Tour Te Waipounamu

The inaugural Tour Te Waipounamu bikepacking race that starts on 14th February.

It is going to be NZ’s toughest bikepacking race to date.

Covering 1350km of the South Island high country from Cape Farewell in Golden Bay to Slope Point in the Catlins.

Below are a few links about the story behind the Race

So here is the live link of Sunday the 14th live tracking of the riders

Here is Maprogress info about Tour Te Waipounamu

Here are two Podcasts from POP about the event/Race

Tour Te Waipounamu Part 1- a new Kiwi bikepacking event

Tour Te Waipounamu Part 2 – Pre Race Catch Up

And a bit more from Jeff

I hope you enjoy this event and look forward to the storys that come out over the next few weeks

Happy Peddling 🙂 Pete


So a new book from the Kennett Brothers called “Bikepacking Aotearoa” is out next week from most good local bike shops and book shops.

Loads of information about bikepacking setup, and much more it’s great read.

Would also make great present for Christmas.

Enjoy the read.


Bikepacking Aotearoa is a guide to twenty cycling adventures around New Zealand. The trips range in length from two days to two weeks and explore the less travelled parts of this beautiful little country.

New equipment and a change of mindset have opened up a whole new world of possibilities. Bike packing bags, strap directly on to the bike and allow you to travel fast and light, on off-road capable bikes. Get away from busy main roads. Take to the gravel backroads, cycle trails, and back-country tracks to really get away from it all and find the hidden gems that Aotearoa has to offer.

For riders who are looking for adventures close to home and for bikepacking routes that can be completed in 2-3 days Bikepacking Aotearoa offers a choice of 20 exciting routes that explore some of the most scenic parts of the country. These routes are perfect as weekend getaways or as preparation for a bikepacking event.

• Introductory chapters cover equipment choice, bike setup, training and preparation.
• Includes detailed route descriptions, maps, elevation charts, essential service listings
• Routes are graded by difficulty
• Includes a list of Bikepacking events on offer around Aotearoa NZ

Choosing and fitting your bike
Packing your bags
On the road

North Island
1. The Heart of the Octopus
2. Great Barrier Island
3. Coromandel Peninsula
4. Raglan to Te Awa Loop
5. Caves to Coast Loop
6. Geyserland Classic
7. Whanganui – Whangaehu Valley Loop
8. Mangatutu Mission
9. The Five Beaches
10. Remutaka Plus

South Island
11. Marlborough Sounds Loop
12. Kahurangi 500
13. Tasman’s Great Taste Trail Plus
14. Rainbow – Molesworth
15. Wilderness No.8
16. Le Banks Peninsula
17. Alps 2 Hakataramea Loop
18. Te Kouka Traverse
19. Nevis and the Old Man
20. The Ram Rock

Other Rides
Plus summaries of an extra 20 nearby trips – recommended by leading bikepackers.

Bonus rides:
* Tour Aotearoa: 3000 km the length of New Zealand
* Kopiko Aotearoa: 1060 km cape to cape across the North Island

Retül: Insoles To Create Stability

Yes this is a Retül add, but from experience it’s right to support your foot in your shoes with a cycling perspective insole in your flat or SPD shoes.

For me I need a middle arch support in my left shoe and a high arch support in my right shoe.

I had to travel to Australia in 2017 to learn this but you don’t.

See any good bikefitter in your local town/city, or your can go to one of a number of Retül bike fitters around NZ.

Happy cycling all.


Gravel New Zealand

So I’m adding gravel posts and a gravel events calendar to Bikepacking New Zealand as we can have day rides too.

I ride my 1st gravel loop over the weekend and it was so much fun that i’m going to share my Ride GPS file and a few photos incase you may like to ride the same loop and in the future I plan to do the same.

I Hope a few of you may ride this loop and enjoy it.

More to come at