Feel privileged to explore a gorgeous country via bicycle
Discover the coastal pleasures of the country
Enjoy the challenging riding and comraderie
Experience a wonderful show and hangi dinner in Rotorua
Discover New Zealand by bicycle
Delight in each day's ride, scenery and companionship

New Zealand North Island Cycle Tour: Wellington to Rotorua

15 days
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$4,531 USD

Ride from Wellington to Rotorua over 15 days on Stage 1 of an extraordinary road biking trip of the superb North Island of NZ. Starting in Wellington and finishing in Rotorua, this tour has the perfect mix of cycling and sightseeing with a route through the Martinborough wine region, beautiful Hawkes Bay, the surf mecca of Gisborne and the thermal and cultural icon of Rotorua. Along the way, you'll enjoy great company, outstanding scenery and some challenging riding as you discover beautiful New Zealand by bike.

  • Category
    Road Cycling
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    15 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    4 - Challenging
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    686 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    57.2 miles
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This Stage 1 tour runs from Wellington to Rotorua. The tour is part of a larger tour, found here, that runs from Wellington to Auckland in total. Stage 2 runs from Rotorua to Auckland over 13 days and can be found here. Whether you’re on the bike coasting past the wild ocean and beautiful beaches, taking in the thriving Maori culture, soaking in thermal baths or breathing the fresh air of the remote reaches of New Zealand’s North island, this tour will leave you in wonder.

Highlights of the tour include: Wellington – the harbor city capital with a thriving art, culture and cafe scene, the surf mecca of Gisborne – first city in the world to see the sunrise, discovering the geothermal wonders and Maori culture of Rotorua, cycling the majestic Martinborough Wine Region and beautiful Hawke's Bay. Stay in 1930s Art Deco preserved Napier and ride the Pacific Coast Highway around the remote East Cape.

Everything that they say about the natural beauty and friendly sense of community here is true and the opportunity to experience it all on a fully supported cycling tour making this tour a ‘must-do’ on any long-distance cyclist’s wish list. Numbers are limited with only one tour per year, so get your jandals on and get moving to book today!

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

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

  • Accommodation
  • Meals (as indicated in itinerary)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Rider pack (cycling jersey, cap, bottle, day bag)
  • Bike mechanical assistance
  • Snacks and drinks on the way
  • Maori Cultural Show (Rotorua)
  • Support and safety vehicle
  • Luggage transfers
  • Traditional Hangi Dinner (Rotorua)
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Meals where not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please refer to the tour FAQ for bike rental options.

Tour options and upgrades:

1 equipment option available
3 tour add-ons available