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Possible North Island Tour - Sunday 26 March to Friday 7
April 2017 - please enquire -
Canterbury High Country - Central
History, alpine scenery,
ocean vistas and 'big sky' country!
Cycle touring the South Island's best.
trails & new trails - simply brilliant!
2017 South Island Tours are not decided at this point - please
contact to discuss tour options. Check out the New
Zealand North Island tour option.
Rail Trails &
For all the details and information about all
Bushranger Bikes tours please e-mail
This tour is being run as a fully
organised, booked and managed trip however there will be
sections of trail where the group self-guides while the support
vehicle drives ahead to the next meeting point.
The inspiration for this tour came
from a group of friends as we travelled and shared experiences
and ideas on a North Island New Zealand tour in March 2012.
We decided that in 2013 we wanted to do it all again and explore
some of my favourite trails, routes and locations in the South
Island. So this was the final itinerary, we did the trip and it was
For all the information and
details on this tour,
how it will run, the support arrangements and booking and
information booklet - please e-mail
- this itinerary may be modified
as new trails and rides come on line.
Bushranger Bikes 13 day/12 night tour of New Zealand's mighty
South Island is one of my favourites. With an easy pace
and more relaxed gradients - this tour is rated
Grade 2+ with a strong focus on
providing a balanced mix of adventure and social fun with visits
to some of New Zealand's great Central Otago vineyards.
- mountain bike/mixed - rail trail, paths and adventure trails,
back roads, bikeways and some
commences with a 'meet up' in Christchurch and then it's off to Scottish Dunedin in the
deep south of New Zealand which will be our launch pad into mighty
Central Otago. We wind our way through this magic part of
New Zealand, including Queenstown and Wanaka and then head back
up through the Canterbury High Country. We plan to explore a
couple of sections of the new Alps to Ocean trail (A2O) stay on a High
Country sheep station. The cycling adventure continues on
the Little River Rail Trail and some fantastic riding out
to the French Akaroa district of Banks Peninsula, just south of
Christchurch and then we head to beautiful Hamner Springs - a
relaxing alpine hideaway in the Canterbury High Country.
On offer here will be some flowing forest tracks to ride or ease
tired muscles in the famous thermal pools. Finally the tour finishes
back in beautiful 'English influenced' Christchurch with a
cruise or blast
on the flowing beach trails of Bottle Lake Park. Please
note: as some of the local infrastructure is seasonal
(trains, accommodation etc.) the order of this itinerary can be
altered to fit in with requirements.
Saddle Up - The Otago Rail Trail
overview and features of
Pickup in Christchurch with
pre-tour dinner and briefing. With an early start
planned this will probably require an additional nights
accommodation at own expense.
A transfer day in the
Bushranger bus to Dunedin, taking in the sights of the rugged
Otago coastline including lunch at the impressive Moeraki Boulders.
Accommodation at a quality
motel or fantastic historic lodge in Dunedin.
Transfer by train on the
historic Taieri Gorge Railway into the heart of Central
You will get to ride the full 150KMs of the
Central Otago Rail Trail though the amazing 'Big Sky
Country' of the high Otago Plains - the scenery truly is
breath taking - with baggage transfers, quality
accommodation and fantastic meals organised by Bushranger
Bikes - very relaxing and civilised.
We can organise visits to old and new gold
towns like Naseby, St Bathans and MaCraes if time
Extra activities depending on
available time such as Curling and vineyard visits and wine tasting.
A beautiful lakeside ride into
Queenstown - plenty of sight seeing and maybe some time for
a quick look at the shops or a ride on the Skyline Gondola.
Driving the amazing Crown
range road, staying a night at either historic Arrowtown or
Cardrona and then on to Lake Wanaka and another fantastic
Then we take a drive back up
through the Canterbury High Country, and ride a section of
one of New Zealand's newest adventure cycling trails in the
Mt Cook region.
Experience a night on a High
Country Sheep Station.
Amazing scenery - clear lakes,
alpine passes and the possibility of some trout and salmon spotting.
