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$8145
  • Starts: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • E-biking
  • Grade 1-2, Easy
  • NZ$1440 single room supplement
  • E-bike hire included in tour price
  • Price is based on a minimum 7 participants

DATES:

2019: 2nd Feb - 18th Feb
2019: 9th March - 25th March - SOLD OUT



Full Tour Itinerary

Day One - Christchurch Arrival Day

We meet at the tour hotel in the early afternoon. Later this afternoon we’ll 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.

Meals: Dinner

Day Two - Christchurch to Twizel

We leave Christchurch in good time and drive across the Canterbury plains to Lake Tekapo and our destination – Twizel. The first bike leg of the journey leads along the Tekapo Canal Road beginning of the Waitaki Hydro Scheme. Towards evening we come to the small community Twizel. On a clear day we can expect glorious views of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook (Aoraki means ‘cloud piercer’).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Three - Twizel to Queenstown

Today we follow a beautiful stretch of the Alps to Ocean cycle path along Lake Ohau. What a panorama! On our way to Queenstown we pass several vineyards and come to ‘AJ-Hackett-Bungy’ at the bridge across the Kawarau River before we arrive at Queenstown – the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Four - Queenstown (Rest Day)

Queenstown is an alpine paradise for adventure. Today you are free to explore the activities on offer; your options include (but not limited to) a day trip to Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound in Fiordland, shopping, a gondola ride to the Skyline restaurant and viewpoint, a steam boat trip on TSS Earnslaw with majestic views across Lake Wakatipu, jet boating on the Shotover River, bungee jumping, white water rafting, tandem paragliding, or a visit to the Kiwi Birdlife Park to see New Zealand’s national icon. There’s never a dull moment in vibrant Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast

Day Five - Queenstown to Wanaka

Today we ride to the spectacularly beautiful Arrowtown, an old gold mining town with tree lined streets and fascinating shops. We then cycle further to the Kawarau Bridge (home of bungee jumping). Our bus takes us via the highest tar-sealed pass in New Zealand – the Crown Range. On a clear day we can expect fantastic views across to Lake Wakatipu and Lake Wanaka. Downhill we pass the historic Cardrona Hotel, an iconic relic from gold prospecting days. From here it is only a short ride to the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka. Enjoy an evening walk along the lake front promenade.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Six - Wanaka to Fox Glacier

Today is a day of scenic contrasts. We bike directly from the hotel and follow the Wanaka lake and Hawea river to Hawea lake. In the coach, we continue through initially barren mountain country in the Mt Aspiring National Park to the information center of Haast.  From Haast our bus journey continues along the West Coast all the way north to the settlement of Fox Glacier. Weather permitting we will pay a visit to the glacier and finish the day with a short walk to the Fox Glacier face, before the bus take us to our accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Seven - Fox Glacier to Hokitika

This morning we travel by bus to the picturesque Lake Matheson, known as ‘Mirror Lake’, for a walk around the lake before relaxing for breakfast at the lake café – a nice prospect after the walk. If you prefer, you may take an optional helicopter flight to the glaciers (including landing). We start with the wheels in the gold mining village of Ross and rattle through the rain forest on the Wilderness Cycle Trail and right along the coast. In the afternoon we continue our journey by bus which takes us to Hokitika – the Capital of Jade or ‘Pounamu’ as Greenstone is called in New Zealand. If there is time we pay a visit to one of the carving workshops.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Eight - Hokitika to Punakaiki to Westport

The unique limestone formations in Paparoa National Park are reminiscent of stacked pancakes, hence their name. On a leisurely walk we explore the well-known Blow Holes from which flood waters shoot spectacularly high. We then travel by coach to start our bike ride to Cape Foulwind with its fur seal colony and then on to Westport where we will rest for the night.

