Biking doesn't get any more epic than in New Zealand. Or more beautiful. On a bike, you're in the middle of it all. Ever-changing natural beauty through your sunglasses. Ocean mist in your face. Island-fresh air in your lungs to complement that bit of sweat on your brow. The sheep have it made here. This week, they aren't the only ones.
1 Gear up for awe-inspiring routes in one of the world's greatest outdoor playgrounds | Take the TranzAlpine train over Arthur's Pass, soaking up views of the diverse landscapes | Pedal to the pancake rocks at Punakaiki, known for its impressive ocean geysers.
2-4 Take in glaciers, rain forests and the dramatic Tasman Sea | Explore Hokitika, famous for pounamu, the local jade | Bike through old-growth forests and over Mount Hercules to Westland National Park, with the receding face of the Franz Josef Glacier, one of New Zealand's natural wonders, off in the distance | Cycle to the quaint coastal village of Okarito | Dine on fresh local cuisine at a luxurious forest retreat.
5-8 Cross the main divide of the Southern Alps as you journey to Lake Wanaka | Ride to South Westland National Park | Discover the waterfall-laced Haast World Heritage area, with views of the Tasman Sea | Kick back at Munro Beach or go for a lakeside stroll | Opt for an excursion to Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's most scenic national treasures.
9-10 Admire the spectacularly varied scenery, finishing in pinot noir country | Follow the Clutha and Kawarau Rivers past vineyards in a burgeoning wine region.