Northland, the most unique, undiscovered natural New Zealand haven, only 3 scenic hours’ drive from Auckland or 45 minutes by air. Build memories to last a lifetime with Northland Experiences who offer unique biking and hiking tours, rich in history, culture, scenery, quirky towns, interesting locals, boutique accommodation and gastronomical delights. Cycling and walking year-round in our sub-tropical climate, fresh air and scenery is the ultimate high for your Northland visit. With our tours you can get off the beaten track, experience sights you can’t get to by car, and leave knowing that you have really ventured into the heart of Northland. With a choice of three 5 night, 6 day tours as well as bespoke tours made specifically for you, fully supported all inclusive bike and hiking tours. Lots of luxury – a little bit of rustic! Adventuring at its best with a tour company that goes those extra miles.
The best bicycle tours start right here with our Cook to Kupe 5-night bicycle tour mixing both cycling and hiking.?We start on Monday morning in Paihia, and finish in Kerikeri on Friday night. We follow Pou Herenga Tai, the Twin Coast Cycle Trail, except we ride further east and west to include Northland’s finest scenery and destinations.
The Cook to Kupe bicycle tour sees that everything is organised for you and one of our experienced tour leaders will accompany you all week. Our tours are designed for all abilities and include a mix of dedicated cycle trails, gravel roads, and quiet asphalt roads for cycling. We use only top quality e-bikes to guarantee comfortable and enjoyable biking experiences and there are options for keen riders who like extra challenges.
Northland is the birthplace of New Zealand. We visit iconic sites critical to early New Zealand history including the Award Winning Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where Te Tiriti O Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, was signed. Our Cook to Kupe bicycle tour honours Captain James Cook who charted New Zealand, and Kupe, the legendary Polynesian explorer, who made first New Zealand landfall on the Hokianga Harbour shores. Northland is fortunate to have a dense M?ori population and there are many opportunities to learn about and experience local M?ori culture. Be captivated by the stories on your guided tour tracing the footsteps of explorers and our ancestors. The Cook to Kupe bicycle tour reaches capacity quickly in high season – but the beauty of Northland is you can cycle all year round and the slightly milder climate in winter makes perfect pedalling. Book now for the Northland biking experience that will keep you coming back time and again. It really is unbeatable.
We deliberately keep our tours small, limiting them to 10 people. Our transport is a luxurious 14-seater minibus. Click here for full itinerary.
We create personalised walking and bicycle tours with our expert local knowledge and experienced tour leaders. Cycle the Twin Coast Cycle Trail with a hike out to one of the beautiful islands in the Bay of Islands for the opportunity to see the marked difference in scenery on each coast. One with wild, raw beauty and the other softer with its secrets in small bushy nooks or sandy crescent beaches. They’re both beautiful and the Twin Coast Cycle Trail is an ideal way to take them in.
Minimum 2 nights in a style of your choice – Northland has a wonderful array of accommodation options from beachfront hotels, world famous lodges, great bed and breakfasts, quirky backpackers and iconic taverns. You will have a tour leader and small luxury minibus with you. You can cherry-pick the best bits of our tours or we can create something totally different.
As well as hiking and biking remember the huge range of other activities Northland has to offer from fishing, golfing, diving, parasailing, sailing, arts and crafts. Our bespoke tours are run throughout the year and we make them a truly personal and memorable experience. It is also possible, given the small numbers, to put these tours together at fairly short notice if needed.
Northland is full of hidden gems and walks that not everyone has discovered yet! You are more than likely to meet only a couple of people as you hike these trails. The walks are special not only for their beauty but for the cultural and historic elements that are unique to this part of the world. Northland also boasts one of New Zealand’s Great Rides – The Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail which travels from East to West Coast.
This tour is a mixture of cycling and walking. Starting the tour with an overnight stay at Cape Brett, followed by a must do stop at Urupukapuka Island for a totally different walk. You will get to cycle coast to coast on quality E-Bikes and then carry on to the southern end of the Hokianga Harbour.
Good food and wine are a huge part of this experience, as is staying in different types of accommodation, from waterfront hotels to a magical night in the basic but comfortable hut at the end of the Cape Brett peninsula.
Cape Brett to the Dukes Nose – Northland is full of hidden gems, walks that not everyone has discovered yet! You are more than likely to meet only a couple of people as you hike these trails. The walks are special not only for their beauty but for the cultural and historic elements that are unique to this part of the world.This full walking tour will take you out to stay overnight on at Cape Brett, followed by a must do stop at Urupukapuka Island for a totally different walk. Our final walk is further North and leads you to the Whangaroa Harbour. In between we take in waterfalls, beautiful beaches and other off the beaten tracks.
Good food and wine are a huge part of this experience, as is staying all different types of accommodation from waterfront hotels to some basic, comfortable huts in magical remote areas.
3 night, 2 day cycle tour
Magical, untamed, mythical…are words that have been used to describe the Hokianga Harbour. This tour takes you on your bike from the bustling town of Kerikeri and off the beaten track to places some of the locals don’t even know exist! This is a fully supported, fully inclusive tour. Everything is organised for you and one of our experienced Tour Leaders will be with you. Our bikes are top quality e-bikes guaranteeing a comfortable and very enjoyable riding experience. With an e-bike you will be surprised at how far you can go. It’s a gentle relaxing tour, however our Tour Leader has options for the riders or walkers who need an extra challenge.
Northland is known as “the birthplace of New Zealand” and our tour immerses you in the rich history and culture of the area. The sub-tropical climate of Northland enables cycling all year round.