Traverse this striking terrain by foot
Ride, hike and raft on an epic and exhilarating journey
Spend the third day on the superb Waimakariri River
Journey through the pristine wilderness of NZ
Cycle across the country on a unique and awesome tour

Coast to Coast NZ: Bike, Hike, Raft

4 days
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$1,429 USD

This epic 4-day multi-activity tour takes you coast to coast from the Tasman Sea on the west, over the Southern Alps to the shores of the Pacific Ocean on the east. Discover NZ's most diverse and remote landscapes through dense rainforests, over rocky mountains, between towering gorges, and along rural plains by bike, foot and raft. The experienced guides will lead the way over the iconic Goat Pass and down the Waimakariri River Gorge - with a support vehicle never far away on the bike stages.

  • Category
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    4 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    80.8 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    40.4 miles
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Journey from west to east on a magnificent human-powered challenge of NZ's sublime South island. Dip your toes in the Tasman Sea to mark the start of your adventure and cycle through lush native bush and along the shores of Lake Brunner. Cross the Southern Alps via Goat Pass on a testing 30km hike and raft through the stunning Waimakariri River Gorge.

Descend from the mountains, biking along quiet rural roads to reach your final destination at New Brighton Pier and enjoy a celebratory soak in the newly opened He Puna Taimoana Brighton Hot Pools.

Discover character-filled towns, atmospheric accommodation and friendly welcomes on this classic Kiwi bucket-list adventure.

This trip is graded Moderate to Challenging. While much of this itinerary is moderate, the Goat Pass hike is challenging in an exposed alpine environment with sections of untracked trails, riverbeds and multiple river crossings. The sense of isolation and wilderness is a strong feature of this trip and the support vehicle is not available during the walk. To enjoy this epic trip, you need to be confident walking across uneven terrain and able to walk comfortably for up to 7-8 hours at a time (with breaks included) with some steep uphill sections.


Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Accommodation
  • Private vehicle transport/support vehicle
  • Guided rafting trip on Waimakariri River (weather dependent)
  • Entry fee to the newly opened He Puna Taimoana Brighton Hot Pools
  • Hiking poles (on request if required) - please let us know in advance
  • Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • Pre-departure Information kit to help you plan and prepare
  • Transport to and from the West Coast from Christchurch
  • Tasty cafe breakfasts (x3), gourmet picnic or cafe lunches (x4), two course restaurant dinners (x3) catered to all dietary requirements
  • Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Meals where not specified in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Water bottle (help save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please see the available rental options below.

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available