New Zealand Bike Tour

February 9-21, 2022
February 24-March 8, 2022
(Our 2021 NZ tours were canceled due to COVID-19)

12 Days on the South Island

After spending more than 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.

The Washington Post published a full-page article about our New Zealand Bike Tour, stating that they “would not have a traded a minute of the experience.” The author wrote that “New Zealand offers pretty much every landscape imaginable in this world — or any other.” She went on to describe our bike tour as traveling “through rain forest and farmland, past sheer cliffs striped with waterfalls, along rushing green glacier-fed rivers and around neon-blue alpine lakes.” It’s time to cross New Zealand off your “bucket list.” Please come and join us in February & March 2022 for the mother-of-all bike vacations.

2022 Tour Dates

February 9-21 Book Now
February 24-March 8 Book Now
Join wait list for sold out dates

2022 Tour Dates

February 9-21 Book Now
February 24-March 8 Book Now
Join wait list for sold out dates

Rave Reviews

This was a great experience, and GBT made this one of the best memories we’ve had in 40+ years of marriage. Jeanne M. (2019)

Rave Reviews

This was a great experience, and GBT made this one of the best memories we’ve had in 40+ years of marriage. Jeanne M. (2019)

Tour Cost

$6,595 per person
(based on double occupancy)
Single supplement of +$1,500

Tour Cost

$6,595 per person
(based on double occupancy)
Single supplement of +$1,500

Highlights

  • Explore more different regions of NZ than any other bike tour company
  • Memorable bike rides through two National Parks, including riding on beautiful Highway 6 on the West Coast, known as “one of the planet’s 10 best road trips” (Lonely Planet)
  • Spectacular scenery at every turn, including glaciers, old-growth rainforests, snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, teal-colored rivers, and wild ocean beaches
  • Unique wildlife including penguins, albatross, kiwi birds, merino sheep, seal lions, fur seals, giant eels, glow worms, and alpine parrots
  • Naturalist-led hikes on glaciers, through rainforests, on pristine beaches, and through a mystical landscape that the Dalai Lama called a “Spiritual Center of the Universe”
  • Mellow water activities, including: kayaking in a World Heritage Area; a guided boat tour of a bird sanctuary; and a wildlife boat cruise in search of Northern Royal Albatross and blue-eyed penguins
  • Option to Fly to Milford Sound for a boat cruise in Fiordland National Park, part of the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Termed the 8th Wonder of the World by author Rudyard Kipling, it is also a favorite destination for our guests
  • Savor a scenic train ride through the Taieri River Gorge
  • Relax with two days of car-free cycling to start your trip – on New Zealand’s first ever rails-to-trails project – the gentle Otago Central Rail Trail
  • Explore the exciting towns of Dunedin, Christchurch, Wanaka, and the “Adventure Capital of the World” – Queenstown
  • Opportunity to explore the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, the only glaciers in the world that descend into rainforest. Sign up for a guided heli-hike, or explore the glacial valley on you own
  • Experience Hokey Pokey ice cream, manuka honey, and vegemite; search for pounamu (greenstone, or NZ jade) on the beach; see the Southern Cross for the first time, and taste wine in the most southern wine region of the world
  • Thrill-seeking options such as skydiving over a World Heritage Area; or bungy-jumping and jetboating (both invented in NZ)
  • Warm Weather! We run our trips in February & March, which is late summer in NZ, so expect temps in the 60s and 70s, and staying light until 9 pm

