At B&R we make it incredibly easy for you to journey with your friends, family, colleagues or on your own. Create your own private trip by taking over one of our dates—or we can request a fresh one. Prices are sliding scale to suit the number of travellers. Interested in tweaking the itinerary? We can do that too. Ask us for details!
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
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.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
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 is how I like to do that.”
The ultimate South Island experience
Any trip that culminates in a place called “the Adventure Capital of the World” has a lot to live up to; fortunately, New Zealand’s South Island delivers in spades. Journey from resurgent Christchurch to the alabaster Southern Alps—taking in some authentic New Zealand farming experiences along the way—and on to the painting-like panoramas of Lake Tekapo, Mt. Cook and Wanaka. Then finish in Queenstown and find out for yourself why it lives up to its name.
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Day by Day
Set forth, cycling through the beautiful Canterbury Plains, where we'll visit some family friends on their working sheep farm. Enjoy a wonderful homestead lunch before heading further south to your first luxury lodge.
Take a fantastic scenic helicopter flight overtop of Mt. Cook and onto the beautiful Tasman Glacier for an unforgettable guided glacier hike—crampons and all! Lunch will be in the scenic Mt. Cook Village before an optional local afternoon hike or bike ride.
Head out for a stunning ride along the hydro canals this morning. Stop for lunch at Ohau Lodge and then continue on to the picturesque town of Wanaka. Tonight, we venture into town to try a fantastic Italian restaurant.
Ride the beautiful lakeside track from Treble Cone Ski Resort back into Wanaka for a post-ride dip in the lake and an eco-tour of Mou Waho Island. This evening, we venture into town to try a fantastic, gourmet tapas restaurant.
Venture into the Matukituki Valley via jet boat, taking in gorgeous views of Mt. Aspiring and the Roy Glacier. Spend the afternoon exploring Wanaka at your leisure before sitting down for a tasty BBQ dinner at the lodge.
Depart Wanaka and hop on your bikes for one last ride towards Queenstown. Explore the city this afternoon—ride the gondola, stroll through the Botanical Gardens or enjoy the waterside. Tonight, our final dinner is sure to be memorable!
After breakfast today, we say farewell! Your guide(s) will be happy to make recommendations for more great meals and adventure during your time Queenstown.
Explore the wide open spaces.
Lakestone Lodge, Lake Pukaki
Set near the shores of Lake Pukaki and surrounded by the spectacular landscapes of the Southern Alps, this lodge retreat is ideal for exploring and relaxing. Guestrooms are cozy, comfortable and feature floor to ceiling windows affording exquisite views of snowy peaks and starry skies. View hotel website »
Lime Tree Lodge, Wanaka
Set on a ten-acre estate just outside Lake Wanaka, Lime Tree Lodge offers luxury boutique accommodation in a relaxed, country setting, with stunning 360 degree mountain views. Each suite boasts French doors that open out to an expansive veranda and gardens with magnificent views of the Southern Alps. View hotel website »
Sofitel Queenstown, Queenstown
Dressed in soft neutrals and warm browns, suites at this lakefront hotel are the kind that you want to sink into. Complete with plush fabrics and hardwood finishing, they’re perfect for relaxation after a day spent exploring. With even more opportunities to luxuriate at the full spa you might as well just give into temptation. View hotel website »
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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The daily bike rides will range from 10-40 km (6-25 mi.) on good quality, paved roads with shorter options available for each ride. Hikes range between 3-6 km (2-4 mi.).
“I am an active person and don’t mind a little sweat. I like to walk or bike once a week at home.”
Rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
- Use of an Avanti road bike with flat handlebars or Merida road bike with drop handlebars
- Services of B&R guide(s), support vehicles and local guides.
- All special events and private tours
- All baggage transportation
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All gratuities for local guides, baggage, porters and hotel service
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.
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
Spend more time in Queenstown
Your trip ends in Queenstown—the beautiful lakeside town known as ‘the Adventure Capital of the World’—and for very good reason! With a winery, bike ride, jet boat, bungee jump, mountain hike, artisan shop, designer gallery and superb lakeside hideaway for any kind of traveller, this is the perfect spot from which to extend your stay. With Fiordland right on your doorstep too, the options are limitless.
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