With our international tours on hold due to Covid-19, our guides are excited to have teamed up with local New Zealand company Adventure South to offer ‘Our Beautiful Back Yard’ Collection. Our March 2021 Northland Tour starts from a pick up in Auckland and we make our way up the western coast through spectacular Kauri forests, the stunning Hokianga Harbour, past 90 Mile Beach all the way to the northern most point of New Zealand – Cape Reinga. The journey back south takes us down the eastern coast – where, arguably, the most beautiful beaches of New Zealand are found. We enjoy a ‘rest day’ in the Bay of Islands to allow you freedom to explore this beautiful area at a leisurely pace with your choice of transport – boat cruise, sea kayak, swimming, walking, more biking….oh the choices!!!
We have chosen to partner up with Adventure South as they are a very well run local company that shares similar values to Kiwi Style Bike Tours. Like us, Adventure South strive to deliver challenging and fun cycle tours, set in the most beautiful places that are safely accessible by bike. Some of our Kiwi Style guides have experience with regular guiding duties for Adventure South during our European off season.
This tour is operated by Adventure South, using your familiar Kiwi Style guides to showcase ‘Our Beautiful Back Yard’ Collection.
A $200 deposit is required to secure your place on this tour – fully refundable under Adventure South Covid-19 T & C’s. Full terms and conditions can be found here: https://www.adventuresouth.co.nz/Terms-and-conditions
For the full tour itinerary and ride details check out the Adventure South website link:
Locations we stay at along the way are:
Pick up/Meet up is in Auckland on morning of 12th March 2021.
Day One – Auckland to Baylys Beach. We start he tour with a two hour transfer out of Auckland City and then get the legs stretched with some pedalling from Paparoa to Matakohe for our lunch stop at the Kauri Museum. We will allow time to visit the museum (optional) – home of the worlds largest Kauri slab. The afternoon ride takes us over the flat lands to Dargaville, before we hit a few kilometres of rolling terrain to get to Baylys Beach – our home for the evening. An evening beach stroll as the sun sets into the ocean is a great way to finish the first day of this tour.
Full ride distance 65km. Lunch and Dinner included.
Day Two – Baylys Beach to Omapere. Today we kick off with a gentle, flat hour or so before we head into the stunning Waipoua Forest. The thick native forest is incredible scenery to ride through and takes the mind off the climbing we are tackling today. After our lunch stop at Waipoua River we will have the opportunity for a forest walk to see Tane Mahuta ‘Lord of the Forest’, New Zealand’s largest living Kauri tree. The afternoon is finished with the bliss of a descent and the views across Hokianga Harbour. Our waterfront destination is Omapere, another fantastic location to spend the night.
Full ride distance 82km. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Day Three – Omapere to Ahipara. The stunning scenery continues from the very first kilometre today as we make our way around Hokianga Harbour, then divert inland before popping back out to the waterfront at Rawene. Here we jump on the ferry to transfer across the harbour. It’s back on the bikes to make our way through the Maungataniwha Ranges and the Herekino Gorge. We will come out at Ahipara – at the southern end of the famous 90 Mile Beach. What a stunning place – lets call it home for the night.
Full ride distance 91km. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day Four – Ahipara to Cape Reinga to Taipa Bay. It’s not rocket science today – head North, when you get wet you’re at Cape Reinga and that is as far North as our beautiful country goes. This is where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet and the famous lighthouse looks out over the unsettled waters this creates. Ninety Mile Beach is 90 miles by name only (it’s actually 88km long), so this will give us several ride distance options today, with our out and back route. We begin to head down the Eastern coast at the end of the day today – staying at Taipa Bay.
Various ride distance options from 70km+. Breakfast Lunch and Dinner included.
Day Five – Taipa Bay to Russell. It is going to be tough leaving this beautiful spot the morning, but more riding adventures await. Today we have some fantastic ride options available to us, with a mixture of roads that duck and dive through rural and coastal landscapes. We’ll start with an out and back ride over to an absolute gem – Taupo Bay. We will then get into a loop from Whangaroa Harbour to Taiaue Bay and back inland to meet up with the State Highway. Here we will load up to complete the day with a transfer to Paihia. The day is completed with a ferry transfer across to Russell – home for the next two nights.
Various ride distance options up to 100km. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day Six – Russell Rest Day. A well deserved day off the bike in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Ah – what to do in such a stunning waterside playground. Kayaking? A boat cruise? Swimming? Just beach R&R? or keep the legs spinning with a light ride? We can help with the tough choices today.
Day Seven – Russell to Whangarei. By now we have a real appreciation for just how beautiful the coastal landscape of Northland is – and today that continues as we head around the coast roads that are interspersed with rural farmland and native forest. After about 60km of lumpy riding we come to our lunch stop, which is a true hidden gem of the area. At Whakapara we come out at the State Highway, signalling our time to load up for the transfer into Whangarei for our evening accommodation.
Full ride distance 73km. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day Eight – Whangarei to Mangawhai Heads. This morning we have a short transfer out of Whangarei to Puwera. Ahead of us is a day of quiet rural roads and rolling green hills, which leads us to Paparoa, completing the loop to where we set off on our first day. After a short transfer through the busier roads to Waipu, we cycle along the coast road to the beach at Waipu Cove. We continue to the stunning Langs Beach and through to the seaside resort of Mangawhai Heads. A short transfer takes us to our rural accommodation for the night. Tonight is our last group dinner together and we celebrate our weeks cycling achievements.
Full ride distance 66km. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day Nine – Mangawhai Heads to Sandpit (Auckland).
Our final day starts with a transfer to the town of Wellsford. We then ride towards the coast, through the lush Whangaripo Valley. Our last challenge for the tour is a descent climb, with a smooth gravel section across the top – and a rewarding descent to our lunch stop at Leigh. After lunch we follow the undulating coastal road alongside the Whangateau Harbour and round the bays to a short peninsula called Sandspit, which marks the end of our cycle ride. We load up the bikes and drive back to Auckland, a journey of approx 1.5-2 hours where we say a sad farewell to our guides and new cycling companions. There will be one drop off in Parnell, Auckland and we can expect to be there around 6pm (traffic dependent).
Full ride distance 56km. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Drop off is in Parnell, Auckland on evening of 20th March.
OwnerJake Rowse is the owner of Kiwi Style Bike Tours, having taken over the reigns from company founder Richard Scott in 2017. Jakes first year guiding for Kiwi Style was 2012, while he and his wife and two daughters were living in France. Jake has been a keen cyclist, racing...
Sue Clark has been guiding for the past 5 years (mainly in New Zealand) and joined Kiwi Style in 2019 to guide the newest kid on the Kiwistyle block – Croatia. Sue isn’t new to Kiwistyle – she joined the France/Italy trip in 2013 and then gathered a group of...