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New Zealand Adventure Travel
New Zealand with the Kids
Your fantastic two‐wheeled adventure begins in the beautiful South Island city of Christchurch, re-building after the devastating earthquakes of 2011. An amazing testament to the nature of Kiwi’s, this city is coming back stronger than ever, with innovative building, environmental ideas and resolve that’s hard to miss. After one night here, you’ll head further inland towards the foothills of the beautiful Southern Alps for some serious NZ farming experiences. On down into the central South Island you go, with the beautiful Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook and Wanaka. Biking some stunning quiet canal back roads, you’ll finish your trip down in the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’, Queenstown. With an activity, shop, gallery, café, adventure or winery for absolutely everyone, this is the perfect base from which to explore!
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Your way—always.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
11 Days / 10 Nights
Best Time to Visit
Day by Day
Take a short drive out of town and begin your first ride, a lovely trip along quiet country roads – the perfect start to your biking adventure! Following the ride, it’s back into town for lunch before an afternoon walk around the earthquake-devastated CBD.
Today it’s ‘all-aboard’ on what has been voted as one of the world’s most scenic train journeys – the Tranz-Alpine. Out of Christchurch, across the Canterbury Plains and up over the Southern Alps you’ll climb, ending up on the beautifully lush West Coast.
Head inland towards the beautiful Southern Alps today where more fantastic biking and “woolly” adventures await. Later, enjoy lunch followed by an afternoon ride towards the mountains arriving into the foothills of the Southern Alps.
Tomorrow morning after a short hike our jet boat will whisk us up to a working sheep farm where we’ll have morning tea and lunch with the farming family, witnessing first hand the importance of sheep dogs and getting up close and personal with the sheep!
Bike past amazing sights and mountainous beauty this morning, followed by lunch in the small town of Geraldine. Later, ride to the hotel, situated right across from the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo. Meet at the Mt John Observatory this evening for a guided tour of the southern sky!
The following day we’ll be winging our way over Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak on a stunning scenic flight before landing and getting up close to some big slabs of ice – all by boat! Some more superb biking will be had this afternoon before returning to Tekapo for a soak in the hot pools.
Head further south to one of the country’s most stunning mountain towns – Wanaka. The gateway to the beautiful Mt. Aspiring National Park, Wanaka and its lake make for the perfect place to spend a couple of nights – superb hikes, great biking, awesome water-adventures and fantastic local hot spots.
Take a morning and afternoon bike ride today, with lunch along the way. We may even throw you into another jet boat for a totally different kind of tour – did you say Hobbits? The location, the views, the attention to detail, the hot tubs, the restaurant are all unbelievable.
Leave Wanaka for Queenstown today after a ride along the Cardrona Valley floor to an iconic old gold-mining pub, the Cardrona Hotel. Arriving into Queenstown via the bungy bridge and after a short walk around town, we’ll pull up to our lodge for the night.
Being described as ‘the adventure capital of the world’, there are so many activities that today is up to you! With amazing chopper trips to Milford and Doubtful Sounds, great local hikes, the famous Shotover Jet boat and more, there’s no shortage of activities to round off an awesome Kiwi adventure!
Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel before either catching your flight home or spending a few more days exploring one of New Zealand’s most famous towns. Bon Voyage!
The George, Christchurch
This luxury boutique hotel is renowned for its two award winning restaurants and top-notch amenities. Plus, with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio impeccable service is a guarantee. Gaze through picture gallery windows to captivating views over Hagley Park and the River Avon and cuddle up in tranquil serenity. With a muted neutral décor, interiors are instantly calming. View hotel website »
Terrace Downs, Canterbury
Set in a valley at the foot of mountains towering 2,000 metres tall, Terrace Downs offers an adrenaline pumping immersion into the outdoors. The land was chosen for its rural tranquility and magnificent scenery, as well as its fantastic fishing, bush walks and unique native fauna. Lodge-style suites are cozy and inviting, a perfect space to sink into after an exhilarating day. View hotel website »
Peppers Bluewater, Lake Tekapo
Set near the shores of Lake Tekapo and surrounded by the spectacular landscapes of the Southern Alps, this resort retreat is perfect for exploring and relaxing. The architectural design is a reflection of the surrounding Mackenzie Basin landscape and incorporates the natural colours, textures and materials from the region. Guestrooms are also inspired by the landscape and feature earth tones in a modern design. View hotel website »
If you’re looking for relaxation, a climate encompassing magnificent snow in winter, glorious sun during summer and with world-class outdoor pursuits, all surrounded by spectacular scenery, then set your sights on Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort in beautiful Wanaka. This resort is a 4 1/2 star hotel set in a stunning mountain landscape offering majestic views overlooking the Southern Alps. View hotel website »
Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown
As soaring mountains rival the vibrant blue of Lake Wakatipu, Matakuri Lodge is an especially remarkable destination. Revel in its beauty from the viewpoint of your private, sun-soaked porch, or curl up beside the open fireplace inside the luxe sitting room. Activities and excursions await, ranging from horseback riding, to jet safaris, canyon adventures to wine tours. View hotel website »
Our daily bikes range in distance from 20 to 50 km (12 to 35 mi.) along paved or sealed roads. Depending on the activities, there may be some other activities/hikes under the guidance of your B&R or local guide.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip, we’ll use well-tuned, high-quality, local bikes that provide a good fit to your size and weight.
- All hotel accommodation
- All transfers in specified vehicles
- Meals as indicated
- Entrance fees to all sites
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop‐off
- All baggage transportation
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“B&R travel is seamless. The pre-trip informational packet was amazing, the guides were awesome, the food was delicious and the wine was flowing We loved our experience and would definitely return to ride skinny tires with your company again.”
— Julianne Major,
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