The Long Way Around

Long Way Around Adventure Ride is back! 

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The Long Way Around for 2019 is back again with another exciting route planned, with approximately 25% covering new areas! This adventure ride event is a GPS navigated adventure ride, taking riders approximately 700km in 2 days, the long way around Lake Taupo, including offshoots onto private farmland and forestry roads and tracks you may never have had the opportunity to explore before.
On both days, the main route will be made up of a real mix of winding back country roads, gravel roads, and reasonably well formed off-road tracks through farms & forestry. Riders taking the challenge sections may expect steeper tracks and slippery areas and will be more of a challenge if wet!

On the Saturday night riders will be welcomed at a rustic and charming private lodge for the night, to relax at the bar and enjoy a delicious, well-deserved buffet dinner.  A social evening where everyone can share their stories , and some lucky prizes will be given out. Sunday morning starts with a hearty breakfast before setting off on day 2 of the adventure, which is shorter than Saturdays route, to allow riders to get back into Taupo at a reasonable hour in the afternoon!
The Long Way Around is suitable for road registered dual purpose motorcycles, from the 250’s to the 1200’s. Pillions are welcome!

The Long Way Around will take you on a journey through spectacularly scenic areas you may not have ridden before. Bring your camera! Depending on the weather, there may be small sections that will require a moderate level of off road rider skills, and we recommend bikes are fitted with adventure tyres. These sections may include short steeper inclines and declines, rutted areas, slippery/muddy terrain and stream crossings. There will also be optional challenge sections suitable for the competent off-road rider on enduro style bikes.  Fuel stops & cafes along the route have been alerted so they will be well stocked with great food and good coffee during the days ride.

We advise groups riding together should have at least two riders with GPS (in case one gets momentarily lost). Riders must navigate the route using a GPS, this ride is no longer navigated using roll charts. It is important that at least one rider in your group is competent at using this form of navigation. Epic Events staff riders (wearing high-vis Suzuki vests and riding Suzuki bikes) will be on route to guide and give assistance where needed.

Registration – $395 per Rider, $195 per Pillion - Includes:

  • Friday night registration and briefing
  • 2 superb days of adventure riding  through stunning Central Plateau scenery
  • A well-deserved hot buffet dinner Saturday evening
  • Comfortable, shared accommodation Saturday night in a private rustic lodge with a fantastic atmosphere, well-stocked bar, hot showers & all linen provided.
  • Hearty buffet breakfast Sunday morning
  • Lucky prizes on Saturday night 
  • Guides, sweep crew and support vehicle
  • GPS co-ordinates
  • Land Access Fees
  • Free designer tee!

REGISTRATION MEET & GREET- Wairakei Resort, 640 Wairakei Rd, Taupo. Phone: 07-374 9004

Registration from 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Friday 5th April. This will be at Wairakei Resort, Taupo.  A great pre-ride chance for everyone to have a catch-up and a chinwag, and ensure you are all prepared to get away early the following morning without any hitches. This will include a pre-ride briefing, where all riders must sign-on, and collect your ride packs, stickers, and The Long Way Around Tees. 

Then it’s all go Saturday morning to head out and start your adventure. After a full day of fun we all meet again at a comfortable lodge with rustic charm, and a relaxed atmosphere to spend the night.
On Sunday after day 2 of the adventure, riders will arrive back in Taupo in the afternoon.
The Epic van will be available to carry bags you do not wish to take with you on your bike.

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CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO footage from Long Way Around:


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Back in February I started riding around the Taupo area, roughly mapping out a route for Epic’s upcoming adventure ride, “The Long Way Around”. Having lived and worked in the greater Taupo area for most of my life, I had a mental map in my head of a 450km-ish route. I also knew enough farmers to gain access through their land to link dead end roads with other roads, and could use our current forest permits as well. Unfortunately I broke my foot quite badly in early May which meant I haven’t been able to drive a car or ride a bike leading up to our rides recently. This meant that Claire would drive me around calling out distances off the trip-meter while I transcribed them onto the route map. There was a bit of confusion a couple of times as Claire called out the temperature rather than the distance…scary when the reading is something like 1.9 or 2.7 especially when it’s 2 o’clock in the afternoon! Two weeks prior to the event and the challenge sections needed mapping, there’s only two people who know the route for these, one of these is Mark Delatour, but he was over in Europe doing Romaniacs, and the other was me. Out came the tin snips and I cut off my cast and prepared to head off the next morning. Mark actually arrived home that night ( after 18 hours on a plane ) and rang to see how things were going, I told him my plans and he arrived at my place at 7 am next morning ready to go, saying he was still on Europe time anyway!

The Long Way Around Event began with a meet and greet followed by a briefing on Friday night. There were a couple of oohs and aahs when I told everyone it was 474 kilometres and they’d have to be away around 7am to finish in the daylight, after all, it’s called The Long Way Around, not The Easy Way Around or The Cruisy Way Around. Five degrees of frost greeted everyone on Saturday morning so a cup of hot chocolate at the 50 km mark was really appreciated. I rode around most of the route via shortcuts unlocking gates in the morning, and despite the cold, it was a stunning day for all to be on a bike. Everyone was back in before 6.30pm, tired out, albeit a tad chilly, but wearing a satisfied, proud bikers grin! The buffet dinner back in Taupo was delicious and the day was dissected by all. A couple of yarns came out, one particular rider on a 1981 DR400 was passing a group of riders from the South Island when his tail bag burst, leaving a trail of Museli bars, drinks, nuts and raisins along the way…was this to benefit those behind who couldn’t navigate? We’ve learned a heck of a lot, and had some real fun, with Epic’s first foray into organising an adventure ride and can assure you it won’t be our last.


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