In the Moment: Bikepacking Across New Zealand (Kopiko Aotearoa)

Back in February, Greg Edwards rode across New Zealand on the Kōpiko Aotearoa bikepacking route. Along the way, he made this film to reflect on his experience and the nature of traveling by bike. Watch it here and find out more about the route…

In February 2021, Greg Edwards (@greg.hikes) took part in a self-supported brevet event, riding 1,100 kilometers across the North Island of New Zealand on Kōpiko Aotearoa, a newly established bikepacking route connecting the island’s two widest points, Cape Egmont and East Cape. Along the way, Greg captured his ride and later turned it into “a summary of my experience and a love letter to bike travel.” Watch the film below, then scroll down for a map of the route and more about the Kōpiko Aotearoa…

You find there’s this relationship between effort and reward. You get out precisely what you put in.

  • Kopiko Aotearoa Bikepacking Route, New Zealand
  • Kopiko Aotearoa Bikepacking Route, New Zealand

The Kōpiko Aotearoa Bikepacking Route

The Kōpiko Aotearoa route was established by the Kennett brothers and is reported to be about 50% unpaved and mostly suited for a gravel bike. You can find more, including a PDF guidebook, over at

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