Explore this lovely part of the South Island half way through the trip
Discover the beautiful Buller Gorge during the tour
Discover the beautiful views of New Zealand
Luxury studios in an alpine design with mountain & bush views located on the first floor.  Close by is the beautiful Lake Rotoiti, surrounded by a Beech forest.
Beachfront accommodation with spacious modern rooms situated on New Zealand’s wild west coast and only 300m south of the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes

7 Day Nelson Lakes Tour

7 days
Site savings
$2,618 USD

This South Island adventure starts at Picton, a picturesque fishing town at the northern tip of the South Island. It is a small town nestling under the bush-clad hills of Queen Charlotte Sound, named by Captain Cook in 1770. Starting with a magical ride around the Marlborough Sounds coastline, to Nelson, an attractive small city famous for its high sunshine hours. Nelson has become a haven for artists, craft breweries and boutique wineries. Climb gradually to Nelson Lakes National Park, and then it's down spectacular Buller Gorge to the wild West Coast. You will stay at Punakaiki, right by the beach and see Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Paparoa National Park. From here you can either return to Christchurch or continue exploring the west.

  • Category
    Road Cycling
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    149.1 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    29.8 miles
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Enjoy friendly Kiwi hospitality, superb scenery and terrain that will delight cycle enthusiasts - knowing that each evening, there is a comfortable lodge and excellent cuisine awaiting you.

Your tour includes quiet, off the beaten track backroads, coastal terrain, national parks, the Nelson Lakes and wonderful cycling all around. Leaving Picton, you'll experience a spectacular ride through Queen Charlotte Drive, native bush and over Pelorus Bridge. You'll bike on quiet back roads eventually following the Motueka River and cycling Nelson Lakes National Park. The end of the trip will take you to Paparoa National Park and the impressive pancake rocks and blowholes at Punakaiki. A fantastic 7-day adventure exploring the top of the South Island.

The tour offers differing routes each day, depending on your riding ability and energy levels. The support vehicle is always available so you can cycle as much or as little as you wish.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

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

  • Accommodation
  • Guided Bike Tour with friendly English speaking tour guide
  • Support vehicle and luggage transfer
  • Map of the riding route
  • Jersey and drink bottle
  • Meals (as indicated in itinerary)
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please see the available rental options below.

Tour options and upgrades:

4 equipment options available
2 tour add-ons available