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Tour info: Cycle New Zealand's South Island  (14 days/ 13 nights)

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.The beautiful Cycle New Zealand South Island Tour program offers unique features, highlights and some fantastic climbs in the mighty Alps of New Zealand. Experience riding the rolling hills of the South Island as you prepare yourself to ride of the “Queen Stage” from the dry mountains of Central Otago to the rainforest of the Wild West coast! The tour has been specially designed with you, the passionate road cyclist in mind! The tour is open to cyclists of moderate to intermediate fitness level wishing to push themselves and experience new highs of achievement. Routes may include longer climbs and more technical skills.

We also offer a 10-day South Island Queenstown-Picton (Marlborough Sounds) Tour which starts in Queenstown.

Beyond the included activities we also offer some wonderful optional activities for you to choose from. On your free day in Franz Josef you can choose to book a half day hike on the Franz Josef Glacier or you may even go for a helicopter ride! 

Immerse unique New Zealand with his beautiful nature                                     

  • Immerse unique New Zealand with his beautiful nature 
  • Visit the scenic glacier village of Franz Josef and hike the Franz Josef Glacier 
  • Spectacular landscapes and varied terrain set the scene for some of the world’s best cycling experiences 
  • Luxury 3/4 star hotels There's extra time for relaxing or adventures in Alpine mecca Queenstown also called "Adventure capital of the New Zealand" 
  • Cycle the alpine Haast Pass through Mt. Aspiring National Park before the road drops down to the rugged West Coast 
  • The North region of the South Island is a wine country with rolling hills, beautiful coastal scenery, and is the sunniest region in the country 
  • The rainforests on the wild West Coast and the beauty of the Marlborough wine growing region

Country New Zealand/South island
Trip Type Guided
Start Tour Invercargill  07/11/2017
Finish Picton        20/11/2017
Start Tour Invercargill  16/01/2017
Finish Picton         29/01/2017
Start Tour Invercargall 20/02/2017
Finish Picton         05/03/2017
Days  14 Days / 13 Nights
Price €3150 per person
Deposit  €1500
Bikerental €350


Fitness level 3 Required

Itinerary Cycle New Zealand's South Island

DAY 1 Non - Cylcling
Please make your way to New Zealand's southernmost domestic airport at Invercargill, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your Invercargill (or Bluff) hotel. After assembling your bikes, or being fitted to your hire bike, we gather for a drink and pre-tour briefing before getting to know each other during the evening. Being in Southland, you may have the chance to taste those famous Bluff oysters (usually in season February–June, but available frozen year-round).

DAY 2 Invercargill - Bluff - Gore 100km
Our first day’s cycling begins with a 30 km drive to the port town of Bluff. Bluff is at the southernmost point of State Highway 1, New Zealand's longest road (2047 km). We have a leisurely 100 km biking ahead, first on the main road and then on quieter pastoral back roads. The terrain is reasonably flat and a good warm-up for longer rides ahead. We’ll have a late lunch in Gore, a important rural servicing town in this agriculture-dominated region.

DAY 3 Gore - Clyde 89km
We ‘up the pace’ today with one of our 3 biggest cycling days. You'll see a dramatic change in scenery from Southland's green pastures to dry, barren Central Otago. As we cycle from the Blue Mountains through a gorge to the foot of the Old Man Range, we pass old gold mining areas and hydroelectric stations. The route is undulating with steeper climbs to test the legs as we approach pretty Alexandra by the Clutha River. Alexandra is New Zealand's hottest, driest, and coldest town. Lunch included.

DAY 4 Clyde to Queenstown 89km
An easier, flatter day’s cycling today. We pass Lake Dunstan via the beautiful Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown, New Zealand's Adventure Capital. There are no major climbs today, but instead, plenty of distractions such as wineries that may tempt us to stop. Central Otago is the world’s most southerly grape-growing region, best known for its stunning Pinot Noir. For those wanting an adrenalin rush, how about a bungy jump from the historic Kawarau Bridge, as we pass AJ Hackett's Bungy's first ever location. Lunch included.

