The Tour Aotearoa route, designed by Jonathan Kennett, a New Zealand cycling guidebook writer. In 2016 he organized a Brevet to highlight the best New Zealand Cycle Trail Great Rides, Heartland Rides, and quiet back country roads. As an off year for the brevet, this was my opportunity to do it!
Update April 2019: Completed six plus weeks of riding in New Zealand! Ended up not following the entire route for a variety of reasons, and also added some areas. Main takeaways were hills, heat and headwinds. Met incredible people and saw some wonderful places plus rode a whole mishmash of roads, trails and paths. Will take some time to get all the photos organized and notes put together, but looking forward to having a report in late 2019!
Using the same bike as other tours, Khojana Wala. Bags are Carousel Design seatbag and front roll, Cleveland frame bag, fork bags and front pocket, Revelate top tube bag. Schmidt dyno hub, White Industries 10sp rear hub, IRD friction thumshifters, Suntour XC Pro levers and Shimano low profile cantilever brakes. 26″ Velocity Aeroheat rims with Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 50-559 tires. Jones 660 SG bar, Profile Design T2+ aerobars, Brooks Ti Swift saddle (changed to wider C17 Cambium in Wellington).