You get to
ride the tranquil Little River Rail Trail and the bus meets
you at our great cafe lunch spot in the settlement of Little
River. Then it's welcome lift 'uphill' to
ride a section of the Banks Peninsula Summit Road with a
downhill adrenaline blast into beautiful 'French' Akaroa
A night (or two) in beautiful Hamner
Springs in the Canterbury high country - optional ride and
/or soak in the natural springs.
Riding the flowing beachside
trails of Bottle Lake Forest on the northern outskirts of
Our trademark - fantastic food,
award winning vineyards, magic accommodation and company all
organised for you - and
lots, lots more!
The Otago Rail Trail
tour is suitable to a broad range of recreational cyclists
looking for all the ingredients of a magical New Zealand cycling
adventure with achievable distances and more moderate terrain.
There will be more gravel roads and trails than bitumen, so a
mountain bike or robust hybrid with good tyres is a must.
Places on this tour will be limited to 6 to 8 people so if you
are keen, express your interest early.
Bushranger bikes organises the itinerary, accommodation, most
meals, provides bike mechanical support and advice, a support
vehicle, transfers and on the ground baggage transfer service, local advice
and vineyard visits, plus lots more - you relax and have the
most magical and memorable holiday! Please note - there
will be sections of trail where the group self-guides while the
vehicle moves ahead to the next meeting point.
is from AU$3995 per person*
for the land content
and includes quality accommodation (12 nights - share basis), 12
breakfasts, 12 dinners, 5 lunches, transfers and all tour
inclusions as outlined above.
Single supplement is $890**.
Local Bike Hire can be
arranged - modern mountain bikes that are perfect for this trip - additional cost
and very reasonable.
* Prices are
subject to change and can be impacted by rising fuel costs, GST
fluctuating exchange rates.
** Single supplement may be less depending upon room single
occupancy rates charged by accommodation providers.
note about Bushranger Bikes Back Country Cycling tours -
Another great year for
adventure cycle touring and what better way to have some fun -
Bushranger Bikes North Island New Zealand trip taking in
Wellington, Tongariro and the Central Plateau, Hawkes Bay and
City trails, back country trails, coastal
and wine trails - it has it all.
Tours - possible dates 26 March to 7 April - please
contact to discuss tour options. E-mail
Tree Trunk Gorge - Central North
Bushranger Bikes North Island Volcanic Madness and Wine
Trail Back Country Cycling Tour:
This trip is a cracker!
-13 Days/12 Nights of
pure New Zealand Back Country Cycling and Wine Magic.
For all the details and information about all Bushranger Bikes
tours please e-mail
Spring Sizzler - A
Country tour. This tour was very successful when I
last ran it in Septmebr 2014 that I have decided it was time to
bring it back to the Bushranger Bikes adventure timetable.
action packed and
full on but tamed just a little (well quite a lot actually) and
aimed at suiting a broader
cross section of adventure cyclists and fun seekers.
Suitable for cyclists with reasonable fitness, maybe a little off-road/gravel
experience and a big sense of adventure and FUN. The
difficulty rating is Grade 2 - 2+ and
Bushranger will provide advice to help you prepare and build endurance in the weeks leading up to the
is mixed - rail trail, paths and adventure trails, back roads, bikeways and some
This tour includes visits to
some of New Zealand's best vineyards and wine regions -
Hawkes Bay and
Wairarapa - where in addition to sampling the produce
we will cycle the beach front from Napier (Art Deco capital) to
quaint Havelock North, visit one of New Zealand's largest apple
orchards, take on a Te Mata peak gravity ride, explore the Tuki Tuki
river valley, and cycle into Martinborough - one of New Zealand's
renowned boutique towns and top wine regions.
