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E-Bike: Northland

7 - 12 November, 2022

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E-Bike: Northland
November 2022

Imagine a 5-night E-Bike tour taking you on a scenically spectacular journey from the Bay of Islands on the East Coast to Hokianga Harbour on the West Coast.

Our cycling tour includes one of NZ’s Great Rides; The Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail and carefully selected back road cycling.

Highlights include small towns with quirky art galleries, kauri forests and a boat ride across the Hokianga. 

 

Tour at a Glance

$3,685 per person, share twin
$565 single supplement

7 – 12 November, 2022

Your Tour Leader: Mandy Page

Mandy lives in Auckland and is a walker and cyclist. She has led more than 60 tours for Tours Direct over the last 18 years, and just loves travelling with its adventure and fun. 

Believing that most of the delight of travel is in the journey, Mandy likes to make tours flexible for different levels of fitness and experience.   

In 2019 she was tour leader for a Danube Boat & Bike tour.  Mandy discovered the joy of E-Biking by accident and is now an enthusiastic devotee.  Since then, she has led a number of E-bike adventures in the North and South Island of New Zealand.

On a tour with Mandy you can expect there will be variety and surprises.  

As Mandy says, “A day E-biking is a day of fun and exercise with a smile on your face.  I can think of few things to beat a nice trail, good company and scenery to enjoy.”

Northland, NZ

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Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this tour must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the tour as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the tour departure date.

Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this cruise must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the cruise as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the cruise departure date.

Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Inclusions
Variations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

  • Booking Deposit of $750 per person
  • Final Payment Date: 16 December, 2021

  • Between 44 – 31 days, 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 30 days, 100% of tour cost
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star boutique hotels
  • 2 wine tastings
  • E-Bike and a helmet
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • All shuttles as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

To safeguard your deposit and tour payment in the event of you having to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

call us on 0800 868 748 if you like a travel insurance quote

The bike trails in the Hawke’s Bay are easy to ride and generally flat and smooth. Introductory Level.

If you have never ridden an E-Bike before we can help you learn, usually in 15 minutes. These trails are great to build confidence and increase your riding skills.

Needless to say the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the rides. Most days, 2 – 3 hours on an E-Bike (with frequent breaks).

All clients and support crew are required to be fully vaccinated.

Extensive Terms and Conditions are outlined in the free Information Pack

Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Inclusions
Variations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

  • Booking Deposit of $750 per person
  • Final Payment Date: 31 January, 2022

  • Between 44 – 31 days, 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 30 days, 100% of tour cost
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star boutique hotels
  • 2 wine tastings
  • E-Bike and a helmet
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • All shuttles as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

To safeguard your deposit and tour payment in the event of you having to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

call us on 0800 868 748 if you like a travel insurance quote

The bike trails in the Hawke’s Bay are easy to ride and generally flat and smooth. Introductory Level.

If you have never ridden an E-Bike before we can help you learn, usually in 15 minutes. These trails are great to build confidence and increase your riding skills.

Needless to say the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the rides. Most days, 2 – 3 hours on an E-Bike (with frequent breaks).

All clients and support crew are required to be fully vaccinated.

Extensive Terms and Conditions are outlined in the free Information Pack

Inclusions
Variations
Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

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Inclusions

  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Accommodation in a hotel, motels and a Guest House
  • E-Bike rental and helmet
  • Private transport in a luxurious 14-seater minibus for you and your luggage
  • Full technical and back up support
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader, Mandy Page
  • Tours/Entry:
    • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
    • Wairere Boulders
    • Footprints Waipoua Twilight Forest
    • Manea Footprints of Kupe
    • Hundertwasser Park Centre - Te Hononga
    • Pompallier Mission and Printery

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • All meals, including a pre-show dinner at Dockside Restaurant on the Wellington waterfront
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • Return airfares from Auckland (please ask us about flights from other airports – there could be a price adjustment).
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Land Only price on application
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • 5 cooked breakfasts & 5 dinners
  • Accommodation in 4-star hotels and motel
  • E-Bike rental and helmet
  • Upper Hokianga cruise on the “Ranui”
  • Te Kongahu Museum of Waitangi
  • Private transport in a luxurious 14-seater minibus for you and your luggage
  • Full technical and back up support
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader, Mandy Page

