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8-Day Southern Alps, Nelson and Marlborough Guided Bike Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 16 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 16 people
Destination(s): New Zealand  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   National Parks  
Season: October - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2750 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3500 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Christchurch and Port Hills. After meeting you at your Christchurch accommodation and setting you up with your bikes in the morning, we then head for a days riding on Christchurch’s Port Hills with spectacular coastal scenery and challenging climbs

Day 2: Christchurch to Maruia Springs (65 km/40 mi cycling - 200 km/125 mi total). We head across the Canterbury Plains to the start of the Lewis Pass, beginning a steady climb over the Southern Alps to our accommodation nestled in native forest and surrounding mountains. Sore muscles can be rewarded with a soak in the natural geothermal hot springs set in a dramatic forest backdrop (pool admission included in package).

Day 3: Maruia Springs to Nelson (100 km/63 mi cycling - 250 km/155 mi total). We head north-west through native beech forest with a challenging ride provided by several gradual climbs (and rewarding downhill runs!). The day ends in Nelson, a friendly city with a vibrant art scene.

Day 4: Rest day. Nelson. A welcome rest and a chance to take in the sights of this pleasant artisan city, or alternately, arrange to walk or take a sea kayak tour through some of the Abel Tasman National Park (activity not in tour price).

Day 5: Nelson to St Arnaud (95 km/60 mi). A gradual ascent through quiet backroads to St. Arnaud and Lake Rotoiti. There's a chance to relax at the end of the ride at this beautiful alpine lake surrounded by stunning native forest and national park.

Day 6: St Arnaud to Blenheim (100 km/63 miles). A more relaxed ride as we head west to the vineyards of Marlborough, and Blenheim, the sauvignon blanc capital of New Zealand.

Day 7: Blenheim Vineyards Tour & Marlborough Sounds(65 km/40 mi). A challenging ride through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds before a relaxed afternoon sampling the great wine & food of Marlborough.

Day 8: Complete tour in Blenheim/Picton. Alternately you can transfer back to Christchurch on Tranzscenic train or north to Wellington on the Interislander ferry (additional charges apply).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners
- 7 night’s accommodation in quality accommodation (3-4 star)
- Support vehicle and local driver/guide
- Bike rental of quality Trek 7.5fx hybrid or upgrade to Avanti Vivace road bike for $20NZD day or Trek 1.7 road bike for $35/day (contact us for details)
- Detailed daily itinerary and maps of route
- Trip preparation package
- Taxes.

Price Excludes:
- International flights, airport taxes and airport transfers
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks (apart from water)
- Accommodation prior to tour commencement or after tour completion
- Snacks
- Personal expenses (including any specific medical related requirements).

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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