Bikepacking events in New Zealand

Here you will find most (hopefully all!) bikepacking events, brevets and get-togethers in New Zealand.

If you know about an event that should be listed, email us and we’ll add it to the calendar.


Kahurangi 500

Riverside Holiday Park Riverside Holiday Park, Murchison

This event has been cancelled Distance: 515km Height Gain: 9000m Come and join us for a speedy (or more relaxed) Kahurangi 500 challenge. It's a loop that’s around 500km, linking up the Old Ghost Road, Heaphy and Rameka Tracks. Check out the basic route overview below. We'll post the GPX file & some other stuff […]

Great Southern Brevet

Church of the Good Shepherd Tekapo

This is an incredibly beautiful 1100km ride. Depending on your pace, it is one of the tougher bikepacking rides, so the reward is huge! :)

Kiwi Brevet

Seymour Square, Blenheim Seymour Square, Blenheim

Held every odd year starting on the first weekend in February, the Kiwi Brevet has two courses, the Brevet (around 1100km) and the Brevette (around 750km). Both start and finish in Seymour Square, Blenheim, following the standard Great Kiwi Gravel Rules.

Kopiko Aotearoa

East Cape Lighthouse East Cape Lighthouse, East Cape Road, East Cape

Distance: 1100 km Kopiko Aotearoa is a route across the North Island of New Zealand from East Cape to Taranaki (or the other way if you prefer). The first start date is 13 Feb 2021, with several other start dates over the following weeks. Route Map

Tour Te Waipounamu

Cape Farewell, New Zealand Cape Farewell

Distance: 1350 km Elevation Gain: 22,000m+ Terrain: Singletrack 140km / Hike-a-bike 50km The Tour Te Waipounamu bikepacking race will start at Cape Farewell on Sunday 14 February 2021. It will end at Slope Point a week or more later. In between it will traverse the South Island’s high country, that land between the plains and […]

Tour Aotearoa

Cape Reinga Cape Reinga Lighthouse, Cape Reinga, Northland

Distance: 3000 km The big daddy original end to end brevet. Tour Aotearoa is one of the world’s great bikepacking trips: stretching 3,000 km from Cape Reinga to Bluff it follows a combination of cycle trails, tracks, paths and lanes connected by the most enjoyable country roads available. Event Website

Tuatara 1000

Queens Park Invercargill Queens Park, Invercargill

Taking in around 1100km of the deep south, the Tuatara departs from Invercargill offering an alternative way of racing through the Southland countryside. Starting on the last Saturday in February, you can expect a healthy challenge, plenty of small towns and lots of rugged coastline.