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New Zealand

New Zealand Bike Tour

DURATION

10 Days

PRICE

$5,192

LEVEL

All Levels

DAILY DISTANCE

20-50 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Biking (bikes included), hiking, helicopter glacier tour

INCLUDED MEALS

All except two lunches and two dinners

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

Breathtaking scenery, pristine coastline and zero traffic are just a few reasons why New Zealand is a cyclist’s Trip of a Lifetime. Our 10-day tour sweeps across the north end of the South Island, then curls down the west coast to Queenstown – from the Maori lands on the Banks Peninsula through provincial farms, sheep stations and villages, along tropical coastlines and past ancient glaciers, finally finishing in the vineyards of Central Otago’s wine country.

Day 01

Meet in Christchurch. Bike the Canterbury region's Greta Valley, tucked between two rivers.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Heritage Hanmer Springs

Meet us in Christchurch. Shuttle a bit north to Canterbury. Today, ride through the Greta Valley’s peaceful farmland toward the Southern Alps. Spend tonight in Hanmer Springs, a resort town famous for its natural hot springs. Enjoy a visit to the hot pools and spa before dinner.

Day 02

Ride to gold-rush era Reefton via Lewis Pass.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Lantern Court Motel

Today, bicycle past ranches and farms into the birch forests. Ride down Lewis Pass onto the western side of the Southern Alps through the rolling hills to the gold-rush town of Reefton. Enjoy a gourmet picnic near a hanging bridge just outside town. Cruise through the rolling hills to an afternoon stop for Hokey Pokey ice cream. Stay tonight in Reefton, a town that’s as famous for its decision not to sell out to the mining companies as it once was for the gold panned in its streams and rivers.

Day 03

Bicycle Buller Gorge, then pedal to the pancake rocks of Punakaiki.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Punakaiki Resort

Ride through the Buller Gorge today, whose pink granite walls boast New Zealand’s longest swing bridge, and are also the gateway to Paporoa National Park and the spectacular blowholes of Punakaiki.

Day 04

Visit Hokitika; ride from Ross into Westland National Park. Stay tonight in Fox Glacier, in the rainforest at the toes of the glacier whose name it bears.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Bella Vista, Fox Glacier

Head south beside the coast today. With its stunning scenery and next-to-no traffic, the remote west coast of New Zealand is considered one of the best places on earth to ride. This morning, visit Hokitika, famous for its jade – also called ‘Pounamu’ or ‘Maori greenstone.’ (Want to purchase a New Zealand cycling jersey? Hokitika is the best place to do so.) Ride south from Ross into Westland National Park. Stop for a moment to admire the dazzling views of snow-capped peaks surrounding Lake Mapourika. If there’s time and you’re up for it, continue riding to the town of Fox Glacier. Or hop in the van, head to the town and catch up on your laundry this afternoon.

Day 05

Explore Fox Glacier on a heli-hiking expedition today (included with your tour.)

Meals

– Breakfast

Lodging

Bella Vista, Fox Glacier

Explore the Fox Glacier on a heli-hiking expedition today (weather permitting, included with your tour.) Access parts of the glacier where its forces often create spectacular ice caves and arches. Equipped with leather boots and other equipment, hop aboard the helicopter for a flight right over the pinnacles of the lower icefall where the ice is in constant motion and constantly changing. After landing on a remote stretch of the glacier, your guide outfits you with crampons designed especially for these ice conditions. Follow the ice steps cut by your guide. Explore the amazing formations and ice caves which are only seen here. Every expedition is completely unique due to the ever-changing ice. If flying isn’t an option, you’ll enjoy the glacier hiking expedition from the base instead.

Day 06

Ride south again, to Lake Moeraki and the Wilderness Lodge.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge

Ride the spectacular southern West Coast today, beside the glittering Mahitahi river. Play peek-a-boo with Mt. Cook and the coastline. Finish at Lake Moeraki’s Wilderness Lodge, in the heart of the South West World Heritage Area. This amazing lodge is completely off the grid in an area largely unchanged since the Polynesians first landed here. We guarantee your stay here will be one of your favorite memories from the trip.

Day 07

Spend the day exploring from Lake Moeraki's Wilderness Lodge. Plenty of options to choose your own adventure!

Meals

– Breakfast
– Dinner

Lodging

Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge

Choose from one of the Wilderness Lodge’s multiple guided nature excursions today. Paddle the lake in one of the lodge’s canoes. Take a guided hike through tropical forest to Monro Beach on the wild coast. Here the ocean is a spectacular rich turquoise, thanks to deep, clear water and zero pollution.) Ride a flat, deserted stretch of coastline to Jackson’s Bay where a tiny fishing village perches at the end of the spit. Whatever you choose, don’t miss the post-dinner evening walk to see the glowworms on the hillside and gaze at the Southern Cross.

Day 08

Ride Haast to Makarora – or from Moeraki to Lake Wanaka.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Te Wanaka Lodge

Today, hop in the van and boost ahead to Haast, then ride from Haast Villagepast stellar views of the rugged coastline and seals basking in the sun. Turn inland to bicycle beside the Haast River as it winds toward snow-capped peaks, passing countless waterfalls as you climb up to 1,860′ Haast Pass. Descend to Makarora, where the countryside becomes notably drier as the dense tropical foliage gives way to open countryside dotted with sheep and lined with sun-drenched vineyards. (Inside scoop: if you want to do a 146km ride today, let your guides know – that’s one of the options available!)

Day 09

Ride from Wanaka to the Cardrona Hotel. Then it's up and over the Crown Range and down to Arrowtown.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Millbrook Resort

Ride from Wanaka through the Cardrona Valley to one of New Zealand’s oldest and most iconic inns, the Cardrona Hotel. It’s certainly one of its most photographed: the inn was the setting for the ‘Prancing Pony’ in the Lord of the Rings films. Bike up and over the Crown Range – or van up if you prefer. Views from the top are spectacular! Ride down to Central Otago’s historic Arrowtown for lunch. Explore the town a bit. You’ll stay here tonight, at the Millbrook Resort.

Day 10

Finish with a ride into Queenstown

Meals

– Breakfast

We wrap up our tour in the morning after a short ride from Arrowtown to Queenstown. If you are looking for a way to fill your afternoon., there are ample recreation opportunities in Queenstown: Winery tours, bungee jumping, jet-boating, and rafting, to name just a few.

Dates
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Dates
Jan 27, 2019
Guaranteed
This means that the tour will definitely depart as scheduled and not be canceled.
Price
$5,192
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