Route day by day
Day 1 February 21st
Bus from Auckland to Waitiki Landing. Whangarei (lunch stop). Whangarei to Waitiki Landing. Assemble tent. Group dinner at camp restaurant.
Day 2 February 22nd 103km
Bus to Cape Reinga. Cycle back to Waitiki Landing – 20.3km.
Waitiki Landing Far North Rd to Houhora – 46 km.
Day 3 February 23rd
Houhora – SH1, right on to Gill Rd, Sandhills Rd, turn right at Ahipara Rd. At shops right turn to camp ground.
Day 4 February 24th
Ahipara – head east on Ahipara Rd towards Sandhills. Turn right at Kaitaia Awaroa Rd. Herekino – Awaroa – Broadwood (alternative gravel road ) – Kohukohu – catch ferry across Hokianga inlet ($2pp) – Rawene – take Rawene Rd & turn right at SH12 – Opononi Beach
Day 5 February 25th
Opononi – head south on SH 12 Omapere – Waimamaku – Waipoua Kauri Forest. At Kaitui alternative bush walk (could cycle about 1/3) to Look-out. Staying on the road it is 2km from turn-off to Look-out. Donnellys Crossing – Mamaranui – Maitahi – Take right turn to Dargaville Museum. Great views back to Auckland. Camp at Dargaville Holiday Park 5 minutes cycle from town.
Day 6 February 26th
Dargaville – SH 12 Mititai – Tokatoka – Ruawai (cafe) – Matakohe. Visit excellent Matakohe Museum to the right. Meet as a group by 11.30am $10pp group rate.
Maungaturoto. Take gravel road 7km to Kaiwaka. Sleeping place Te Hana Rugby club.
Day 7 February 27th
Te Hana south on SH1 – Wellsford turn right towards Kaipara Coast highway Kaukapakapa – Helensville – Auckland Take western cycleway to upper Queen St. Groups will have guide to Motor Camp Minito St Remuera if wanted.
Day 8 February 28th .Rest & sight -seeing
Auckland Group tours around Auckland.
Day 9 March 1st 92km
Auckland – Pakuranga – Ckevedon – Kawakawa – Miranda
Camping Miranda Hot Springs
Day 10 March 2nd 98km
Miranda – SH25 — SH2 – SH 25 – SH2 – Paeroa – Te Aroha – Okauia Springs Matamata.
Day 11 March 3rd 73kms
Okauia Springs – Old Te Aroha Rd – Tauranga Rd – SH 29 – SH 5 – Ngongataha – Rotorua
Day 12 March 4th, Sight-seeing in Rotorua
Old Taupo Rd – Okaro Lake 26kms
Day 13, March 5th, Saturday, 108km
Okaro Lake – Taupo
Camp: Acacia Bay Top 10 Camping Ground
Day 14 March 6th 45.6km
Hike Tongariro Crossing 6th or 7th
Day 15 March 7th 33km
Whakapapa – SH41 – Sh 47 – National Park – Raetihi
Raetihi Holiday Park Parapara Rd
Day 16 March 8th 105km
Raetihi north on Parapara Rd toward Queen St – Pipiriki Raetihi Rd – Wanganui River Rd – Wanganui
Alternative route : 89km south on Parapara Rd toward Pitt St – SH4 -Riverbank Rd – Wanganui
Day 17 March 9th Wanganui-Levin 100 kms
Day 18 March 10th 100km
Levin – Wellington
Day 19 March 11 th Sight-seeing in Wellington. 5Pm ferry across Cook Strait.
22kms Picton – Spring Creek
Day 20 March 12th 106km Spring Creek – Wairau Valley -St Arnaud
Day 21 March 13th 100km St Arnaud – Murchison – Upper Buller Gorge – Lyell
Day 22 March 14th 107km
Lyell – Punakaiki[
Day 23 March 15th 110km
Punakaiki – Tarumakau – Kumara – Ross
Day 24 March 16th 97km
Ross – Pukekura – Harihari – Whataroa -The Forks
Day 25 March 17th 38km
The Forks – Franz Josef – Fox Glacier Camp near Lake Matheson
Day 26 March 18th Rest day for walking on Glacier.
Day 27 March 19th 87km
Fox Glacier – Jacobs River – Bruce Bay – Lake Moeraki
Day 28 March 20th 95km
Lake Mapouriki DOC camp Ottos MacDonalds
Lake Moeraki – Haast – Cameron Flat near Makarora beside SH 6.
Day 29 March 21st
Cameron Flat – Makarora – Hawea – Albert Town (possibly go onto Cadrona)
Day 30 March 22nd 72.8km
Albert Town – Wanaka via Clutha track – Crown Range – Arrowtown – Lake Hayes – Arthurs Pt – Queenstown
Day 31 March 23rd Rest day in Queenstown
Day 32 March 24th 58km
Queenstown – cross Lake Whakatipu on The Earnslaw – Walter Peak station – Mavora lakes DOC camp site
Day 33 March 25th 68.8km
Mavora Lakes – Te Anau
Day 34 March 26th 100km
Te Anau Rest day. Visit Milford Sounds. Boat trip & bbq.
Day 35 March 27th
Te Anau to Tuatapere
Day 36 March 28th 113km
Tuatapere – Orepuki – Riverton – Invercargill – Bluff
Day 37 March 29th 104kms
Bluff- Invercargill – Haldane – Slope Pt – Curio Bay DOC camp
Day 38 March 30th 100kms
Curio Bay – Owaka – Balclutha
Day 39 March 31st 102kms
Balclutha – Roxburgh
Day 40 April 1st 130kms
Roxburgh to Naseby
Day 41 April 2nd Check distance 60km
Naseby over the Dansey Pass to Lake Aviemore
Day 42 April 3rd Rest day
Day 43 April 4th 82km
Kurow – Omarama – Twizel
Day 44 April 5th 101kms
Twizel – Tekapo – Fairlie
Day 45 April 6th 95kms
Fairlie – Rakaia Gorge
Day 46 April 7th 110kms
Mt Somers – Christchurch