The Northern Spirit
5 night e-bike tour

Cape reinga - 90 Mile beach
Where the oceans meet

Northland Experiences’  5-night, 5 days, e-bike tour takes you from Kerikeri up to iconic Cape Reinga, NZ’s northernmost point, and return. The tour encompasses magical spots with breathtaking vistas including the fabulous 90-mile beach, and many areas of cultural significance, traversing 450 km of incredible Far North coastlines and native forests with many character-filled experiences in between.

With an eclectic combination of accommodation and local eateries, this is an all-inclusive, fully supported tour. We have top-quality e-bikes a luxury minibus and a local experienced tour leader who will always be nearby in support.

Cyclists can choose how much riding they wish to do each day with daily distances varying between 20 and 70 km. Some of our route encompass parts of the “Tour Aotearoa” which is a world-famous bike packing route that stretches 3,000 km from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

The tour is on a mixture of State Highway (from Cape Reinga to Awanui and a few other short sections) and other lesser-used back country roads, both sealed and unsealed. The Cape Reinga Loop is an outstanding memorable Northland Experience!

This is all-inclusive – so you just need to book, nothing more to do!

Itinerary

Day one - Kerikeri to Mangonui (30 - 50 km cycling)

The tour group meets in Kerikeri and is driven to Matauri Bay where we visit the famous Rainbow Warrior monument, to enjoy stunning views of the Cavalli Islands and beyond.

From Matauri Bay we start our e-bike journey cycling along the Twin Coast Discovery route to Whangaroa Harbour, passing spectacular viewpoints and sandy white beaches along the way. If so inclined, a climb up St. Pauls Rock at Whangaroa offers more spectacular 360 views.

You will be staying in the quaint village of Mangonui, which is located on the water’s edge and full of history.

Day two – Mangonui to Houhora
(20 - 50 km cycling)

Explore the area. Wander around the lovely village of Mangonui before taking a cycle to Taipa. Lovely swimming spots and sandy beaches along the way.

From Taipa we continue North in the minibus to the Houhora Harbour where we spend the next 2 nights. 

Day three – Houhora to Cape Reinga to Houhora (27 - 70 km cycling)

We are off in our luxury minibus to Cape Reinga! This is where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. For Māori, Cape Reinga is the most spiritually significant place in New Zealand. An ancient pohutukawa tree and a lonely lighthouse mark this special place. It is believed that here, after death, all Māori spirits travel up the coast and over the wind-swept vista to the pohutukawa tree on the headland of Te Rerenga Wairua. We will walk out to the iconic Lighthouse, take in this spiritual place and soak in the Wairua (the spirit).

From Cape Reinga we start our piece of the Tour Aotearoa, it is a 70km ride to our accommodation, ride all the way, or, go in the minibus for a portion of it – your choice. 

Day Four – Houhora - Ahipara (35 - 50 Km cycling)

We have a new challenge today. The Northland Experiences ‘world famous’ Coast to Coast Challenge. Where you can dip your toe in the ocean of each coast in a day! The challenge is only 15 Kms long. You must dip part of your body in the Pacific Ocean on the East coast before riding across to the Tasman Sea and 90 Mile Beach on the West coast and having a dip there as well! Go on we dare you!

Riding e-bikes along 90 Mile Beach is unfortunately not permitted but depending on tides there will be great photo opportunities. Having achieved a ‘Coast to Coast’ medal you will be driven to Awanui.

The afternoon is a lovely cycle to Ahipara.

Day Five – Ahipara to Kerikeri (35 - 70 km cycling)

The day starts with you cycling the Tour Aotearoa Trail inland to Broadwood, then we have a stint in the minibus, before cycling into the beautiful Puketi Kauri Forest, one of the largest tracts of native forest in Northland. From Puketi it’s a downhill ride to the Kerikeri Basin, the site of two of the country’s oldest surviving buildings – The Stone Store and Kemp House, both steeped in European and Māori history.

After arriving at our accommodation to drop the bikes and freshen up, we head off for the last night’s celebratory dinner in one of our local restaurants.

Day Six – Kerikeri

This is the end of the tour. For those not in a rush, take in The Old Packhouse Market or the famous Makana Chocolate Factory and its decadent Galleria, all just a couple of minutes walk from your accommodation. The Packhouse Market is filled with local produce, eateries, arts and crafts, plants, live music….a wonderful place to get amongst the locals. There is plenty more to explore in Kerikeri revisit the Stone Store Basin, walk to Rainbow Falls or visit the art and craft galleries and vineyards which Kerikeri is famous for. Those wanting to stay longer and explore the area we can help with your accommodation and designing a fun itinerary to suit.

What is included

Tour Price per person

until 30th  September 2022

$3,000 in a twin share or double accommodation.

from 1st October 2022 

$3,250 in a twin share or double accommodation.

Single supplement of $400 per person.

Maximum of 10 people per tour.

Note – no alcohol or extra beverages included. Accommodation may change subject to availability. 

Note to our previous clients who have done the Cook to Kupe Tour….Due to the remote location and the absence of a formed cycle trail the ‘Northern Spirit’ does not have some of the refinements that you will have enjoyed on the Cook to Kupe tour.  It’s a great adventure and there is still plenty of fun to be had!

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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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