Biking NZ is an immensely enjoyable way to tour the country
Discover the South Island by bike on this epic bike tour
Ride the West Coast Wilderness trail as part of this trio of delights
Bike the iconic cycle trail of the South Island - the Alps to Ocean - and soak up the glorious views
Another must-do cycle trail of the South Island is on the list for you to ride on this brilliant tour
Enjoy traveling with an experienced outfit who will make sure you are taken care of on tour
Set out on an exciting journey, discovering the unspoilt countryside of NZ's south
Join a like-minded group of keen cyclists and form new friendships along the ride
Spend some time in the adventure capital of NZ - Queenstown

South Island Triple Trails

15 days
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$4,653 USD

Majestic rugged mountains, spectacular glaciers, wild coastlines, emerald blue lakes - it’s all here and within reach. New Zealand boasts an amazing variety of landscapes and equally amazing biking. Explore three of NZ's Cycle Trails on a 15-day guided adventure within the South Island. This incredible tour takes you on the iconic Alps to Ocean trail, the Otago Central Rail Trail and the West Coast Wilderness trail. You'll also get a bonus short ride on part of the Lake Dunstan trail! The tour runs from Christchurch-Christchurch.

  • Category
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    15 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    374.7 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    31.1 miles
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Beginning with the Alps to Ocean trail near Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. You'll cycle past the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, turquoise glacier-fed lakes and lush pastures dotted with sheep to end this trail at the small port of Oamaru on the Pacific Ocean. From the vibrant city of Dunedin you'll then head inland to embark on the second trail, the Otago Central Rail Trail. Following the course of the historic railway, you'll cross viaducts, travel through rail tunnels and quaint sleepy railway towns. On arrival in Clyde, you'll get to ride a section of the newly completed spectacular Lake Dunstan trail as an added bonus!

You'll then have a free day in Queenstown within the beautiful Lakes District, before continuing northwards, crossing Haast Pass where you'll be greeted by lush rainforests and surreal coastlines featuring high cliffs and crashing seas. Your cycling efforts will be rewarded on reaching the world famous Fox Glacier. You’ll visit beautiful Lake Matheson before heading to Ross and the start of your third and final cycle trail, the West Coast Wilderness. Following extensive water races, logging tramways and historic railway lines, you will emerge on the rugged coast at Hokitika and ride to Greymouth.

You'll finish this epic journey by crossing the Southern Alps a second time at Arthur's Pass, and then descend to Christchurch to the end of this amazing adventure.


Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

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

  • Accommodation
  • Transport to/from central Christchurch
  • Pre-departure Information kit to help you plan and prepare
  • Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
  • Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories
  • Entrance fee to West Coast Treetop Walkway
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats plus our famous morning and afternoon teas
  • Wine tasting at a Waitaki vineyard
  • Rider fees paid to the Cycle Trail Trust for ongoing maintenance and improvements, concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • Tasty cafe breakfasts (x12), gourmet picnic or cafe lunches (x8), two course restaurant dinners (x9) catered to all dietary requirements
  • Free bike rental is included in the price of this tour (upgrade options are available - please see below).
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 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 (e.g. Steampunk Museum, Penguin watching in Oamaru, activities in Queenstown, scenic flight from Fox or Franz Josef Glacier)

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available