21 Day Cycle New ZealandExperience the best of New Zealand cycle trails at a relaxed pace on this 21 day tour throughout the North & South Islands.
21 Day Cycle New Zealand
Take part in this relaxing 21 day tour of New Zealand. A mix of gentle cycle trails the whole family can enjoy as well as a number of leisure days for you to explore the beautiful scenery and outdoors as you travel.
|Tour Type:||Self Drive Tours|
|From:||Christchurch to Auckland|
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- 21 day car hire
- 20 nights accommodation
- Superior & Premium accommodation includes breakfast
- Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail, Tekapo
- One Day Wonder cycle trail, Clyde
- Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
- Lake 2 Lake cycle trail, Te Anau
- Queenstown wine tour
- Station 2 Station cycle trail, Queenstown
- West Coast cycle trail, Hokitika
- Rabbit Island cycle trail, Mapua
- Interislander ferry journey
- Taupo bike hire
- Rotorua bike hire
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH
Welcome to Christchurch. Collect your rental car on arrival at Christchurch airport. The remainder of today is at leisure, giving you time to explore the city perhaps stroll graceful Hagley Park, take a ride on the historic tram or rent a bike for a quiet pedal around the inner city.
DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH / TWIZEL
Travel through rolling green farmland and several quaint rural towns. Continue to the stunning turquoise blue glacial lakes of Tekapo and Pukaki before reaching today’s destination – the alpine village of Twizel. Today is a well-positioned base for exploring the Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.
DAY 3: ALPS 2 OCEAN CYCLE TRAIL
After being collected from your accommodation, you will be transferred to Lake Tekapo Village to begin your cycle. Enjoy an easy cycle following the canal as it flows from Lake Tekapo to Lake Pukaki. The first highlight is passing the Mt Cook Alpine Salmon farm located in the canal itself. The 130-metre elevation above Lake Pukaki provides brilliant views of the Southern Alps and surrounding Mackenzie Basin. The trail then crosses the ‘Twizel Flats’ alpine tussock plain enroute to Twizel township itself.
DAY 4: TWIZEL / CROMWELL
Leaving Twizel travel through the small township of Omarama which offers gliding flights and scenic hot tubs before crossing the spectacular landscape of the Lindis Pass that takes you into the Central Otago region. Follow the shores of beautiful Lake Dunstan’s shores to the charming rural township of Cromwell, famous for its stone fruit and renowned nearby Bannockburn wineries.
DAY 5: OTAGO CENTRAL RAIL TRAIL
Enjoy the original “Great Ride” in New Zealand with a “one day” wonder tour cycling the Otago Central Rail Trail. Highlights of this section of the trail include the 37m high Poolburn Viaduct, two tunnels, the trails longest bridge and Central Otago stunning landscapes.
DAY 6: CROMWELL / TE ANAU
Drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge with its sheer rock cliffs, via Frankton then south skirting Lake Wakatipu. Easy rolling countryside soon leads you to the shores of Lake Te Anau, the biggest of the South Island’s many lakes and the gateway to the Fiordland National Park.
Stay: Te Anau
DAY 7: MILFORD SOUND DAY EXCURSION
A full day tour to the World Heritage listed, Fiordland National Park. Travel by coach with interesting commentary during the journey. Enjoy cruising Milford Sound and viewing the spectacular waterfalls and towering Mitre Peak before returning to Te Anau.
Stay: Te Anau
DAY 8: LAKE TO LAKE CYCLE TRAIL / QUEENSTOWN
A half day trail ride along the Te Anau to Manapouri cycle trail. The scenic bike trail runs along the Waiau river and is suitable for riders of all skill levels. Take time to explore the beauty of the area and stop for plenty of photos. This afternoon journey to Queenstown, skirting the lake shore with the majestic Remarkable mountains as your backdrop. Famous for its outstanding adventure activities, superb wineries and restaurants.
DAY 9: QUEENSTOWN WINE TOUR
Included today, relax as your wine guide immerses you in an afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards and splendid scenery of Central Otago. You will visit four premium vineyards over three contrasting wine regions, taste and learn about the excellent wine varietals and enjoy a delicious shared platter lunch with complementing wine.
