Guided Cycle Tours

New Zealand's leading adventure tourism company since 1996

Discover the Beauty of New Zealand with our All-Inclusive, Guided Cycle Tours

Guided cycling holidays in New ZealandFantastic riding, stunning scenery and warm hospitality make our guided cycling tours truly memorable experiences.

 
Every route we offer has been carefully selected to incorporate comfortable accommodation, diverse landscapes and fine food.

We show you the must-see highlights of a region, while at the same time drawing on our local knowledge to share those less-accessible, out-of-the-way locations you’d find impossible to discover on your own.

With an experienced, local tour guide to lead the way, and a support van always by your side to offer weary legs a rest, all you have to do is soak up the experience.
 

“Have you ever had one of those moments when you think, “Far out, how could I have been so wrong, that was not what I expected…it was sooo much better”.

That was my reaction having completed the Otago Rail Trail.

I had an expectation that it would be beautiful, not too strenuous on the rear end and legs, and very enjoyable. But 150kms is a long way….would it live up to my expectations?

Oh it did – and more. We experienced everything the Otago region had to offer – breath-taking views of mountain ranges, rivers and grass fields, hot sunny days, freezing cold rain, hail and sleet (adding a whole new dimension to the adventure), local food and wine, curling, and good old southern hospitality.

My highlights? The scenery, sharing a drink and a yarn with the locals, the passport stamping stations, seeing Andy with the kettle boiling as you round a corner, deepening friendships, making new friends, and knowing I’ll go back and do it all over again.” – Erika Rogers, Otago Rail Trail, 2013.

What’s included on a guided cycling tour

 

  • High-quality, comfortable accommodation.
  • Delicious food to keep your energy levels up. (Please see individual tour guides for exact meal details.)
  • Support vehicle to whisk you up the steep bits.
  • Luggage transfer between hotels, so you can ride with just your daypack.
  • Knowledgeable, friendly tour guide to keep you on the right path (and ensure the tea’s ready and waiting at rest stops).
  • Top of the range cycling gear (with soft seats) to suit your journey and ability level.

 

“The cycle tour was great, the weather not too bad and the guide and the group was fantastic. The group had the best size (7) and New Zealand is a great country. The organisation of the tour and the flexibility was excellent. It’s the best way to explore New Zealand for bike enthusiasts.” – Andreas, Switzerland, 17-Day Road Tour from Christchurch to Auckland.

Where to go?

 
New Zealand might not look that big on the map, but take our word for it, this country packs a mighty punch. Seeking peace and tranquility? You’ll find it in spades. Amped for tough mountain climbs and heart-stopping, off-road thrills? Not a problem. Prefer laid back cruising that ends with bubbling mudpools and ample quantities of local sauvignon? We can help with that, too. How about jaw dropping, picture postcard scenery? You’ll find it at every turn.

Just one problem: when a country offers this much to see and do, choosing where to go can be tough. You’ll find our full range of tours below, but here’s a short selection of some of our most popular routes to whet your appetite and ease you into the planning process.

Top tours

 
17 Day Cycle Tour Auckland to Christchurch
Quite possibly the ultimate New Zealand cycling tour. Experience the cultural and scenic highlights of both the North and South Islands, including the white sand beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula, the volcanic landscape of the Tongariro National Park, the peace and tranquility of the Marlborough Sounds and the twists and turns of the wild West Coast. This 17-day Auckland to Christchurch tour just got a mention on the CNN website, as part of an “11 places to go in 2014″ article. Click here to see the full details of this epic tour.

Otago Rail Trail
150 kilometres of changing landscapes, high country sheep stations, river gorges, tunnels and viaducts. At Ranfurly, try your hand at the sport of curling, before rounding off the journey in style aboard the Taieri Express, rated one of the world’s great rail trips. Details of our 5-day Rail Trail tour can be found here. Details for our 6-day tour are here.

