5 Night Cycle Tour

Cycle Tours

Cook to Kupe Cycle Tour

A 5 night e-bike tour cycling Coast to Coast taking you on a scenically spectacular journey from the Bay of Islands on the East Coast to Hokianga Harbour on the West.

The cycling tour includes the 87km Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail and a similar distance of carefully selected back road cycling.

Our tours take you beyond the Twin Coast Cycle trail to enjoy more of the Far North – small towns with quirky art galleries, kauri forests, ferry and boat rides, vineyards, more cycling and walking, taking in some of NZ’s iconic attractions, along with wonderful  sights and experiences that only the locals know about!  A great mix of biking and walking. 

The trail takes you on a fascinating journey through some of  New Zealand’s earliest Maori and European settlements as it tells the story of an emerging nation.

  • Cycle tours run all year round.
  • All inclusive
  • Tour duration is 5 nights/5 days
  • Starts every Monday from Paihia, Bay of Islands
  • Final night is Friday night in Kerikeri. Tour concludes Saturday morning.
  • Tours are not guided whilst cycling, but our tour leader is nearby if you need a hand, meeting you along the way and at the end of the day. 
  • We keep the group size small to ensure flexibility, our transport is a luxurious 14-seater minibus.
  • Suitable for all abilities – including those who have never used an e-bike. 
  • Including some of NZ’s iconic attractions as well as those hidden gems that only locals know of. Entry into Wairere Boulders, Waitangi Treaty Grounds (award winning), Hundertwasser Park Centre – Te Hononga, Footprints Twilight Tour, Pompallier House, Manea Footprints of Kupe. (2021 Time Magazine – top 100 places to visit in the world).
  • A new fleet of quality Avanti e-bikes that are kept in peak condition, and serviced after every tour.
  • Excellent accommodation.
  • All your meals from lunch on Day 1, through to dinner on Day 5. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Meals at lovely eateries, award winning restaurants, and a vineyard.

Itinerary

Brief itinerary of what you can expect to experience on your 5 night Cook to Kupe Tour.

Starting in Paihia. Depending on the season, we will visit the iconic Waitangi Treaty Grounds on day 1 or day 5.     The award-winning Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a national treasure and tells our nation’s history.  Its a beautiful setting, filled with history and culture presented in interactive compelling ways.

This day is 40km of scenic off-road cycling on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail across to Horeke and the Hokianga Harbour.

On arrival at your accommodation enjoy some local wine and cheese.  You will be staying NZ’s first pub, a family run tavern right on the water’s edge where you will enjoy delicious home cooked fare.  The proprietor often tells regaling tales of the history of the pub and related activities supported with an impressive collection of old photos and other record

A fantastic day of cycling, walking and boating.  Approximately 30km of cycling. 

Tucked away in Horeke is Wairere Boulders – a private nature reserve that exhibits an internationally unique geological phenomenon that provides wonderful walks in native bush.  From Wairere you move on to Mangungu Mission House. A truly spectacular site overlooking the harbour.  This is where the largest signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in the country took place, with over 70 chiefs adding their assent before a crowd of up to 3,000 people.

Across the road from Mangungu is a wharf, we wander across with our bikes to catch the beautiful boat the Ranui and make our way across the Harbour to Kohukohu.  In Kohukohu we explore the old village which was the fourth biggest European settlement in NZ in the 1830s. A 16 km loop ride up a quiet back road to enjoy magnificent views of the Hokianga Harbour to the east and the Tasman Sea to the west before heading down to catch the vehicle ferry to Rawene Rawene to meet out Tour Leader and minibus. Rawene and Kohukohu are charming villages filled with quirky art galleries, cafes and history.

Our destination for the afternoon ride is the dramatic South Heads where you will experience a magical sunset and feel the cultural significance of this area.

The next 2 nights are spent in Omapere.  You stay and dine on the waterfront, in a quality hotel with breath-taking views of the sand dunes across the harbour. 

Giving you an opportunity to really experience the Hokianga.

Plenty to explore, and really experience what this incredible area has to offer. 

Choose to bike or hike, or simply enjoy the peaceful bliss of relaxing at the hotel by the pool or fire depending on the season.

There are some extra activities that you can take up at your own cost such as creating your own bone carving, jet ski tours up the Harbour, paddleboarding, or a spa day. 

