Cycle Tours

Special - Cook to Kupe 6 night Cycle Tour

A 6 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. 

This bicycle tour showcases the best of the North – we traverse The Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail, and explore further visiting small towns with quirky art galleries, kauri forests, taking ferry and boat rides, visiting NZ’s iconic attractions, along with wonderful  sights and experiences that only the locals know about!  

Accompanied with boutique accommodation, delicious food, and our personal service, this tour has been described as world class. 

The Cook To Kupe tour starts on a Monday morning, your pre tour night will be a Sunday night.

Minimum numbers are 6 people.  Maximum on a tour is 10.

Get a group together and head North!

We also welcome singles and couples.  We can suggest dates with other bookings on, or start a tour on your preferred date and hope we can fill it. 

Bicycle Tours - Our Cook to Kupe Tour Map

Special Offer - pRICE - Itinerary

This special offer is for bookings during our Winter and Spring months.

Tours between 1st May – 15th October.

Working in partnership with Adventure South, we are offering this special for those cyclists that have toured with Adventure South in the past. 

Special for you! –

  • Pick up from Bay of Islands / Kerikeri airport and transfer through to your accommodation the night before your tour starts.
  • 1 night before the tour starts in accommodation in Paihia.
  • Breakfast

We would love for you to try our Great Ride up here in Northland!

Our winters are mild and perfect for riding!  

Our tours have been reviewed as “World Class!”

All inclusive tours – all you need to do is book

Special for you! – This special offer is for bookings during our Winter and Spring months. Tours between 1st May – 15th October.

  • Pick up from Bay of Islands / Kerikeri airport and transfer through to your accommodation the night before your tour starts.
  • 1 night before the tour starts in accommodation in Paihia.
  • Breakfast

Cook To Kupe (standard tour)

  • 5 nights quality accommodation – twin/double share. Single supplement available.
  • Meals – Breakfast, lunch, dinner. From lunch on your first day to dinner on the 5th night.
  • Meals are a mix of lovely cafes, award winning restaurants and picnic lunches. 
  • The food is of a high quality and we cater for all dietary requirements.
  • E-Bikes – we have a new fleet of quality Avanti e-bikes that are kept in peak condition, and serviced after every tour.
  • All mini bus transfers during the tour
  • The Ranui Boat ride on the Hokianga Harbour
  • Ferry rides in Hokianga and Bay of Islands
  • Fully Supported Tour – with Tour leader escorting you with a luxury minibus – 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. 
  • The minibus carries plunger coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice, water and snacks.  If you need a break you can always hop back in the van and put your bike on the trailer.  
  • Entry and tours;

                 – Waitangi Treaty Grounds
                 – Footprints Waipoua Twilight Forest
                 – Wairere Boulders
                 – Pompallier Mission and Printery
                 – Hundertwasser Park Centre – Te Hononga
                 – Manea Footprints of Kupe.

 Tour Price

Price per person NZ$3,550 (incl GST)

Single Supplement NZ$600 (incl GST)

Note; Not included Alcohol, extra drinks etc.  Accommodation may change subject to availability.

Day 1 – Pick up from Bay of Islands / Kerikeri airport and transfer through to your accommodation the night before your tour starts. Dinner is your choice of anyone of the restaurants in Paihia or even Russell. Not incl in the tour price. 

Day 2 – 40km cycling.

 Breakfast on this first morning is included. The tour starts 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. 

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

Day 2 – 25km cycling. A fantastic day of cycling, walking and boating.   A bush walk on a private nature reserve that exhibits internationally unique geological rock phenomenon.  Māngungu House –  a 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.  

Explore small villages with quirky art galleries, cafes and history by boat and bike.  Enjoy magnificent views of the Hokianga Harbour to the east and the Tasman Sea.

Staying in Omapere for two nights with breath-taking views of the sand dunes across the harbour.  

Day 3 – 24km cycling. Cycling to Arai te Uru (South Head) to view the entry to the majestic Hokianga Harbour, and then Waiotemarama Falls.  Visit Manea – Footprints of Kupe Cultural Centre.  This wonderful attraction has made the 2021 Time Magazine – top 100 places to visit in the world!

Not to be missed is the Waipoua Forest for the “Footprints Waipoua Twilight Experience”. Visiting our national icon, the giant kauri tree Tane Mahuta.   The tour is filled with thought provoking stories, humour and spine tingling chants and song.

There is the option this day to not cycle.  Walk, relax, or discuss extra activities with your Tour Leader.

Day 4 – 34km cycling.  Heading back to the East Coast along the Twin Coast Cycle Trail cycling around 34km. Staying in Russell, a charming village set on the waterfront and historically was a Māori settlement until it became a base for European traders, whalers, and missionaries in the early 1800s. Quality accommodation, fine dining and and another glorious sunset.

Day 5 – Travelling from Russell to Kerikeri – you have plenty of time and options to explore the area – on foot or by bike.  Lovely accommodation in peaceful grounds, all the rooms have a spa bath so perfect to relax in after a busy week.

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

Day 6 – For those not in a rush, take in The Old Packhouse Market or the famous Makana Chocolate Factory.  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 hotel’s 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. 

5 star reviews

"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

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Join us on an e-bike tour rich in history, culture, scenery, quirky towns, fascinating locals, boutique accommodation, gastronomical delights, and enchanting Northland.

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