Explore New Zealand

Our biking tours are designed for you to experience New Zealand at its purest, where you can get out into nature and explore the country on two wheels. Pacific CYCLE Tours has specialised in customised cycling tours of New Zealand since 1987. A family-owned business, we combine our deep knowledge of the New Zealand landscape with our passion for adventure and attention to detail to give you an unforgettable adventure, designed for you.

With a focus on exercise and relaxation, our tours offer every opportunity to explore the remarkable beauty of New Zealand. 

Pacific Cycle Tours have several different bike types available for hire.

Bike Hire

All bikes have been carefully selected to suit client’s needs and preferences for our tours. Information about our tour bikes will be provided to you when you book your tour, or by request. Please contact our reservation staff if you would like more details.

Included in bike hire:
Touring bikes will be hired with a pannier bag (fitted to rear carrier) containing a pump, 1 x spare tube, puncture repair kit and a multi tool. Road bike and mountain bikes will be hired with a pump fitted to the frame and a seat post bag containing 1 x spare tube, puncture repair kit and a multi tool. Please note it is compulsory to wear a bike helmet in New Zealand. New helmets can be purchased for NZ$35.

Tour Grading

Our Tour Grading system is based on the New Zealand Cycle Trail’s guidance, also used by Mountain Biking New Zealand and the Department of Conservation.

We encourage you to know your limits, and choose a trail that’s suitable for all riders in your group.

Grade 1 (Easiest)

Suitable for novice riders, families and others seeking an easy, relaxing cycling experience. Most bikes are suitable, including touring bikes, hybrid bikes and children’s bikes. E-bikes are also suitable as long as they are ridden appropriately and have sufficient battery capacity.

Off-road trails are smooth (firm gravel or sealed), with only gentle climbs and generally wide enough for side-by-side riding. Many follow old rail trails. On-road sections of Great Rides generally follow quiet roads with little traffic.

Grade 2 (Easy)

Suitable for most riders including beginners, occasional cyclists and families with limited cycling experience. A multi-geared bike with medium to wide knobbly tyres is recommended, such as a comfort bike, touring bike or mountain bike. E-bikes are also suitable as long as they are ridden appropriately and have sufficient battery capacity.

Off-road trails are usually wide and smooth (firm gravel or sealed), with some gentle climbs. These trails are predictable, i.e. have no nasty surprises. On-road sections of Great Rides generally follow quiet roads with little traffic.

Grade 3 (Intermediate)

Suitable for regular experienced cyclists with a good level of fitness and over 12 years old; children should be accompanied by an adult.

A mountain bike is recommended for off-road sections. E-mountain bikes are suitable provided they are ridden appropriately, have sufficient battery capacity, and the rider is capable of completing the trail in the event of a battery/power failure.

For on-road trails/sections on gravel roads, bikes with knobbly tyres are recommended. Road racing tyres are generally not suitable.

Off-road trails can be narrow and may include hills, steep drop-offs and small river crossings. Trail surfaces are mainly firm but may include muddy or loose sections, and obstacles such as rocks or tree roots.

On-road trails/sections may have moderate traffic levels (up to 1000 vehicles a day), and include hill climbs and gravel sections. Note: all Heartland Rides are grade 3 or above.

Grade 4 (Advanced)

Suitable for fit, experienced cyclists with good off-road and/or on-road skills, a high level of fitness and over 12 years of age; children should be accompanied by an adult.

A quality, well-maintained mountain bike is recommended for off-road trails. E-bikes are not permitted on grade 4 off-road trails, therefore the responsibility for e-bike use remains with the individual.

For on-road trails/sections on gravel roads, bikes with knobbly tyres are recommended. Road racing tyres are generally not suitable.

Off-road trails are narrow with steep climbs and unavoidable obstacles.

The trail surface includes firm and loose sections, with lots of rocks and tree roots. There is likely to be mud and poor traction in places, and some walking required.

On-road trails have moderate vehicular traffic (2000+ vehicles per day), plus significant hill climbs and possibly gravel sections.

Grade 5 (Expert)

Suitable for fit, experienced cyclists with excellent off-road skills and a high level of fitness. Not suitable for children.

A quality, well-maintained, full-suspension mountain bike is recommended. E-bikes are not permitted on grade 4 and grade 5 off-road trails, therefore the responsibility for e-bike use remains with the individual.

Off-road trails are likely to be challenging with long, steep climbs, precipitous descents and dangerous drop-offs as well as rocks, roots, ruts and potentially hazardous river crossings.

 

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