South Island E-bike Trail Tour

Explore New Zealand By E-bike from $5549 NZD
11 Days
  • 2021
  • 2022
  • Best time to travel: October to April
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Explore some of the best bike trails in the southern South Island – all from the comfort of an e-bike.  Blast up hills with ease and enjoy breathtaking scenery, from lake Tekapo to Queenstown, through the Roxburgh Gorge and much more.  This spectacular tour has something for everyone with all riding predominantly on easy to moderate trails.

Guaranteed departure: 10th Jan 2022

An alternative 5 night tour (including the new Dunstan Trail) is also available. Contact us for details.

Christchurch to Christchurch

Christchurch
  • Lifestyle
  • Grade
  • NZD1055 single room surcharge
  • E-bike hire included in tour price
  • This tour is invoiced in NZD
  • Price based on group size: min 6 / max 12

Grade 1 - Easy Tours

Easy tours are specifically designed to allow you to experience a new activity and culture in a relaxed environment. If you’re after a peaceful holiday with a light introductory focus on one or more activities then easy tours are a great option. Routes chosen will be easy and often ridden entirely at your own pace, suitable for families.

Fitness required

A low level of fitness is required, exercising at least once a week prior to the tour.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival in Christchurch

No cycling

After settling into the hotel, the group meets for the first time in the afternoon. Time and weather permitting, we take a short drive up the nearby Port Hills to the Sign of the Kiwi, where guests can enjoy a coffee with magnificent views on a clear day. Bike fittings will take place today.

Meals: Welcome dinner

DAY 2

Christchurch to Twizel

Cycling: 54km (easy)

We leave Christchurch early and drive south through the Canterbury Plains heading towards Lake Tekapo, where we get ready for our first ride. Starting on the edge of the lake famous for its turquoise waters, the ride takes in golden tussock land, surreal blue canals, and one of the Trail’s best lookouts overlooking Lake Pukaki and the Southern Alps. We'll ride to Twizel, our destination for tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3

Twizel to Clyde

Cycling: 38km (easy)

After breakfast, we get on our bikes and continue on the next leg of the A2O to the edge of Lake Ohau. The Ben Ohau Range dwarfs all and sundry as you follow the lake foreshore towards Lake Ohau Village and its lodge – perfectly positioned for post-ride refreshments. After lunch we jump in the van and drive to Clyde.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4

Clyde to Alexandra

Cycling: 21km (intermediate) +13km by jetboat

Today we ride the stunning Roxburgh Gorge, which is one of New Zealand’s most visually spectacular day rides. The trail also incorporates a 45 minute jet boat ride on the river (included in tour cost).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5

Alexandra to Queenstown

Cycling: 59km (easy)

This morning the van will take us out to ride part of the Otago Rail Trail - ‘NZ’s original Great Ride’ - from Oturehua to Alexandra. We then transfer via the Cromwell and Kawarau Gorges to Queenstown where we will spend the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6

Queenstown

No cycling

Today we take a break from the bikes to explore one of the many activities Queenstown has to offer (all activities optional, not included in tour price). We highly recommend an excursion to Milford or Doubtful Sound - all can be pre-booked prior to travel and paid for on the day of the activity.

Meals: None

DAY 7

Queenstown to Wanaka

Cycling: 46km (easy-intermediate)

In the morning you'll cycle the incredible Queenstown trail to the legendary gold mining town of Arrowtown. From here, follow a cycle path to Kawarau Bridge and then be driven over the Crown Range for incredible views, past the famous Cardrona Hotel and then on to Wanaka where we will spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8

Wanaka to Fox Glacier

Cycling: 35km

We start the day with a scenic ride directly from the hotel on the Wanaka Lakeside Trail, then down past Hawea River, ending at Gladstone. The van will then take us through the Mt Aspiring National Park to Fox Glacier for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9

Fox Glacier to Hokitika

Cycling: 33km (easy-intermediate)

This morning presents a great opportunity to take a heli flight over the Glaciers (weather permitting, pre-booking essential, not included in tour). Mid-morning we head north to Ross where we hop on our bikes to start our first ride on the West Coast Wilderness Trail. We ride from Ross to Hokitika, our destination for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10

Hokitika to Christchurch via the TranzAlpine

Cycling: 31km (easy)

It’s back on the bikes this morning for the last time and another stretch of the West Coast Wilderness trail – this time from Kumara to Greymouth – arriving in time to board the TranzAlpine for your spectacular train journey over Arthur’s Pass, back to Christchurch. The tour ends when you arrive in Christchurch, however we can book you an extra night in Christchurch if you wish to depart the next morning.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell dinner

DAY 11

Departure from Christchurch

It's time to head home after ten days on tour. Please let us know if you wish for airport transfers or extra nights to be organised (extra cost).

Meals: None

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • 10 nights in mostly 4-5 star accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 8 lunches & daily snacks
  • Air-conditioned Mercedes Benz Sprinter Coach
  • Luggage transport during the entire journey
  • Qualified driver/guide (2nd crew member for 8+ people)
  • Jet boat ride in Roxburgh Gorge
  • TranzAlpine train (Greymouth to Christchurch)
  • E-bike hire
  • Pannier
  • Multi tool, tyre levers, spare tube and repair kit
  • All Department of Conservation fees and trail fees

Tour Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals/food not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks (except water while cycling), telephone & mini-bar costs
  • Personal expenses (eg. laundry, internet charges etc)
  • Airport transfers (can be arranged at extra cost)
  • Pre & post tour nights (can be arranged at extra cost)
  • Drink bottles
  • Helmet (must be worn in New Zealand by law and can be purchased by guests at $35, or bring your own)
  • Optional activities