People Cycling Rides

New Zealand Off Road - The Best of the Great Rides.

This is a Cancelled Ride
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Thomas Ryan
Tour Dates
Start Location
Christchurch, New Zealand (CHC)
End Location
Christchurch, New Zealand (CHC)
Cost (est.)
$5590 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
$1685 (USD
Payment Due
Tour Company
Adventure South NZ
Avg. Distance
32 mi / 51 km
Avg. Elevation
2625 ft / 800 m
Ride Description

Tour Overview

Majestic rugged mountains, spectacular glaciers, wild coastlines, emerald blue lakes ‑ it’s  all here and within reach. New Zealand boasts an amazing variety of landscapes and equally  amazing biking. On this tour, we will explore five of NZ’s best Cycle Trails on a 16 day adventure within the South  Island.  We begin with the Alps to Ocean trail near Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. We cycle past the snow‑capped peaks of the Southern Alps, turquoise glacier‑fed lakes and lush pastures dotted with sheep to end this trail at the small port of Oamaru on the Pacific Ocean.  We then take New Zealand’s original ‘Great Ride’ and the second of our trails, the Otago Central Rail Trail followed by the Roxburgh Gorge trail which takes you through a gorge which is so wild a short section of trail could not be created so we use a scenic jetboat transfer to link you with the next section of trail. We then take on the recently completed Lake Dunstan Trail which winds through world class Pinot Noir vineyards and a deep gorge to the charming town of Clyde. We enjoy a rest day in Queenstown within the beautiful Lakes District, where there are endless activities to enjoy before we get back on the bikes for an optional ride over the Crown Range to enjoy Wanaka, before continuing northwards, crossing Haast Pass where we’ll be greeted  by lu… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

About People Cycling

People Cycling is a bicycle touring club, which you can join for free. We offer Domestic and International Cycling Tours which are led by volunteer Ride Leaders. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 15-20 or so) who want to ride an average of 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world. Our tours range in price from frugal getaways to luxurious adventures. We travel road, gravel, or mountain bike styles, and all bicycle types – including e-bikes, recumbents, and tandems are typically allowed.

Our ride leaders are volunteers and do not financially profit on tours they lead. They are also given broad discretion on how to lead their tours, and we consider them our greatest asset.

People Cycling tours are operated at cost or at lower cost (as negotiated by our ride leaders) than individuals can obtain on commercial tours. Within the cost of a tour, there is a nominal fee to support club operations and provide tools to ride leaders to manage their rides.

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