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Top of the South Island of New Zealand Self - Guided Bike Tour

offered by supplier M15875 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 19 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 21 people
Destination(s): New Zealand  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: September - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3450 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3500 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

This is a big one, with a 19 day bike tour that begins in Christchurch and onto Kaikoura and the Pacific Ocean’s spectacular coastal scenery. Then it’s on to the vineyards of Blenheim, before the relaxed pace of Nelson and the Marlborough Sounds. From Nelson it’s through the lush bush of inland South Island back to Christchurch, via the West Coast and across the Southern Alps.

Highlights include:
- Vineyards and olive groves of Blenheim and Waipara
- Pacific coastline and marine life of Kaikoura including whale and dolphin watching
- Lush bush of the inland Buller, Marlborough and beautiful bays of the Marlborough Sounds
- Golden sands and breathtaking beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park
- Rugged and wild West Coast scenery and train journey through the spectacular Southern Alps.
- Equipment Included: Trek mountain bike for touring (with road tyres), Ortlieb rear pannier bags, front handlebar bag and comprehensive repair kit. Detailed itinerary, maps and notes on points of interest that you will pass.
- Accommodation: 18 nights accommodation in twin rooms with bathroom ensuite (where available), in carefully selected B&B's, home stays and small friendly motels (Breakfast included).
- Difficulty: This is a longer route and can be a demanding route with an average 50 to 90 km per cycling day.

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: We will meet you at your accommodation in Christchurch with bicycles and equipment and you then bike to Waipara.

Day 2: Waipara to Hanmer.

Day 3: Rest day in Hanmer.

Day 4: Hanmer to Mount Lyford.

Day 5: Mount Lyford to Kaikoura

Day 6: Sightseeing day in Kaikoura, where you can take in the whale and dolphin watching, swimming with the seals, or any of the many other attractions.

Day 7: Kaikoura to Kekerengu.

Day 8: Kekerengu to Blenheim.

Day 9: Rest day in Blenheim/visit the vineyards.

Day 10: Blenheim to Havelock.

Day 11: Havelock to Pelorus Bridge.

Day 12: Pelorus Bridge to Nelson.

Day 13: Rest day and sightseeing in Nelson.

Day 14: Nelson to St Arnaud.

Day 15: St Arnaud to Murchison.

Day 16: Murchison to Westport.

Day 17: Rest day Westport.

Day 18: Westport to Punakaiki.

Day 19: Punakaiki South to Greymouth and Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Low Season (September, October, November, March and April) NZ$3450 per person twin share
- High Season (December, January and February) NZ$3500 per person twin share
- Single supplement (on request basis only) NZ$750.

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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