New Zealand offers a diversity of landscape from volcanoes, hot springs, fast flowing rivers, alluvial plains, native forests alive with the sound of native bird song, to impossibly rugged, snow covered Alps and deep, sheer sided fjords. Where else can you find such variety in a country roughly the size of Great Britain? Punakaiki, with their remarkable limestone formations and stunning beaches.
Day 1: Arrive in Auckland and spend day sightseeing.
Day 2: Drive to Cleveland and then cycle along the amazing coastal road to Miranda. From there we drive over the forest covered Coromandel range to Whitianga (52km cycling, total distance 251km).
Day 3: Whitianga (Rest Day).
Day 4: We cycle from Tairua to Whiritoa through the Tairua Forest. From here its on to Rotorua by bus Tairua to Whiritoa (49km cycling, total distance 245km).
Day 5: Rest Day. After lunch we recommend a tour (optional) through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Park, famous for its active wonderland of geysers, hot springs and boiling mud pools.
Day 6: From Rotorua, we drive South to New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo. We then cycle from Turangi to Tongariro National Park – (53km cycling, total distance 200km).
Day 7: From the Tongariro National Park we follow the Mangawhero River cycling from Kakatahi to Wanganui (57km cycling, total distance 125km).
Day 8: We drive through lush, rolling pastoral land from Wanganui to Wellington. In the afternoon there is a short sightseeing tour around New Zealand’s capital (no cycling, total distance 195km).
Day 9: In the morning we take a 3.5 hour ferry journey across Cook Strait. From Picton we cycle along the beautiful Queen Charlotte Drive to Havelock. From here we drive to Nelson (34km cycling, total distance 105km).
Day 10: Rest Day. The famous Abel Tasman Coastal walk is just an hours drive away and has beautiful walks. Or just take in the sights of Nelson.
Day 11: We drive to Lyal and then cycle along the gorgeous Buller gorge to Westport (65km cycling, total distance 230km).
Day 12: In the morning we drive to Punakaiki where we stop to visit the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. From here we cycle along the spectacular coastal road to Greymouth and on by bus to Hokitika Punakaiki to Greymouth (45km cycling, total distance 145km).
Day 13: From Hokitika we drive to Hari Hari to start cycling through the rugged countryside taking us to the township of Franz Josef. Continuing in the vehicle for the last 25km to Fox Glacier, we visit the Glacier Face before checking into our accommodation (Hari Hari to Franz Josef – 62km cycling, total distance 160km).
Day 14: Fox Glacier - Wanaka. We drive past dense rain forest, the Pakihi swamp and along the coast to Haast. We cycle along the Haast River to the 563m Haast Pass. Once there your reward is an exhilarating downhill to the Blue Pools, past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Then on to Wanaka (Pleasant Flat to Hawea – 81km cycling, total distance 264km).
Day 15: Wanaka - Queenstown. In the morning we ride over the Crown Range. From the saddle there is a great downhill ride to Arrowtown. From here we drive to Queenstown (Wanaka to Arrowtown – 51km cycling, total distance 81km).
Day 16: Queenstown – Rest Day! Options include a lake ride aboard the historic steamship Earnslaw, jet boating on the Shotover River, bungy jumping, white water rafting, or tandem paragliding.
Day 17: Queenstown - Twizel. We drive to the top of Lindis Pass then cycle to Twizel (61km, total distance 220km).
Day 18: We cycle along the Pukaki canal until reaching the turquoise glacier lake in Tekapo. From here we drive to Christchurch for a tour (Canal Rd Turnoff to Tekapo – 33km cycle, total distance 281km).
Day 19: Christchurch is the end of this tour. Transfers are provided to the airport.
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