NZ. Bike, Hike and Kayak. - Cycling Trip
2 weeks: Christchurch to Christchurch (New Zealand)New Zealand is a land of contrasts - the South Island especially so with dramatic alps, pristine rivers and lakes, golden beaches and wild rocky coastlines.
Our “Bike, Hike & Kayak” adventure is a selection of the South Island’s finest non-technical, off-road and on-road biking, combined with some stunning walks, sea-kayaking in the Abel Tasman and scenic train journeys.
Your adventure begins in Christchurch “The Garden City” – where we board the Tranz Alpine train for the stunning and rugged journey to Greymouth. We bike the famous Queen Charlotte track, kayak in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park and introduce you to some of New Zealand’s most gorgeous walking tracks and bike rides.
We have chosen remote and little known back-roads and tracks that not only get us to the next destination but also to show you the real New Zealand. With full vehicle support, this trip can be enjoyed by anyone with some off-road cycling experience and reasonable fitness level. At various parts of the journey you will have the choice of a more or less challenging biking or walking options to suit your abilities.
At the end of each day we stay in a variety of guesthouses, hostels and lodges with the ever-present hot showers, cold beers and opportunities to experience some of our favourite South Island spots.
Accommodation: 12 nights hotel, guesthouses, motels, hostels and lodges.
Itineraries15 day itinerary
B=Breakfast included, L=Lunch included, D=Dinner included.
Day 1 – Morning Scenic Tranz Alpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth and short coastal hike in the afternoon. D
Day 2- Bike, hike, bike to seal colony and along West Coast. 50kms bike, 2hr hike. BLD
Day 3- Hike or bike the Charming Creek walkway on the wild West Coast. 4-5 hrs bike or hike. BLD
Day 4 – Bike on little used back roads to St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes National Park. Approx 65kms biking. BL
Day 5 – Take a day hike in Nelson lakes National Park and optional single track MTB ride. BLD
Day 6 – A big day’s ride from Nelson Lakes out to the coast. Up to 90kms biking. BL
Day 7 – Bike over “The marble Mountain” to Golden bay. Up to 70kms biking. BL
Day 8 – Explore Golden Bay, local rides and hiking options. 50kms biking plus 2-3 hr hike or optional activities. BLD
Day 9 – Sea kayak in the Abel Tasman National Park - explore the crystal clear ocean, wildlife and golden beaches. BL
Day 10 – Coastal and vineyard ride to Nelson. 45kms biking. B
Day 11 – Bike the Queen Charlotte track or take the road option in the Marlborough Sounds. BLD
Day 12 – Bike the Queen Charlotte track and water taxi to Picton. BL
Day 13 – Trip finish in Picton or take the scenic Tranz Coastal train back to Christchurch (optional). B