There is no better way to appreciate the unique diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand than by traversing the entire length on either foot or by bike. The journey is 3,000km long and requires preparation, dedication and determination. In return you will be rewarded with insight into many parts of New Zealand that few experience, from the secluded beaches of the Far North, to giant kauri forests and the unique NZ bush, to volcanoes, lakes, rivers and mountains that all contribute to NZ's remarkable variety of landscape within a small area.
Real Far North Tours offers a pick up and drop off service for those undertaking this intrepid journey, with the shuttle running between Kaitaia and Cape Reinga, the start or end point of your experience.
Real Far North Tours
Pick up & drop off points
The full Te Araroa trail was opened as recently as December 2011, and every year the number of New Zealand and overseas walkers increases exponentially. It is however still relatively undiscovered and only 4 people or so commence the journey each day.
The 3000 km walk from the northern most Cape Reinga to the southern most Bluff takes 3-5 months and connects remote settlements, townships and cities. You can expect marae stays and a variety of real kiwi experiences, natural, cultural and historic.
For many people, completing Te Araroa is a life forming experience providing life long memories.
For details of Te Araroa and current track notifications, visit www.teararoa.org.nz
Tour Aotearoa was designed by Jonathan Kennett and launched in February 2016 to highlight New Zealand through a cycle journey from Cape Reinga to Bluff that utilised a mixture of the best existing cycling infrastructure and peaceful back country roads.
It is already recognised as one of the world's best bikepacking trails and this is evident in the popularity of the Tour Aotearoa held every two years.
Anyone undertaking this trip needs to plan carefully, see www.touraotearoa.nz for more detailed information about trail information and maps.