Road Book

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MAPS & INFORMATION

Route Unknown


Our 6 day ride around the North Island of New Zealand was, largely, unplanned - but that doesn't mean you have to do the same. Below are the maps of each day’s route, as well as links to the Strava data (in case you'd like to download the GPX files for your own navigational purposes). We had no problem finding accommodation and sufficient food, choosing to end each day in bigger towns (with plenty of motels, pubs & supermarkets).

Equipment:


We rode Giant TCX cyclocross and Defy Advanced SL endurance road bikes. We kept things pretty close to factory spec, with the only real change being the 30mm tyres (running 60psi).

We weren‘t camping on this trip, but still needed to carry a fair bit of gear. We both ran saddle and frame bags by Revelate Designs, which handled our clothing and extra kit. On top of this, we both had backpacks for snacks & water, plus our route planning laptop, Rooty the Macbook. SJ was using a Salomon Agile 12 and Beardy had an original Rapha backpack (able to fit Rooty). We obviously took a fair few photos from the road, and for that we both used compact Sony RX-100 cameras.
DISTANCE

62km

ELEV GAIN

1131m

ELEV MAX

930m

DISTANCE

141km

ELEV GAIN

1771m

ELEV MAX

412m

Day 3: Gisborne - Opotiki


Warning:

Restock your food & water in Matawai, before you head for Motu, as once you're on the trail you won't be seeing any shops before you get to Opotiki.

Explore Part II of our North Island, NZ adventure
DISTANCE

153km

ELEV GAIN

3747m

ELEV MAX

776m

DISTANCE

162km

ELEV GAIN

1946m

ELEV MAX

411m

DISTANCE

162km

ELEV GAIN

742m

ELEV MAX

582m

DISTANCE

120km

ELEV GAIN

860m

ELEV MAX

140m

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Choose from any of the three parts in our North Island New Zealand adventure, or the Road Book, for all the maps & information you need to get out and explore the area yourself.
PART I - NORTH ISLAND NZ. 
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PART II - NORTH ISLAND NZ. 
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PART III - NORTH ISLAND NZ. 
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