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New Zealand Multi-Adventure Tour

Bike
Walk/Hike

South Island from Christchurch to Queenstown

From $4,999 - $5,449 pp dbl. occ. | 9 days / 8 nights

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Scenery doesn't get any more incredible than in New Zealand. On a bike and on foot, 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.

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New Zealand

Start Christchurch / End Queenstown

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

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Highlights

  • Marvel at verdant rain forests, wild rivers, crashing waves and rugged coastline on the beautiful Tasman Sea
  • Travel by train across the South Island, getting a good look at the Canterbury Plains and the magnificent Waimakariri River Gorge
  • Bike and hike through dramatic varied scenery and mountain ranges, finishing in a Pinot grape-growing wine region
  • Discover the many charms and secrets of Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand
New Zealand

Start Christchurch / End Queenstown

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Gear up for awe-inspiring activities in one of the world's greatest outdoor playgrounds | Take the TranzAlpine train to Arthur's Pass, soaking up views of the diverse landscapes | Lush native flora lines our trail in this iconic hiking area | Settle in at our charming wilderness lodge.

Days 2-3 Take in glaciers, rain forests and the dramatic Tasman Sea | Bike along tranquil roads to historic Hokitika, famous for its crafts and jade carvings | Venture through old-growth forests 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, once a gold-mining boom town | Opt for a scenic helicopter ride over the glacial terrain | Dine on fresh local cuisine at our luxurious forest retreat.

Days 4-5 Walk around small but mighty Lake Matheson, where the region's legendary peaks reflected on serene waters create a stunning tableau | Sip a post-hike cocktail by the river at our stylish rain forest hideaway | Kick back at Munro Beach or go exploring with a lodge naturalist.

Days 6-7 Bike along a pristine rugged coastline to the sleepy fishing village of Jackson Bay | Discover the waterfall-laced Haast World Heritage area, home to some of New Zealand's highest mountains, longest glaciers and wildest rivers unmatched anywhere in the world, according to UNESCO | World-class bike routes and foot trails in the mountain playground surrounding Lake Wanaka are yours to explore | Opt for an excursion to scenic Milford Sound.

Days 8-9 Admire the spectacularly varied scenery on a ride in Pinot Noir country | Follow the Clutha and Kawarau Rivers past vineyards in a burgeoning wine region | Stay in picturesque Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital | Raft down the Kawarau River with expert guides who provide a unique perspective on the flora and fauna along the way.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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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 from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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  • 10 or more Guests: from $4,999 pp dbl occ
  • 9 Guests: from $5,499 pp dbl occ
  • 8 Guests: from $5,699 pp dbl occ
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Prices

From $4,999 - $5,449 pp dbl. occ.
9 days / 8 nights

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Casual Hotels*

Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass
Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass

Arthur's Pass (1 night)

Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Franz Josef (2 nights)

* Premiere Hotel
Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge
Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

Lake Moeraki (2 nights)

Edgewater Resort Hotel
Edgewater Resort Hotel

Lake Wanaka (2 nights)

Hotel St. Moritz
Hotel St Moritz

Queenstown (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in New Zealand

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Casual Hotels*

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 View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass

Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass

Arthur's Pass (1 night)

A welcoming mountain retreat and high-country sheep station surrounded by a beech forest and frosted peaks.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Franz Josef (2 nights)
* Premiere Hotel

A luxurious hotel that provides for every comfort—even offering a pillow menu. (spa)

Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge

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

Lake Wanaka (2 nights)

On the shore of Lake Wanaka with views of the magnificent Southern Alps. (spa)

Hotel St. Moritz

Hotel St Moritz

Queenstown (1 night)

This boutique hotel is located in the center of Queenstown with magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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 (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day Activity 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 Biking 20 900
2 Biking 20* 1000 29 1400
3 Biking 14 700
Walking/Hiking 3 0
Other Optional Activities in Franz Josef
4 Walking/Hiking 3 200 6 800
5 Other Munro Beach Walk (1.5 Hours)
Other Optional Activities at Lake Moeraki
6 Biking 30 1200
Walking/Hiking 3 0
7 Biking 12* 700 24 1300
Other Optional Activities in Wanaka
8 Biking 22 500
9 Other Queenstown Walk (1 Hour)
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Performance Road Bike (Included)

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price– Available until 4/1/20)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

NEW! Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price – Available beginning 4/1 in North America, 5/1 in Europe and 11/1 outside of Europe and North America.)

Our newly redesigned Titanium Electric-Assist Bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power (and then some!) to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance. Other outstanding features include the same comfort as our Touring Bikes and lower top tubes for easier mounting and dismounting.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Shuttle Time

In order to access the most scenic routes and significant points of interest on this trip, strategic shuttles are incorporated into several days of our itinerary. Most will be limited to an hour or so at a time, but on some days you can expect to spend a bit more time in the shuttle. We've planned our itinerary to make the most of our time in this spectacular area, so sit back and relax, knowing that someone else is doing the driving, and enjoy the beauty of the journey.

Why Travel with Backroads in New Zealand

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great biking trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our New Zealand trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in New Zealand—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

The Best Leaders in New Zealand

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in New Zealand, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in New Zealand live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in New Zealand are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In New Zealand you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Shuttle Time

In order to access the most scenic routes and significant points of interest on this trip, strategic shuttles are incorporated into several days of our itinerary. Most will be limited to an hour or so at a time, but on some days you can expect to spend a bit more time in the shuttle. We've planned our itinerary to make the most of our time in this spectacular area, so sit back and relax, knowing that someone else is doing the driving, and enjoy the beauty of the journey.
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