Tour Aotearoa Official Guide 2024 PDF Edition

Updated 1 December 2023

All the practical info you'll need as you ride the 3000 kilometre Tour Aotearoa route from Cape Reinga to Bluff.


This is the PDF download edition. The paper edition is over here.

Tour Aotearoa Official Guide gives you the practical information you’ll need as you ride the 3000 kilometre Tour Aotearoa route from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

For those keen to ride the length of New Zealand, this functional guide describes the 3000 kilometre Tour Aotearoa route from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Christened in early 2016, this route follows several Great Rides and Heartland Rides through a variety of inspiring landscapes and welcoming rural towns.

This guide is made to be used on the trails as a complement to GPS navigation. It includes maps and elevation charts throughout the route, detailed cue sheets, contact details for important businesses along the way such as remote accommodation, cafes and supermarkets, transport operators, etc.

The guide is also available as two staple bound booklets; 72 pages for the North Island and 48 pages for the South Island. This format allows you to only carry one light weight guide per Island – no unnecessary weight to carry!

The author, Jonathan Kennett, has been writing New Zealand cycling books for over 25 years and works for the New Zealand Cycle Trail. He rates Tour Aotearoa as “the best ride of my life”.

Tour Aotearoa Official Guide sample pages 8-9

Tour Aotearoa Official Guide sample pages 8-9

Packed with:

  • transport options to Cape Reinga
  • cue sheets for every section
  • maps throughout the route
  • elevation charts
  • locations of the 30 photo control points
  • contact details for campgrounds, accommodation, cafes, pubs, etc.
  • phone numbers for boat operators on the five water sections
  • transport options for leaving Bluff.


The PDF guide is updated as needed. Since 2016 the general Tour Aotearoa route has added new sections and had a few bits removed due to closures. The services information has also changed a lot, especially after Covid. (Please don’t use the 2016 version!)

Updated 16 December 2022 with numerous changes including the Hauraki Rail Trail bypass. Note: during the Covid-19 pandemic many small shops and accommodation providers reduced hours/availability. It’s worth phoning ahead.


PDF download process

As soon as your payment goes through you will be sent an email from Kennett Brothers which contains a link to download the PDF to your device. Your link is valid for 50 days.

The email will look like this:
Example of email with PDF download link


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