The Brevet

Bikepacking cyclists riders on a road in a  New Zealand Aotearoa Brevet

The Plan

The Brevet will officially start at 8am on Saturday 17th February from Henley Lake carpark, Masterton.

For the duration of the trip you will need to be self sufficient and be able look after yourself and your bike including if things do not go to plan. See Safety

Brevet riders should follow the route of the tour, but are free to cover as much or as little distance each day as they wish. However please note that some areas are remote, with few options for accommodation, so riders should factor this into their planning.

Suggested riding daysDistance (km)Elevation (m)Suggested overnight destination
Masterton to Palmerston North*1131020Palmerston North Holiday Park
PalmerstonNorth to Mangaweka*1171600Awastone Campground
Mangaweka to Springvale Bridge 771610Springvale Bridge DOC campground
Springvale Bridge to Napier1051560Kennedy Park Napier
Napier to Waipukurau93540Waipukurau Holiday Park
Waipukurau to Pongaroa1081160Puketoi Lodge
Pongaroa to Masterton87850Finish!
* Some riders may choose to cut out around 22km distance and 190m elevation over the first two days by taking the Manawatu Gorge route to from Woodville to Ashhust. However this route remains officially closed to all traffic including bikes due to danger of slips.

For detailed information and track notes on the routes that make up the brevet, riders are recommended to consult the New Zealand Cycling Map and to purchase the excellent “Classic New Zealand Cycle trails” book by NZ cycling legends The Kennett Brothers.

GPX files and elevation maps for the whole route and for individual days will be made available to riders once registered.

The Pre-ride

For those wanting to get into the spirit of adventure and meet other riders, there will be a group getting the train from Wellington and staying the Friday night before the start of the ride at Mawley holiday park, Masterton. A bike carriage will be requested from Metlink to accommodate bikes. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to be kept up to date with details about this, or contact us.


There is a registration fee of $150 per rider to participate in the Brevet. This will be in the form of a donation to the Bayview Community Trust cyclone recovery fund, and will go strait to the communities and whānau who need it most. To maximise the positive impact of their ride, riders will also be asked to set up a participant page linked to our event fundraising page and collect sponsorship from friends and whānau. Every little helps!

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