A Sections of Great Rides
We don't want to give away too many of our great secrets but below you will find a taster for some of our great North Island cycling options:
Bay Of Islands region
It’s a good day for bikers! You have all day to enjoy a number of cycle options including a challenging 50km in land loop that takes you down to Kawakawa and back up the coast through Paihia, and back to camp. For a more relaxed day there are a number of shorter rides to choose from. Jump on a bike and go explore Paihia surroundings. Cycle on the road from camp (about 20km return), lock your bike in Paihia and jump on the ferry across to the romantic island of Russel. There are also short walks in Paihia town, boutique shops, surf cafes or always the beach for swimming. You could even head back to the Waitangi Mountain Bike Forest. Distance: Varied Terrain: On road
Your chance to cycle the road through some of the best examples of kauri forest remaining in New Zealand, the Waipoua Forest. You cycle ahead of the bus so the distance of the ride is your choice on the day. In the evening enjoy the gentle 8km Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway loop from camp.
There is a great 12km circuit into Waitangi forest. There is beach access along this track. Some areas of the track are a little steeper requiring a little more effort but you are rewarded with views of the bay and surrounding forest - magic! The forestry track takes you to the Haruru Falls where the bus and walkers will be waiting. This is also a perfect place to finish for a photo.
Distance 12km Terrain: Forest Trail and some road.
Hot Water Beach region
In Rotorua you have the chance to ride one of the oldest mountain bike networks in the country in the Whakarewarewa Forest. With around 90km of trails which suit levels from beginners to expert riders it is an experience not to be missed.
Instead of riding the mountain bike tracks you have the chance to ride the first 35km of the Thermal by bike Trail. You will pass through the famous Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve where you will find Whakarewarewa village, which has existed for over 700 years. Continue through rare flora and fauna until you come to an intersection and follow the road for 15km through rolling farm land at the foot of Mt Tarawera to camp.
Auckland to Hot Water Beach
This on road adventure to the iconic Cathedral Cove is a great start for many tours! This ride begins from a small town and quickly climbs, winding around a rural farm hill. When you eventually get to the top of the hill, be awakened by the incredible backdrop that the Coromandel boasts; sand, glistening water and subtropical forestry. After the incline into Haihei, you can walk some of the Cathedral Cove track or enjoy a refreshing dip as you finish your ride at the waterfront where the bus will be parked.
A 25km road ride for intermediate level riders. Distance: 25km. Terrain: on road.
Great morning ride where you cycle back out through farm land (15km) and re-join the Thermal by bike Trail (13km) to the geo thermal wonderland of Wai o tapu. From the powerful Huka Falls you can ride the 6km mountain bike track into the lake side town of Taupo
Rotorua to Tokaanu
For those keen to have more trail riding, a great advanced option starts at Huka falls (great photo opportunity). The trail is completely off-road and eventually winds pass a natural Thermal Spring (Yes that’s right! More crazy geothermal activity and even better - you can soak in it!). Pack your swimwear, lock the bike and follow the hot spring signs. The natural springs sit right at the side of the Waikato River so you get the best of both worlds; swim in the cold when too hot and then soak back in the hot pool feeling completely relaxed on your Flying Kiwi adventure. Another option is to buy some lunch in Taupo town and take a bike ride along the cycle path around the Lake. This is an easy level option and the trail extends 13km along the waterfront. A great way to spend your afternoon in Taupo, go riding capturing the stunning views of glistening fresh water Lake Taupo boasts with mountainous backdrops.
Distance: 5km and up. Terrain: Trail.
From the seal colony in Ohau the ride to Kaikoura is 30kms (though not possible if you are doing the Whale watching trip). After the Peninsula walk cyclists can enjoy a flat 9km ride to camp. If you are Dolphin swimming in the morning we’d recommend trying an evening cycle on the Pacific coast – light permitting.
Picton to Kaikoura
If you’re into coastal riding and seal spotting, this ride is for you! Take a cycle through Half Moon Bay. Make sure you keep an eye-out for NZ fur seals hanging out on the rocks. Before arriving in the peaceful and unspoilt coastal town of Kaikoura known as “the seafood Mecca” of New Zealand, you might even be tempted to try roadside cooked crayfish which is truly the essence of Kaikoura. DIstance: 27km and up Terrain: On road
Canterbury plains region
A great ride to camp through South Canterbury farm land and the beautiful Peel Forest with views of the Southern Alps that involves a few small uphill sections (13km - 35km) to our unique accommodation by the foot of Mount Cook.