DAY 5 optional cycling - rest day
Today is a free day in action-packed Queenstown. You could try a fly-cruise-fly package into the dramatic Milford Sound, white water rafting, jet boating, paragliding, helicopter rides and many other options. You could shop in the town centre, relax with a massage, or take an afternoon cruise on Lake Wakatipu on the steamship TSS Earnslaw. However, if you'd would rather clock up some more kms on your bike, we can point you in the right direction. For the record, we've done 330 km so far!

DAY 6 Queenstown - Wanaka 73km
After a day’s rest our legs should be ready for our most challenging climb, the Crown Range. First, a fairly easy ride to the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown, with just one real climb. Then we head to the summit of New Zealand's highest highway (1080 m). It's a hard 3 km up steep hairpins, a flattish 5 km, then a lung-wrenching, leg-burning 3.5 km. Then it's ‘plain sailing’ as we follow the Cardrona River down to Wanaka, a popular lakeside resort town. Relax and enjoy local eateries and sights. There are also plenty of options for extra riding. Lunch included.

DAY 7 Wanaka - Haast 143km
A longer ride is in store today as we head west across the Southern Alps. The landscapes again change dramatically, from the dry, arid mountains of Central Otago to the dense rainforests of the wild West Coast. There will be numerous photo opportunities as we ride alongside Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and then over the glorious alpine Haast Pass. From here it’s a beautiful downhill as we follow the Haast River from its inception to the Tasman Sea. Lunch included

DAY 8 Haast - Frans Josef 144km
Heading north, we follow the rugged West Coast coastline for 30 km, with just one small climb before turning inland. Another little hill takes us to scenic Lake Paringa. A flat section through rainforest allows for some recovery until just before Fox Glacier at 120 km. To round off a spectacular day we now have three steep climbs and descents for around 22 km to Franz Josef. The rugged coastal scenery and dense rainforest make today’s ride one of the most scenic of the tour. The perfect finish could be the Glacier Hot Pools, nestled in lush rainforest near the township's edge. Lunch included.

DAY 9 
A free day in this scenic alpine town surrounded by native rainforest. Relax, rest your legs and do as you please. Optional cycling is available, or you may choose to book a half day hike on the glacier, or go for a helicopter ride. Those Glacier Hot Pools with their natural glacier water may again be tempting

DAY 10 Frans Josef - Hokitika 134km
There's a flat to slightly undulating ride up beautiful West Coast roads today. Most of the route is slightly inland. The only hills are a short climb over Mt Hercules on a very scenic, winding bush-clad road. There are also small undulations around Pukekura, home of the Bushman’s centre and some ‘tall tails’. Hokitika is a pleasant town known as the Heritage and Cultural centre of the West Coast. Here you'll find New Zealand’s finest pounamu (local jade). Lunch included

DAY 11 Hokitika - Westport 138km
Continuing north, it’s a reasonably easy flat ride along the coastline for around 82 km to our rest stop at Punakaiki. It's spectacular layered 'Pancake Rocks' and Blowholes at the coastline are a must-see. Punakaiki is also the gateway to the 30,000 ha Paparoa National Park. Then it's on to Perpendicular Point and Pakihi Hill with their great sea views before descending into the port town of Westport for a hard-earned pint of their local Miner’s beer. Lunch included

DAY 12 Westport - St Arnaud 156km
After following the stunning coastal road for 3 days, we now head inland on a gradual climb. We follow the Buller River past Fern Arch and Hawk's Crag, a tunnel blasted through rock in 1900. We pass the smalll towns Inangahua Junction and Murchison to Kawatiri. Then we turn off onto a quiet road and cycle northeast to the alpine village of St Arnaud, in the Nelson Lakes National Park beside Lake Rotoiti and the towering Mt Robert. Today is our longest cycling day and while we cycled gradually for the entire 158 km, it's only to 700 m above sea level. Lunch included

