New Zealand Cycle Explorer

13 days / 12 nights
From $4,191 per person Per Person Twin Share
Per Person Twin Share

On your bike!  Enjoy the freedom of tailoring your very own itinerary to soak up New Zealand's breath-taking scenery, while cycling and biking some of the most spectacular Great Ride sections.

 

Departure Dates

Daily departures

Day 1:  Queenstown:  Cycle along Otago Central Rail Trail
Begin your New Zealand adventure with an easy cycle through one of the most spectacular gorges on the famous Otago Central Rail Trail.  Cycling on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient you will pass through amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, bridges and through tunnels.


Day 2:  Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
An early start around the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to Lake Te Anau, into Fiordland National Park.  Pass through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to view the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, while enjoying lunch on-board a cruise on the Sound.

Day 3:  Queenstown - Glaciers
Today you will travel along Lake Dunstan, Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea before crossing the Southern Alps over Haast Pass to the West Coast.  This remote area has a ruggedly beautiful landscape of vast rainforests, gushing waterfalls and snow-capped mountains.


Day 4:  Franz Josef to Hokitika:  Cycle along West Coast Wilderness Trail
Leave the Glacier region for Hokitika further up the West Coast this morning.  Experience an exhilarating treetop walk before picking up your bike equipment for a ride along the West Coast Wilderness Trail.


Day 5:  Hokitika - Nelson
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Hokitika before boarding the Intercity Coach service to Nelson for a two night stay.


Day 6:  Nelson:  Cycle along Tasman's Great Taste Trail
Cycle a section of Tasman's Great Taste Trail, enjoying the views of sparkling seas and pretty countryside.


Day 7:  Nelson - Wellington
Board the Intercity Coach service from Nelson to Picton in the morning.  Cross Cook Strait on-board the Interislander ferry service and stay in Wellington for two nights.


Day 8:  Wellington:  Rimutaka Cycle Trail
Board the Wairarapa Train Service to Maymorn this morning.   Follow the old railway route, established in 1878 to connect with the rich farmland beyond.  The trail plunges through restored rail tunnels and crosses picturesque bridges.


Day 9:  Wellington - National Park
Board the Northern Explorer train for the journey to National Park in the centre of the North Island.  The afternoon is free to enjoy the scenery and activities on offer with a focus on walking and the outdoors.  Please note on some days the train is replaced by an express coach.


Day 10:  National Park:  Mountain Bike The Old Coach Road
The Old Coach Road is one of New Zealand's premium trails, giving cyclists a glimpse into the past of what life was like using a horse and coach, and the hardships involved in building railways in the region.

Day 11:  National Park - Rotorua
The morning is at your leisure.  In the early afternoon join the coach service to Rotorua, a hot spot with much to offer.  Not only is Rotorua the heartland of Maori culture in New Zealand, but also a geothermal wonderland.  Bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers make the area an exciting place to be.


Day 12:  Rotorua:  Mountain bike The Redwoods Forest
Rotorua is a true mountain biking mecca with more than 150km of trails in the Redwoods Forest.  Enjoy half a day of mountain biking tailored to your skill and fitness level.


Day 13:  Rotorua - Auckland via Hobbiton
This morning see roaring geysers and boiling mud at Te Puia, Kiwi at Rainbow Springs and watch sheep dogs at work.  Travel on the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour to Matamata, home to the beautiful farmland transformed into the Shire from Middle Earth. Your guide will show you Hobbit holes and other movie set structures.  Have a drink in the Green Dragon Inn before boarding your coach back to Auckland.  Your tour concludes tonight.

  • Queenstown Gondola ride
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Northern Explorer Trail Journey (replaced by coach on some days of the week)
  • Maori Cultural Experience
  • Hobbiton Movie Set

Description & Highlights

On your bike!  Enjoy the freedom of tailoring your very own itinerary to soak up New Zealand's breath-taking scenery, while cycling and biking some of the most spectacular Great Ride sections.

 

Itinerary

Day 1:  Queenstown:  Cycle along Otago Central Rail Trail
Begin your New Zealand adventure with an easy cycle through one of the most spectacular gorges on the famous Otago Central Rail Trail.  Cycling on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient you will pass through amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, bridges and through tunnels.


Day 2:  Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
An early start around the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to Lake Te Anau, into Fiordland National Park.  Pass through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to view the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, while enjoying lunch on-board a cruise on the Sound.

Day 3:  Queenstown - Glaciers
Today you will travel along Lake Dunstan, Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea before crossing the Southern Alps over Haast Pass to the West Coast.  This remote area has a ruggedly beautiful landscape of vast rainforests, gushing waterfalls and snow-capped mountains.


Day 4:  Franz Josef to Hokitika:  Cycle along West Coast Wilderness Trail
Leave the Glacier region for Hokitika further up the West Coast this morning.  Experience an exhilarating treetop walk before picking up your bike equipment for a ride along the West Coast Wilderness Trail.


Day 5:  Hokitika - Nelson
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Hokitika before boarding the Intercity Coach service to Nelson for a two night stay.


Day 6:  Nelson:  Cycle along Tasman's Great Taste Trail
Cycle a section of Tasman's Great Taste Trail, enjoying the views of sparkling seas and pretty countryside.


Day 7:  Nelson - Wellington
Board the Intercity Coach service from Nelson to Picton in the morning.  Cross Cook Strait on-board the Interislander ferry service and stay in Wellington for two nights.


Day 8:  Wellington:  Rimutaka Cycle Trail
Board the Wairarapa Train Service to Maymorn this morning.   Follow the old railway route, established in 1878 to connect with the rich farmland beyond.  The trail plunges through restored rail tunnels and crosses picturesque bridges.


Day 9:  Wellington - National Park
Board the Northern Explorer train for the journey to National Park in the centre of the North Island.  The afternoon is free to enjoy the scenery and activities on offer with a focus on walking and the outdoors.  Please note on some days the train is replaced by an express coach.


Day 10:  National Park:  Mountain Bike The Old Coach Road
The Old Coach Road is one of New Zealand's premium trails, giving cyclists a glimpse into the past of what life was like using a horse and coach, and the hardships involved in building railways in the region.

Day 11:  National Park - Rotorua
The morning is at your leisure.  In the early afternoon join the coach service to Rotorua, a hot spot with much to offer.  Not only is Rotorua the heartland of Maori culture in New Zealand, but also a geothermal wonderland.  Bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers make the area an exciting place to be.


Day 12:  Rotorua:  Mountain bike The Redwoods Forest
Rotorua is a true mountain biking mecca with more than 150km of trails in the Redwoods Forest.  Enjoy half a day of mountain biking tailored to your skill and fitness level.


Day 13:  Rotorua - Auckland via Hobbiton
This morning see roaring geysers and boiling mud at Te Puia, Kiwi at Rainbow Springs and watch sheep dogs at work.  Travel on the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour to Matamata, home to the beautiful farmland transformed into the Shire from Middle Earth. Your guide will show you Hobbit holes and other movie set structures.  Have a drink in the Green Dragon Inn before boarding your coach back to Auckland.  Your tour concludes tonight.

Included In Package

  • Queenstown Gondola ride
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Northern Explorer Trail Journey (replaced by coach on some days of the week)
  • Maori Cultural Experience
  • Hobbiton Movie Set
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