New Zealand Bike Tours
Please join us in 2017-18 for the Mother-of-all bike vacations
After spending almost two decades on the South Island of New Zealand we have come up with the best New Zealand bike tour. Our cycle tours are 12 days long and offer a rich assortment of scenery, wildlife, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. A recent guest commented that New Zealand was "a wonderful tour in what surely must be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Superb accommodations, delicious meals, well selected bike routes, and extraordinary support by our leaders! Two thumbs up Great Bike Tours! Our family members will be fondly remembering this trip for many years to come." (read more testimonials)
It's time to cross New Zealand off your "bucket list." Please come and join us in February for the mother-of-all bike vacations.
- Spectacular scenery at every turn, including glaciers, old-growth rainforests, snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and wild ocean beaches. It's almost as if the country is one big movie set (think Lord of the Rings or the Middle Earth scenery of Jurassic Park)
- Unique wildlife including penguins, albatross, kiwi, merino sheep, seal lions, fur seals, and giant eels
- Memorable bike rides through a World Heritage Area
- Naturalist-led hikes on glaciers, through rainforests, and on pristine beaches
- Activities on the water such as kayaking, a guided boat tour of the wildlife refuge, and jetboating
- Wine tasting in the most southern wine region of the world
- Fly to Milford Sound for a boat cruise on the fiord (part of the World Heritage Area)
- Savor a scenic train ride through the Taieri River Gorge
- Unwind with three days of car-free cycling on the Otago Rail Trail
- Learn about merino wool at a high-country sheep farm
- Explore Dunedin, Christchurch, Wanaka, and the “Adventure Capital of the World" – Queenstown
- 12 days of cycling and/or activities
- 12 nights of paid accommodations
- 25 meals
- Two separate bikes (one for the rail trail and one for the paved roads)
- 3 first-class tour guides
- Full van support, including pickup & dropoff at airport
- Daily route notes & maps
- Souvenir water bottle and T-shirt
- Scenic train journey
- Boat tour of Bird Sanctuary
- Photo CD of all the above
- airfare not included
- Difficulty level: easy to moderate
Enjoy Friendly Accommodations
We take you up-close-and-personal with the real New Zealand by staying with folks we've known for almost two decades. We spend a night with our friends Dorothy & Malcolm at their luxury B&B alongside the Otago rail trail; two nights with Anne & Gerry at their wilderness lodge in the towering rainforest; and two nights with our great friends Paula & Swade in the oceanside hamlet of Okarito, and also join them for an eco boat tour in their tidal lagoon.
What's the Weather Like?
December to February: This is summer in NZ, so expect long sunny days (staying light until about 9 pm) and mild nights. Average daily high of 72F (Queenstown).
Why not assemble a group for your next family reunion or big birthday? We welcome all ages and abilities. Since we offer such a multitude of alternate activities on our active vacations, we strongly encourage non-cyclists to join us as well.