Also on the agenda -
Regional Wellington and the Bays by, gravity
assisted downhill cruising in Tongaririo National Park (all
exploring some of New Zealand's new recreational cycling trails, riding
easy flowing river tracks at Turangi, choose
your level of excitement (easy to exhilarating) on well graded
trails in Taupo – a Region in the
centre of the North Island known as the Volcanic Plateau,
tour the vineyards of Hawkes Bay and the
and then finishing this tour riding the historic Rimutaka Rail
trip includes the North Island's highest mountains, New Zealand’s
longest river and highlights the geothermal wonderland that is
rich in Maori culture and iconically New Zealand.
Ted - Tackling the infamous 42 Traverse - Central North Island
Itinerary overview and features of this tour:
is spectacular and diverse – from snow-capped mountains, roaring
streams and waterfalls, to arid desert, ancient forests, huge lakes
rumbling geysers & volcanoes – a clean, fresh and exciting
environment that is uniquely New Zealand.
Wellington Bays by bike and cruise the Hutt River track.
Option to take
the Kapiti challenge - flowing on the coastal dune
trails overlooking the coast whilst riding under the brooding eye of Kapiti Island.
Or for those looking for a less energetic option - an evening
coastal stroll with the sun setting into the ocean - magic!
one of New Zealand's new adventure trail links and an old
coach road and ride an awesome viaduct.
beside beautiful fresh lakes, roaring huge waterfalls & cross
cool mountain streams teaming with trout.
unforgettable section of road (or two) from the highest mountain in the
North Island starting above the tree and snow line - bitumen all
the way and the best
downhill scenic ride in New Zealand.
beside the Waikato River to the awesome Huka Falls.
fantastic Rimutaka Rail Trail - remote with big tunnels....
award winning vineyards of Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa with
some great back road cycling.
Check out Art
Deco Napier and boutique Martinborough.
Take on the Te
Mata Peak gravity challenge.
massive apple orchards and maybe sample some product - straight
from the trees.
Stay in great
resort & lodge style accommodation.
fantastic food from cafes and restaurants like Pihanga on the
Mountain or 'The Station' in National Park.
Great company, fun
All Bushranger Bikes tours are professionally
organised, managed &
fully supported with quality
accommodation, vehicle transfers and support and most meals
Flowing out of Tree Trunk Gorge -
Central North Island
advice will be provided prior to the tour to make sure
that everyone is prepared and ready to get the most out of the
Bushranger Bikes tours are small and intimate, where you get
personal attention, so places on this tour will be limited to 6 to 8 people.
you are keen, express your interest early to avoid
is from A$3625 per person*
for the land content and
includes quality accommodation (12 nights - share basis),
12 breakfasts, 12 dinners, 6 lunches, transfers (see note
about support vehicle below), guides with great local knowledge,
plus ride and mechanical support.
Single supplement is $900**.
Please note - a support vehicle will be
available but the cost is not included in the tour price and is
not part of the tour package provided by Bushranger Bikes.
For legal reasons the vehicle will be organised as a shared hire arrangement with the cost covered
evenly by everyone on the tour, including Bushranger Bikes.
Expect the cost of the vehicle per person to be between Au$250 and Au$300.
For more info on this please
* Prices are subject to change and can be impacted by
rising fuel costs, GST changes and fluctuating exchange rates.
** Single supplement may be less depending upon room single
occupancy rates charged by accommodation providers.
note about Bushranger Bikes Back
Country Cycling tours - click here.
and custom group tours are available, including Southeast
Queensland and New Zealand mountain bike tours - please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to
Go on - join us on the next
fantastic New Zealand tour!
My tours are not hardcore bike races across the
country side where the scenery is just a blur. They are
adventure rides for adventurous people, of all ages with
something for riders of all
skills and fitness levels. You actually get to experience the
places you travel through, take in the magic, breathtaking
scenery of New Zealand, Victoria and Southeast Queensland, and enjoy the cycling experience with
friends. Go on – put one of my tours on your to do list, put a tick
beside it and contact Bushranger today for more information –
Bushranger Bikes reserves the right to cancel the tour or
change tour content and trails ridden without prior notice
depending upon participant numbers, weather conditions and
other variables to ensure the safety and fun factor of our