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

7 - 12 November, 2022

Mon 7 Nov    Paihia - Waitangi - Kaikohe - Horeke (L,D) 40km

This morning we will pick you up from your Paihia accommodation.
We will then visit the iconic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.  The award-winning Waitangi Treaty Grounds are a national treasure and tells our nation’s history.  Its a beautiful setting, filled with history and culture presented in interactive ways.
Today we have 40km of scenic off-road cycling on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail from Kaikohe across to Horeke and the Hokianga Harbour.
Accommodation at the Riverhead Villa

Tue 8 Nov    Horeke – Kohukohu – Omapere (B,L,D) 30km or less

We have a fantastic day of cycling, walking and boating. 
Tucked away in Horeke is Wairere Boulders – a private nature reserve that exhibits an internationally unique geological phenomenon that provides wonderful walks in native bush. 
From Wairere we move on to Mangungu Mission House; a truly spectacular site overlooking the harbour.  This is where the largest signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in the country took place, with over 70 chiefs adding their assent before a crowd of up to 3,000 people.
Across the road from Mangungu is a wharf; we catch the local boat the “Ranui” and make our way across the Harbour to Kohukohu.  In Kohukohu we explore the old village which was the fourth biggest European settlement in New Zealand in the 1830s. 
We E-Bike a 16 km loop up a quiet back road to enjoy magnificent views of the Hokianga Harbour to the east and the Tasman Sea to the west.  Then we head down to catch the vehicle ferry to Rawene.
The next two nights we are in Omapere; we stay and dine on the waterfront, in a quality hotel with breath-taking views of the sand dunes across the harbour. 
Accommodation at "The Heads"

Wed 9 Nov    Omapere (B,L,D) 28km or less 

Following a buffet breakfast, we head off on our bikes exploring.  Leaving directly from the hotel we cycle to Arai te Uru – South Head to view the entry to the majestic Hokianga Harbour.  From there we carry on cycling a few kms on the main road before taking a quiet loop road including the Waiotemarama Falls.
Our cycle ends in Opononi in time for lunch at recently opened Manea – Footprints of Kupe Cultural Centre.  This wonderful attraction has made the 2021 Time Magazine – Top 100 Places to visit in the world.
Early evening we head to the Waipoua Forest for the “Footprints Waipoua Twilight Experience”.  Be mesmerised by Te Matua Ngāhere -The Father of the Forest; who at 3,000 years is the oldest giant.  Be enchanted by the largest giant, Tane Mahuta, a national icon.  The tour is filled with thought provoking stories, humour and spine tingling chants and song as you respectfully greet the oldest and largest known kauri trees in the world.  It’s a truly magical experience being in the forest at night.
There is the option today to not cycle and instead walk or relax in the morning .  
Accommodation at “The Heads”

Thu 10 Nov    Omapere – Kaikohe - Kawakawa - Russell (B,L,D) 34km 

Heading back to the East Coast along the Twin Coast Cycle Trail (from Kaikohe) we cycle past forestry, rolling farmland and over stunning suspension bridges, ending up in the lively town of Kawakawa.
From there it is a ride in the mini bus to Russell. Russell is a charming village and historically was a Māori settlement until it became a base for European traders, whalers, and missionaries in the early 1800s.
We dine this evening in the Duke of Marlborough Hotel’s award-winning restaurant.
Accommodation at Motel Russell

Fri 11 Nov    Russell - Kerikeri (B,L,D) 

Russell is full of short walks, has a couple of lovely beaches, lookouts and of course Pompallier House. The Pompallier House coffee and croissant tour is included in our tour price, and a great way to start the day off. You can also go E-Biking over the hill to Tapeka Point or to Long Beach.
We go on the ferry to Paihia and have time to explore.  There are some lovely short walks you can do here. 
We travel by minibus to Kerikeri and this evening have a celebratory meal at a local restaurant.
Accommodation at Kerikeri Homestead Motel

Sat 12 Nov    Depart Kerikeri  

For those not in a rush, take in The Old Packhouse Market or the famous Makana Chocolate Factory and its very decadent Galleria.  The Packhouse Market is filled with local produce, eateries, arts and crafts, plants, live music….a wonderful place to get amongst the locals.  
There is plenty more to explore in Kerikeri, visit the Stone Store Basin, walk to Rainbow Falls or visit the art and craft galleries, and vineyards.
We have complimentary transfers to Bay of Islands Airport for those flying home this afternoon.

