New Zealand bike tours

New Zealand Bike Tours of a Lifetime

Laid back cruising along quiet country backroads. Bubbling hotpools and starry night skies. Jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring scenery at every turn. Discovering New Zealand by bike can feel like a daydream…but the reality is far better.

Clip-in and experience this extraordinary landscape for yourself with an all-inclusive guided cycling holiday. As experts in New Zealand bike tours, our trips are carefully designed to show you the very best scenery and highlights of a region as well as those less-accessible, out-of-the-way locations you’d find impossible to discover on your own.

Tour unspoiled, undiscovered landscapes. Pit yourself against steep mountain passes. Sample the aromatic delights of a luxury wine tour. With all the planning and provisioning taken care of and an experienced local tour guide at your side, all you have to do is ride.

Start your incredible New Zealand cycling experience by finding the tour that’s perfect for you:

South Island Guided Road Tours

Packed with snowy mountain peaks, dense bush, big skies and dramatic coastlines, the South Island might just be one of the most picturesque cycle touring destinations in the world.

ToursGradeCostOptionsMap
Port Hills Road Cycle Tour (GR028)3From $180view map
Port Hills Road Cycle Tour (GR028)
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From $180
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Great riding and spectacular views high in the hills above Christchurch. We’ll tailor this ride to suit your requirements, taking in seaside suburbs, quiet country roads or the summit road of the Port Hills.

6 Day West Coast Queenstown to Christchurch Cycle (GR005)2$2495.00view map
6 Day West Coast Queenstown to Christchurch Cycle (GR005)
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$2495.00
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A great tour for the time-pressed cyclist, this trip takes you over the Haast Pass to the wild West Coast, where you’ll cruise the coastal road and experience the icy wonder of the Fox Glacier.

6 Day Southern Lakes Christchurch to Queenstown Cycle (GR023)2$2395.00view map
6 Day Southern Lakes Christchurch to Queenstown Cycle (GR023)
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$2395.00
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Vivid emerald lakes, high mountain peaks and golden tussock lands provide the perfect backdrop to some of the South Island’s most scenic cycling.

7 Day Road Cycle Tour Top of the South Island Christchurch to Christchurch (GR006)2$2595.00view map
7 Day Road Cycle Tour Top of the South Island Christchurch to Christchurch (GR006)
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$2595.00
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A spectacular tour of vineyards, coastlines, hot pools and dense native forest.

7 Day Nelson Lakes Road Cycle Tour Picton to Christchurch (GR007)2$3450.00view map
7 Day Nelson Lakes Road Cycle Tour Picton to Christchurch (GR007)
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$3450.00
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From the picturesque port of Picton to Nelson, New Zealand’s sunniest city, before you head to the rolling breakers and lush rainforest of the wild West Coast.

7 Day Southern Scenic Road Cycle Tour Queenstown to Dunedin (GR011)2$3420.00view map
7 Day Southern Scenic Road Cycle Tour Queenstown to Dunedin (GR011)
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$3420.00
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Experience the best of the deep south on this tour, which takes in the magnificent Milford Sound.

7 Day Road Cycle Tour Queenstown to Christchurch (GR012)2$2595.00view map
7 Day Road Cycle Tour Queenstown to Christchurch (GR012)
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$2595.00
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Discover some of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets…
This epic adventure takes you deep into rural South Island life; quiet roads, stunning scenery and firsthand encounters with the local wildlife. You’ll meander alongside the beautiful lakes of Te Anau and Manapouri, and ride the rugged coastline of the Catlins.

9 Day Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (GR008)3$2995.00view map
9 Day Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (GR008)
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$2995.00
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Rural riding through podocarp rainforests, lakeside vistas and the scenic Haast Pass. This tour begins with a TranzAlpine rail journey from Christchurch to Greymouth.

10 Day West Coast Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (GR013)2$4995.00view map
10 Day West Coast Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (GR013)
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$4995.00
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Cross the Alps twice on this impressive tour, which takes in the beautiful West Coast, the famous Pancake Rocks and the Fox Glacier.

10 Day Southern Alps Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (GR010)2$5295.00view map
10 Day Southern Alps Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (GR010)
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$5295.00
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Saddle up in Christchurch for the ride over Arthur’s Pass, before hitting the twists and turns of the West Coast. You’ll explore the icy wonders of the Franz Josef glacier before passing through the impressively named Gates of Haast en route to Wanaka and Queenstown.

15 Day Southern Alps Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Christchurch (GR018)2$7850.00view map
15 Day Southern Alps Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Christchurch (GR018)
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$7850.00
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A classic loop that takes in Arthur’s Pass, the wild West Coast, the adventure capital of Queenstown and the majestic Mount Count.

South Island Guided Cycle Trail Tours

Mountain ranges, rainforests, picture-perfect landscapes…the South Island cycle trails have it all.

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Little River Railtrail Guided Daytrip (LR008)1From $180view map
Little River Railtrail Guided Daytrip (LR008)
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From $180
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Cycle alongside the flanks of ancient volcanoes and the shores of Te Whiahora/ Lake Ellesmere. Experience stunning lake scenery, a classic wetland ecosystem and birdlife galore. The tour ends in the picturesque farming village of Little River.