8 Day Road Cycle Tour Queenstown to Dunedin
Journey deep into rural South Island life; quiet roads, stunning scenery and firsthand encounters with the local wildlife. You’ll meander alongside the beautiful lakes of Te Anau and Manapouri, experience the tranquility of remote Stewart Island – where you just might spy a kiwi bird – and ride the rugged coastline of the Catlins. Click here for full details.

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North Island Guided Road Tours

 
Immerse yourself in the diverse and spectacular scenery of the North Island, from beautiful beaches to snow-capped volcanoes and gushing geysers.

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8 Day Road Cycle Tour Auckland to Rotorua (GR026)2$3330.00view map

A loop of the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, incorporating the historical gold-mining town of Coromandel, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water beach. The journey to the mud pools and geysers of Rotorua takes you through Matamata, aka Hobbiton, for Lord of the Ring fans.

15 Day Road Cycle Tour North Island (GR030)2$5995.00view map

15 Days exploring the North Island in a big loop from Auckland return sandy beaches hot pools and boiling mud are just some of the highlights.

17 Day Cycle Tour Auckland to Christchurch (GR032)2from $5350 view map

The best of New Zealand cycling from the North to the South and all the bits in between. Options include cycling only North Island or South Island. Ask for pricing details.

17 Day Cycle Tour Christchurch to Auckland (GR031)2from $5350view map

The ultimate New Zealand cycling tour! Experience the cultural and scenic highlights of both the North and South islands. Options include cycling South Island or North Island only. Ask for pricing details.

South Island Guided Road Tours

 
Stunning riding amongst alpine vistas, remote rainforest and quiet rural roads. South Island cycling is unmatched in its diversity and beauty.

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Port Hills Road Cycle Tour (GR028)3$160.00view map

Great riding and spectacular views high in the hills above Christchurch. We’ll tailor this ride to suit your requirements, taking in seaside suburbs, quiet country roads or the summit road of the Port Hills.

4 Day Road Cycle Tour Canterbury (GR002)2$2475.00view map

Join us for a meander through the Canterbury countryside, incorporating the scenic Waipara Valley, the thermal pools of Hanmer Springs and whale watching at Kaikoura.

5 Day North Canterbury and Marlborough Cycle Tour (GR004)1$1495.00view map

Spectacular southern scenery, spa soaks and sublime sauvignon blanc are all on the menu on this easy ride through the picturesque Canterbury landscape.

5 Day Otago Rail Trail (OR005)2$1385.00view map

A scenic and historic journey into the heart of Otago, offering 150 kilometres of changing landscapes, high country sheep stations, river gorges, tunnels and viaducts. At Ranfurly, try your hand at the sport of curling, before rounding off the journey in style aboard the Taieri Express, rated one of the world’s great rail trips.

5 Day Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Christchurch (GR003)2$1695.00view map

A scenic climb over the Lewis Pass to the wild West Coast and one of the best coastal rides in the world. Hot springs, the world-famous Pancake Rocks and a return journey on the TranzAlpine are just some of the highlights of this tour.

5 Day Milford Sound Cycle Tour (GR020)2$2275.00view map

This impressive tour takes you deep into the heart of Fjordland, one of New Zealand’s most scenic destinations. Highlights include an overnight cruise on the magnificent Milford Sound and a trip across Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic steamer TSS Earnslaw.

5 Day Alps to Ocean Cycle (GR021)1$1498.00view map

The longest continuous ride in New Zealand, this tour descends over 2000 ft from the lofty heights of Mount Cook to the coastal town of Oamaru. Along the way experience stunning alpine scenery, golden tussock land, and rejuvenating hot pools.

6 Day Otago Rail Trail (OR006)1$1765.00view map

A scenic and historic journey into the heart of Otago, offering 150 kilometres of changing landscapes, high country sheep stations, river gorges, tunnels and viaducts. At Ranfurly, try your hand at the sport of curling, before rounding off the journey in style aboard the Taieri Express, rated one of the world’s great rail trips.

