People Cycling Rides

Best of New Zealand South Island Great Rides.

This is a Approved Ride
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Thomas Ryan
Tour Dates
Start Location
Christchurch, New Zealand
End Location
Christchurch, New Zealand
Cost (est.)
$5550 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
$1000 (USD
Payment Due
Tour Company
Adventure South NZ
Avg. Distance
31 mi / 50 km
Avg. Elevation
1346 ft / 410 m
Ride Description

PLEASE NOTE:  There have been changes to this ride.  For further information about these changes, contact Adventure South NZ.


General Information

Riders just booking on the Best of New Zealand South Island Great Rides need to arrive into, and depart from, Christchurch airport, airport code CHC. The South Island tour follows on from the Best of New Zealand North Island Great Rides so any guests wishing to join both tours need to arrive into Auckland airport, airport code AKL, book an internal domestic flight at the end of the North Island tour from Wellington, airport code WLG to Christchurch, airport code CHC, where the South Island tour both starts and finishes.

Bike rentals, pre and post nights, transfers and extensions can be arranged through Adventure South, and should be requested directly after ride leader acceptance. Adventure South includes a hybrid off road bike in the trip price. Electric bikes are also available for an extra charge, which will be reduced by 50% for all bookings made up to April 30th 2024. Both bike types will have wider tires suitable for riding on the trails. 

Overall, this trip is a wonderful way to experience a relatively untouched part of the world. The flight is long, but the reward is ample! It's advised to arrive a day or two early to allow time to rec… (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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