Meals: Breakfast

Day Nine - Westport to Picton

Today we leave the West Coast and drive along the Buller River through the Buller Gorge, Kahurangi National Park and Nelson Lakes National Park. When the landscape opens up we bike through the vast Wairau Valley to the wine growing district of Blenheim and Renwick.  We then travel to Picton where we will spend the next 2 nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Ten - Picton (Rest Day)

Today you have the entire day at your own leisure to explore Picton and the Queen Charlotte Sound – Captain James Cook’s favourite on his discovery journeys to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Some options include: A water taxi trip across the picturesque Marlborough Sounds, e.g early in the morning to Ship Cove. Walk along the arguably nicest part of the Queen Charlotte Track down to Furneaux Lodge – ca. 4.5h. The boat will take you back to Picton in the afternoon. Bike tour along the Kenepuru Panorama Route following the shore line of the Kenepuru Sound (from 40 – 120km) Bike tour to Blenheim and all the vineyards in the Wairau Valley (60km return) Sea kayak tours.

Meals: Breakfast

Day Eleven - Picton to Wellington

Today we take the ferry to New Zealand’s capital Wellington in the North Island. Enjoy scenic views as you travel the Fjord-like Queen Charlotte sound, the Tory Channel and the Cook Strait. The afternoon is at leisure in Wellington – visit the famous National Museum ‘Te Papa’ or enjoy panoramic views with a steep cable car ride from bustling Lambton Quay to the Botanic Gardens.

Meals: Breakfast

Day Twelve - Wellington to Whanganui

During a short sightseeing tour of vibrant ‘Welly’ we visit Mt Victoria which offers beautiful views across the city and Harbour, the Parliament and the historic part of the city with its St-Paul’s-Cathedral. Around lunchtime, we head north to Upper Hutt. On our bikes we follow the small and winding Akatarawa Road through the foothills of the Rimutaka Mountains until we reach the coast again at Waikanae. In the afternoon the bus takes us along the West Coast to Whanganui, set on plains at the Whanganui river mouth. One of New Zealand’s oldest towns, it is known for its beautiful gardens.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Thirteen - Whanganui to Whakapapa (Tongariro National Park)

Today offers another day of cycling through beautiful country-side. We cycle on a fascinating bike ride through the Whanganui National Park along the river to Pipiriki. We then travel by coach to the Tongariro National Park. Final destination today is Whakapapa or National Park Village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Fourteen - Whakapapa (Tongariro National Park) to Rotorua

Today's cycle route takes us past the clear Rotoaira Crater Lake to the Taupo Lake, the largest lake in New Zealand, which is picturesquely situated in a sunken cauldron.  In the afternoon the coach brings us to Rotorua, which is one of the most exciting thermal areas in the world with its bubbling geysers and bubbling mud holes.  This evening, why not enjoy a traditional Māori concert and hāngī dinner (optional). Hāngī are earth ovens where food is steamed over heated rocks, creating succulent, smoke-tinged flavours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Fifteen - Rotorua to Te Aroha

We spend the morning visiting the beautiful thermal areas or embarking on a short city tour. The coach then takes us to the small village of Te Poi. We board our e-bikes here and cycle on the quiet side street, also known as the Shire in the Lord of the Rings movies, along the Kaimai Ranges to Te Aroha, where we stay for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Sixteen - Te Aroha to Auckland

This morning is at leisure allowing you to explore the small town, then the bus takes you to the Gulf of Thames along the coast road to Kaiaua. From there, we finish the cycling for this tour with a beautiful ride on an easy coastal road to the rural town of Clevedon, east of Auckland. After arriving in Auckland, we’ll go on a sightseeing tour of New Zealand’s largest city where – amongst other things – you will view the Harbour Bridge, Mt Eden, see the huge Marina and the Skytower.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day Seventeen - Auckland (Departure Day)

Today it’s time to bid farewell to new found friends. If you’re flying out of Auckland, we’ll arrange for the transfers back to the airport to connect with your flight.

Meals: None

Tour Inclusions & Exclusions

Tour Includes:

  • 16 overnight stays in excellent accommodation (3* NZ Standard)
  • E-bike hire
  • Department of Conservation fees
  • Breakfasts x 16
  • Lunches x 12
  • Dinner x 2
  • Drinking water
  • Cycling Tour guide 
  • Driver with Support vehicle with bike trailer (and luggage space)
  • Ferry crossing Picton to Wellington (normally early afternoon crossing)




Tour Excludes:

  • 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)
 

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