We had a fabulous trip. Bill was a fun leader and Tony was exceptionally helpful and kind. NZ is a great country, enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the people on our trip were amazing. The charm of New Zealand was more than expected.
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.
Our South Island Adventure starts at Picton, a picturesque fishing town at the northern tip of the South Island. It is a small town (pop.2,600) nestling under the bush-clad hills of Queen Charlotte Sound, named by Captain Cook in 1770.
We start 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.
We 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 on our West Coast tour.
Accommodation includes an award-winning eco-tourism hotel and alpine lodgeWhat’s included6 nights accommodation (mostly 3 and 4 star)6 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinnersFull minibus supportExperienced guide/ cycle mechanicPedaltours souvenir cycle jerseyDaily route directions and coloured maps with profiles
DAY 1 PICTON.
After lunch at a local cafe, take a short ride ( c. 20 kilometres) around the scenic bays.
DAY 2 NELSON.
Along Queen Charlotte Drive with its beautiful views of the Marlborough Sounds to New Zealand's sunniest city of Nelson.
DAY 3 ST ARNAUD.
We cycle through orchards, farmland and pine plantations on our way to Nelson Lakes National Park.
DAY 4 MURCHISON.
Time for a forest walk near the lake shore before following the Buller River down to Murchison.
DAY 5 WESTPORT.
Ride down impressive Buller Gorge to the sea and the start of the West Coast.
DAY 6 PUNAKAIKI.
Visit a seal colony and the famous Pancake Rocks and blow holes at Punakaiki.
DAY 7 CHRISTCHURCH.
This morning our mini-bus travels across the Alps to Arthurs Pass. We stop en route for lunch on our way back to Christchurch, where our tour finishes.
Picton to Christchurch
Stacy and Mark, USA