Sweeping vistas on a stretch of the South Island's south
Discover a lesser-travelled part of NZ and all its beauty
Green and blue splendour wherever you look and wide, open roads
Experience the wild and rugged landscapes of the Catlins
Journey to the most southern depths of New Zealand by bike
See and enjoy the wildlife and natural surrounds of the region
An example of one of the charming accommodation options used on tour – in lovely settings with comfortable lodgings

Southern Coast Cycle

Duration
7 days
Site savings
$20
From
$1,971 USD

Cycle the Catlins rugged coastline over 7 days. Lush green rolling plains, wild windswept coastlines and unique wildlife experiences characterise New Zealand's southernmost region. This remarkable tour begins by cycling the scenic border roads of the Fiordland National Park before visiting Invercargill, the world's most southern city.

  • Category
    Road Cycling
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Coastal
  • Distance
    300.1 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    42.9 miles
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The wildlife experiences of the remote Catlins Coast, home to an ancient petrified forest, fur seals, rare Hector's dolphins and yellow-eyed penguins will leave you rejuvenated before exploring Dunedin, a city known for its Scottish history, and the Otago Peninsula with its tiny villages and panoramic vistas.

Visit the lighthouse at NZ's iconic Nugget Point, explore the remote beaches of Cannibal & Curio Bay (tide dependent), walk to McLean Falls and Cathedral Caves. Challenge yourself on the rolling hills of the breathtaking Otago Peninsula as you cycle tour the Southern Coast.

The Southern Coast Cycle is graded moderate. You will need to be a competent road rider with stamina and a good level of fitness, you should be able to cycle comfortably for 4-6 hours or around 80km/50miles per day, day after day. There are some long undulating and hilly sections. You should be confident riding on main roads alongside traffic which can be travelling at speed. This tour is not for beginners. The tour is fully supported and if at any stage you feel like having a rest from cycling you will be able to ride in the support vehicle.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

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

  • Accommodation
  • Professional qualified driver/guide
  • Private vehicle transport/support vehicle
  • Water and snacks while cycling
  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • 2 professional guides/drivers on trips with 8 or more people
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 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
  • Optional activities
  • 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