While our all-inclusive, guided tours are highly popular with overseas travellers they’re not for everyone. If you’re more of a free-spirited traveller, sticking to a set route and timetable can sometimes feel a little restrictive.
If that’s the case, a New Zealand self-guided cycle tour could be more your style. These provide you with the all-important essentials: detailed route maps and top-quality bike gear, but give you the freedom to organise each day as you please.
- Leading-brand bike hire to suit your journey, including pannier and storage options. Our bike rentals come with a lock, multi tool, tyre levers, spare tube and repair kit, and are fully serviced before hitting the road. You can choose to hire a helmet (compulsory in New Zealand) or buy a fresh new one for a discounted $45.
- Route maps and itinerary suggestions to make exploring as easy as possible.
- Accommodation suggestions. We provide you with a list of recommended motels, backpackers, B&B’s and campsites along your route. You make your own bookings to suit your timeframe.
- Bike transfer. Planning a one way tour? Not a problem. We’ll make sure your bike is returned to our Auckland or Christchurch depots at the end.
- Complete flexibility. Each tour is broken down into a recommended number of days – but you don’t have to stick to this timetable. Add on extra days and stay longer at a destination that tickles your fancy…or combine two days into one for a faster, more challenging journey. The choice is yours.
New Zealand self-guided cycle tour suggestions:
Great for beginners:
3-Day Self-Guided Waiheke Island Cycle Tour
Just a short ferry ride from Auckland, the beautiful, laid-back island of Waiheke offers picturesque bays, rolling hills and award-winning vineyards. Quiet country roads, fabulous restaurants and cellar-door tastings are what this tour’s all about.
For slightly more experienced riders:
6-Day Self-Guided Christchurch to Queenstown Road Tour
This route takes you through the centre of the South Island via the Canterbury Plains and the Rakaia Gorge. You’ll cross Burkes Pass and cycle the Tekapo hydro canals (while checking out the stunning views of Mt Cook). Then it’s on to the Lindis Pass and beautiful Central Otago before you roll into the adventure capital of Queenstown.
A more challenging tour:
9-Day Self-Guided Auckland to Taupo Road Tour
The route from Auckland to Taupo via the Coromandel, the Bay of Plenty and the Central Plateau is one of the most popular cycling routes in New Zealand. The scenery is diverse (from sandy beaches to snow covered mountains) and the riding is challenging enough to reward seasoned cyclists. A rest day in the adventure hotspot of Rotorua gives you time to soak up the cultural highlights, seek out an adrenaline fix or hit the world-renowned local MTB trails.
Check out the full list of self-guided tours on our website.