Flexibility is our motto: The quoted cycling distances for each day are based on the day maps which you will be given, and represent the expected riding. An individual can adjust the cycling according to their needs and weather conditions on the day.

GRADE: Introductory to Moderate

9 - 14 March, 2022

Wed 9 Mar    Bay of Islands Airport – Ahipara (D) 

The tour starts at Bay of Islands Airport (Kerikeri).
Most tour members will be flying on NZ8268 from Auckland to Bay of Islands Airport. The Air New Zealand flight departs Auckland at 1.45pm and arrives in Kerikeri at 2.35pm.
If you are travelling to Bay of Islands Airport by car there is parking available at the airport. We return to the Airport at the end of the tour.
We travel by luxury minivan to Ahipara which is at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach. It’s home to incredible sunsets and a spectacular unspoiled sandy beach popular for surfcasting, land yachting and shellfish gathering.
Our accommodation for the first two nights is above Shipwreck Bay, aptly named because at low tide some of the wrecks are still visible. Behind us is the Ahipara Gumfields Historic Reserve, where you can see relics from the kauri gum digging days and remnants of ancient kauri forests. In the late 1800s the gum fields supported two thousand people, three hotels and numerous shops. Bullock teams carted the gum to waiting ships at Shipwreck Bay.
When we arrive at Ahipara we will go for a walk on Ninety Mile Beach. We will have bike fittings this evening as we have an early start tomorrow.
This evening we have dinner at the motel restaurant.
Accommodation at the Ahipara Bay Motel

Thu 10 Mar    Ahipara – Cape Reinga – Ahipara (B,D) cycling distance 19km or 48km

Cape Reinga LighthouseThis morning we travel by minivan to Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet. For Māori, Cape Reinga is the most spiritually significant place in New Zealand. An ancient pohutukawa tree and a lonely lighthouse mark this special place. It is believed that here, after death, all Māori spirits travel up the coast and over the wind-swept vista to the pohutukawa tree on the headland of Te Rerenga Wairua.
We will walk out to the iconic Lighthouse and take in this spiritual place and soak in the Wairua (the spirit) and the stunning vista looking out to the ocean as well as back down the Aupouri Peninsula with its spectacular windswept beaches.
From here you will have a choice to ride to the Giant Sand Dunes at Te Paki (19km) or hop in the van! Te Paki is a 10km long by 1km wide coastal strip of jaw-dropping sand dunes. Incredibly it was once its own island disconnected from the mainland, but over millions of years, sand built up from volcanic activity elsewhere in New Zealand, which formed the large dunes. We will spend time here and soak up the magnificent dunes!
Then we travel south by van to Pukenui where we have an independent lunch.
Heading back towards our accommodation we will have a short stop at Waipapakauri, the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach.
Then there is an option to cycle back to Ahipara cycling on a back road from Awanui to Ahipara through Sweetwater Farms and parallel to the beach (29km riding maximum).
This evening we enjoy dinner at the motel restaurant.
Accommodation at the Ahipara Bay Motel

Fri 11 Mar    Ahipara – Kohukohu – Rawene – Omapere (B,D) cycling distance 61km (or can be less) 

Hokianga HarbourToday we E-Bike from Ahipara to Kohukohu. We are cycling on country roads with beautiful pastoral scenery.
Kohukohu is a very small town with loads of charm. At Kohukohu our E-Bikes are loaded on the trailer and we travel by van to the Narrows (4km) and board a ferry to Rawene. We travel to Omapere and on to South head/Arai Te Uru Recreational Reserve and walk where Kupe first walked when he first landed on Aotearoa; we should be in time for the setting of the sun in this truly auspicious place.
Our accommodation for the night is in Omapere, set on the edge of the Hokianga Harbour overlooking the magnificent sand dunes on the northern side of the harbour.
This evening we have dinner at our hotel.
Accommodation at “The Heads”

Sat 12 Mar    Omapere – Waipoua Forest – Rawene – Horeke – Kaikohe (B,D) cycling distance 42km (can be less if hop back in van at Snos Farm)

Tane MahutaThis morning we travel by van to the Waipoua Forest; a short walk leads us under the cooling shade of the forest canopy to the majestic Tāne Mahuta, New Zealand's largest living kauri tree.
After this visit we retrace our steps back to Rawene to board the Ranui – and travel to Mangungu Mission cruising the Upper Hokianga Harbour – enjoying the stunning scenery and birdlife. Our local skipper has plenty to tell us about the wildlife, history and local life around the harbour.
The van will meet us at Mangungu Mission House at our point of disembarkation. We then ride on our E-Bikes to the western end of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail and on to Utakura Valley . We stop for an independent lunch at Snos Food stall. They have freshly homemade delicacies.
Then we cycle on to Okaihau and through to Kaikohe for our evening stop.
Dinner is served at our hotel.

