It’s tough to top the experience of cycling New Zealand’s many open roads. For ease and convenience, the companies below will organize the logistics of your New Zealand cycling tour including equipment, trip planning, transportation, and accommodation. Many tours are self-guided although some companies offer fully guided options.


South Island

Independent Cycle Tours (Christchurch, South Island)

  • Based in Christchurch with trips on the North and South Islands
  • Guided cycling tours from 2 days to 19 days
  • Independent rentals and self-guided tours also are available

Pure New Trails New Zealand (Christchurch, South Island)

  • Small, local company with 10 years of guiding experience
  • Multi-day tours that get off the most popular roads to see New Zealand’s local side
  • Caters to active, mature travelers (peer group averages 58 years)

Arrowtown House Cycle Tours (Queenstown, South Island)

  • Operates out of a boutique hotel in Queenstown
  • Self-guided and guided cycling excursions on the Queenstown Trail
  • ‘WineDown' guided vineyard tours

Off The Rails (Queenstown, South Island)

  • Specializes in the Central Otago Rail Trail
  • Offers tours from 1 to 5 days
  • Organizes all equipment, accommodation, and transport

Trail Journeys (Alexandra, South Island)

  • Specializes in the Central Otago Rail Trail
  • Guided tours from 1 to 7 days
  • Updates their bike fleet each year

Mackenzie Journeys (Lake Tekapo, South Island)

  • Mt. Cook/Mackenzie Region has some of New Zealand’s best alpine scenery
  • Half-day, full-day, and multi-day supported bike tours
  • Offers the famous “Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail” ride

Molesworth Tour Company (Blenheim, South Island)

  • Operates out of the remote Marlborough high country
  • Cycling tours from 1 day to 5 days
  • Off the beaten path cycle tours of the Molesworth and Rainbow Stations

Wine Tours by Bike (Blenheim, South Island)

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


North Island

Takaro Trails (Hawke’s Bay, North Island)

  • Hawke’s Bay has over 180 km on the New Zealand Cycle Trail
  • Self-guided tours from a half day to 8 days
  • “Wineries Ride” and “Rural Escapes” packages


Backroads (United States)

  • A well regarded active travel company based in California
  • Offers a guided 10-day South Island cycling tour via the West Coast and a North Island 8-day biking and hiking tour

Cycling Tours (Australia)

  • Multi-day self-guided cycling trips from 5 to 8 days
  • Tour options include Central Otago, Coast to Coast, and Marlborough Sounds/Nelson
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