If you’ve decided that 2020 is the year you try something new, we’re here for you. Read on to find some inspiration for the new decade.
First cycle tour
Our fully-guided tours include all accommodation, most meals and daily luggage transfer. You’ll also have the luxury of being able to hop aboard the support vehicle should you feel like a breather at any point. Top routes to find your touring feet include the Otago Rail Trail and the Alps 2 Ocean Trail. Both cover lower daily distances and flatter terrain.
Push your limits
On the other hand, you might be looking to cover more miles or pit yourself against steeper hills. The 9 day road cycle tour from Christchurch to Queenstown is a grade 3 ride. Averaging 100km daily and many high alpine pass crossings – including the spectacular Haast Pass – you’ll encounter stunning glaciers, mighty podocarp rainforest and dramatic coastlines before crossing the Crown Range into the Southern Lakes district around Wanaka and Queenstown.
Get off the beaten track
Got a hankering for a backcountry mountain bike experience? The 64km St James trail runs through the Canterbury high country, close to Hanmer Springs, and offers an ever-changing panorama of South Island scenery, from mountain peaks and crystal clear rivers to alpine meadows and sub-alpine beech forest. The grade of the trail varies: while the beginning and end sections are classed as easy and intermediate, the middle part is for advanced riders only, with river crossings and bike carrying in places. There are three huts and numerous camping spots along the route.
Train for an event
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to cycle, multisport and extreme races in New Zealand. Taking place on Saturday 14 November 2020, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is New Zealand’s largest cycle event and offers a huge array of categories. The Challenge Wanaka triathlon takes place amongst the stunning lake and mountain scenery of Mount Aspiring National Park. Considered one of the world’s toughest long distance triathlon courses, the 2020 event is scheduled for 15 February. Spring Challenge is a women’s adventure race that includes rafting/kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and navigation. Natural High’s Cecileah is all set to compete in the South Island event, taking place 25–27 September 2020.
Have a good week,