Most of the bike stages are away from the busy main roads.
Requirements: for this tour you will need to have an average to good fitness level.
Tours comprise of flat and hilly terrain with longer ascents and descents of and on, as well as moderately difficult stages in mainly hilly to steep terrain.
The stages amount to approx. 35-75km per day. Please note that due to weather conditions these distances may vary.
The stages are variable and can be amended on request.
You are required by law to wear a bicycle helmet in New Zealand; you can rent a helmet from us or bring your own.
The tour guide will stay close to the group where possible.
As the group may consist of international participants on some days, the guide will be speaking German and English on different occasions as required.
Picnic on the bike stages
When the biking tours pass through remote farmland or on the Otago Rail Trail, the guide will organise your picnic lunches (10x) as there will be no opportunities to buy food or eat at a café.
This picnic consists of coffee, several varieties of tea, bread, jams/marmalade, cheese, assorted cold cuts, vegetarian spread, fruit and vegetables. A full water container will be provided.
The first breakfast of the tour is included in the cost and offers the chance to get to know your guide and your fellow travellers.
There will be another breakfast in Ranfurly which is also included in the tour cost.
On the other days you can either have breakfast at your accommodation (prices range from NZD 16.00 – NZD 25.00 for a Continental or Cooked breakfast) or you can go shopping and buy your own breakfast. The guide usually knows his/her way around and will be able to provide you with tips for shopping or a good restaurant.
Most of the accommodation places have a kitchenette, microwave and sink, some even have an electric hob or hotplate in the room.
List of equipment
Good shoes, gloves and a hat/cap for the Tongariro Crossing, multifunctional underwear, rain gear, protection against the sun, daypack for the day hikes.
Suitcase or travel bag (to save room in the boot, please avoid hard case suitcases), travel medical kit (do not forget your personal medication), flashlight (the tunnels on the Otago Rail Trail are not illuminated but can be traversed with a torch) as well as an adaptor for the local power outlets.
On tour payments
- Picnic Lunch 10x Picnic Lunches during bike stages, National Park fees, use of public toilets: NZD 250.00
- Rental bicycle NZD 370.00 per bicycle
- Bicycle insurance NZD 50.00 per bicycle
The right choice for your overnight stays is important to us because at the end of an active day our guests love to feel comfortable and cosy. In cities like Auckland, Christchurch or Queenstown we choose hotels/motels of good mid-range quality, centrally positioned. Outside of the cities we usually choose accommodations which are NZ owned and operated, combining local authenticity with the comfort of good to above-standard hotel facilities.
In addition to cooking facilities, most accommodation will also have a small laundry with washing-machine and dryer.
Note Hotel Ranfurly: due to special conditions two guests may have to share a bathroom.
On site you will receive a high-quality rental bike. The rental for this bike (incl. one way costs) is NZD 370.00 and is to be paid to the guide on site.
We are able to offer you an E-Bike for the price of NZD 600.00.
E Bike: The German E Bike would be a Kalkhoff brand or a similar model.
You can bring your own bicycle and/or your own saddle or SPD clipless pedals.
27 Gear Cross Trail Bike or similar model.
Each bike has mud guards as well as a pannier rack with a saddle bag and lock. Wear and tear and spare parts (tires, breaks etc.) during the tour are included in the rental price.
However, the daily care and cleaning of your bike will be up to you!
Please treat your bike with care – you are responsible for it.
To ensure a worry-free vacation, we strongly recommend taking out bicycle insurance when you arrive. Otherwise, the rental company will retain a bond for your bicycle (e.g. credit card imprint) which will be returned to you after the return of the bicycles resp. applied against any possible repair cost.
When taking out this insurance, the rental company will pay for any damage that occurred during the tour. Damage due to negligence and/or theft of an unlocked bicycle in care of the traveller are exempt from this obligation.
The bicycle insurance amounts to NZD 55.00 and is payable to the guide on site.
Helmet rental NZD 65.00 (it is compulsory in New Zealand to wear a helmet)
Extras are payable to the guide on site.
- Orakei Korako Geyserland
- Huka Falls
- Beach hike Region Whanganui
- Abel Tasman Coast Track
- Pororari River
- Blue Pools
- Hike to a Yellow-eyed penguin colony
- Moeraki Boulders
- Elephant Rocks
Important Information: Due to possible changes outside our control (such as weather and/or change of accommodation) we reserve the right to confirm the final itinerary about 2 weeks before the beginning of the journey.