Cycle New Zealand’s South IslandChristchurch, New Zealand
Get your blood pumping on a 10-day Storm of the South Island cycling adventure in New Zealand. You’ll begin near Christchurch with a cruisy coastal ride along Port Hills, then make your way to the village of Kaikoura for whale and dolphin watching. Power through forest tracks to Hanmer Springs where you’ll rest your well-worked limbs in natural hot pools.
Now you’re ready to tackle steep inclines and rocky descents through St James’s back country, and cycle along the 28-kilometre Old Ghost Road, New Zealand’s longest track. Change up the pace with a break by the beach at Punakaiki’s famous Pancake Rocks, then head for the heart of the Southern Alps. Feel the burn as you climb to the 2000-metre-high summit of Mount Pisa, before gliding back down from the clouds to Queenstown for a well-earned drink in one of its cosy wine bars.
The 10-day Storm of the South Island tour starts at about US$3,700.
The ride becomes more technical as the trip progresses, so it’s recommended you’re at an intermediate biking level – this includes exercising regularly and being comfortable with different types of terrain.