6 Day West Coast Queenstown to Christchurch Cycle (GR005)2$2340.00view map

A great tour for the time-pressed cyclist, this trip takes you over the Haast Pass to the wild West Coast, where you’ll cruise the coastal road and experience the icy wonder of the Fox Glacier.

6 Day Southern Lakes Christchurch to Queenstown Cycle (GR023)2$2195.00view map

Vivid emerald lakes, high mountain peaks and golden tussock lands provide the perfect backdrop to some of the South Island’s most scenic cycling.

7 Day Road Cycle Tour Picton to Christchurch (GR007)2$3150.00view map

From the picturesque port of Picton to Nelson, New Zealand’s sunniest city, before you head to the rolling breakers and lush rainforest of the wild West Coast.

7 Day Road Cycle Tour Top of the South Island (GR006)2$2595.00view map

A spectacular tour of vineyards, coastlines, hot pools and dense native forest.

8 Day Road Cycle Tour Queenstown to Dunedin T1 (GR012)3$2995.00view map

Discover some of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets…
This epic adventure takes you deep into rural South Island life; quiet roads, stunning scenery and firsthand encounters with the local wildlife. You’ll meander alongside the beautiful lakes of Te Anau and Manapouri, experience the tranquility of remote Stewart Island (where you just might spy a kiwi bird) and ride the rugged coastline of the Catlins.

8 Day Road Cycle Tour Queenstown to Dunedin T2 (GR011)2$3375.00view map

Experience the best of the deep south on this tour, which takes in the magnificent Milford Sound.

9 Day Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (GR008)3$3295.00view map

Rural riding through podocarp rainforests, lakeside vistas and the scenic Haast Pass. This tour begins with a TranzAlpine rail journey from Christchurch to Greymouth.

10 Day Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown T2 (GR010)2$4595.00view map

Saddle up in Christchurch for the ride over Arthur’s Pass, before hitting the twists and turns of the West Coast. You’ll explore the icy wonders of the Franz Josef glacier before passing through the impressively named Gates of Haast en route to Wanaka and Queenstown.

10 Day Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown T3 (GR013)2$4395.00view map

Cross the Alps twice on this impressive tour, which takes in the beautiful West Coast, the famous Pancake Rocks and the Fox Glacier.

15 Day Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Christchurch (GR018)2$6750.00view map

A classic loop that takes in Arthur’s Pass, the wild West Coast, the adventure capital of Queenstown and the majestic Mount Count.

17 Day Cycle Tour Auckland to Christchurch (GR032)2from $5350 view map

The best of New Zealand cycling from the North to the South and all the bits in between. Options include cycling only North Island or South Island. Ask for pricing details.

17 Day Cycle Tour Christchurch to Auckland (GR031)2from $5350view map

The ultimate New Zealand cycling tour! Experience the cultural and scenic highlights of both the North and South islands. Options include cycling South Island or North Island only. Ask for pricing details.

New Zealand-Wide Guided Road Tours

 
If you wish to experience the best of both islands, join us for a New Zealand-wide journey.

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Half Day Mountain Bike Skills Training (MB002)from $125

A half-day of mountain bike skills training on local hills in either the South Island or North Island. Our experienced instructor can teach any level required, from complete beginners to advanced riders looking to sharpen their skills.

17 Day Cycle Tour Christchurch to Auckland (GR031)2from $5350view map

The ultimate New Zealand cycling tour! Experience the cultural and scenic highlights of both the North and South islands. Options include cycling South Island or North Island only. Ask for pricing details.

17 Day Cycle Tour Auckland to Christchurch (GR032)2from $5350 view map

The best of New Zealand cycling from the North to the South and all the bits in between. Options include cycling only North Island or South Island. Ask for pricing details.

