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During your trip you can share a room with another participant or reserve a single room for an additional fee. Keep in mind that single rooms are subject to availability.
If you are traveling with someone and you would like to share a room, please leave us their full name(s) in the message box below.

Bike rentals

Bike rentals aren’t included in the price of this trip.
You can either rent a hybrid mountain bike or an e-bike with a helmet and a 15L saddle bag.

The hybrid mountain bike is custom-built specifically for New Zealand trails and combines the best characteristics of the mountain bike and the hybrid bike. It comes with faster rolling tyres, upgraded suspension forks, easy shifting 1x gear system, quality disk brakes, and handy bike rack. It also allows for an upright riding style, meaning that you can still take in all the scenery while riding. If renting your bike from the guiding service, let them know which size of the frame you need prior to booking.

E-bikes on offer make for a comfortable and less strenuous riding experience, while its powerful batteries provide up to 60 miles of pedal assistance before requiring recharging.

Please let us know how many people in your group want to rent a bike or bring their own.

Optional activities

During this guided New Zealand biking adventure, you can opt to partake in some optional experiences to add more flavor to your holiday! The experiences are outlined in the itinerary and include the TranzAlpine train ride from Moana to Christchurch and a West Coast Treetop walk.

Please let us know how many people in your group want to join this activity.

Please let us know if you or anyone in your group have any dietary restrictions your guide should know about.

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When booking a trip, you can either pay for it in full or reserve your spot with a 30% deposit. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

Cancellations

Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. You can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

Basic
  • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
  • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
  • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.
Flexible
  • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
  • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
  • For cancellations 30-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
  • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, there is no refund.
Super Flexible
  • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
  • For cancellations 30 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
  • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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Adventure South NZ
Reserve deposit (30%) $0
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  • Experience the best of New Zealand's cycling along the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Ride through the magical landscapes nestled between the Southern Alps and the Tasman sea. Stay in charming accommodations and savor delicious meals included in the tour. Explore character-filled towns, and marvel at iconic sights such as the turquoise Hokitika Gorge and the legendary Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki. This all-inclusive adventure invites you to embrace the superb cycling, stunning landscapes, and the allure of New Zealand’s South Island.

    • Meet your New Zealand West Coast cycling guide and fellow riders in downtown Christchurch at 6am. After a quick gear check, get a drive across the picturesque Canterbury Plains and cross Arthur’s Pass, famous for its majestic snow-capped peaks. Reach the old gold rush town of Ross, backed by landscapes cloaked in native bush. After a late lunch, saddle up for your first ride on the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Pedal along a rail trail that leads to the Treetop Walkway (optional), offering a bird’s-eye view of Lake Mahinapua’s rainforest. Cruise to Hokitika, a charming town known for pounamu (greenstone) and arts & crafts. Immerse yourself in its dramatic beach and famous sunsets.

      Cycling: 33 km/22 miles
      Meals: Lunch and dinner

      Lake Mahinapua in New Zealand’s region of West Coast.
    • Venture inland through rural parts of the country to the bush-lined Kaniere water race, where babbling waters accompany your flowing ride. Follow the shores of Lake Kaniere, reaching the small township of Kokatahi for a picnic lunch. Experience the surreal beauty of Hokitika Gorge, with its turquoise waters and granite boulders. Return to Hokitika to explore the town and relish another West Coast sunset. Enjoy dinner in one of the town’s many restaurants and pubs.

      Cycling: 40 km/24 miles
      Meals: Breakfast and lunch

      Hokitika Gorge and its dramatic cliffs and turquoise waters, one of the highlights of cycling the West Coast Wilderness Trail.
    • Return to Lake Kaniere and continue your ride through amazing bush trails. Make a coffee stop at Milltown, famous for its saw-milling history. Cross a swing bridge and enjoy a kilometer of switchback climbing to reach the highpoint. Enjoy breathtaking views as you descend through water races, bush tracks, and reservoir roads to Kumara. Stay overnight in a beautiful historic hotel.

      Cycling: 55 km/34 miles
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

      Cyclists seen from above as they cross a switchback road immersed in greenery, in New Zealand.
    • Start the fourth day of the adventure on the Wilderness Trail, cycling north to Greymouth along riverside and coastal pathways. Discover highlights like the old road and rail bridge before indulging in a café lunch. Explore Paparoa National Park, including the Pororari River’s limestone gorge and the Truman Track through striking sub-tropical forest. Take a leisurely stroll around Punakaiki’s Dolomite Point, famous for its Pancake Rocks and blowholes. Enjoy a group dinner and reflect on your West Coast adventure.

      Cycling: 30 km/19 miles
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

      Pororari river framed by dramatic cliffs, seen while riding the West Coast Wilderness Trail in New Zealand.
    • Bid farewell to the West Coast as you begin your journey back to Christchurch. Enjoy one last ride along quiet roads to reach Moana on the shores of Lake Brunner, where you can take a refreshing dip. Board the TranzAlpine train for an unforgettable journey across the Southern Alps, rated as one of the world’s top train rides—or take a normal ride home with the rest of the group. You’ll arrive in Christchurch around 6.30pm. Say goodbye to your West Coast cycling guide, fellow riders, and to New Zealand—or continue touring on your own!

