Gorges to See

Departure Dates: November – April (see below)

New Zealand’s newest multi-day ride.  A  200km ride from the Taihape – Napier Road, to the seaside community of Koitiata. 

Duration: 4 Days Riding / 4 Nights Accommodation


$1990 per person (share twin/double)

Bike hire (if required) extra $400 per person

Departure Dates

  • 24-28th Nov 2024
  • 15-19th Dec 2024
  • 2-6th Feb 2025
  • 9-13th March 2025
  • 6-10th April 2025

The inaugural trial rides are over. The feedback – A GREAT RIDE! 

A ride that the masses have not yet found 

This ride could be something for you

River Valley is thrilled to be able to offer departures on the Gorges to See Cycle Cycle Journey again.

This 200km ride starts on the Taihape – Napier Road, at the point of the main divide, finishing at the seaside community of Koitiata beside the Tasman Sea. 

We will be riding the trail over four days, with overnight stays at River Valley Lodge – two nights, Awastone at Mangaweka – one night, and Rathmoy Lodge at Hunterville – one night. Accommodation is a mix of ensuited and shared facilities rooms. 

Only the Second Season

This is only the second season for this ride, and because of this, we encourage you to look at it as an adventure. As such, be prepared for anything. We have prepared regular departure dates, but we will see what we can do if you have a group of 6-8 riders and need a particular date. Arranging alternative accommodation may be the limiting factor.

Much of the Rangitikei District is hill country with the best and most picturesque hidden away from State Highway 1. Of course, the downside of hill country is that there are some significant hills, but the upside is spectacular views and fun downhills. 

The Rangitikei District, away from State Highway 1, is a uniquely beautiful area in which to ride through. The views, remote country roads and small communities make it a fantastic riding experience. 

Daily climb can be as much as 1200 metres, with the daily distance varying from 40 km to 65km. 

Trail surfaces 

10% is on cross-country farm tracks with variable surfaces 

50% is on backcountry gravel roads 

40% is on sealed, mostly quieter (except for about 5 km) country roads. 

Choice of Bike

We strongly recommend e-bikes only for this departure. We like a more mountain bike style, but if you have ridden similar terrain on other styles of bike, then that may be fine. However, they do need nice wide tyres. If you are unsure about the suitability of your bike, send us a photo, and we will let you know what we think.

Please, no smaller than 500wh batteries.

Bike Hire (if Required)

If you feel that this trip may be you, but you don’t have an appropriate bike, then we have got you sorted.  We have a range of Giant Talon and Liv Tempts available for hire. These must be booked in advance as the bikes are in steady demand. 

How Does The Ride Work?

This a guided ride. The trail route includes sections of farm tracks that are not marked. Your guide will help you navigate through these sections. The route traverses undulating terrain, with plenty of points worth stopping at to take in the view.

Each afternoon, your luggage will be delivered to the next night’s accommodation, meeting you there on your arrival. Maximum of 15kg per person, please.  

Meals are provided at the establishment where you will stay, except at Rathmoy Lodge, where your guides will prepare the meal.

Once you arrive at Koitiata, our van transport will meet you and shuttle you back to River Valley and your vehicles.

From there, you may depart or book an extra night’s accommodation at River Valley Lodge. 

Please Note: To operate this trip, we require a minimum number of four riders. If this number is not reached, then the trip may be cancelled. If the trip is cancelled, 100% of your deposit will be refunded. 

What we provide

  • Tasty breakfasts (x4), lunches (x3), dinners (x4) catered to all dietary requirements.
  • Two nights of comfortable Lodge ensuite accommodation on a twin share basis at River Valley Lodge, one night share facilities accommodation at Awastone, Mangaweka, and one night at Rathmoy Lodge, Hunterville. Depending on availability, there may be changes to these accommodation options.
  • Our driver and bike guide who will attend to the harder details.
  • Tasty, nutritious snacks, drinks and treats.
  • Full vehicle support along the trail, including the trailer for bikes.

What's Not Included

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. River Valley Lodge and Awastone are licenced premises. Rathmoy Lodge is not. Tea and coffee are provided.
  • E-Bike Hire & Helmet - an additional $100 per day.
  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc.)
  • Travel insurance

What have the inaugural riders had to say?


“Thanks to the River Valley Team. We were delighted to take part in your inaugural tour through a landscape we may not have encountered otherwise. Amazing hosts. Full credit to you for starting this tour to showcase your region.” – Yvonne

“Just loved it and all the laughter and friendship. Awesome River Valley crew” – Heather

Have any questions?

Speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to help you out.
thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz / 0800 248666