8-Day Southern Alps, Nelson and Marlborough Guided Bike Touroffered by supplier M15875 (read about supplier)
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)
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.
- 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
- International flights, airport taxes and airport transfers
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks (apart from water)
- Accommodation prior to tour commencement or after tour completion
- Personal expenses (including any specific medical related requirements).
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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...