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New Zealand Trails Bike Tour

  • New Zealand bike trail Lake Ohau
  • New Zealand bakery treats
  • Bike trail Roxburgh Gorge, New Zealand
  • Flowers in Roxburgh Gorge, New Zealand
  • Biking on Otago Central Rail Trail, New Zealand
  • Evening in Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Sheep in Fox Glacier, New Zealand
  • Beach art in Hokitika, New Zealand
  • West Coast Wilderness Trail, New Zealand
  • Whitebait, a New Zealand specialty
  • Southern Alps, New Zealand
  • View from TranzAlpine Train, New Zealand
DURATION
11 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
24 to 50 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
2-Easier to Intermediate
STARTING FROM
$5995
SINGLES ADD FROM
$1,995

Trip Overview

You know you've always dreamed of cycling in New Zealand with its dramatic landscapes, fascinating local culture and unique wildlife. Ride with us there to experience the full range of scenery on the gorgeous South Island. Their summer is our winter, so take advantage of this off-season getaway you'll love ... biking on New Zealand's top rail trails.

Start and end in lovely Christchurch and marvel at this friendly town on the shores of the Pacific. Plus, have an introduction to local birds — including the kiwi — and traditional Maori foods and culture. Then enjoy splendid trail riding on the grasslands of the eastern side of the Southern Alps. You'll recognize scenes from the "Lord of the Rings" movies and see firsthand why New Zealand was chosen for making that series of films ... the variety in the landscape is unmatched! Then van across the rugged mountains to the sport paradise found on the western side. You'll be thrilled as you bike through the ice-carved terrain with soaring snow-capped peaks, thick vegetation and pristine lakes.

