centre most point of the North Island and the famous Timber Trail. Virgin rainforest, cool bridges and the lovely Timber Trail Lodge. 81km
Day 12: We ride the he second half of the Timber Trail on cycle trail and historical milling tracks down to Ongarue and then onto sleepy Ohura for the night. 85km
Day 13: Joining the Forgotten World Highway 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. 59km
Day 14: Its a convoluted route today as we leave the hills behind and Bollon our to the coast. Our ride finishes along the waterfront cycle trail into New Plymouth. 91km
Day 15: A wee stretch of the legs is required to make our final lunge out to Cape Egmont. 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. 56km.
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.
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.