e Tour Aotearoa – the Plan

A laid back, old-man-friendly, ebike version of the Tour Aotearoa

We bike for comfort, not for speed, so averaging 60-80km a day is good enough for us. If speed and accomplishment are your style, you could smash this in half the time.

 
CAUTION: The actual route already differs considerably from this plan. New routes will be posted by early 2024.

Large parts of this route are taken from the real Tour Aotearoa, but since we have the dual constraints of needing to charge our bikes every night and being far too old for camping, we opt for credit card bike packing. This route avoids bigger towns and cities where possible, and minimises contact with Auckland and State Highways. It will take us longer than the 40 odd days listed here because we have friends, family and fun on the way, and we’ll find smaller, less-gravelled roads and tracks as we go.

North Island

/ 568 km | Up 6,200 | Down 6,310
/ 1,556 km | Up 17,570 | Down 17,710

South Island

1,253 km | Up 12,540 | Down 12,520

 

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Day Komoot plan Distance (km) Gain (m) Down (m)
North Island        
1 Cape Reinga to Hukatere 74 410 500
2 Hukatere to Ahipara 38 60 110
3 Ahipara to Kohukohu 63 970 950
4 Horeke to Kawakawa 69 540 530
5 Kawakawa to Whananaki 78 1200 1200
6 Whananaki to Whangarei Heads 70 841 836
7 One Tree Point to Pakiri 70 331 335
8 Pakiri to Mahurangi West 45 876 838
9 Mahurangi West to Northcote 56 656 653
10 Pine Harbour to Kaiaua 65 1390 1390
11 Kaiaua to Huntly 77 590 580
12 Huntly to Tamahere 46 150 130
13 Tamahere to Mangakino 88 980 820
14 Mangakino to Timber Trail 65 1270 980
15 Timber Trail to Taumarunui 70 730 1070
16 Taumarunui to Blue Duck 66 950 990
17 Blue Duck to Bridge to Nowhere 45 930 980
18 Pipiriki to Whanganui 76 1130 1170
19 85 490 460
20 PN to Eketahuna 70 650 470
21 Ekatahuna to Greytown 65 290 460
22 Greytown to Eastbourne 94 540 580
23 Eastbourne to Interislander 21 160 170
         
South Island        
24 65 800 760
25 93 840 280
26 65 950 1420
 
 
     
27 Murchison to Maruia 59 860 680
28 Maruia to Reefton 65 550 710
29 Reefton to Greymouth 77 470 660
30 Greymouth to Kaniere 71 660 530
31 Kaniere to Ross 52 230 340
32 Ross to Harihari 44 290 270
33 Harihari to Fox Glacier 87 1350 1220
34 Fox to Bruce Bay 48 280 460
35 Bruce Bay to Haast 72 730 720
36 Haast to Makarora/a> 79 1310 990
37 Makarora to Wanaka 66 700 710
38 Wanaka to Queenstown 71 1040 980
39 Queenstown to Mossburn 96 900 920
40 Mossburn to Invercargill 99 20 350
41 Invercargill to Bluff 30 70 60

Day 1 | Cape Reinga – Hukatere

Total distance: 73.97 km
Max elevation: 204 m
Min elevation: 0 m
Total climbing: 357 m
Total descent: -460 m
Total time: 05:12:18
Download file: 01 eTA Cape Reinga to Hukatere.gpx

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Day 2 | Hukatere – Ahipara

Why hurry? When else are you going to ride along a beach like this?

Total distance: 38.4 km
Max elevation: 61 m
Min elevation: 3 m
Total climbing: 45 m
Total descent: -91 m
Total time: 02:50:21
Download file: 02 eTA Hukatere to Ahipara.gpx

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Day 3 | Ahipara – Kohukohu

About here we will depart from the real TA to head down the East Coast to Auckland, thus avoiding the Big Climb past the kauri, Dargavilleand a potentially expensive ferry trip down the big brown Kaipara Harbour. Three wins in one day! There is a ferry from Kohukohu to Horeke, the start of the Twin Coast Trail.

Total distance: 60.37 km
Max elevation: 223 m
Min elevation: 6 m
Total climbing: 863 m
Total descent: -868 m
Total time: 03:39:26
Download file: 03 eTA Ahipara to Kohukohu.gpx

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Day 4 | Horeke to Kawakawa

The Twin Coast Trail

Total distance: 68.99 km
Max elevation: 293 m
Min elevation: 6 m
Total climbing: 487 m
Total descent: -483 m
Total time: 04:31:38
Download file: 04 eTA Horeke to Kawakawa.gpx

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Day 5 | Kawakawa to Whananaki

Skipping Russell and the beautiful but hilly coast road which would add about 20km and 200m climbing. Possible fish n chip and recharge at Oakura

Total distance: 78.01 km
Max elevation: 274 m
Min elevation: 5 m
Total climbing: 1113 m
Total descent: -1107 m
Total time: 04:54:36
Download file: 05 Kawakawa to Whananaki.gpx

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Day 6 | Whananaki to Whangarei Heads

Taking the ferry from Whangarei Heads to One Tree Point (ph/txt 021 114 7466) means we can completely bypass Whangarei, and a bit of wiggling, almost completely avoid SH1.