Waipara Wine Tour (ODW001)1From $240
Waipara Wine Tour (ODW001)
1
From $240

Uncork the pleasures of the Waipara Valley, a region well-known for its award-winning aromatic wines and spectacular views of the Southern Alps.

5 Day Otago and Clutha Cycle Trails (GT039)1$1795.00view map
5 Day Otago and Clutha Cycle Trails (GT039)
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$1795.00
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Combine one of the South Island’s most popular cycling experiences, the famous Otago Rail Trail, with the stunning Clutha Gold trail.

5 Day Otago Rail Trail - Christchurch to Christchurch (GT005)1$1595.00view map
5 Day Otago Rail Trail - Christchurch to Christchurch (GT005)
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$1595.00
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A scenic and historic journey into the heart of Otago, offering 150 kilometres of changing landscapes, high country sheep stations, river gorges, tunnels and viaducts. At Ranfurly, try your hand at the sport of curling, before rounding off the journey in style aboard the Taieri Express, rated one of the world’s great rail trips.

5 Day Otago Rail Trail - Queenstown to Christchurch (GT007)1$1695.00view map
5 Day Otago Rail Trail - Queenstown to Christchurch (GT007)
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$1695.00
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After exploring the newly established Queenstown Cycle Trails, it’s time for a scenic and historic journey into the heart of Otago, offering 150 kilometres of changing landscapes, high country sheep stations, river gorges, tunnels and viaducts. At Ranfurly, try your hand at the sport of curling, before rounding off the journey in style aboard the Taieri Express, rated one of the world’s great rail trips.

5 Day West Coast Wilderness Trail (GT034)1$1695.00Missing Attachment
5 Day West Coast Wilderness Trail (GT034)
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$1695.00
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Cycle through dense rainforests, glacial rivers, lakes and wetlands is the West Coast Wilderness Trail.

5 Day Milford Sound Cycle Tour (GT020)2$2295.00view map
5 Day Milford Sound Cycle Tour (GT020)
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$2295.00
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This spectacular cycling adventure provides an ideal opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Fiordland and the enchanting Milford Sound. 

6 Day South Island Family Cycle (GT040)1$2395.00
6 Day South Island Family Cycle (GT040)
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$2395.00

Cycle as much or as little as you like on this family cycling adventure, joined by other families and guided by a cycling family. Combine two of the South Island’s most popular cycling trails – the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail and Otago Central Rail Trail.

6 Day Alps to Ocean Cycle (GT021)1$1995.00view map
6 Day Alps to Ocean Cycle (GT021)
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$1995.00
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The longest continuous ride in New Zealand, this tour descends over 2000 ft from the lofty heights of Mount Cook to the coastal town of Oamaru. Along the way experience stunning alpine scenery, golden tussock land, and rejuvenating hot pools.

6 Day Nelson Great Taste Cycle Trail (GT038)1$2195.00view map
6 Day Nelson Great Taste Cycle Trail (GT038)
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$2195.00
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Discover breathtaking landscapes that incorporate both coastal and mountainous vistas while exploring the Great Taste Cycle Trail in the renowned Nelson / Tasman region.

North Island Guided Road Tours

Dense forests, dramatic volcanic landscapes and white sandy beaches. New Zealand’s North Island is a landscape loaded with contrast.

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8 Day Coromandel Beaches Road Cycle Tour Auckland to Rotorua (GR026)2$3750.00view map
8 Day Coromandel Beaches Road Cycle Tour Auckland to Rotorua (GR026)
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$3750.00
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A loop of the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, incorporating the historical gold-mining town of Coromandel, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water beach. The journey to the mud pools and geysers of Rotorua takes you through Matamata, aka Hobbiton, for Lord of the Ring fans.

15 Day Beaches and Volcanoes Road Cycle Tour North Island (GR030)2$6950.00view map
15 Day Beaches and Volcanoes Road Cycle Tour North Island (GR030)
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$6950.00
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15 Days exploring the North Island in a big loop from Auckland return sandy beaches hot pools and boiling mud are just some of the highlights.

South Island Mountain Bike Tours

ToursGradeCostOptionsMap
Half Day Mountain Bike Skills Training (MB002)from $125
Half Day Mountain Bike Skills Training (MB002)
from $125

A half-day of mountain bike skills training on local hills in either the South Island or North Island. Our experienced instructor can teach any level required, from complete beginners to advanced riders looking to sharpen their skills.

Port Hills Mountain Bike Tour (MB003)3From $190view map
Port Hills Mountain Bike Tour (MB003)
3
From $190
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Super technical trails or a relaxed roll in the forest…Port Hills has something for every rider. Let us know your ability level and we’ll tailor a day just for you.

7 Day South Island Mountain Bike Adventure (MB028)3From $2565view map
7 Day South Island Mountain Bike Adventure (MB028)
3
From $2565
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A week of mountain biking the South Island’s most iconic trails. Experience sweeping alpine landscapes, ancient podocarp rainforests, wild West Coast beaches and finish up in a beautiful alpine thermal resort.