      Cycling: 25 km/15 miles
      Meals: Breakfast

      Scenery of New Zealand’s Southern Alps seen while on a TranzAlpine train ride.
    • What you get on this adventure:

        • An experienced New Zealand cycling guide with extensive knowledge of the area
        • 5 days of cycling on various sections of the West Coast Wilderness Trail
        • Comfortable motel/lodge ensuite accommodation on twin share basis
        • Transportation during the adventure
        • Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
        • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners)
        • Tasty and nutritious snacks, drinks and treats during rides
        • Pre-departure information kit to help you plan and prepare
        • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
        • Transportation

      What’s not included:

        • Transportation to Christchurch
        • Bike and helmet (can be rented for an additional fee of $95)
        • Meals not indicated in the itinerary and beverages (except during breakfast)
        • Single room supplement — optional
        • Any personal expenses
        • Optional activities (like Tree Top Walkway and TranzAlpine ride – can be included upon booking)
        • Travel insurance
        • Guide gratuities — optional
    • To participate in this New Zealand guided cycling trip, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You will ride wide trails, narrow water races, and boardwalks, sometimes covering undulating hills and between 15 and 35 miles a day. We recommend engaging in approximately 2 hours of cycling per week for at least three months leading up to your trip.

      Training on compacted gravel trails and sealed roads is highly recommended, as it will better prepare you for the terrain you will encounter. Additionally, completing a multi-day ride prior to your trip will help you acclimate to extended periods of time in the saddle. The more you train on hills and compacted gravel, the more enjoyable your journey will be.

      That said, it needs to be stipulated that the West Coast Wilderness Trail is designed to cater to cyclists of all levels. With its easy gradients and occasional hills, it offers an experience suitable for cyclists with varying abilities. Furthermore, to ensure that everyone can partake in our cycling holidays, your guide service offers e-Bikes rentals, providing pedaling assistance for those who may need it, as well as a gentler experience on the knees and joints compared to traditional bikes. However, it’s important to note that you still need to pedal, and e-Bikes are generally heavier overall.

    • If you’ve never cycled or mountain biked before, don’t worry! The West Coast Wilderness Trail is graded from introductory to moderate difficulty, making it accessible for beginners. While a reasonable level of fitness is still required, this trail offers a great opportunity for you to embark on your cycling or mountain biking journey.

      We recommend starting with some basic cycling training to familiarize yourself with riding a bike. Begin by practicing on flat surfaces and gradually build up your confidence and stamina. It’s also beneficial to complete shorter multi-day rides (preferably on compact gravel) prior to your trip to get used to spending extended periods of time in the saddle.

      Additionally, your guides are experienced professionals who will provide support and guidance throughout the trip. They will ensure that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate the trail safely and enjoyably. You should also keep in mind that you’ll have the option to get to the next point in the support vehicle if riding gets too strenuous.

      If you’re still concerned about your fitness level or lack of experience, you may consider renting an e-Bike. These bikes provide pedaling assistance, making it easier to tackle the trail. They are simple to operate and offer a more gentle experience on your knees and joints compared to traditional bikes.

      If you’re looking for something more challenging, check out this mountain biking adventure in New Zealand.

    • Here’s what you’ll need:

        • Your mountain bike or your e-bike and helmet (can be rented)
        • Necessary spares
        • Comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material
        • Sneakers or sport shoes
        • Breathable outside layer or jacket
        • Sunglasses
        • Water bottles or hydration bladder
        • Daypack large enough to bring all the items you may need during one day.
        • Biking gloves are optional but recommended
        • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
        • Leisure clothes to wear when not riding

      Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. You will get a more detailed and comprehensive list of equipment and clothes you should bring once the trip is confirmed. The packing list will largely depend on whether you join the tour in the summer/early fall months (November through April) or cooler winter/early spring months (May through October).

    • Rest assured, the accommodations during the guided New Zealand cycling tour are carefully chosen for comfort, value, and convenient locations, mostly offering twin or double ensuite rooms. You can expect a combination 3* and 4* hotels and family-owned heritage accommodation that are rich in local character.

      If joining the New Zealand guided adventure on your own, you’ll share the room with another cyclist of the same gender. Single supplements are available for those who prefer their own room, subject to additional cost and availability.

      The meals on the tour will sometimes be served at your accommodations, at local restaurants or in a form of picnic lunches. Some dietary restrictions and preferences may be accommodated, just make sure you let your guide know in advance (you can leave a note when booking).

    • Group sizes and prices:

        • The maximum group size for this group tour is 14 participants.
        • If more than 8 people join the tour, 2 guides will accompany the group.
        • The minimum number of participants that need to join for this group to operate is 4.
        • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

      Cycling on the South Island in New Zealand can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

      Min. age requirements:

        • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
        • Children as young as 10 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. That said, if you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and rough terrain, then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis.

      If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    • To get to Christchurch, the starting point of the tour, most people fly into Christchurch Airport. Alternatively, you can fly into other airports in New Zealand (or Australia) and board another flight/take a shuttle service to Christchurch.

      You will meet your New Zealand cycling guide in the morning on Day 1 at Cathedral Junction (downtown Christchurch) at 6am.

      Keep in mind that most people arrive in the city the day before the tour starts and stay in the city for an additional night after the end of the tour. Catching international flights the day the tour ends is not recommended. Keep in mind that the tour finishes around 6.30pm on the same location where it starts.

    • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

      We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in New Zealand please refer to the official New Zealand Travel Website.

      Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

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