Tour Aotearoa - the Full Tour

Cape Reinga to Bluff

The Tour Aotearoa is a 3000km cycle route created by the Kennett Brothers exploring the length of New Zealand from Cape Reinga to Bluff and riding on as many of New Zealand's off road cycle trails and quiet back roads as possible.

Cape Reinga to Bluff
49 days
2845 km
Fully supported version of New Zealand’s classic Tour Aotearoa

We have divided the tour into six 7-12 day fully supported riding sections so that you you can choose which section or sections that you want to do and then enjoy riding and exploring that section in detail - without the hassle of carrying your gear or finding food and accommodation.  Our sections loosely follow this classic route and also include plenty of quirky extras, stop-overs and special places in the true Escape Adventures' style.

The full Tour Aotearoa is 2845km with no planned vehicle transfers.  We have divided the tour into six sections, and into 43 days of biking and six rest days.  Each section offers daily rides of 30-105km, with rest days at the end of each section.  Daily riding lengths have been planned to be achievable, but not without a challenge and to allow plenty of time to engage with the locals and explore the local towns along the way.  Riding distances have been planned for pedal bikes, however E-Bikes are welcome too!  Our ‘Sag Wagon’ support is also available should you need a break from the saddle.

View Itineraries for all six sections here:

Cape Reinga to Auckland
Auckland to Whanganui
Whanganui to Wellington
Picton to Blackball
Blackball to Wanaka
Wanaka to Bluff

Or... why not ride the full tour?

The Biking

  • A total distance of 2845 km spread over 41 days of biking (and six rest days).
  • 30-115km riding per day on wonderfully remote and scenic, quiet gravelled and sealed roads, cycle trails and an 84km beach section.
  • There are some big ups, big downs, plenty of rolling country of course there is also some flat terrain. Yes there is a bit of everything in here...
  • A hardtail mountain bike or a touring bike with off road tyres is the ideal bike.
  • This tour is ideal for pedal bikers with a good level of fitness / or E-Bikers.
  • Hire Bikes are available locally. Contact us if you plan on hiring a bike.
  • Dirt/gravel road biking experience will 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: Minimum 6

Meals

Included in the tour are all of your breakfasts and riding snacks, 22 lunches and 7 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 48 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, hotels, 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.

Trip Prices

Full Tour Aotearoa.  49 days |  NZD $18,200
+Bike Hire if required $1,200

Full North Island.  26 days |  NZD $9,800
+Bike Hire if required $750

Full South Island.  24 days |  NZD $9,300
+Bike Hire if required $750

Any two consecutive sections - 5% off the tour prices.
+Bike Hire if required

Section 1: Cape Reinga to Auckland.  8 days |  NZD $2,990
+Bike Hire if required $300

Section 2: Auckland to Whanganui.  12 days |  NZD $4,250
+Bike Hire if required $400

Section 3: Whanganui to Wellington.  8 days |  NZD $3,190
+Bike Hire if required $300

Section 4: Picton to Blackball.  8 days |  NZD $2,990
+Bike Hire if required $300

Section 5: Blackball to Wanaka.  11 days |  NZD $4,090
+Bike Hire if required $400

Section 6: Wanaka to Bluff.  7 days |  NZD $2,750
+Bike Hire if required $250

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. 

Included in your Tour:

  •  Vehicle transfer from Kaitaia to Cape Reinga
  •  48 nights accommodation
  •  Meals as per tour itinerary.
  •  Two Escape Adventures tour leaders
  •  Local support driver
  •  Support vehicle & bike trailer
  •  Cook Strait Ferry
  •  Three Boat transfers
  •  Rest day in Okarito
  •  Vehicle transfer from Bluff to Invercargil

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