DAY 10: STATION 2 STATION CYCLE TRAIL
Today includes a Scenic Cruise from Queenstown to Mt Nicholas where you set course for one of New Zealand’s most remote high-country farms. Cycle between Mt Nicholas and Walter Peak high country farms along the far shores of Lake Wakatipu. Explore at your own pace and enjoy an unforgettable cycle ride with spectacular views at every turn. Cruise from Walter Peak on the historic TSS Earnslaw back to Queenstown.
DAY 11: QUEENSTOWN / FOX GLACIER
Drive along the shores of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea continue on through the imposing Mount Aspiring National Park with its extraordinary beauty. Pass through Haast Pass, follow the Haast River to the coast. Enter the Westland National Park, to arrive at Fox township tucked into the rainforest covered foothills of the Southern Alps. Today includes a 4-hour bike hire, there are great cycleways in Fox Glacier worth exploring, suitable for all levels of cycling.
Stay: Fox Glacier
DAY 12: FOX GLACIER / HOKITIKA
Travel through the expansive rainforest bush of the Westland National Park as you leave Fox Glacier and through the nearby glacier town of Franz Josef. Mirror lakes Mapourika and Ianthe make picture perfect photos and picnic stops en route to Hokitika, steeped in rich gold mining history, a Treetops Walkway and even some local glow worms!
DAY 13: WEST COAST WILDERNESS TRAIL
Included today stroll amongst the rainforest canopy and enjoy panoramic views from the impressive Treetop Walk before hopping on your bike for a relaxing ride back to town through the magnificent forest and wetlands of the Mahinapua Scenic Reserve. This ride takes you through pristine wetlands and through native forest. Finish the day along the promenade for a photo stop at the iconic driftwood “Hokitika” sign on the beachfront.
DAY 14: HOKITIKA / MOTUEKA
View some of the West Coast’s beautiful lush rainforest as you leave Hokitika, drive north via Punakaiki for outstanding coastal views and a short walk to view the Pancake Rocks. Enjoy the dense forest of the Kahurangi National Park en route to Motueka.
DAY 15: MAPUA / RABBIT ISLAND CYCLE TRAIL
From the Mapua Wharf, the Mapua ferry whisks you over to Rabbit Island, the perfect location to explore amazing cycle trails. Spend as long as you want exploring the white sandy beaches and trails around the island, maybe visit an award-winning winery or brewery for lunch along the route.
DAY 16: MOTUEKA / PICTON / WELLINGTON
This morning a very scenic drive to Picton via Nelson and Queen Charlotte Sound’s picturesque bays before arriving into the port township of Picton, where you will board the inter-island ferry.
Leaving the sheltered waters of Picton behind, cross the Cook Strait to Wellington Harbour.
Wellington’s hillside suburbs and vibrant waterfront welcome you to the “coolest little capital in the world”.
DAY 17: WELLINGTON / TAUPO
Enjoy the Kapiti Coast heading north, cross the wild Central Plateau, dominated by three distinctive volcanoes, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Skirt the shores of impressive Lake Taupo to Taupo township. The resort town of Taupo is a sporting mecca and nature-lover’s paradise.
DAY 18: TAUPO / ROTORUA
Time to spend most of the day cycling the trails of the Wairakei Forest, today includes a half day cycle hire. Drive through vast pine forests to the geothermal reserves of Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu which are worthwhile stopovers en route to Rotorua.
Rotorua’s lakeside location easily combines relaxation with an abundant variety of attractions to enjoy.
DAY 19: ROTORUA AT LEISURE
Explore the geothermal reserves renowned in this region. As well, the Redwood Whakarewarewa Forest on the fringe of the city offers outstanding walking and cycle trails, a half day cycle hire is included for you today. Time allows for optional sightseeing as well, just ask at the time of the of your booking.
DAY 20: ROTORUA / AUCKLAND
A leisurely drive to Auckland, New Zealand’s cosmopolitan city on the Waitemata Harbour. The afternoon is free for optional sightseeing perhaps a harbour cruise, visit the Sky tower for panoramic city and harbour views.
