Want to focus on the riding and let someone else take care of the logistics? Then a guided cycle tour is an excellent choice.
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.
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, Active Adventures, PureTrails(opens in new window) and Adventure South offer guided cycle tours.
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.
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, PureTrails(opens in new window) and Active Adventures offer guided tours.
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.
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.
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.
The Remutaka 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.
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.
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 Co, Trail Journeys, PureTrails(opens in new window) and Wheelie Fantastic Cycle Tours offer guided cycling tours.
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.
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, Active Adventures, PureTrails(opens in new window) and Trail Journeys offer guided cycle tours.