Sun 13 Mar    Kaikohe – Opua – Russell (B,D) cycling distance 45km (can be more or less as you please)

Today we cycle from Kaikohe to Opua, over suspension bridges, past a waterfall and through forest and working farm scenery.
We stop off in Kawakawa for sightseeing and an independent lunch. Kawakawa is famous for its Hundertwasser Public toilets, the largest art gallery in Northland and their vintage train that chugs down the main street.
When we reach Opua our bikes will be loaded on the trailer and we travel by van to Russell. We check in at The Duke of Marlborough Hotel and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
The charming village of Russell tells many stories – Kororāreka (as Russell was formerly known) was originally a Māori settlement and it became a base for European traders, whalers, and missionaries in the early 1800s. By 1836 the settlement was dubbed the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’, notorious for its drinking, fighting and prostitution.
You will be pleased to know it is now called Romantic Russell and full of great eateries and beautifully restored buildings.
There will be the opportunity to E-Bike or walk to beaches and lookouts.
This evening we have a Farewell Dinner at our hotel.
Accommodation at The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Mon 14 Mar    Russell – Waitangi – Bay of Islands Airport (B) approx. 10km cycling if you wish 

The first part of the morning is at leisure.
Mid-morning we travel by van to Opua and on to Waitangi.
Here we visit the Waitangi Treaty House and recently developed Te Kongahu Museum of Waitangi; which holds a stunning collection of stories and taonga that bring to life the history of Waitangi, one of New Zealand’s most important historic sites.
We have an independent lunch in Paihia and then transfer to the Bay of Islands Airport to catch the Air New Zealand flight to Auckland, departing at 3.00pm (or to pick up your car).
If you want you can stay on in Northland.

Flexibility is our motto: The quoted cycling distances for each day are based on the day maps which you will be given, and represent the expected riding. An individual can adjust the cycling according to their needs and weather conditions on the day.

GRADE: Introductory to Moderate

11 - 16 May, 2022

Wed 11 May    Bay of Islands Airport – Ahipara (D) 

The tour starts at Bay of Islands Airport (Kerikeri).
Most tour members will be flying on NZ8268 from Auckland to Bay of Islands Airport. The Air New Zealand flight departs Auckland at 1.45pm and arrives in Kerikeri at 2.35pm.
If you are travelling to Bay of Islands Airport by car there is parking available at the airport. We return to the Airport at the end of the tour.
We travel by luxury minivan to Ahipara which is at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach. It’s home to incredible sunsets and a spectacular unspoiled sandy beach popular for surfcasting, land yachting and shellfish gathering.
Our accommodation for the first two nights is above Shipwreck Bay, aptly named because at low tide some of the wrecks are still visible. Behind us is the Ahipara Gumfields Historic Reserve, where you can see relics from the kauri gum digging days and remnants of ancient kauri forests. In the late 1800s the gum fields supported two thousand people, three hotels and numerous shops. Bullock teams carted the gum to waiting ships at Shipwreck Bay.
When we arrive at Ahipara we will go for a walk on Ninety Mile Beach. We will have bike fittings this evening as we have an early start tomorrow.
This evening we have dinner at the motel restaurant.
Accommodation at the Ahipara Bay Motel

Thu 12 May    Ahipara – Cape Reinga – Ahipara (B,D) cycling distance 19km or 48km

