South Island E-bike Trail Tour

Explore New Zealand By E-bike from $5799 NZD
10 Days
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • Best time to travel: October to April
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Explore some of the best bike trails in the South Island – all from the comfort of an e-bike.  Blast up hills with ease and enjoy breathtaking scenery, from lake Tekapo, to Queenstown, to the Roxburgh Gorge and much more.  There really is something here for everyone in this spectacular tour.

Christchurch to Christchurch

Christchurch
  • Lifestyle
  • Grade
  • NZD1105 Single room surcharge
  • E-bike hire included in tour price
  • This tour is invoiced in NZD
  • Max number of guests is 12pax

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

Cycling: 1-2 hours

Arrive in Christchurch and meet your group in the afternoon. Time and weather permitting, we’ll take a short drive up the nearby Port Hills to the Sign of the Kiwi, where we’ll enjoy a coffee and magnificent views. Enjoy a welcome dinner to get to know your bike guides and the rest of the group this evening.

Meals: None

DAY 2

Christchurch to Twizel

Cycling: 54km

We leave Christchurch early this morning 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. Ride on to our destination of Twizel for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3

Twizel to Clyde

Cycling: 38km

After breakfast at our hotel, 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 we follow the lake foreshore towards Lake Ohau Village and its lodge – perfectly positioned for post-ride refreshments. After lunch we transfer in the van to Clyde.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4

Clyde to Alexandra

Cycling: 21km

We head out on our bikes first thing to ride the stunning Roxburgh Gorge. The trail also incorporates a 45 minute boat ride up the river (included in tour cost). Then the guide meets the group and drives to Alexandra, where we spend the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5

Alexandra to Queenstown

Cycling: 59km

This morning we’ll ride part of the Otago Rail Trail ‘New Zealand’s original Great Ride’ from Alexandra to Oturehua (or in the other direction, depending on the wind!). Then we hop in the van for a drive to Queenstown via the Cromwell and Kawarau Gorges.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6

Queenstown

No cycling

Today we’ll take a break from biking and you are free to explore one or more of the many activities Queenstown has to offer (all activities optional). Maybe an excursion to Milford or Doubtful Sound, or a trip to the Glow Worm Caves in Te Anau – all can be pre booked prior to the tour and paid for on the day of the activity. Or you may just wish to relax and explore the cafes and shops along the waterfront.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7

Queenstown to Wanaka

Cycling: 43km

In the morning we’ll bike the incredible Queenstown Trail to the legendary gold mining town of Arrowtown. Then from Arrowtown, follow a cycle path to Kawarau Bridge. Home of AJ Hackett’s bungy centre, we will stop and watch a few brave souls fling themselves from the bridge. From here, we can extend our ride up the Gibbston River Wine Trail to drop in on some local wineries. Afterwards, we will be driven over the Crown Range, with a photo and refreshment stop at the famous Cardrona Hotel and then on to Wanaka where we will spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8

Wanaka to Franz Josef Glacier

Cycling: 35km

You jump on the bikes first thing this morning from the hotel and ride out to Gladstone, past Lake Hawea. The van will then take us through the Mt Aspiring National Park to Franz Josef for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9

Franz Josef to Hokitika

Cycling: 33km

This morning presents a great opportunity to take a heli flight over the Glaciers (weather permitting, pre-booking essential, not included in tour). For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, perhaps a dip in the hot pools or a visit to the kiwi house might be more your scene? 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

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

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • 9 nights in mostly 4-5 star accommodation (pre and post nights can be arranged on requet for an additional cost)
  • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 8 lunches & daily snacks
  • Air-conditioned Merceedes Benz Sprinter Coach
  • Luggage transport during the entire journey (luggage is transported on during the cycling stages)
  • Professional qualified driver/guide
  • 2 professional guides/drivers on trips of 8 or more people
  • Jet boat ride in Roxburgh Gorge
  • TranzAlpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • E-bike hire
  • Panniers
  • Multi too, tyre levers, spare tube and repair kit
  • All Department of Conservation fees and trail fees

Tour Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals/food that are not included in the itinerary options
  • Drinks (expcept water during the cycling), telephone & mini-bar costs
  • Personl expenses such as laundry, any internet charges etc.
  • Airport transfers
  • Drink bottles
  • Helmet. It is law that helmet's must be worn in New Zealand and they can be purchased for guests prior to arrival for $35, or you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Optional activities