New Zealand Bike Tour
- 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
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 natural 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 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.
Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.
Punakaiki (1 night) Bordering Paparoa National Park, with a panoramic view of the Tasman Sea.
Beachfront Hotel Hokitika
Hokitika (1 night) Comfortable rooms overlooking the ocean in the jade capital of Hokitika.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Franz Josef (2 nights) A luxurious hotel that provides for every comfort—even offering a pillow menu.
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
Lake Wanaka (2 nights) On the shore of Lake Wanaka with views of the magnificent Southern Alps. (spa, tennis)
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
Queenstown (1 night) A luxury boutique hotel set in the heart of delightful Queenstown. (spa)
Guest Reviews About This Trip
Simply put, I could not have asked for a better vacation or a more fulfilling life experience. Everything, from the perfectly plotted itinerary, to our amazing trip leaders, to the beautiful scenery, surpassed every expectation I had, and my expectations were quite high following my previous Backroads adventure. I especially appreciated that this trip was ten days long, which really allowed our group to bond closely, ride as much as we wanted, and experience all that New Zealand's South Island has to offer.- San Francisco, CA
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.- 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.- Park City, UT
Trip Dates & Prices
Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.
2014 CLASSIC DATES
- 12/14 - 12/23 ( $5598 per person, double occ., +$1070 for single occ.
- 12/26 - 1/4 ( $5598 per person, double occ., +$1070 for single occ.
2015 CLASSIC DATES
- 1/6 - 1/15 ( $5348 per person, double occ., +$1240 for single occ.
- 2/3 - 2/12 ( $5348 per person, double occ., +$1240 for single occ.
- 2/17 - 2/26 ( $5348 per person, double occ., +$1240 for single occ.
- 3/3 - 3/12 ( $5248 per person, double occ., +$1240 for single occ.
- 11/10 - 11/19 ( $4898 per person, double occ., +$1240 for single occ.
- 11/24 - 12/3 ( $4898 per person, double occ., +$1240 for single occ.
Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.
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.
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|Lake Matheson Hike (3 Miles)|
|Optional Scenic Flights from Franz Josef|
|Munro Beach Walk (1.5 Hours)|
|Optional Afternoon Canoeing, Guided Excursions or Kayaking|
|Optional Hiking, Wine Tasting or Scenic Flight/Boat Cruise (All Day)|
|10||Queenstown City Walk|
* Includes a shuttle
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 from $5,598 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|8 - 9 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $5,198 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.