E-bike Tour of New Zealand
17 Day E-biking - Christchurch to Auckland
It’s paradise fun, fitness and diversity as you cycle New Zealand from Christchurch to Auckland.
New Zealand offers unparalleled variety. In the south: rugged snowy alps, dense native bush and plains. After a ferry crossing through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, explore the north, with its busy cities, green pastures, mud pools,mountains and volcanoes.
During the tour you will see spectacular landscapes which constantly change. A combined bus and cycling tour gives you the opportunity to experience the highlights of both islands in a relatively short time frame. You’ll need to be moderately fit to cycle distances between 30 and 60 km daily (unless specified differently in the itinerary), but you’re welcome to ride in the support vehicle whenever you wish.
- From NZ$8245
- Starts: Christchurch, New Zealand
- Grade 1-2, Easy
- NZ$1495 single room supplement
- E-bike hire included in tour price
- Price is based on a minimum 7 participants
2019: 9th March - 25th March - SOLD OUT
2019: 12th October - 28th October (CHC - AKL)
2019: 29th October - 14th November (AKL - CHC)
2020: 13th February - 29th February (CHC - AKL)
2020: 1st March - 17th March (AKL - CHC)
Full Tour Itinerary
Day One - Christchurch Arrival Day
We meet at the tour hotel in the early afternoon. Depending on the arrival time, we can go for a short drive up the Port Hills to the ‘Sign of the Kiwi’, a historic stone house with views across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.
Day Two - Lyttleton and Governors Bay
After breakfast our escort bus takes us over the Port Hills to Governors Bay where we start the first cycle stage. Along the bay, head towards Diamond Harbour, which is just across the harbour from Lyttelton. From Diamond Harbour we cross the bay by ferry and later arrive in Lyttelton, where the bus picks us up and brings us back to the hotel.
Day Three - From the East Coast to the West Coast
From the east coast to the west coast - from the Canterbury Plains and the dry Tussock country. Today is marked by contrasts! Our bus will take us across the Southern Alps to the start of today's cycling stage in Kumara on the west coast. We follow the Wilderness Trail for about 40 km and drive through the rainforest to Lake Kaniere and then on to Hokitika, the jade capital of New Zealand.
Day Four - Pancake Rocks and Westport
Today we move north along the rugged west coast. In the Paparoa National Park, we visit a unique limestone formation: The rocks here look like a pile of pancakes, hence the peculiar name Pancake Rocks. We continue towards Westport - but before we reach our current destination, we get on our bikes near Cape Foulwind and visit a seal colony.
Day Five - Tasman's Great Taste Trail
Today, our bike trail passes 40 km through the Motueka Valley, mostly along the Motueka River. Truly a fascinating river landscape with picturesque forests and impressive mountains in the background. Our destination is Motueka on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park, which we explore in more detail tomorrow
Day Six - Abel Tasman National Park
Today we cycle from Motueka to Kaiteriteri, a popular beach in the Abel Tasman National Park. The bike path is 16 km long and has a small slope at the end. If you want, you can do something on your own in the Abel Tasman National Park, for example, explore the unique natural landscape on foot or discover one or the other bay with a water taxi or kayak.
Day Seven - From Motueka to Picton
After yesterday's recovery, we return to the e-bike today and continue on the Great Taste Trail. Through hilly landscape and along the coast of the Abel Tasman Bay we cycle through orchards and vineyards. This section of the Great Taste Trail lives up to its name, proudly cycling 61 km through vineyards and hop fields. We reach Nelson, where we board our bus and drive comfortably towards Marlborough Sounds, in the small port town of Picton. For two nights we stay at the Beachcomber Inn, which is almost directly on the harbor and offers a magnificent view.
Day Eight - Picton
Today we have a whole day at leisure to explore Picton and the Queen Charlotte Sound. Some options include: A water taxi trip across the picturesque Marlborough Sounds early in the mooning to Ship Cove. Walk along arguably the nicest part of the Queen Charlotte Track down to Furneaux Lodge - approx 5 hours. The boat will take you back to Picton in the afternoon. Or you could bike along the Kenepuru Panorama Route, or bike to Blenheim via the vineyards in the Wairau Valley.
