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New Zealand Bike Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Epic biking at its best in one of the world's greatest outdoor playgrounds
  • Glaciers meet rain forest meets crashing ocean coastline
  • Travel by train across the South Island
  • Dramatic varied scenery, finishing in a pinot-growing wine region
  • Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand

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The Sensational South Island from Christchurch to Queenstown

Biking doesn't get any more epic than New Zealand. Or more beautiful. The greens of Ireland. The skyscapes of Switzerland. The friendly feel of, well, New Zealand. It's where glaciers get cozy with rain forests. Where the Tasman Sea surf pounds an Oregon-rugged coastline. On a bike, you're in the middle of it all. Ocean mist in your face. Ever-changing natural beauty through your sunglasses. Island-fresh air in your lungs to complement that bit of sweat on your brow. Here the sheep have it made. This week, they aren't the only ones.

Day 1 Awe-inspiring routes in one of the world's greatest outdoor playgrounds  Take the TranzAlpine train over Arthur's Pass, spotting the Canterbury Plains and the Waimakariri River Gorge Pedal to the pancake rocks at Punakaiki, known for its impressive ocean "geysers."

Days 2-4 Glaciers meet rain forest meets the dramatic Tasman Sea  Explore the coastal town of Hokitika, famous for pounamu (New Zealand jade)  Pedal through old-growth forests and over Mount Hercules to Westland National Park Hike to the face of the Franz Josef Glacier, one of New Zealand's greatest wonders If you're up for more riding, tackle the challenging route to Fox Glacier.

Days 5-8 Cross the "main divide" of the Southern Alps, with the bright teal-colored water of  Lake Wanaka as your reward Ride to South Westland National Park along a gently rolling route Discover the waterfall-laced Haast World Heritage area, with fantastic vistas of the Tasman Sea Kick back at Munro Beach, go for a stroll or a canoe ride Opt for an excursion to Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's most scenic national treasures.

Days 9-10 Spectacular varied scenery, finishing in pinot noir country  Follow the Clutha and Kawarau Rivers past vineyards in a burgeoning wine region Check out Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital.

Guests Reviews About This Trip

The natural beauty of the island was spectacular but the knowledge, energy level and service of our leaders combined with the terrific group of fellow Backroads travelers, made for the best vacation we have ever had. All I have been doing for the last week is telling people how truly spectacular our New Zealand trip was and I have been giving out the link to the Backroads website like it is candy.
Jeanette Ventura - Chicago, IL
The best active vacation I've ever experienced. Everybody should see New Zealand at least once in their lifetime, and this Backroads trip is the best way to do it.
Bradford Bond - Park City, UT
Great fun and excellent coordination of every detail by your team. Everything from the pre-trip information, to the day-in and day-out support, was handled perfectly. The Backroads Team operated with great efficiency and a smile throughout. I don't think we could have asked for a better prepared or more enthusiastic group of folks to spend the ten days with. Easy to see that the value of your brand and business is anchored by the quality of your people. Credit to Backroads for being able to recruit and retain talented staff and trip leaders.
Jack Bartell - Marana, AZ

Casual & Premiere Inns*

Punakaiki Resort
Punakaiki Resort

Punakaiki (1 night) Bordering Paparoa National Park, with a panoramic view of the Tasman Sea.

Beachfront Hotel Hokitika
Beachfront Hotel Hokitika

Hokitika (1 night) Comfortable rooms overlooking the ocean in the jade capital of Hokitika.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
* Premiere Inn

Franz Josef (1 night) A luxurious hotel that provides for every comfort - even offering a pillow menu.

Te Weheka Inn
Te Weheka Inn

Fox Glacier (1 night) The private balconies offer expansive vistas in a beautiful locale.

Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

Lake Moeraki (2 nights) This riverside lodge offers cozy guest rooms and excellent cuisine in a remote rain forest setting.

Edgewater Resort Hotel
Edgewater Resort Hotel
* Premiere Inn

Lake Wanaka (2 nights) On the shore of Lake Wanaka with views of the magnificent Southern Alps. (spa, tennis)

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
* Premiere Inn

Queenstown (1 night) A luxury boutique hotel with a mountain backdrop set in the heart of delightful Queenstown. (spa)

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

8 - 9 guests $5,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests $4,698 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests $5,298 pp dbl. occ.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

This Trip Is Rated Level 3-5

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 26* 300
2 26* 1400 51 1400
3 35* 700 48* 1500 66* 1700
83 2600
4 15 2100
Hiking (3 Miles)
Optional Scenic Flights from Franz Josef
5 39* 500 55 1000
6 21* 1000
Beach Walk (1.5 Hours)
Optional Afternoon Canoeing, Guided Excursions or Kayaking
7 40* 500 51* 2800 72* 3700
90* 4700
8 12* 500 24 1500
Optional Hiking, Wine Tasting or Scenic Flight/Boat Cruise (All Day)
9 35* 800 45* 500
10 Queenstown City Walk
 
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* Includes a shuttle

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the New Zealand tour experts. See our award-winning Asia & the Pacific biking tours, Asia & the Pacific walking and hiking tours and Asia & the Pacific multisport tours.

Biking

Casual & Premiere Inns*

10 days, 9 nights
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Trip Price**
  • $4,698 to $5,348 pp dbl. occ.
  • (+$1,070 for sgl. occ.)

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Meet/Depart

Christchurch, New Zealand/Queenstown, New Zealand

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