Cycle through New Zealand's South IslandSouth Island, New Zealand
Get your blood pumping on a cycling adventure through New Zealand’s South Island. 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 backcountry, 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.
- Learning to become a more technically-skilled rider as you tackle greater obstacles throughout the trip
- Ditching the bike every now and then for glorious hikes through forests and along beaches, and devouring fresh local produce
- The delicious feeling of sinking into a warm, comfy bed after a long day’s ride
- Aching muscles are going to be a regular thing
- You’ll be riding across various types of terrain, including large rocks, roots and sand, so you’ll need to be prepared for anything
The 13-day Storm of the South Island tour starts from US$2925.
The ride becomes more technical as the trip progresses, so it’s recommended that you’re at an intermediate biking level; this includes exercising regularly and being comfortable with different types of terrain.