WOW! Turoa with Mt Taranaki
in the distance!
Bushranger Bikes North Island Volcanic
Madness and Wine Trail Back Country Cycling Tour:
Nights of pure New Zealand Back Country Cycling and Wine Magic.
This trip is fantastic!
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This is a fantastic
Jump on board
for a great trip! A chance to explore the bays, coast and
harbour of magic Wellington, the beautiful river trail of the
Hutt Valley, lots of downhill riding from the Central Plateau
mountains, one of new Zealand's great new trails along the coast
of Hawkes Bay, and some relaxing back country roads through the
wine region of the Wairarapa.
Plus lots more!
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Arrive Wellington mid/late afternoon. A city
explorer walk, drinks and dinner. Wellington is funky city with
plenty of great shops and pubs.
Ride Wellington Harbour
road around the
bays – great scenery. In the afternoon we can ride up Mt
Victoria for some great views and cruise the city harbour
front. More time in the evening to check out town.
Day3: Ride the Hutt River trail and on over the
Akatarawas on the Staglands Road – awesome back country
cycling. Lunch at Staglands, then down to the Kapiti Coast and
into Raumati on the beach via Waikanae River Trail. Check
out Queen Elizabeth park in the evening - ride or quiet stroll
with the sun setting into the Tasman Sea.
Day 4: Transfer to the Ski village of Ohakune and
enter the Volcanic Plateau Region.
We cruise into the depths of Tongariro Forest following one of
New Zealand’s great new trails – the Old Coach Road – 28kms
return. The highlight is the amazing viaduct!
Then ride the awesome downhill
run (18 kms bitumen access road) from Turoa ski fields starting
above the snow line and transitioning into the lush alpine
forest. From up high on this side of Mt Ruapehu you can see Mt
Taranaki on the West Coast.
Around to the northern side of Ruapehu
(morning tea at the Station – National Park Village) and we
drive to Whakapapa Village and to the ‘Top of the Bruce’ for
another bitumen gravity downhill run. This is riding above the
snowline – a moon scape and it is breathtaking.
Lunch will most likely be at Fergusons or Pihanga café on the mountain -
but depending upon timing there are many great options in the
region all offering fantastic food.
Then on to Turangi on the southern shores of Lake Taupo with a
couple of adventure rides and some back forest sight seeing
along the way.
Day 6: Up
early for a cruise on the Tongariro River Trail. This is
New Zealand’s best trout fishing river – cool, clear and
Then we hit Taupo – we will unload the bikes
on the way into town at Five Mile Bay and ride the shoreline
track into town. Along the way there are fantastic views back
over the Tonagriro National Park mountains and the lake. We
will ride past the thermal Hot Springs on the lake shore at Two
Mile and then to our centrally placed accommodation.
In the afternoon we will visit Huka Falls on the Waikato (NZ’s
longest) River, awesome power. Dinner will be at my favourite
Today we cross the ranges and head into
Hawkes Bay on the east coast. We will stay in Napier which is
famous for its Art Deco architecture and the Hawkes Bay Region
is also a key New Zealand produce, fruit and wine area.
Sampling is on the agenda for today! On the bikes and we follow
another new trail - the ‘Hawkes Bay Water Ride’ - to world class
wineries – Church Road and Mission Estates. In the evening we
can check out the views from Bluff Hill and the hip Ahuriri
Today we cycle south along the coast and
then pick up some back roads into the Havelock North area -
considered one of New Zealand’s most desirable areas to live.
Cape Kidnappers is a prominent coastal landmark and then we are
into the picturesque Tuki Tuki River Valley and the shadow of Te
Mata Peak – another afternoon gravity down hill ride coming up!
Black Barn and Craggy Range vineyards are impressive.
Hit the road south and we drive through the
rural lower Central North Island and into the Wairarapa Region –
another of New Zealand’s award winning wine regions. Our
lunch venue along the way is really something unusual and lots
of fun. We will
stay the night in Masterton and we can go for a spin on the
bikes in the evening, if we have time, to keep the legs pumping.
Today we are riding the back roads from
Masterton to Martinborough – definitely one of New Zealand’s
funkiest little towns and a great ride. Famous locally for great vineyards,
cafes, and markets. Lunch will be at a country pub along the
way and again our accommodation is something special.
We drive over the Rimutaka Range this morning
and then on the bikes to follow the old Rimutaka Rail Trail up
to The Summit and through the impressive 580 metre tunnel. It
will be a more leisurely ride back down and there is the option
to ride through to our accommodation on the Hutt River at
Silverstream or at Petone
We ride from Silverstream back along the Hutt
River trail in the morning to Petone – a quaint harbour village
with very interesting shops. In the afternoon we can ride
(great single track and one of my favourites) or walk the
Korokoro Gorge trail and go for an evening stroll through town
or along the shore of Wellington Harbour. If there is time
we may also fit a drive around to Eastbourne for a coffee. Then
it’s time to clean and pack bikes.
We can spend the morning sight seeing around
Wellington including Mount Victoria and the Wind Turbine.
grab lunch at one of my favourite cafes before we head to the
airport early/mid afternoon.
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* Please note that the itinerary may be subject to minor
changes dependant upon finalization of accommodation bookings,
weather conditions, and other unforeseen circumstances.
This tour is rated as
Grade 2 to 2+ and is suitable to a broader range of
recreational cyclists looking for all the ingredients of a
magical New Zealand cycling adventure with achievable distances
and more moderate terrain. Places on this tour will be limited
to 6 to 8 people so if you are keen, express your interest
What’s the cost?
Au$3950 per person*
for the land content and includes quality accommodation
(12 nights - share basis), 12 breakfasts, 12 dinners, 6 lunches,
transfers as outlined above, guide(s)
with great local knowledge, plus ride and mechanical support.
A Single Supplement of Au$900 may apply*.
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.
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Prices are subject to change and can be impacted by
rising fuel costs and fluctuating exchange rates.
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and contact Bushranger today for more information –
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please contact me to discuss options.
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