DAY 21: FAREWELL FROM AUCKLAND
Today take the day at leisure until you make your way to return your rental car and check in for your onward flight where your tour concludes.
Prices valid from 1st October 2020
|Standard||$4,386 NZD||$7,325 NZD||$3,729 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|Superior||$6,094 NZD||$9,996 NZD||$5,288 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|Premium||$8,148 NZD||$16,262 NZD||$6,901 NZD||Enquire / Book|
Tour Type: Self Drive TourA Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.
Frequently Asked Questions – Self Drive Tours
What is a Self Drive tour?
A Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.
What is required to hire a vehicle within New Zealand?
A valid driver’s licence in English is required to hire a rental vehicle within New Zealand. Please note drivers must be over 21 years to hire a vehicle, between 21 – 25 years a young driver surcharge is applicable. We recommend all clients have a credit card for car rental, the card number is then held for a bond. All vehicles are automatic transmission, we do not offer manual transmissions.
What is driving in New Zealand like?
We drive on the right in New Zealand, all rental vehicles are set up for right hand drive. Within the cities, roads are busy, there are motorways and highways. Once out of town most of our roads two lanes, there are some divided carriage ways, however most driving will be on 2 lane paved/sealed roads. It will take you a lot longer than you think looking at the map to get from point A to point B.
What dates do your tours depart?
Our self drive tours depart daily, driving times do vary each day so please consider this when booking departure flights.
What is included in the tour cost?
All tours include accommodation and rental car. Some tours include activities listed in the itineraries. Car hire is quoted including basic insurance, with the option to upgrade to fully comprehensive insurance. A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers will be sent to your arrival accommodation, a comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you prior to your departure. Your personal travel consultant will contact you on arrival, allowing ease of communication whilst you are traveling.
What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, fuel, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.
How many people can I include in a self-drive tour?
Our largest hire vehicle is 9 passengers and a driver. You can travel in a group, with a number of vehicles but each vehicle must have a licenced driver.
I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.
Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior and Premium tour rates include breakfast. There are exceptions where some activities will include lunch or dinner. We are more than happy to make recommendations, please advise if there are any dietary requirements so we can recommend accordingly. .
Is Halal and other speciality food available in New Zealand?
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country, let us now if you require this and we will compile a list for you. We can also offer advice in regards to Vegan and other special requirements.
How will I navigate my way around New Zealand?
You will be supplied with a map in your travel wallet. If you require a GPS, this can be arranged with your car hire, if you are wishing to use your own navigational device, SIM cards can be purchased at the airport. Our comprehensive itinerary will guide you, especially with our personal touches just for you. We are only a phone call away. Most pre booked optional activities will have an informative guide giving you an insight into the activity you have chosen.
Can I add in additional days to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible – we will gladly work with you to make our tours suit your requirements. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra day rates.
What is the difference between the three tour types Quality, Superior and Premium Tours?
Standard: Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms. Your rental car is a small compact car.
Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast. Your rental car is a mid-size car.
Premium: 5 star hotel accommodation, including breakfast. Your rental car is an SUV.
Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers.
What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we will be delighted to plan a customised tour to suit your requirements, using our 30 years of experience. Our local knowledge will come up with many pleasant surprises for you.
How much luggage can I take on my tour?
You can bring as much luggage as you require, we recommend 1 piece of luggage (max 25kg each), for ease of travel. We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.
How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 45 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 45 days prior to travel. For bookings made 45 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.
What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 31 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit plus a further 10% of the total package price.
Cancellations 15 – 30 days prior to travel: Deposit + a further 20% of the total package price.
Cancellations 0-14 days prior to travel: 100% of total fare (no refund).
Booking amendments made by you: an amendment fee of 10% of total package price will be charged to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.
Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.
Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday. It is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights.
Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated, but not a requirement. It is certainly not expected, nobody will be offended should you wish to.
Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia.
What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase. The above currency conversion page is to be used as a guide only.