DAY 13 St Arnaud to Picton
Through forest and then farmland, we cycle down the long Wairau Valley to the outskirts of Blenheim, centre of one of New Zealand's major wine regions. At Renwick, a meandering back road leads to Havelock, a charming little port town on the edge of the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. On our final 30 km of the winding coastline to Picton we see some of the most beautiful scenery in the region. It's a great finish to our last cycling day! Lunch included

DAY 14
After 1283 km of great riding it's time to pack up the bikes and bid our farewells. If you're travelling to Wellington and the North Island, the ferry terminals are close by, and the airport at Blenheim is an easy transfer. For those who wish to return with us to Christchurch, our support vehicle leaves mid-morning for the 5-hour drive via Kaikoura and the East Coast.

Arrival Day

DAY 2 and Day 3 Bluff to Gore Gore to Alexandra

Day Two and Three

DAY 4 Alexandra to Queenstown DAY 5 Free Day in Queenstown

Day Four and Five

DAY 6 Queenstown to Wanaka DAY 7 Wanaka to Tasman sea DAY 8 to Franz Jozef Glacier

Day Six, Seven and Eight

DAY 9 Franz Jozef Glacier DAY 10 to Hokitika DAY 11 to Westport

Day Nine, Ten and Eleven.

DAY 12 Westport to St Arnaud and from there to Picton You have cycled almost 1300 km

Day Twelve and Thirtheen
Departure Day


Airport Information Cycling New Zealand's south island Airport The Airport of Auckland is the main airport in New Zealand and the most important hub to all dstionations in New Zealand.There are many regular flights to/ from Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Singapore, Bangkok, Nadi, Dubai and Tokyo. Domistic flights leave to/from Wellington, Christchurch, Invercargill, Nelson, Queenstown, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier and other small domestic airports. Shuttle busses leave frequently from the airport to Auckland city centre. A free inter-terminal bus service operates every 15 minutes between the international and domestic terminals. For more informations see Airline companies below

Christchurch Airport is the gateway to the southern island and the second largest airport in New Zealand. There are many regular flights to/ from Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Singapore, Bangkok, Nadi, Dubai and Tokyo. Domistic flights leave to/from Wellington, Auckland, Invercargill, Nelson, Queenstown, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier and other small domestic airports. Shuttle busses leave frequently from the airport to Christchurch city centre. Travel time from the airport direct to the city centre is approximately 15-20 minutes.

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By Car

  • Christchurch - Queenstown 480 Kilometres (298Miles) 
  • Christchurch - Dunedin 360 Kilometres (223Miles) 
  • Christchurch - Invercargill 565 Kilometres (351Miles) 
  • Christchurch - Picton - 350 Kilometres (217Miles)

25 November 2018 till 8 December 2018 - € 3150

Dates & Prices
Date 25 November 2018 till 8 December 2018
Price € 3150 per person based on Twin Share room
Single supplement € 750

Inclusions & Exclusions Cycling New Zealand's South island

Bluff to Picton Marlborough sounds

All prices are based on double rooms.
For bookings & inquiries info@cycleclassictours.com


  • 13 nights lodgings in excellent 3-4 star hotel (NZ Standard)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meals as specified on Itinerary ( breakfast & Lunch)
  • Department of Conservation fees
  • Support van during whole Tour.
  • Arrival Transfer on Day 1 only ( between 7.00am and 14.00pm )


  • Single supplement €750
  • Quality Racing bike €350
  • Insurance
  • Airfares & Taxis
  • Departure day transfers : for those who wish to return to Christchurch, our support van leaves mid morning for the 5-hour drive via Kaikoura and the East Coast.
  • Sport drinks & snacks during cycle days
  • Meals not included on Itinerary

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