North Island Mountain Bike Tours

ToursGradeCostOptionsMap
Half Day Mountain Bike Skills Training (MB002)from $125
Half Day Mountain Bike Skills Training (MB002)
from $125

A half-day of mountain bike skills training on local hills in either the South Island or North Island. Our experienced instructor can teach any level required, from complete beginners to advanced riders looking to sharpen their skills.

Local Knowledge Auckland MTB Tour (MB024)3From 250
Local Knowledge Auckland MTB Tour (MB024)
3
From 250

The inside track on some of Auckland’s best MTB trails, from purpose-built singletrack to easy rolling terrain. We’ll put together a day of adventure suited to your individual riding experience.

What’s included with a guided cycle tour?

Pretty much everything! You pick the destination and dates, we take care of the rest.

Expert guides
Cycling with you will be your knowledgeable, friendly tour guide. Your guide will provide directions, local insight, mechanical support and encouragement. They’ll also ensure the tea’s ready and waiting for you during refreshment stops!

Top-quality gear
We have the largest selection of premium quality bikes and gear in New Zealand to ensure your bike suits your journey and ability level, and is comfortable to ride.

E-bike hire
We’ve recently introduced a range of pedal-assist electric bikes to our hire fleet, and may be able to provide e-bikes on some of our guided tours. If you think you’d like to include e-bike hire, please get in touch. Some tours won’t be suitable for e-bikes and availability is limited. Send us an email with your requirements.

Detailed planning
Every route we offer has been carefully designed to show you the best scenery, sights and excursions. You’ll experience the must-see highlights of a region, as well as those under-the-radar locations you’d find impossible to discover on your own.

Support
A support vehicle will be close by to give you a rest from the saddle or shuttle you up the steep bits. Occasionally we’ll also use the support vehicle to transport you to the starting point of a ride or your accommodation for the night.

Meals
Most of your meals are included in the price of your tour. We also give you the opportunity to dine independently and discover local cafes and restaurants along the way.

Accommodation
Every night you’ll kick back and relax at carefully-selected, comfortable accommodation.

Luggage transfers
Ride with just your day pack. We’ll ensure your bags are safely delivered to your hotel room.

What our clients say

“I’d just like to say that the Alps 2 Ocean tour was just about the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. We were blessed with good weather every day, and food and lodgings were great. But most of all, the people who were on tour with me were awesome company, and we had two absolutely fantastic guides. Although nothing could have prepared me for the mixed terrain we rode on (there were quite a number of hills!), once I got the hang of it, I never did want to stop. I love the sport of cycling, and New Zealand is my favourite place in this world, so it was a dream come true to be riding in such a beautiful country amid breath-taking views. It was definitely difficult saying our goodbyes on our last day together. It’s been more than a month since I came home, but I still think of our trip every single day. I might have mentioned to you that I like to write about my experiences. But words have failed me this time. I’m still struggling to find words to articulate the entire experience. It goes without saying that it’s had quite a profound impact on me, and the memories are definitely here to stay for a long time to come.” – Priscilla Chua, 6 day Alps 2 Ocean Guided Cycle Tour.

“Have you ever had one of those moments when you think, “Far out, how could I have been so wrong, that was not what I expected…it was sooo much better?” That was my reaction having completed the Otago Rail Trail. I had an expectation that it would be beautiful, not too strenuous on the rear end and legs, and very enjoyable. But 150kms is a long way….would it live up to my expectations? Oh it did – and more. We experienced everything the Otago region had to offer – breath-taking views of mountain ranges, rivers and grass fields, hot sunny days, freezing cold rain, hail and sleet (adding a whole new dimension to the adventure), local food and wine, curling, and good old southern hospitality.My highlights? The scenery, sharing a drink and a yarn with the locals, the passport stamping stations, seeing Andy with the kettle boiling as you round a corner, deepening friendships, making new friends, and knowing I’ll go back and do it all over again.” – Erika Rogers, Otago Rail Trail.

“We are a family of four and, along with two other families, we cycled the first three days of the Alps 2 Ocean trail at Easter. This trip was organised through, and guided by, the guys at Natural High. We had an amazing holiday and we cannot recommend Natural High “highly” enough. Organising the trip was easy and seamless through Andy and Sandra in Christchurch. Natural High provided great bikes and riding gear, and organised superb accommodation and food. Our two guides, Brent and Liam, were outstanding. They were both incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, and were easily able to alter our proposed itinerary to take account of weather conditions and just generally, what we wanted. It just leaves us now to work out where our next cycling holiday in NZ is going to be!!” – Jenny, Auckland, 3-day Alps 2 Ocean Tour.

“The cycle tour was great, the weather not too bad and the guide and the group was fantastic. The group had the best size (7) and New Zealand is a great country. The organisation of the tour and the flexibility was excellent. It’s the best way to explore New Zealand for bike enthusiasts.” – Andreas, Switzerland, 17-Day Road Tour from Christchurch to Auckland.

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