“Some of the faster riders afterwards were like, ‘I wish I’d done it a bit slower, wish I’d had a bit more company.’ And so it’s a looney experience, I think.”
The Kōpiko Aotearoa is a self-supported bikepacking event across New Zealand’s North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui).
Riders cover 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) of pavement, gravel, and rugged trails as they ride from East Cape to Cape Egmont. It’s a magnificent ride by any measure, packed with scenic vistas, geological marvels, generous locals, and even wild fruit by the roadside.
Deane Parker and Dylan Gerschwitz created a film during this year’s ride so you can join along. Watch kōpiko now to get in on the experience and get inspired for your next big ride.
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I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.