The tour has been designed for clients of all levels of fitness and we offer options for beginners as well as for experienced bikers. There are always other options available, should you not be in the mood for cycling. Experience New Zealand’s incredible and varied landscape – see the majority of the well known “highlights” but also get out there amongst it on a bike!
Day 1: Auckland. Arrival in Auckland and “Meet & Greet” by us. You will be transferred to your accommodation and your detailed tour manual will be handed over to you. If you are not too tired after your flight, we recommend a walk through Auckland City and along the beautiful waterfront, home of the famous Viaduct Basin, which hosted the Americas Cup sailing regatta.
Day 2: Tairua approx. Driving time 2.5 h 150 km, Pacific Harbour Lodge. At 10 am make your way by taxi to the rental car depot in order to take over your vehicle and mountain bike. Departure from Auckland and you are heading straight for the Coromandel Peninsula. At the entrance to the peninsula you have the chance to visit the settlement of Thames, one of the original gold rush towns and well known for its colonial architecture. After you have arrived in Tairua, you may want to explore the closer region by bike and climb up Paku Hill, which offers great views over the ocean and the estuary.
Day 3: Tairua Pacific Harbour Lodge (bike tour circa 50km). We have allowed a whole day for you to either explore the peninsula by car or bike. Visit famous “Hot Water Beach”, walk down to “Cathedral Cove” and stop at Hahei Beach, which is one of the most beautiful swimming places in the region. After a short visit to Cooks Beach make your way back to Tairua. Includes: (L).
Day 4: Rotorua approx. driving time 3.5 h, 300 km, Ventura Inn Motel. Departure from the Coromandel Peninsula and your destination today is one of New Zealand’s tourism icons, the sulphur city of Rotorua. We suggest visits to the thermal area of Whakarewarewa, which is home of several geysers and Te Puia, home of the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. Rotorua is the centre of New Zealand’s Maori culture and therefore also the ideal place to be introduced to the culture during a “Hangi and Concert”. Listen to the beautifully melodic Maori songs, enjoy the traditional food and allow yourself to be emerged into the rituals of war dances. To relax your limbs a visit to the thermal “Polynesian Spa” is also highly recommended.
Day 5: Napier approx. driving time 6.5 h, 340 km, Fairhall Estate. Follow your route in direction south and visit the interesting thermal park of Wairakei, which is home to a power station which uses the natural steam resources provided by nature. Nearby you will find the Huka Falls, which display the sparkling blue waters streaming out of Lake Taupo, the country’s largest lake. Drive along the Taupo-Napier Highway to one of the architectural highlights of New Zealand. Napier is one of the best examples of “Art Deco” to be found and a stroll through the streets of this lovely town will introduce you to this unique style.
Day 6: Napier (bike tour circa 50km). Another full day for you to explore the region by vehicle or by bike! Napier is located in the centre of Hawkes Bay, which is also sometimes called the Tuscan region of New Zealand, as it is home to many vineyards. We suggest that you follow the “Wine and Food Trail” in order to explore the many delightful wineries and associated restaurants. Another worthwhile excursion is Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand’s largest gannet colony where you can observe the bird life from a very close distance.
Day 7: Wellington approx. driving time 4.5 h, 323 km, Victoria Court Motel. Another wine growing region is waiting to be discovered. Martinborough is nowadays a very favoured destination for Wellington citizens who like to visit this relatively new wine region on short trips and you will enjoy a quick stop-over on your way to the capital. Wellington is located in a very picturesque setting, surrounded by steep hills and lots of water. Apart from being the political centre of New Zealand it is also a place for the arts and cultural life. A visit to Te Papa, the National Museum is definitely worthwhile and an outing into the restaurant district in Courtney Place will no doubt be enjoyed.
Day 8: Picton Ferry WLG-PIC Transfer 3 h, Vintners Retreat (bike tour circa 30km). Head to the ferry terminal and say good-bye to the North Island! Together with your vehicle you will cross the Cook Strait, which divides North and South Island. As you reach the South Island you will enter into the Marlborough Sound and head up to the harbour of Picton. We recommend that you drive to your accommodation in Blenheim from where you could start a bike excursion along some Vineyards or bike from Picton the Queen Charlotte Drive, which nestles itself around the many bays and coves of the Queen Charlotte Sound.
Day 9: Abel Tasman Park approx. driving time 4.5 h, 190 km, Ocean View Chalets. Today’s destination is the famous and popular Abel Tasman National Park. Once you have reached Marahau at the edge of the park you can explore the region either on foot, by bike or by canoe. Otherwise simply relax on the golden sands of Kaiteriteri beach!
