While paved roads already see very little traffic, the unpaved ones are practically empty. On this tour you can experience New Zealand’s major highlights as well as many hidden, unknown places.
We start in Christchurch, the South Island’s biggest city, and scramble over several unpaved trails and passes all the way to Queenstown. On our rest day there you can visit the world-famous Milford Sound or tackle an adventurous dirt track. Then we head over to the wild West Coast, through – largely – untouched rainforest, past pristine lakes and gushing rivers, alluring gravel roads always within reach.
A ferry takes us to the North Island, to Wellington, where we spend our second rest day. Ride your bike, go sightseeing, enjoy the unique foodie atmosphere, the choice is all yours. Then we go and visit Napier, the Art Deco city, ride around the snow-clad volcanoes of Tongariro and across the rainforest of Te Urewera National Parks, enjoy the countless curves of the Forgotten World Highway and descend into the caves of Waitomo.
Before the tour ends in Auckland, the country’s largest and most important city, we check the Coromandel Peninsula off our list. This miniature New Zealand is known for its beautiful beaches, countless curves, fresh seafood and much more. You certainly won’t find it easy to say goodbye to the paradise down under.
(about 20% on natural surface and gravel roads)
|Start/Finish:||Christchurch / Auckland|
|Nearest airport:||Christchurch / Auckland|
|Duration:||17 days vacation, 15 riding days|
|Route:||Total distance: 4097-5040 km, 2546-3132 miles
Daily distances: 120-460 km, 75-286 miles
|Accommodations:||Comfortable middle-class hotels.|
|Highlights:||Hakataramea Pass, Danseys Pass, Queenstown, Skippers Canyon, West Coast South Island, Nelson, Marlborough Sounds, Wellington, Te Urewera, Tongariro National Park, Whanganui River Road, New Zealand State Highway 43, Waitomo Caves, Coromandel Peninsula, Auckland|
|Minimum number of participants:||10
Please note paragraph 4.2. a) of our terms and conditions of travel to find out more about the cancellation of tour through Edelweiss Bike Travel when the minimum number of participants is not reached - Terms and Conditions
|DAY 1:||Arrival in Christchurch|
|DAY 2:||Christchurch - Omarama|
|DAY 3:||Omarama - Kyeburn Diggings|
|DAY 4:||Kyeburn Diggings - Cromwell|
|DAY 6:||Cromwell - Fox Glacier|
|DAY 7:||Fox Glacier - Punakaiki|
|DAY 8:||Punakaiki - Nelson/Motueka|
|DAY 9:||Nelson/Motueka - Wellington|
|DAY 11:||Wellington - Napier|
|DAY 12:||Napier - Rotorua|
|DAY 13:||Rotorua - Whanganui|
|DAY 14:||Whanganui - Waitomo|
|DAY 15:||Waitomo - Thames|
|DAY 16:||Thames - Auckland|
|DAY 17:||Departure from Auckland|
The daily riding kilometres are approximate distances and may vary. The first and last days mentioned in the itinerary are the arrival and departure days; there is no riding on these days. Bear in mind the time difference between your country of origin and your travel destination. This tour starts in Christchurch and ends in Auckland. Book your flights accordingly! Route and overnight places may change due to unforeseen events.
Highlight of this tour's last riding day: the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. An outstanding road, great views, and, to top it all off, New ...