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10 Day Banks Peninsula/West Coast Supported Bicycle Tour

offered by supplier M15875 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 - 10 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 11 people
Destination(s): New Zealand  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: October - May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2700 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2850 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Our combination Banks Peninsula, West Coast and Southern Alps supported tour covers a spectacular selection of diverse countryside with the focus of giving you a real chance to explore New Zealand with the backup of a knowledgeable local driver/guide and the security of a support vehicle.

This bicycle vacation starts from the garden city of Christchurch and heads around the spectacular volcano crater rim to Akaroa using a selection of farm tracks and back roads. From Day 4 we head west for a gradual warm-up of mainly flat riding as you head through the Southern Alps to the coastal towns of Greymouth and Punakaiki, with their remarkable limestone formations, incredible rain forests and stunning beaches. Punakaiki, with their remarkable limestone formations and stunning beaches.

From Punakaiki you tackle some of the moderate hills that follow for the remainder of the trip as you cycle through stunning coastal vistas and ancient beech forests to the small settlement of Westport. From Westport we leave the coast and head inland through the lovely Buller Gorge before crossing the majestic Southern Alps via the natural thermal resorts of Maruia and Hanmer Springs. From Hanmer Springs, there is the option to head east via the stunning Kaikoura Alps and on to the east coast township of Kaikoura with a chance to take in the many activities of this beautiful seaside town before completing our adventure and heading back to Christchurch. Otherwise from Hanmer it is back to Christchurch via support vehicle

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Christchurch to Diamond Harbour/Governors Bay via a selection of farm tracks and sealed back roads.

Day 2: Diamond Harbour/Governors Bay - Akaroa via a selection of single track, farm tracks and sealed back roads.

Day 3: Akaroa to Christchurch via sealed and unsealed back roads to complete the first leg of the tour.

Day 4: Depart Christchurch and drive to Moana before cycling to Greymouth.

Day 5: Greymouth to Punakaiki.

Day 6: Punakaiki to Westport (70km/43miles).

Day 7: Westport to Murchison (95km/57miles).

Day 8: Murchison to Maruia Springs (95km/57miles).

Day 9: Maruia Springs to Hanmer Springs (75km/46miles).

Day 10: Hanmer Springs to Christchurch via support vehicle (arrives 2pm) or extend your tour to 13 days see here for more details. Difficulty stunning valley during your bicycle tour.

Note: there is the backup of support vehicle if you find the cycling or weather to demanding.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Support vehicle and local driver/guide.
- Trek mountain bike for touring (with road tyres) or Mongoose.
- Randonneur specialist touring bicycle (700c wheels and drop bars).
- Transfers.
- Breakfast and lunch each day (excluding breakfast on day 1).
- 9 night’s accommodation in quality accommodation [based on twin.
- queen share rooms with bathroom en suite (where available).
- daily tour itinerary and maps.
- cell phone for emergency use.

Price Excludes:
- Evening meals, though we are happy to offer our suggestion of local favorites each night and can assist with booking if required.
- Drinks (apart from water).
- Accommodation prior to tour commencement or after tour completion.
- Snacks.

About This Supplier
Location: New Zealand
Joined InfoHub: Feb 2007

M15875 has been set up by cycle tourers, for cycle tourers. We have extensive knowledge of bike touring in New Zealand, gained through tens-of-thousands of kilometers cycling all the routes we recommend. We have used the knowledge we have gained to put together these self-guided tour routes because we think they offer...

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