Bike the Canterbury Backcountry Trail - PureTrails NZ

Explore Canterbury’s Backcountry with PureTrails NZ’s 5 day cycle tour. Enjoy over 155km of cycling on quiet rural roads, featuring stunning views of the regions lakes, plains and alps. Full vehicle support is there to back you up the whole way.


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Explore a huge and sparsely populated area of the South Island made up of braided river valleys, crystal clear lakes, and dramatic snow-clad mountain ranges - a landscape made famous by the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The biking follows Canterbury’s wide open valleys of the Rakaia, Ashburton and Rangitata Rivers, through the ranges towards the ever dominant Southern Alps. Visit the historic Mesopotamia and Erewhon high county stations. Experience an incredible buggy ride led by a team of Clydesdale horses at Erewhon Station. Discover the beauty of Lake Coleridge and Lake Heron, and explore the small Canterbury communities on the fringes of the plains. Stay in cosy, well equipped high country lodges nestled in amongst the Southern Alps.

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Physical address

Bike the Canterbury Backcountry Trail - PureTrails NZ, 11a Langstone Lane, Northcote, Christchurch, Christchurch - Canterbury, 8052, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
8am - 6pm 7 days
Months of operation:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
10 minutes drive from Christchurch airport
Proximity to town:
10 minutes drive from Christchurch city centre

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $1,495.00
Other charges:
Optional bike hire $180; single supplement $300

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