Ride at Your Own Pace: Christchurch to Queenstown Self-Guided Cycle Tour

cycling the west coastIf you’re an independent cyclist who likes to roam at your own pace, a self-guided cycle tour could be a great way to discover New Zealand.

These tours provide you with detailed route maps (including accommodation suggestions) and top-quality bike gear, but give you the freedom to organise your days as you please.

Our most popular self-guided tour runs from Christchurch to Queenstown, and we offer a variety of different routes and time frames.

Christchurch to Queenstown self-guided cycle tour via the west coast

The entire west coast region – from Greymouth and Hokitika in the north to the twin glaciers of Franz Josef and Fox and down to Haast – is a true pedaller’s paradise. Wild, rugged scenery, fast twists and turns, and intriguing townships bursting with history and stories. The riding is challenging, but the endlessly changing scenery provides plenty of incentive to stop and rest weary muscles!

From Haast, you’ll leave the west coast and head inland through Makaora and along the shores of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Your final challenge is the scenic slog over the Crown Range to Queenstown, where a dazzling array of scenery, bars and restaurants awaits.

This tour also includes a trip aboard the TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth.

You can choose to complete this route in five days (grade four, difficult) or eight (grade three, challenging).

Christchurch to Queenstown self-guided cycle tour through the heart of the South Island

This is an easier route to Queenstown, and takes riders through the Canterbury Plains and Rakaia Gorge, before crossing Burkes Pass to the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo. You’ll pedal the golden grasslands of the Mackenzie region before pushing up the dramatic Lindis Pass into Central Otago, where numerous vineyards and cellar doors beckon.

This tour can be ridden in six days, or extended to eight days. Both are rated grade two, moderate, making them suitable for less experienced riders.

Send us an email if you’d like to chat about any of these tours. Have a great week,