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.

65 km

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.

87 km

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.

92 km

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.

65 km

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