Kaikoura to Christchurch
For those ‘Tour De France’ passengers up for a challenge, this ride will get your heart pumping! Lycra might be needed for this 60km gut buster! It is not for the faint hearted but our New Zealand landscape is there to be challenged. Alternatively (or in addition) ride to our camp in the Southern Alps. If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, ride like a Hobbit as this was a main location for filming the Edoras in the Twin Towers.
Distance: 60kms Terrain: On road
Lake Pukaki & Tekapo region
Some shorter cycle routes around Peel forest in the morning and then longer riders through farm land to Geraldine and the beautiful Lake Tekapo, rides range from 17-50km. There is a fantastic 35km canal ride into camp which takes you to the amazing Lake Pukaki with the spectacular back drop of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps.
Cyclists can ride ahead of the bus around the western side of Lake Pukaki into the Aoraki/ Mount Cook national park – 60kms to the Shelter. Once we return to the East Coast there is an awesome 14km coastal cycle along cliff tops looking out into the Pacific Ocean to our beach side camp.
Rangitata to Lake Pukaki
We have some great road options or cycle on an off road trail that snakes along the beautiful glacier fed Lake Pukaki. On a clear day, be blown away by the defining snow-capped Mt Cook in the backdrop absolutely stunning ride which will have that camera clicking for sure (picture to the left)
Distance: 3kms and up Terrain: off road
Lake Pukaki to Kakanui
Calling all “advanced and keen road cyclists”- here is another challenge for you! Cycling 57km from Lake Pukaki to the base of Mount Cook, expect an early start for this ride as you can also walk some of the recommended Hooker Glacier Hike (3 hours).The second option, later in the day, is a gentle 13km coastal scenic ride into our second bush camp at Kakanui. After a few hours on the bus and the morning hike at Hooker glacier, a relaxing ride with knew scenery might be just the ticket!
Distance: 13km and up Terrain: On road
Cyclists can take the chance to cycle ahead of the bus and head for the beach at Moeraki about 27 kms. There is also an awesome downhill cycle into Dunedin and a spectacular 16km coastal ride to Nugget point lighthouse from camp.
For those who are returning to Te Anau you can cycle once back at camp with a relaxed lake side option or if you like to test yourself more there is a mountain bike track right next to camp.
Dunedin - Hollyford
An 8km gravel downhill ride into our camp. This is a great and fast ride that will re-energise all. Surrounded by lush forest, this ride really feels ‘off the beaten track’ where you are more likely to see a possum on the road rather than people.
Distance 8km Terrain: Gravel road
Once in Queenstown there are cycle options galore! Queenstown offers an array of trail cycling which will have you riding through private farm land, over suspension bridges and unspoilt insane New Zealand scenery. We urge you to pack a camera!
The Queenstown trail which is part of the NZ cycle trail has almost 100km of trials in the spectacular Wakatipu Basin. With two days in Queenstown, you might like to try out the ‘Lake Wakatipu Ride’ (15km easy ride) or a more challenging ride with a combination of three different trails (42km full day).The trail takes in some of New Zealand’s most breath-taking scenery including Lake Hayes, Frankton and Queenstown. (Various lengths)
Queenstown is also home to New Zealand’s only Gondola assisted bike lift, providing direct access to Queenstown Bike Park. This varying terrain for all abilities also has world class mountain biking trails
Fox Glacier region
For some downhill riding you can cycle from the top of Haast Pass in the Mt Aspiring National Park. You pass through predominantly unmodified beech forest stopping at waterfalls along the way to Pleasant Flat.
Makaroa to Fox Glacier
Today we have a few great ride options for you to choose from. Enjoy an early cycle past the lakes or why not try a lovely 16km downhill thrill - minimal pedalling required! Lastly we have a couple of great coastal options to camp ranging from 25-50kms.
Terrain: On road
Okarito to Punakaiki
Recommended for advanced riders, this road ride is hilly but brings massive rewards. The landscape significantly changes from rolling pastoral hills into subtropical and prehistoric rock formations in Punakaiki. Sights to watch out for are the iconic and unique ‘Pancake Rocks’ which are ancient limestone formations. The magic Nikau Palms create an exotic island ambience which makes the 36km ride dramatically different from rural pastoral scenery.
Distance: 36km Terrain: On road
Enjoy a morning coastal ride joining to the Great Taste Trail part of the National Cycle Trail. Catch the ferry with your bike from Mapua Wharf over to Rabbit Island. Explore the trails then enjoy panoramic coastal views over Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary, and the Western Ranges finishing in the city of Nelson. (35km).