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, spotting the Canterbury Plains and the Waimakariri River Gorge 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 the coastal town of 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 If you're up for more riding, 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 bright-teal Lake Wanaka 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 or go for a lakeside stroll Opt for an excursion to Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's most scenic national treasures.
9-10 Soak up the spectacularly 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.