Highlights

  • Explore more different regions of NZ than any other bike tour company
  • Memorable bike rides through two National Parks, including riding on beautiful Highway 6 on the West Coast, known as “one of the planet’s 10 best road trips” (Lonely Planet)
  • Spectacular scenery at every turn, including glaciers, old-growth rainforests, snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, teal-colored rivers, and wild ocean beaches
  • Unique wildlife including penguins, albatross, kiwi birds, merino sheep, seal lions, fur seals, giant eels, glow worms, and alpine parrots
  • Naturalist-led hikes on glaciers, through rainforests, on pristine beaches, and through a mystical landscape that the Dalai Lama called a “Spiritual Center of the Universe”
  • Mellow water activities, including: kayaking in a World Heritage Area; a guided boat tour of a bird sanctuary; and a wildlife boat cruise in search of Northern Royal Albatross and blue-eyed penguins
  • Option to Fly to Milford Sound for a boat cruise in Fiordland National Park, part of the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Termed the 8th Wonder of the World by author Rudyard Kipling, it is also a favorite destination for our guests
  • Savor a scenic train ride through the Taieri River Gorge
  • Relax with two days of car-free cycling to start your trip – on New Zealand’s first ever rails-to-trails project – the gentle Otago Central Rail Trail
  • Explore the exciting towns of Dunedin, Christchurch, Wanaka, and the “Adventure Capital of the World” – Queenstown
  • Opportunity to explore the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, the only glaciers in the world that descend into rainforest. Sign up for a guided heli-hike, or explore the glacial valley on you own
  • Experience Hokey Pokey ice cream, manuka honey, and vegemite; search for pounamu (greenstone, or NZ jade) on the beach; see the Southern Cross for the first time, and taste wine in the most southern wine region of the world
  • Thrill-seeking options such as skydiving over a World Heritage Area; or bungy-jumping and jetboating (both invented in NZ)
  • Warm Weather! We run our trips in February & March, which is late summer in NZ, so expect temps in the 60s and 70s, and staying light until 9 pm

What’s included?

  • 12 nights of paid accommodations
  • 12 full days of cycling & activities (1½ days cycling on a rail trail and 6 days of riding on quiet roads, interspersed with 4½ days of non-cycling activities)
  • 21 meals (12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners)
  • 2 bikes (one for the paved roads and one for the rail-trail) + helmet + rear rackpack + rear safety light + bike computer. E-bikes available for an extra charge
  • 2-4 first-class tour guides
  • Full van support throughout your stay (12-passenger vans, with AC)
  • Wildlife boat cruise on the Otago Peninsula
  • Scenic train journey through the Tairei River Gorge
  • Unique Māori cultural experience, introducing you to the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • ½ day “signature walk” offered by the Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, exploring the rainforest and its birds, and the wild seacoast
  • Guided boat tour of Okarito Lagoon (bird sanctuary surrounded by rainforest)
  • Ride with GPS and daily route notes & maps
  • Souvenir water bottle and T-shirt
  • Transport to airport at end of trip (airfare not included)
  • Online photo gallery containing photos/videos from your trip
  • Difficulty level: easy to moderate

What’s included?

  • 12 nights of paid accommodations
  • 12 full days of cycling & activities (1½ days cycling on a rail trail and 6 days of riding on quiet roads, interspersed with 4½ days of non-cycling activities)
  • 21 meals (12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners)
  • 2 bikes (one for the paved roads and one for the rail-trail) + helmet + rear rackpack + rear safety light + bike computer. E-bikes available for an extra charge
  • 2-4 first-class tour guides
  • Full van support throughout your stay (12-passenger vans, with AC)
  • Wildlife boat cruise on the Otago Peninsula
  • Scenic train journey through the Tairei River Gorge
  • Unique Māori cultural experience, introducing you to the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • ½ day “signature walk” offered by the Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, exploring the rainforest and its birds, and the wild seacoast
  • Guided boat tour of Okarito Lagoon (bird sanctuary surrounded by rainforest)
  • Ride with GPS and daily route notes & maps
  • Souvenir water bottle and T-shirt
  • Transport to airport at end of trip (airfare not included)
  • Online photo gallery containing photos/videos from your trip
  • Difficulty level: easy to moderate

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BOOK YOUR TRIP (or request more information)

Join us in February or March for the Mother-of-all bike vacations – 12 Days in NEW ZEALAND! Our 2021 tour dates were canceled because of COVID-19, so please join us in 2022 instead – sign up today!

Great Bike Tours

3282 Mt. Philo Rd,
Charlotte, VT 05445

Have any questions? Contact us!

(802) 777-2009

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BOOK YOUR TRIP (or request more information)

Join us in February or March for the Mother-of-all bike vacations – 12 Days in NEW ZEALAND! Our 2021 tour dates were canceled because of COVID-19, so please join us in 2022 instead – sign up today!

Great Bike Tours

3282 Mt. Philo Rd,
Charlotte, VT 05445

Have any questions? Contact us!

(802) 777-2009

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