For those renting a bicycle in New Zealand, the world is your oyster. Both the South and North Islands are lined with first-rate cycling routes; ample camping and friendly locals make the process easy and fun. For short and medium length trips, hiring a cycle is ideal and the companies below will facilitate the process.  For longer trips it may make sense to purchase a bicycle and sell it on the way out of town (some stores have “buy back” options).

Independent Cycle Tours (Christchurch, South Island)

  • Wide variety of bikes for hire including road bikes, touring bikes, mountain bikes, and hybrids
  • Rentals from 3 days to 3 weeks (or longer) with nationwide drop-off
  • Also offers self-guided and fully-guided cycling tours

Cycle New Zealand (Christchurch and Auckland)

  • Rentals include road bikes, touring bikes, hybrids, tandems, and more
  • Pick-up and drop-off sites throughout New Zealand for one-way hires
  • Self-guided tours including cycling equipment, maps, routes, and accommodation

Mountain Bike Rentals (Christchurch, Queenstown, Auckland, and Wellington)

  • Based in Christchurch with agents in Auckland, Wellington, and Queenstown
  • Large selection of rentals including touring bikes, mountain bikes, tandem bikes, and trailers
  • Hire from 3 days to 8 weeks

Outside Sports (Queenstown, South Island)

  • Based in Queenstown with branches in Wanaka and Te Anau
  • Road bikes, mountain bikes, and kids’ bikes
  • Half-day and full-day rentals

Trail Journeys (Alexandra, South Island)

  • Specializes in the Central Otago Rail Trail
  • Over 500 bikes including comfort bikes, mountain bikes, tandem bikes, kids’ bikes, and trailers
  • Updates their fleet each year

Racers Edge (Wanaka, South Island)

  • Large selection of road bikes, full suspension bikes, hardtails, and kids’ bikes
  • Hourly, half-day, and full-day rentals with a multi-day discount
  • Full selection of biking clothing and equipment

Wine tours by Bike (Blenheim, South Island)

  • Located in the heart of the Marlborough wine region
  • Self-guided wine tours including bike hire, wine carriers, and route planning
  • Free pick-up and drop-off from accommodations within 12 km
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