Experience New Zealand By Bike
If you’re an independent adventurer who enjoys the freedom of taking each day as it comes, a self-guided cycle tour could be just the ticket.
These tours combine the essential elements of any Natural High adventure – detailed local knowledge and high performance bike gear – with the flexibility of organising each day exactly as you please.
Stop for a coffee, to admire a view or discover the delights of a rural township. With no time pressures you’re free to fashion the experience you desire.
- Top quality bike hire to suit your journey and body shape, including pannier and storage options. All our bike rentals come with a lock, multi tool, tyre levers, spare tube and repair kit, and are fully serviced before hitting the road. Because it’s compulsory to wear a helmet in New Zealand we can also provide a helmet, but if you prefer a new one you can purchase one at the discounted rate from $50.
- Route maps and itinerary suggestions to make exploring as easy as possible. At Natural High we’re passionate cyclists and have a wealth of knowledge about where to go and what to see. If you need help deciding on a tour or route, please get in touch. We’d love to share our recommendations.
- Accommodation suggestions. We provide you with a list of recommended motels, backpackers, B&B’s and campsites to allow you to book your own roadside lodging.
- Bike transfer. Planning a one way tour? Not a problem. We’ll make sure your bike is waiting at your chosen start point or get it back to our Auckland or Christchurch depots at the end.
- Support vehicle and luggage transfer
- Train or bus tickets
- Meals and food
Find a self-guided cycle tour
Whether you’re looking to explore the diverse landscape of the North Island or the stunning scenery and quiet backcountry roads of the South Island (or both!) we’re sure to have a self-guided tour for you…
The self-guided tour notes and itineraries are a general guide and you may need to consult other resources.
Natural High is not certifying or providing any advice either as to your own level of fitness or physical health to undertake the route or itinerary. You need to make your own enquiries as to the suitability of the route you intend to follow and rely entirely on your own judgement in relation to that.
For some self guided road tours you will be cycling on road with traffic. Please obey NZ road rules and do keep left and visible to motorists at all times. Please be aware some NZ roads / highways can be busy (during peak holiday season periods e.g. December – February) and some areas may be narrow with little shoulder to cycle on.
The remote nature of some self guided tours means you will need to be self-sufficient by carrying food and water as there is often significant distance between towns. You will need basic bike maintenance skills to repair your own punctures. Self guided tours are not recommended for novice / beginner cyclists.
|2 Day Little River Railtrail Tour (LR007)||1||$190.00||view map|
|2 Day Little River Railtrail Tour (LR007)|
Cycle from Christchurch along the beautiful Little River Railtrail with transfers (not included in tour price) back to Christchurch on the second day.
|3 Day Self-Guided Little River Railtrail Tour (LR006)||1||$220.00||view map|
|3 Day Self-Guided Little River Railtrail Tour (LR006)|
Explore the Little River Railtrail, with overnight stays in Lincoln and Little River before cycling back to Christchurch via Tai Tapu.
|3 Day Self Guided Road Cycle Tour Canterbury and Southern Alps (SG002)||2||$220.00||view map|
|3 Day Self Guided Road Cycle Tour Canterbury and Southern Alps (SG002)|
An easy three-day introduction to cycle touring for the inexperienced cyclist. From the high alpine passes of Arthur Pass to the fertile Canterbury Plains and the endless sandy East Coast beaches.
|3 Day Self Guided Waiheke Island Cycle Tour (SG025)||1||$220.00|
|3 Day Self Guided Waiheke Island Cycle Tour (SG025)|
Just a short ferry ride from Auckland, the beautiful, laid-back island of Waiheke offers picturesque bays, rolling hills and vineyards aplenty. Quiet country roads, fabulous restaurants and cellar-door tastings beckon.
|3 Day Self-Guided Banks Peninsula Cycle Tour (SG030)||4||$245.00||view map|
|3 Day Self-Guided Banks Peninsula Cycle Tour (SG030)|
Ride the best of the Banks Peninsula with a good mix of both on and off road cycling. Visit historic Akaroa, ride around bays, beaches and rugged coastlines.
|4 Day Self-Guided Little River Railtrail Tour (LR005)||2||$260.00||view map|
|4 Day Self-Guided Little River Railtrail Tour (LR005)|
Cycle from Christchurch along the Little River Railtrail before cycling over Gebbies Pass to Diamond Harbour. A ferry trip takes you over to Lyttleton before cycling back to Christchurch via Dyers Pass.
|5 Day Self Guided Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (SG003)||4||$395.00||view map|
|5 Day Self Guided Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (SG003)|
Hop aboard the TranzAlpine for a scenic journey across the Alps, before settling into the saddle and racing the twists and turns of one of the best coastal roads in the world.
|6 Day Self Guided Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (SG004)||3||$430.00||view map|
|6 Day Self Guided Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (SG004)|
This journey takes you through the heart of the South Island via the vast Canterbury Plains and the Lindis Pass. Enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Cook and refuel on the region’s fresh salmon.
|6 Day Self Guided Catlins Coast (SG029)||4||$525.00||view map|
|6 Day Self Guided Catlins Coast (SG029)|
The Catlins Coast tour will take you from Dunedin to Invercargill via Bluff. The Catlins is wild, stormy and remote, lesser explored regions of New Zealand. You will cycle along the edge of sandy beaches, around charming bays and between rocky peninsulas.
|8 Day Self Guided Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (SG006)||2||$495.00||view map|
|8 Day Self Guided Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (SG006)|
A slightly more relaxed than the 6 Day Christchurch to Queenstown tour. This takes you via the Central Lakes with stunning views of Mt Cook. An 8 day cycling tour with an optional extra 2 days.
|8 Day Self Guided Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (SG005)||3||$495.00||view map|
|8 Day Self Guided Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (SG005)|
Skip the slog over Arthur’s Pass and enjoy the scenery of the Alps from the comfort of the TranzAlpine. From Greymouth, take your time riding the spectacular West Coast road before arriving in the adventure capital of Queenstown.
|9 Day Self Guided Road Tour Auckland to Taupo (SG028)||3||$515.00|
|9 Day Self Guided Road Tour Auckland to Taupo (SG028)|
Deservedly one of New Zealand’s most popular cycle routes, this tour takes in the dramatic, changing landscape of the North Island, from the sandy white beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula to the ocean vistas of the Bay of Plenty and the snow-capped mountains of the Central Plateau. A rest day in Rotorua gives you time to experience the world-class mountain bike trails, soak up the cultural highlights or rejuvenate tired muscles in one of the many hot pools.
|10 Day Self Guided Road Cycle Tour Queenstown to Christchurch (SG007)||3||$540.00||view map|
|10 Day Self Guided Road Cycle Tour Queenstown to Christchurch (SG007)|
Cross the Alps twice as you tackle Haast Pass, the Glaciers, the West Coast and Arthur’s Pass.
|18 Day Self Guided Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Christchurch (SG008)||3||$795.00||view map|
|18 Day Self Guided Road Cycle Tour Christchurch to Christchurch (SG008)|
From the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the wild landscape of the West Coast, this popular ride provides a unique, first-hand perspective of the diverse and spectacular scenery of New Zealand’s South Island.
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