There is also the new dynamic museum –  Manea Footprints of Kupe, this is a 75-minute multisensory journey of guided storytelling – through art, taonga (cultural treasures), film, performance, digital interaction that has proven to be very popular with guests that have visited.  As of 2022 we have been able to include this in our tour price, but for 2021 it will be an additional cost.  This wonderful attraction has made the 2021 Time Magazine – top 100 places to visit in the world

Your tour does include the Footprints Waipoua Twilight Experience. Be mesmerised by Te Matua Ngāhere -The Father of the Forest; who at 3,000 years is the oldest giant.  Be enchanted by the largest giant, Tane Mahuta, a national icon.  The tour is filled with thought provoking stories, humour and spine tingling chants and song as you respectfully greet the oldest and largest known kauri trees in the world.  It’s a truly magical experience being in the forest at night. 

Please note that paid activities such as the jet ski tours are at your own expense.  There are of course a wealth of activities to do that are no charge or included in the tour price. 

Following a buffet breakfast you head back in the minibus to join the Twin Coast Cycle Trail.  Cycling 45km down to the East Coast, passing through stunning scenery with suspension bridges and beautiful estuaries. 

Passing through the bustling town of Kawakawa which is famous for The Hundertwasser Toilets – named after the architect and visual artist Friedensreich who conceived and designed the project.  Newly built in 2020 is the Hundertwasser Park Centre – Te Hononga which means joining of cultures, this centre is a delight to stop and visit on your cycle.  Kawakawa is also home to the largest art gallery in Northland and some amazing art and craft stops. Don’t be shocked if you see a vintage train trundling down the centre of the main street! 

Your destination is Russell which was a Māori settlement until it became a base for European traders, whalers, and missionaries in the early 1800s.  It has a colourful history which is quite an eye opener.  Russell is now a popular holiday spot and whilst the village is bustling with visitors in summer it has managed to retain its natural beauty and charm and is a real treat.

Accommodation is at the iconic Duke of Marlborough Hotel which offers outstanding accommodation and dining. Dinner is in the Duke’s award-winning restaurant overlooking the Bay. Enjoy another glorious sunset.

Travelling from Russell to Kerikeri – you have plenty of time and options to explore the area – on foot or by bike.

Russell is full of short walks, has a couple of lovely beaches, lookouts and of course the French Printery – Pompallier House.  The Pompallier House coffee and croissant tour is included in your Cook to Kupe tour, and a great way to start the day off.

Once you have crossed back on the ferry you can explore Paihia. There are some lovely short walks you can do here.  We find that many of our guests end up going back to Waitangi Treaty Grounds to spend more time visiting the two new award winning museums.

If you are feeling adventurous you can hire a mountain bike and take to the trails of the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park.

The tour comes to an end with a celebratory meal at a local Vineyard in Kerikeri that evening.

Lovely accommodation in peaceful grounds, all the rooms have a spa bath so perfect to relax in after a busy week.

For those not in a rush, take in The Old Packhouse Market or the famous Makana Chocolate Factory and its very decadent Galleria.  The Packhouse Market is filled with local produce, eateries, arts and crafts, plants, live music….a wonderful place to get amongst the locals.  These are all just a couple of minutes walk down the hotels driveway.

There is plenty more to explore in Kerikeri, visit the Stone Store Basin, walk to Rainbow Falls or visit the art and craft galleries, and vineyards.

For those wanting to stay longer and explore the area we can help with your accommodation and designing a fun itinerary to suit your requirements. 

What is included

Tour Price

Until the end of 2021
Price per person $3000

From 01/01/2022 until 21/12/2022
Price per person $3250

Not included Alcohol, extra drinks etc

So much more than a cycling tour...

Six of us in our late sixties and early seventies have just completed the Cook to Kupe cycling tour. From the moment we met our colourful guide, Ropata, we knew this tour was going to be something special. It was extremely well organised with first class accommodation and meals. The variety of experiences makes this particular cycling tour a standout. It enables people to appreciate the uniqueness and beauty of the far north and in particular the Hokianga. Nothing was left to chance under our wonderful guide who displayed his passion and knowledge of the area and its people. The whole Northland Experiences team we’re welcoming and passionate and made us feel special. We highly recommended this tour.

March 2021

A cycling tour with culture, history, scenery, accommodation & food...

The Cook2Kupe Tour is much more than a cycle tour. The Twin Coast Cycle Path could be cycled in two days, each day less than 50km, but Northern Experiences have a full five day tour packed with cultural experiences, sightseeing and history. Ropata, our guide, was from the local iwi and was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the region, which he shared with us. He was able to introduce us to the people and culture of the Hokianga and showed us manaakitanga. It made the tour very special. Accommodation was of a high standard, and each place was special in its own way - from a house over the water to rooms overlooking the beachfront. All meals were included and were tasty, fresh and generous

DEC 2020

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