New Zealand is a great country for
cycle touring on picturesque backcountry roads.
On our many touring routes you can experience the freedom of the
open road with the wind in your hair, the sun on your back and
the tarmac barrelling along under your wheels.
Cycling around New Zealand can be undertaken in two ways. Firstly
you can travel independently by buying or renting a road bike in
Auckland or Christchurch. Some cycle shops have an excellent
buy-back scheme for longer journeys whereby half the purchase
price is refunded when the bike is returned in a reasonable
condition. Alternatively you can join a fully guided and
supported group cycle tour. This ensures that you simply ride
only as much as you want to and all accommodation and gear
transport hassles are handled by the tour leader.
Typical scenic routes for either independent cycling or group
tours are as follows:-
North Island Eastern Route
Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, East Cape, Gisborne, Napier,
South Island Southern Lakes and Glaciers
Christchurch, Hokitika, Glaciers, Haast, Wanaka, Queenstown, Te
Anau, Dunedin, Christchurch
Local cycling excursions are also popular in wine-growing regions
such as West Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.
Like their counterparts in France these delightful wine trail
tours visit several outstanding vineyards to sample the fruit of
So why not cycle your way to a helluva good time downunder? You
will see the best alpine, rural and coastal scenery, meet the
locals and have a memorable trip.