Bikepacking Aotearoa is a guide to twenty cycling adventures around New Zealand. The trips range in length from two days to two weeks and explore the less travelled parts of this beautiful little country.
New equipment and a change of mindset have opened up a whole new world of possibilities. Bike packing bags, strap directly on to the bike and allow you to travel fast and light, on off-road capable bikes. Get away from busy main roads. Take to the gravel backroads, cycle trails, and back-country tracks to really get away from it all and find the hidden gems that Aotearoa has to offer.
For riders who are looking for adventures close to home and for bikepacking routes that can be completed in 2-3 days Bikepacking Aotearoa offers a choice of 20 exciting routes that explore some of the most scenic parts of the country. These routes are perfect as weekend getaways or as preparation for a bikepacking event.
• Introductory chapters cover equipment choice, bike setup, training and preparation. • Includes detailed route descriptions, maps, elevation charts, essential service listings • Routes are graded by difficulty • Includes a list of Bikepacking events on offer around Aotearoa NZ
Contents Introduction Choosing and fitting your bike Packing your bags Preparation On the road
North Island 1. The Heart of the Octopus 2. Great Barrier Island 3. Coromandel Peninsula 4. Raglan to Te Awa Loop 5. Caves to Coast Loop 6. Geyserland Classic 7. Whanganui – Whangaehu Valley Loop 8. Mangatutu Mission 9. The Five Beaches 10. Remutaka Plus
South Island 11. Marlborough Sounds Loop 12. Kahurangi 500 13. Tasman’s Great Taste Trail Plus 14. Rainbow – Molesworth 15. Wilderness No.8 16. Le Banks Peninsula 17. Alps 2 Hakataramea Loop 18. Te Kouka Traverse 19. Nevis and the Old Man 20. The Ram Rock
Other Rides Plus summaries of an extra 20 nearby trips – recommended by leading bikepackers.
Bonus rides: * Tour Aotearoa: 3000 km the length of New Zealand * Kopiko Aotearoa: 1060 km cape to cape across the North Island
Though we’re a bike shop that sells, builds and fixes bicycles, they’re really just the means to an end; albeit a beautifully designed means to an idyllic end. Our job most importantly is to encourage as many people as we can to get out and ride for transport and enjoyment. We'd love to make riding a bike as commonplace as your morning cup of coffee, which by the way is our other obsession.
Bicycle Junction is situated at 1 Marion St, Te Aro, Wellington.