Day Nine - Ferry from Picton to Wellington
The ferry brings us to Wellington, New Zealand's capital, through the fjord-like inlet Queen Charlotte Sound, the Tory Canal and the Cook Strait, which separates New Zealand's North and South Isles. After arriving in Wellington, we do a city tour together in the afternoon - for a change, not by e-bike, but on foot.
Day Ten - Garden City Whanganui
After a short ride on our bus we cycle 58 km on the small and winding Akatarawa Road through the first foothills of the Rimutaka Mountains. Continue on the coast to Waikanae. After a leisurely picnic, we head out to the garden city of Whanganui in the afternoon.
Day Eleven - Mount Taranaki
From the charming garden city of Whanganui we drive with our bus to the start of our next bike stage south of Mount Taranak. From the small town of Hawera, we continue on the so-called Surf Highway along the coast to Opunake, a popular resort with one of the best surfing beaches in the Taranaki area. From here we take our bus to Stratford, where we spend the night today.
Day Twelve - Forgotten World
Today we have a 66 km long bike stage along the Forgotten World Highway. In the ghost town of Whangamomona, among other things, the stylish Whangamomona Hotel testifies to the eventful history of the city, which became known as the refuge of rebellion. Our bus brings us from this mystical area back to reality after Taumaranui.
Day Thirteen - Bubbling geysers and spectacular Maori Culture
Today we explore New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato River. Our bus will take us first to Mangakino, a small settlement on a sea-shaped bay of the Waikato River. Here we start our stage and cycle 36 km through a fantastic valley to Atiamuri. From Atiamuri, take a bus to Waikite Valley to the famous thermal springs. Here begins our 18 km long stage to the so-called origin of the earth. The geothermal areas that we cycle through are extremely diverse, producing a variety of rare life forms. Finally the escort bus picks us up and takes us to our destination of today: Rotorua. With its bubbling geysers and bubbling mud holes, the city is one of the most exciting thermal areas in the world.
Day Fourteen - The Shire
Our bus chauffeurs us to the small village of Te Poi where we cycle along a quiet side street, also known as the Shire of the Lord of the Rings movies, along the Kaimai Range to Te Aroha. The idyllic 56 km long route is covered in a surprisingly short time. We stay overnight at the historic Aroha Mountain Lodge.
Day Fifteen - Te Aroha to Auckland
Today's most enchanting leg on the Pacific Scenic Route starts at the southern tip of Thames Bay in Waitakaruru and follows the coastline north. Through farmland and along the hills of the Hunua Ranges we reach an easy 50 km Kawakawa Bay. Our coach then drives us to Auckland.
Day Sixteen - Auckland and Waiheke Island
The crowning finale of our New Zealand trip is a trip to Waiheke Island just outside Auckland. We take our e-bikes on the ferry, which brings us in about 45 minutes to the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf. It is no coincidence that Waiheke Island is one of the 10 most beautiful regions in the world. With all its wineries, beaches and tranquil villages, this island is a true gem that we can easily explore on our bikes. On the last evening together we enjoy a fun, farewell dinner in Auckland.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Seventeen - Auckland (Departure Day)
Today it’s time to bid farewell to new found friends and the land of the long white cloud.
Tour Inclusions & Exclusions
- 16 overnight stays in excellent accommodation (3* and 4* NZ Standard)
- E-bike hire
- Department of Conservation fees
- Breakfasts daily (apart from arrival and departure days)
- Dinner x 2
- Drinking water
- Cycling Tour guide
- Driver with Support vehicle with bike trailer
- Ferry crossing Picton to Wellington
- Diamond Harbour Ferry
- Waiheke Island Ferry (return)
- International flights and airport taxes
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- Meals where not specified in the itinerary
- Drinks (except daily drinking water), phone calls and minibar expenses
- Personal expenses (including any specific medical-related requirements)
- Optional national park visits and associated fees (ie a water taxi to the Able Tasman/Kayak hire etc)
- Any optional activities, including any associated costs with guided tour in Wellington (ie museum entries etc)