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 the perfect fit for your size and weight.
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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.
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km (5-7 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
Explore New Zealand’s breathtaking South Island with your family on this two‐wheeled adventure from Christchurch to Queenstown. Experience spectacular Christchurch, authentic NZ farming experiences and the stunning natural wonders of Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook and Wanaka. Finish your trip down in the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’, Queenstown.
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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!
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.
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.
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 unique native fauna. Lodge-style suites are cozy and inviting, a perfect space to sink into after an exhilarating day.
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 of Hagley Park and the River Avon and cuddle up in tranquil serenity. With a muted neutral décor, interiors are instantly calming.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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