No country epitomizes intact nature, friendly people, and outdoor activity better than New Zealand.
This spectacular North Island trip begins in Auckland, the most populous metropolitan area in the north of the island. Set out on an unforgettable journey from north to south, where Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, awaits. In between you pass through the lush pastures of The Shire from The Lord of the Rings movies, discover deep, mystic forests, ride along
New Zealand’s longest river, and cross the stunning mountain ranges running through the middle of the North Island. The Timber Trail is an amazing riding highlight and a real classic that takes you across thrilling suspension bridges and along flowing single tracks through the breathtaking Pureora Forest Park. Enjoy wonderful riding on your way to remote heritage
sites in ancient forests and back to civilization. The memories you’ll make at the other end of the world will last a lifetime.
|Start/Finish:||Auckland / Wellington|
|Nearest airport:||Auckland / Wellington|
|Route:||mostly side and country roads with little traffic, as well as cycling paths, both paved and unpaved; a few single tracks and technically demanding sections|
|Accommodations:||traditional New Zealand hotels, motels, as well as simple country inns|
|Highlights:||Auckland, Hobbiton Movie Set, Timber Trail , Pureora Forest Park , Mount Ruapehu, Wine region Martinborough, Wellington|
|Minimum number of participants:||8
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|DAY 1:||Arrival in Auckland
Your New Zealand e-bike trip begins with our Welcome Briefing in the hotel at 4 pm where you can meet the group.
|DAY 2:||Auckland - Thames
Today our adventure New Zealand begins! We leave Auckland and the city traffic by train, which takes us to Papakura, about 60 km south. On small side roads we reach Miranda, at the Firth of Thames. James Cook named the Waihou River after the English model Thames and praised the estuary area as one of the best settlement sites in the country.
|DAY 3:||Thames - Matamata
Formed along historic railway line laid down from Thames to Paeroa, the Hauraki Rail Trail is one fo the easiest and most popular cycle trails in the country. The highlight for most is the Karangahake Gorge, with its scenic forest and fascinating history. Along the Waihou River we pedal south. In the evening we will find ourselves in Middle-earth, in Hobbington, with a wonderful view of the Kaimai Mountains. Here, the adventures of Frodo and Bilbo began.
|DAY 4:||Matamata - Rotorua
Today we cycle south along the Waikato River. It is New Zealand‘s longest river and was once the highway for Maori travelling by waka. The trail is full of surprises. Some are easy, gravelled paths, with long boardwalks or swing bridges. Others are bumpy mountain-bike tracks with switchbacks und steep hills. The stage destination is Rotorua.
|DAY 5:||Rotorua - Taupo
Te Ara Ahi, which means the pathway of fire. We mostly ride on smooth concret paths beside the Rotorua-Taupo highway, passing through unique geothermal areas ranging from steaming volcanic craters and active geysers to soothing hot pools, now popular for soaking in. In the afternoon we meet the Waikato River again. In the evening we reach Taupo.
|DAY 6:||Taupo - Taumarunui
Since it was opened in March 2013, the Timber Trail has become the new favourite among passionated mountain bikers. It is an relatively easy ride through a stunning forest with a fascinating history. We will cross New Zealand‘s longest suspension bridge. The trail ends in Ongarue at the Timber Trail Center. In lack of any restaurant along the way, we have to bring our food for the whole day.
|DAY 7:||Taumarunui - Ohakune
South of Taumarunui we meet the Whanganui River and the Whanganui National Park. In the afternoon we reach the next highlight - the Tongariro National Park. In the „Lord of the Rings“ movie the mountains of the Central Plateau became the dark Mordor. Here we will spend a well-deserved rest day.
Today is a rest day. But who really wants to rest in this fantastic area? You can sleep in, go for a walk, enjoy a coffee.... But you can also ride the Ohakune Mountain Road with us! Ride from Ohakune up, up, up. It is sealed all the way to Turoa Ski Field car park, and you will pass various vegetative strata on this scenic road through Tongariro National Park. Be warned though, 1000 metres of elevation to gain, this is one of the toughest road climbs in New Zealand.
|DAY 9:||Ohakune - Wanganui
Today we cycle on the „Mountain to Sea“ cycle path, from the volcanoes of the Central Plateau to the Tasman Sea. The lively Whanganui is located at the Tasman Sea. Besides, after today‘s effort we deserve a Speight‘s or a cold Tui.
|DAY 10:||Wanganui - Palmerston North
Today‘s almost 100 km lead through a flat region that is intensively used for agriculture. Palmerston North, our destination today, is a city of science. It is the home of Massey University, the largest university in the country with branches in Auckland and Wellington.
|DAY 11:||Palmerston North - Masterton
Through lush green, hilly pastureland we go to Mangatainoka. Here is the 7-storey high head office of the Tui brewery. Tui has been brewed since 1889 and is, not least thanks to advertising, cult beer. There is a guided tour of the brewery and hearty food at TuiHQ. If you feel like it you can make a detour to the Mount Bruce Wildlife Center. It is an open bird sanctuary, with various tours and birdhouses, including a night house for kiwis.
|DAY 12:||Masterton - Martinborough
Today is a short cycling day and we end up in one of the most beautiful wine regions of the country - in Martinborough. Here mainly Pinot Noir is cultivated, which has long been discovered internationally. An exclusive lifestyle is not far away and that attracts well situated Wellingtonians. Anyway - we will definitely taste a Pinot Noir tonight.
|DAY 13:||Martinborough - Wellington
Today is our last cycling day and we have another beautiful 100 km to go. Rimutaka Rail Trail and the Hutt River Trail are calling. We climb Rimutaka Hill, a spectacular route with mostly strong winds, continue on the Hutt River Trail and reach the suburbs of Wellington. Windy Welli - as the capital is often called. Wellington has enough to keep you busy all day. Of course we will review the many impressions we got from this beautiful country on our last dinner together in the capital.
|DAY 14:||Departure from Wellington
Let’s enjoy our final breakfast together and have a safe trip home.
Price for rider in double room
|Own Bike||$ 6.350,-|
|E-Mountain Bike||$ 7.000,-|
|Single room supplement||$ 1.360,-|
Price for rider in double room
|Own Bike||$ 6.350,- *|
|E-Mountain Bike||$ 7.000,- *|
|Single room supplement||$ 1.360,- *|
* Please note the dates and tour prices for 2022 not being confirmed yet. The shown figures are preliminary and subject to change. If the final tour price in 2022 includes an increase of more than 5% compared to the previous year´s tour price, you can cancel your booked participation free of charge until October 31, 2021.
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