Guided Mountain Bike Tours

 
Exhilarating off-road adventures in both the North and South Island. Whether you’re after steep climbs, daring descents or sublime singletrack, we’ve got a tour waiting for you.

North Island Mountain Bike Tours

 

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Half Day Mountain Bike Skills Training (MB002)from $125

A half-day of mountain bike skills training on local hills in either the South Island or North Island. Our experienced instructor can teach any level required, from complete beginners to advanced riders looking to sharpen their skills.

Local Knowledge Auckland MTB Tour (MB024)3$250.00

The inside track on some of Auckland’s best MTB trails, from purpose-built singletrack to easy rolling terrain. We’ll put together a day of adventure suited to your individual riding experience.

South Island Mountain Bike Tours

 

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Little River Railtrail Guided Daytrip (LR008)1$160.00view map

Cycle alongside the flanks of ancient volcanoes and the shores of Te Whiahora/ Lake Ellesmere. Experience stunning lake scenery, a classic wetland ecosystem and birdlife galore. The tour ends in the picturesque farming village of Little River.

Port Hills Mountain Bike Tour (MB003)3$199.00view map

Super technical trails or a relaxed roll in the forest…Port Hills has something for every rider. Let us know your ability level and we’ll tailor a day just for you.

Half Day Mountain Bike Skills Training (MB002)from $125

A half-day of mountain bike skills training on local hills in either the South Island or North Island. Our experienced instructor can teach any level required, from complete beginners to advanced riders looking to sharpen their skills.

1 Day Queenstown Heli-Bike (MB016)3$499.00

The ultimate all-mountain adventure! Jump aboard the helicopter for a panoramic flight high into the hills above Queenstown. Then enjoy some of the most diverse MTB riding in New Zealand, from fast-flowing trails and steep descents to undulating backcountry singletrack.

3 Day Guided MTB Tour Queenstown (MB019)3$1500.00

A once-in-a-lifetime journey through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular mountain biking terrain, much of it across private land. An adrenaline-pumping mix of fast downhill, technical singletrack and backcountry trails. Epic heli-riding experience included.

4 Day MTB Tour Heaphy Track (HEAPHY)3$1950.00

80km of pristine singletrack through ancient beech forests, windswept coastlines and the sub-tropical rainforest of the West Coast of New Zealand. Technical riding with frequent river crossings.

5 Day Guided MTB Tour Queenstown to Wanaka (MB021)3$1845.00

An exciting off-road tour through the Southern Lakes region. Highlights include the fast-flowing trails of Wanaka’s ‘Sticky Forest’ and the Pisa Snowfarm.

5 Day Guided MTB Tour Canterbury (MB022)3$1845.00

Great riding through Canterbury’s diverse and scenic landscape, incorporating purpose-built singletrack and private backcountry trails.

7 Day Guided MTB Tour Canterbury and West Coast (MB017)2$2289.00

Explore the centre of New Zealand’s South Island on two wheels. Spectacular scenery and awesome trails await!

7 Day Guided MTB Tour South Island (MB018)2$2695.00

A huge variety of trails through the picturesque landscape of Central Otago. This tour includes sections of the Otago Rail Trail and the thrills of Naseby and Alexandra MTB parks.

9 Day Guided MTB Tour Canterbury and Marlborough (MB020)3$3595.00

Southern Alps scenery, the native bush tracks of the Marlborough Sounds and fast, flowing singletrack – this is wilderness riding at its best.

9 Day Guided MTB Tour Central South Island (MB023)3$3595.00

A fantastic mix of backcountry rides and purpose-built mountain bike trails await on this tour through Central Otago and the Southern Lakes.

15 Day Mountain Bike Tour Christchurch to Christchurch (MB015)3$5495.00view map

Sweeping downhills, gnarly single tracks and even an alpine scree slope — this New Zealand mountain biking tour has it all. Experience the beauty of Central Otago’s arid mountains, Canterbury’s beech forests and the sparkling waters of Marlborough Sounds.

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