On your day off from biking in Queenstown, you can relax, shop, and sample famous seafood and pastries ... or perhaps take an optional day trip to see the glacial cliffs and fjord of Milford Sound. You travel through glacier country to the town of Fox Glacier, where you can book an optional helicopter ride. Then cycle alongside beaches on the Tasman Sea to fabled Hokitika, a great place to shop for jade, which was revered by the Maori. Then bike to Greymouth for a scenic train ride back to Christchurch. Mountain bikes are used on this tour with an e-bike available for an extra charge of $500 per person.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Christchurch walk, wildlife exhibits and Maori cultural experience | Quest, Christchurch
Arrive in Christchurch, settle into your hotel and meet your leaders in the afternoon. After introductions, walk around downtown Christchurch with the group. This evening, shuttle out to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve for a guided tour and to attend the Ko Tane Maori Cultural Experience, which includes a traditional hangi dinner.
DAY 2 - Christchurch to Twizel
Distance: 30 or 50 Miles | Terrain: Easier | MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel
Leave Christchurch early after a café breakfast and drive 3 to 4 hours south through the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo, where you have a picnic lunch and get ready for your first ride. Starting on the edge of this lake — famous for its turquoise waters — your spin on the Alps 2 Ocean Trail (A2O) includes views of golden tussock land, surreal blue canals, and one of the trail’s best lookouts — over Lake Pukaki and the Southern Alps. You then ride to Twizel for the night. Dinner is together.
DAY 3 - Twizel to Clyde
Distance: 24 miles | Terrain: Easier | Olivers or The Lord Clyde, Clyde
After breakfast at a café, you get on your bike and continue on the next leg of the A2O to the edge of Lake Ohau. The Ben Ohau Range dwarfs everything as you follow the lakeshore toward Lake Ohau Village and its lodge — perfectly positioned for post-ride refreshments. After your included lunch, jump in the van and drive 2.5 hours to your historic boutique hotel in Clyde. Dinner is at the acclaimed restaurant at Olivers.
DAY 4 - Otago Rail Trail
Distance: 36 or 41 miles | Terrain: Easier | Olivers or The Lord Clyde, Clyde
After a delicious homemade breakfast at this boutique hotel, you shuttle 1 hour to ride part of the Otago Rail Trail, which is New Zealand’s original “Great Ride,” from Oturehua to either Alexandra or Clyde, depending on your riding enthusiasm. Lunch is on your own to offer flexibility. Dinner is on your own in Clyde.
DAY 5 - Roxburgh Gorge
Distance: 21 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Garden Court, Queenstown
After another special breakfast at your hotel, ride the Alps 2 Ocean Trail from Twizel to Lake Ohau. Your guide provides a sandwich for lunch at your leisure. Enter the stunning Roxburgh Gorge for amazing views of this emerald waterway. In the middle of the trail section, take an included 45-minute jetboat ride up the river to connect to more trail. See historic artifacts and tiny buildings from gold rush days. Meet the van to shuttle just under 2 hours to Queenstown. Dinner is together.
DAY 6 - Queenstown adventures on your own
Non-biking day on your own | Garden Court, Queenstown
Today, you take a break from the bikes and are on your own to relax or explore one of the many excursions and activities Queenstown has to offer (all activities optional). We highly recommend an excursion to Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound, or a trip to the Glow Worm Caves in Te Anau — all can be pre-booked prior to travel and paid for on the day of the activity. Please note that this is a "guide rest day" in order to comply with New Zealand work time hours. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are on your own.
DAY 7 - Queenstown to Wanaka
Distance: 29 to 34 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | West Meadows Motel, Wanaka
In the morning, you have breakfast at the Millennium Hotel and then cycle the incredible Queenstown Trail to the legendary gold mining village of Arrowtown. Then follow a cycle path to Kawarau Bridge. From here, the ride can be extended up the Gibbston River Wine Trail to drop in on some local wineries. Afterward, shuttle about an hour over the Crown Range for incredible views. On the way, pass the famous Cardrona Hotel and then head on to Wanaka where you spend the night. Dinner is together.
DAY 8 - Wanaka to Fox Glacier
Distance: 29 to 34 miles | Terrain: Easier | Mt. Cook View or Lake Matheson Hotel, Fox Glacier
Jump on your bike after breakfast and enjoy more of the Queenstown Trail. Spin along Lake Wanaka to Gladstone and past Lake Hawea. Enjoy vistas of soaring mountains over the crystal waters of these splendid lakes. Lunch is at a pub in Lake Hawea. Add an optional 6 miles to Gladstone. Then shuttle for about 3.5 hours through Mt. Aspiring National Park to the tiny, remote town of Fox Glacier. Stay at a simple but clean and cozy motel. Dinner is together.
DAY 9 - Fox Glacier to Hokitika
Distance: 21 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Beachfront Hotel, Hokitika
An incredible way to start the day for the early risers is to take a hike along Mirror Lake at sunrise, for an unforgettable view of the reflections of Mt. Cook and Mt. Tasman in the water (weather dependent of course!). Then have breakfast at the Lake Matheson Café. Or perhaps choose a morning helicopter flight to land on Fox or Franz Josef Glacier might be more your scene? (Pre-booking is essential). Then we shuttle you 2 hours to Ross to hop on your bike and start our first ride on the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Cycle to Hokitika, known for its production of Jade or Greenstone — a very culturally significant stone to the Maori people. Dinner is on your own in Hokitika.
DAY 10 - Morning ride & afternoon train
Distance: 14 miles | Terrain: Intermediate to Advanced | Quest, Christchurch
After breakfast at the hotel, shuttle 40 minutes and get on your bike for your last ride on another stretch of the West Coast Wilderness trail – this time taking in Cowboy Paradise. Then shuttle 1 hour to Greymouth arriving in time for a pub lunch … and to board the TranzAlpine for your spectacular 4.5-hour train journey over Arthur’s Pass, back to Christchurch. Farewell dinner is together.
DAY 11 - Departure Day
Final Day: No riding
It’s time to say goodbye to the "land of the long white cloud"! No meals are included to give you flexibility for your departure. The local airport has daily flights to Auckland for connecting international flights.

Map

New Zealand bike tour map

Dates & Pricing

Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page.

Start End Cost Availability
Nov 21, 2021 Dec 01, 2021 $5995.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Jan 23, 2022 Feb 02, 2022 $5995.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Mar 06, 2022 Mar 16, 2022 $5995.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

10 nights' accommodations, breakfast each day (apart from arrival, rest, and departure days), 7 lunches, 7 dinners, 1 local guide & 1 U.S. guide, biking snacks, van transfers, Maori cultural experience, use of a mountain bike, 45-minute jet boat ride in Roxborough Gorge, TranzAlpine train ticket Greymouth to Christchurch, 1 optional airport transport time to and from airport. Not included: airfare and drinks, other than water during biking.

