Destination of the Month: New Zealand

Written by Jonathan B on 7th April, 2019

Home to the adventure capital and one of the most naturally stunning countries in the world, New Zealand is unlike any other cycling destination. For this reason, and many others, we’ve decided to make it our destination of the month for April in partnership with British Cycling.

Find out more about what it’s like to cycle here and what makes New Zealand so special:

Be At One With Nature

Touring New Zealand on two wheels allows you to fully immerse yourself in the country’s raw natural beauty. From the magnificence of Mt Cook to the wonders of Milford Sound, you’ll find a new natural phenomenon around every corner. Just 4.8 million people live in New Zealand, meaning you don’t have to cycle far before you find yourself alone with wildlife and nature.

Observe Dolphins and Whales off the East Coast, seek out the native Kiwi bird in the south and pay a visit to the famous glowworms in the Waitomo Caves.

House surrounding by a beautiful landscape

Traffic-Free Riding All Over The Island

As the video below highlights, you won’t bump into many cars in New Zealand. Motorists stick to the main roads connecting the populated towns, allowing you to head off the beaten track and enjoy epic road riding along smooth, coastal and countryside lanes. Our tours ensure you ride the most scenic and enjoyable routes between each destination so trust us and you will experience the best landscape New Zealand has to offer.

 

Scenic Waterside Riding

Where you ride in New Zealand is totally up to you. We do, however, recommend following the stunning west coast on the south island. This route takes you from north to south with visits to Fox Glacier and the impressive Franz Josef Glacier along the way, both of which can be accessed via helicopter.

Ride along the Haast Pass, taking in the beauty of the national parks whilst weaving in and out of cascading waterfalls and towering mountains. This is one of those rides that will last with you forever (hint: keep the camera handy).Incredible view of the Haast pass

The Adventure Capital

For a small lakeside town to establish itself as the adventure capital of the world, you know it must be special. Queenstown is the final destination on our Great West Coast Cycling Holiday and its reputation is fully justified.

After a beautiful ride into the town, you’re presented with a number of extreme (or not so extreme) adventure activities. Jumping out of a plane or off a bridge are two of the most popular activities whilst the Skyline Luge is slightly less terrifying and offers incredible views from above the town.View of mountains surrounded by lakes

Famous Places

In addition to the idyllic cycling roads, there are a number of incredible places to visit when travelling around New Zealand. Some of our favourite natural spots are the glorious Lake Wanaka (keep an eye out for the tree), the mesmerising Milford Sound Fiordland’s and the unforgettable turquoise waters surrounding Aoraki (Mt. Cook).

Of the man-made landmarks, Queenstown and Wellington top the list for trendy, buzzing towns whilst those seeking a more relaxed, rural stay will find that the people in New Zealand’s beautiful villages are incredibly accommodating.View of Aoraki mountain