Day 10: Abel Tasman Park Ocean View Motel (bike tour circa 30km). A whole day is today available for you to enjoy the offerings of this blessed part of the country: Go on a cycle tour from Marahau to Kaiteriteri Beach and back via Riwaka. Alternatively you might want to take one of the optional boat excursions, which takes you right into the National Park and allows you to hike 4-5 hours along the coast and through the bush. Enjoy the many little bays, which invite you for a dip in the clear water and be on the lookout for seals who like basking in the sun!
Day 11: Punakaiki approx. driving time 6.0 h, 315 km, Punakaiki Rocks Hotel. Today you drive via Murchinson and along the Buller River until you reach the West Coast, the wildest and most remote region of New Zealand. Visit the seal colony of Cape Foulwind and the famous Pancake Rocks. You will spend the next two nights on this untamed coast!
Day 12: Punakaiki (bike tour circa 20km or longer if desired). A full day to explore the West Coast along the coastal road with the opportunity to branch off into the Paparoa National Park! Take advantage of the hiking tracks on offer and get close to nature in this very remote landscape. Insiders consider this to be the premium National Park amongst the many New Zealand parks.
Day 13: F.J.Glacier approx. driving time 4.5 h, 225 km, Glenfern Villas (bike tour ca10km). Drive along the coastal road to the Franz Josef Glacier! The majestic glacier reaches down from 2500 m into the prolific rain forest and impresses with its blue coloured masses of ice. We suggest that you bike from your hotel to the base of the glacier and explore part of the glacier on foot.
Day 14: Wanaka approx. driving time 4.0 h, 287 km, Mount Aspiring Motel. Follow the coast until the settlement of Haast and take advantage of the many walks on the way. During the months of October to December you might even be lucky and see penguins emerging out of the sea. You will be able to see ancient Kahikatea trees, which relate to prehistoric times before you then go via the Haast Pass across the Alps. Along the way you will once more find many invitations for little exploratory hikes into the forest and on to waterfalls hidden away in the bush. You finish this interesting day in Wanaka.
Day 15: Wanaka, Mount Aspiring Motel (bike tour circa 15km). The settlement of Wanaka is located on the shores of Lake Wanaka and you have another full day available to explore the region. We suggest a bike ride along the “Fisherman’s Track” along the shoreline of the lake or you might want to visit the unique fighter plane museum or even play a game of golf on the beautifully located course.
Day 16: Queenstown Approx. driving time 2.0 h, 117 km Garden Court Motel. Drive to Queenstown, which is also known as the “adventure capital of the world”! There are many possibilities for adrenalin rushing activities and you can take your pick from bungee jumping to jetboating – the list is endless!
Day 17: Queenstown (Bike tour circa 50km). As you have the whole day available in Queenstown we suggest a bike tour to the quaint settlement of Arrowtown or otherwise a daytrip to the Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park. This can be done by various means: either you drive yourself or you catch a bus or plane to take you to this outstanding and world famous destination.
Day 18: Omarama approx. driving time 3.0 h, 170 km, Heritage Gateway Hotel. You will be heading north again and this tour section will take you through Central Otago, which is in stark contrast to the green and lush landscape of the West Coast. Your goal is Omarama, at the end of the Waitake Valley and in Omarama you have the opportunity to go on a glider excursion as this place is world renowned for the favourable north-westerly thermals prevailing in the valley.
Day 19: Tekapo approx. driving time 4 h, 190km, (bike tour circa 40km)T. Scenic Resort. After breakfast we recommend a bike excursion to the “Clay Cliffs”, which will enchant you with their bizarre shapes – don’t forget your camera! Drive further north, past the turquoise coloured Lake Pukaki and finish up at Lake Tekapo. Weather allowing, Mount Cook will be facing you majestically from the distance and will give you an appreciation of the size of the Southern Alps.
Day 20: Mt. Hutt approx. driving time 2.5 h, 170 km, Green Gables Deerfarm. If the weather conditions are favourable we suggest a flight safari from Tekapo, which will take you across Mount Cook and the surrounding mountains. Carry on in direction north, driving through the Canterbury Plains until you reach a farm at the foot of the Southern Alps.
Day 21: Christchurch approx. driving time 2.5 h, 120 km. Your last travelling day will take you to Christchurch, which is the largest City of the South Island and which is also known to be the most English influenced place in New Zealand. A biking tour through Hagley Park and along the Avon River will show you the meaning of this association. Many of the buildings and the university and cathedral in particular suggest a strong link to the colonial forbearers from England who established this town. Enjoy the many cafes and restaurants and take advantage of a last opportunity to purchase souvenirs from Aotearoa! Drop off your mountain bikes today.
Day 22: Today you deliver your vehicle to the rental company depot as your active holiday through New Zealand has come to an end.
Note: The mentioned accommodation is subject to availability at the time of reservation!
Note: The prices shown are based on budget or standard accommodation category with four people sharing one vehicle.
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