Total distance: 69.7 km
Max elevation: 108 m
Min elevation: 2 m
Total climbing: 841 m
Total descent: -836 m
Total time: 04:17:44
Download file: 06 Whananaki to Whangarei Heads.gpx

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Day 7 | One Tree Point to Pakiri

Taking the ferry from Whangarei Heads to One Tree Point (ph/txt 021 114 7466) means we can completely bypass Whangarei, and a bit of wiggling, almost completely avoid SH1.

Total distance: 69.8 km
Max elevation: 114 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 331 m
Total descent: -335 m
Total time: 04:15:54
Download file: 07 One Tree Point to Pakiri Beach.gpx

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Day 8 | Pakiri to MAhurangi West

Komoot suggested we bike down Pakiri Beach, so if we wait for the low tide we can miss a heap of rural gravel roads

Total distance: 44.86 km
Max elevation: 412 m
Min elevation: 7 m
Total climbing: 876 m
Total descent: -838 m
Total time: 02:43:53
Download file: 08 Pakiri Beach to Mahurangi West.gpx

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Day 9 | Mahurangi West to Northcote

Total distance: 56.08 km
Max elevation: 131 m
Min elevation: 2 m
Total climbing: 656 m
Total descent: -653 m
Total time: 02:56:05
Download file: 09 Mahurangi West to Northcote.gpx

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Day 10 | Pine Harbour to Kaiaua

This takes in the new Hunua Traverse so that we can avoid the road from Clevedon to Kaiaua which is narrow and busy.

Total distance: 65.75 km
Max elevation: 459 m
Min elevation: 5 m
Total climbing: 1076 m
Total descent: -1074 m
Total time: 04:50:40
Download file: eTA Pine Harbour to Kaiaua (1).gpx

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Day 11 Kaiaua to Huntly

Total distance: 77.56 km
Max elevation: 172 m
Min elevation: 4 m
Total climbing: 536 m
Total descent: -522 m
Total time: 04:53:11
Download file: 12KaiauatoHuntly.gpx

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Day 12 Huntly to Tamahere

Total distance: 45.6 km
Max elevation: 55 m
Min elevation: 15 m
Total climbing: 158 m
Total descent: -130 m
Total time: 02:14:23
Download file: 13 Huntly to Tamahere.gpx

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Day 13 – 14 Tamahere to Mangakino

Two days, break at Arapuni

Total distance: 111.03 km
Max elevation: 376 m
Min elevation: 34 m
Total climbing: 1195 m
Total descent: -1019 m
Total time: 06:38:08
Download file: 14 Tamahere to Mangakino 2 days.gpx
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Day 14 | Mangakino to Timber Trail

Total distance: 66.33 km
Max elevation: 703 m
Min elevation: 223 m
Total climbing: 1208 m
Total descent: -919 m
Total time: 04:55:05
Download file: 24 eTA Mangakino to Timber Trail.gpx

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Day 15 | Timber Trail to Taumaranui

Total distance: 69.8 km
Max elevation: 632 m
Min elevation: 170 m
Total climbing: 639 m
Total descent: -984 m
Total time: 04:42:58
Download file: 25 eTA Timber Trail to Taumarunui.gpx

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Day 16 | Taumaranui to Blue Duck

Total distance: 65.54 km
Max elevation: 545 m
Min elevation: 124 m
Total climbing: 845 m
Total descent: -887 m
Total time: 04:33:35
Download file: 26 eTA Taumarunui to Blue Duck.gpx

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Day 17 | Blue Duck to Bridge to Nowhere

Bookings will be required to get from The Bridge to Nowhere to Pipiriki on the jet boat (fantastic trip). Maybe stay at the Bridge to Nowhere lodge

Total distance: 39.77 km
Max elevation: 631 m
Min elevation: 88 m
Total climbing: 809 m
Total descent: -860 m
Total time: 03:06:18
Download file: 27 eTA Blue Duck to Bridge to Nowhere.gpx

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Day 18 | Pipiriki to Wanganui

Total distance: 76.66 km
Max elevation: 194 m
Min elevation: 4 m
Total climbing: 1007 m
Total descent: -1053 m
Total time: 03:57:17
Download file: 28 eTA Pipiriki to Whanganui.gpx

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Day 19 | Wanganui to Palmerston North

The proper TA route goes via Hunterville and down the Manawatu cycle trail which is picturesque but longer, taking 2 days. It could be a good option, especially since it avoids PN altogether
Option A:

Total distance: 85.03 km
Max elevation: 162 m
Min elevation: 2 m
Total climbing: 467 m
Total descent: -435 m
Total time: 04:12:58
Download file: 29 eTA Whanganui to PN.gpx
Option B:
Total distance: 175.68 km
Max elevation: 680 m
Min elevation: 7 m
Total climbing: 2080 m
Total descent: -2006 m
Total time: 10:29:08
Download file: 30 eTA Whanganui to Ashhurst.gpx

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Day 20 | PN to Ekatahuna