Dates & Pricing

Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page.

Start: Nov 21, 2021
End: Dec 01, 2021
Cost: $5995.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Jan 23, 2022
End: Feb 02, 2022
Cost: $5995.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Mar 06, 2022
End: Mar 16, 2022
Cost: $5995.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

10 nights' accommodations, breakfast each day (apart from arrival, rest, and departure days), 7 lunches, 7 dinners, 1 local guide & 1 U.S. guide, biking snacks, van transfers, Maori cultural experience, use of a mountain bike, 45-minute jet boat ride in Roxborough Gorge, TranzAlpine train ticket Greymouth to Christchurch, 1 optional airport transport time to and from airport. Not included: airfare and drinks, other than water during biking.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Quest Christchurch
Quest Christchurch offers apartment-style hotel rooms to provide guests with a relaxed and comfortable Christchurch accommodation experience perfect for short or long stays. It's located within the Christchurch central business district, only a short walk to Cathedral Square, New Regent Street Entertainment Precinct, Isaac Royal Theatre, Botanic Gardens, Town Hall and Convention Centre, Christchurch Arts Centre, Art Gallery and Museum and Punting on the Avon.
The Lakes Motel, Twizel
The Lakes Motel offers superb, comfortable accommodation in the Mackenzie High Country. Located on Mackenzie Drive, opposite Ben Ohau Golf Course, just off State Highway 8, our Twizel location gives you easy, walkable access to restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and other services.

Twizel is in the Heart of the Mackenzie High Country surrounded by snow-capped mountains, golden tussock landscapes and glacial lakes. The World Heritage listed Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park is just a 45-minute, picturesque drive away.
Olivers, Clyde
The authentic restoration of the Olivers Lodge complex honors its significant place in the history of the Central Otago region. The original stone complex, located in Clyde's historic precinct, was built by Benjamin Naylor in 1869 as a general store, servicing the prospectors who sought their fortunes during the Otago gold rush. It has been sensitively restored and now has 11 rooms that superbly blend the old with the new, creating a contemporary ambience integrally linked with bygone days.
The Lord Clyde
Located in the historic heart of Clyde, Central Otago, The Lord Clyde offers sophisticated, luxury accommodations and fascinating history within its 120-year-old stone walls.

Recently renovated, nine en-suited bedrooms blend elegant interiors with style and comfort. A freshly baked delicious breakfast awaits each morning. Enjoy a local wine in the private garden, overlooking the Clutha River, with the sun-baked hills of Central Otago in the distance.

Within minutes you'll find a range of restaurants and boutique shops. The Lord Clyde is perfectly positioned for those who desire a truly memorable accommodation experience.
West Meadows Motel, Wanaka
This accommodation offers 20 luxurious motel rooms appointed with all the modern conveniences and smart technologies that are required by today’s traveler. A few blocks from beautiful Lake Wanaka and its bike path, this motel is located near a food store, restaurants and a wine tasting room.
Lake Matheson Motel
The motto at this motel is "Simply Nice." The friendly owners aim to provide modern, clean and comfortable rooms - with a simple layout with nice fittings, facilities and service. They provide rooms which are focused on quality basics such as cleanliness, excellent heating, comfortable Sleepyhead beds made up with cotton sheets, great showers, quality towels, limited free WiFi and excellent undercover parking for wet days.
Beachfront Hotel Hokitika
Situated right on the beach, the stunning Beachfront Hotel is located in central Hokitika on New Zealand’s West Coast. With its unique location on the shores of the Tasman Sea and in the center of Hokitika, beachcombing, shopping, artisan shops, and galleries are right on the hotel’s doorstep.

Gallery

Images from this tour. Click each to see it larger.

New Zealand bike trail Lake Ohau New Zealand bakery treats Bike trail Roxburgh Gorge, New Zealand Flowers in Roxburgh Gorge, New Zealand Biking on Otago Central Rail Trail, New Zealand Evening in Queenstown, New Zealand Sheep in Fox Glacier, New Zealand Beach art in Hokitika, New Zealand West Coast Wilderness Trail, New Zealand Whitebait, a New Zealand specialty Southern Alps, New Zealand View from TranzAlpine Train, New Zealand