Cape Reinga LighthouseThis morning we travel by minivan to Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet. For Māori, Cape Reinga is the most spiritually significant place in New Zealand. An ancient pohutukawa tree and a lonely lighthouse mark this special place. It is believed that here, after death, all Māori spirits travel up the coast and over the wind-swept vista to the pohutukawa tree on the headland of Te Rerenga Wairua.
We will walk out to the iconic Lighthouse and take in this spiritual place and soak in the Wairua (the spirit) and the stunning vista looking out to the ocean as well as back down the Aupouri Peninsula with its spectacular windswept beaches.
From here you will have a choice to ride to the Giant Sand Dunes at Te Paki (19km) or hop in the van! Te Paki is a 10km long by 1km wide coastal strip of jaw-dropping sand dunes. Incredibly it was once its own island disconnected from the mainland, but over millions of years, sand built up from volcanic activity elsewhere in New Zealand, which formed the large dunes. We will spend time here and soak up the magnificent dunes!
Then we travel south by van to Pukenui where we have an independent lunch.
Heading back towards our accommodation we will have a short stop at Waipapakauri, the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach.
Then there is an option to cycle back to Ahipara cycling on a back road from Awanui to Ahipara through Sweetwater Farms and parallel to the beach (29km riding maximum).
This evening we enjoy dinner at the motel restaurant.
Accommodation at the Ahipara Bay Motel

Fri 13 May    Ahipara – Kohukohu – Rawene – Omapere (B,D) cycling distance 61km (or can be less) 

Hokianga HarbourToday we E-Bike from Ahipara to Kohukohu. We are cycling on country roads with beautiful pastoral scenery.
Kohukohu is a very small town with loads of charm. At Kohukohu our E-Bikes are loaded on the trailer and we travel by van to the Narrows (4km) and board a ferry to Rawene. We travel to Omapere and on to South head/Arai Te Uru Recreational Reserve and walk where Kupe first walked when he first landed on Aotearoa; we should be in time for the setting of the sun in this truly auspicious place.
Our accommodation for the night is in Omapere, set on the edge of the Hokianga Harbour overlooking the magnificent sand dunes on the northern side of the harbour.
This evening we have dinner at our hotel.
Accommodation at “The Heads”

Sat 14 May    Omapere – Waipoua Forest – Rawene – Horeke – Kaikohe (B,D) cycling distance 42km (can be less if hop back in van at Snos Farm)

Tane MahutaThis morning we travel by van to the Waipoua Forest; a short walk leads us under the cooling shade of the forest canopy to the majestic Tāne Mahuta, New Zealand's largest living kauri tree.
After this visit we retrace our steps back to Rawene to board the Ranui – and travel to Mangungu Mission cruising the Upper Hokianga Harbour – enjoying the stunning scenery and birdlife. Our local skipper has plenty to tell us about the wildlife, history and local life around the harbour.
The van will meet us at Mangungu Mission House at our point of disembarkation. We then ride on our E-Bikes to the western end of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail and on to Utakura Valley . We stop for an independent lunch at Snos Food stall. They have freshly homemade delicacies.
Then we cycle on to Okaihau and through to Kaikohe for our evening stop.
Dinner is served at our hotel.

Sun 15 May    Kaikohe – Opua – Russell (B,D) cycling distance 45km (can be more or less as you please)

Today we cycle from Kaikohe to Opua, over suspension bridges, past a waterfall and through forest and working farm scenery.
We stop off in Kawakawa for sightseeing and an independent lunch. Kawakawa is famous for its Hundertwasser Public toilets, the largest art gallery in Northland and their vintage train that chugs down the main street.
When we reach Opua our bikes will be loaded on the trailer and we travel by van to Russell. We check in at The Duke of Marlborough Hotel and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
The charming village of Russell tells many stories – Kororāreka (as Russell was formerly known) was originally a Māori settlement and it became a base for European traders, whalers, and missionaries in the early 1800s. By 1836 the settlement was dubbed the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’, notorious for its drinking, fighting and prostitution.
You will be pleased to know it is now called Romantic Russell and full of great eateries and beautifully restored buildings.
There will be the opportunity to E-Bike or walk to beaches and lookouts.
This evening we have a Farewell Dinner at our hotel.
Accommodation at The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Mon 16 May    Russell – Waitangi – Bay of Islands Airport (B) approx. 10km cycling if you wish 

The first part of the morning is at leisure.
Mid-morning we travel by van to Opua and on to Waitangi.
Here we visit the Waitangi Treaty House and recently developed Te Kongahu Museum of Waitangi; which holds a stunning collection of stories and taonga that bring to life the history of Waitangi, one of New Zealand’s most important historic sites.
We have an independent lunch in Paihia and then transfer to the Bay of Islands Airport to catch the Air New Zealand flight to Auckland, departing at 3.00pm (or to pick up your car).
If you want you can stay on in Northland.