Guided cycling tours in New Zealand

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Want to focus on the riding and let someone else take care of the logistics? Then a guided cycle tour might be for you.

Ride for a day, or tackle the full length to really immerse yourself in the experience. Set your own pace - even novices can ride alongside the more advanced, without getting left behind. And of course, accommodation and baggage transfers are all included; you won't have to worry about a thing.

Alps 2 Ocean Trail

Starting at the base of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mt Cook, Alps 2 Ocean is a stunning track that passes a number of glacial lakes. It covers 312km over six days, and is an easy to intermediate trail. Natural High and Adventure South offer guided cycle tours.

Christchurch - Canterbury
Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Camilla Rutherford

Soak up epic scenery on one of our many cycle trails. Diverse trail stretch through the entire country and are great for all ages and levels.

Hawke’s Bay Trails

The Hawke's Bay Trails stretch over the Heretaunga Plains and weave between the twin cities of Napier and Hastings. Ride through wine-growing areas over 1-4 days and 187 km, whether you're a beginner or intermediate cyclist. Takaro Trails offers guided cycle tours.

Hawke's Bay
Hawke's Bay Trails, Hawke's Bay

By NZCT

The Hawke's Bay Trails stretch over the Heretaunga Plains and weave between the twin cities of Napier and Hastings.

West Coast Wilderness

Embark on a heritage trail that travels through old gold mining country amidst rainforest, tumbling rivers and wild West Coast beaches to the Southern Alps. The trail spans 139 km over 1-4 days and is a Grade 2 trail.

Adventure South offers guided tours.

West Coast
West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail, West Coast

By Camilla Rutherford

Cycling the West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail

The Timber Trail

Travel through ancient forests and suspension bridges on this meandering North Island trail near Taupo on The Timber Trail. This easy/intermediate trail spans 83 km and can be cycled in two days. Tread Routes offer guided cycle tours. 

Hamilton - Waikato
The Timber Trail, Hamilton - Waikato

By Fraser Clements

Travel through ancient forests and suspension bridges on this meandering north island trail.

Great Lake Trail

The stunning Great Lake Trail follows the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. The trail spans 93 km over 1-2 days and is suited for intermediate cyclists. Tread Routes and Chris Jolly Outdoors offer guided cycle tours.

Lake Taupo
The Great Lake Trail, Lake Taupo

By NZCT

The stunning Great Lake Trail follows the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake.

Motu Trails

Explore East Cape wilderness and take in the fresh ocean air on The Motu Trails. The route serves up three distinctly different trails. It's easy to tailor a journey to suit your fitness level and cycling experience, from easy to advanced, over 1-3 days. Cycle Gisbourne offers guided cycle tours.

Eastland
Motu Trails, Eastland

By NZCT

Experience three contrasting journeys. Explore East Cape wilderness, take in the fresh ocean air.

Rimutaka Cycle Trail

The Rimutaka Cycle Trail is a great way to explore the landscapes and history of the Wellington region. The terrain is varied and suited to all abilities, spanning 115 km over 2-3 days. Green Jersey and Natural High offer guided cycle tours.

Wellington
Rimutaka Cycle Trail, Wellington

By NZCT

The Rimutaka Cycle Trail is a great way to explore the landscapes and history of the Wellington region.

Queen Charlotte Track

Experience the best of Marlborough Sounds, from peaceful bays to native flora and fauna on the Queen Charlotte Track. This intermediate to advanced track takes 2-3 days over 70 km. Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company and Wilderness Guides offer guided cycle tours.

Marlborough
Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough

By Mike Heydon

The Queen Charlotte Track is one of New Zealand’s best mountain bike rides

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail

On Tasman's Great Taste Trail take in panoramic views of Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary, and mountains in the Western Ranges. You'll ride through historic high country and past award-winning wineries. This 1-4 day, 175 km trail is suitable for beginner to intermediate riders. Gentle Cycling CoTrail Journeys and Wheelie Fantastic Cycle Tours offer guided cycling tours.

Nelson
The Great Taste Trail, Nelson

By Dean Mackenzie

On the Great Taste Trail take in panoramic views of Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary, and mountains in the Western Ranges.

The Old Ghost Rd

A must-do for advanced riders, the Old Ghost Trail on the West Coast winds through untouched wilderness of native forests and river valleys. It covers 80 km over 2-3 days.

West Coast
Old Ghost Rd trail, West Coast

By NZCT

A must-do for advanced riders, the trail winds through untouched wilderness of native forests and river valleys.

Otago Central Rail Trail

Named after the original railway line built between 1891 and 1907, the Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand’s original ‘Great Ride’. Suitable for all skill levels, the full trail stretches 150 km over 5 days. Adventure South and Trail Journeys offer guided cycle tours.

Central Otago
Historic railway bridges, Central Otago

By Miles Holden

One of the highlight on riding Otago Central Rail Trail is the number of historic railway bridges cyclists will ride on.