Cycling Holiday of a Lifetime in the South Island


Embark on an adventure holiday of a lifetime with an extended bike tour of the New Zealand outback – the perfect way to experience the unspoiled natural beauty the South Island has to offer.

A vast wilderness of open farmland, rolling hills, pristine lakes, majestic glaciers and towering snow-capped mountains, New Zealand’s South Island is one of the last places on earth untouched by the ravages of industry and pollution. Holidaymakers who enjoy active lifestyles come to the resort town of Queenstown in droves ever year to take advantage of the many excellent bike tours on offer across this beautiful landscape.

Booking a cycling holiday in Queenstown will get you the complete package - accommodations, food, bikes, cycling equipment, local guides and more. Different tour packages are offered to ensure that there is something to suit everyone, regardless of their individual fitness level or cycling ability. Customers are even given the option to create their own cycling tour package to meet their specific requirements and schedule – bike tour providers in Queenstown are more than happy to accommodate their services to your needs.

Bike tours from Active New Zealand include routes in both the North and South Islands. Here are three popular South Island tours holidaymakers in Queenstown can take advantage of:

Christchurch to Queenstown Loop - One of the more challenging tours on the roster takes riders from Christchurch to Queenstown and back again. This 2 week excursion covers most of the South Island, taking you past such sights as Arthur's Pass, the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, the Crown Range Road and Lake Tekapo before bringing you back to Christchurch.

Christchurch to Queenstown One Way - For those pressed for time, this 8 day trip is a great way to take in as much of the South Island as possible in as little time as possible. This trip takes you from Christchurch to Queenstown by way of the majestic Southern Alps. Places of interest include  Arthur’s Pass, Hokitika (famous for greenstones), Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Wanaka the Crown Range and Queenstown. Recommended for first-timers!

Christchurch to Milford Sound Off-Road - This 13 day mixed terrain trip will test the limits of your biking skills! The tour involves both offroad biking and on-road touring on the same trip. The tour goes all the way round the South Island starting at Christchurch and ending in Milford Sound. This two week tour gives you the opportunity to explore the hot pools of Hamner Springs, bike through Lewis Pass and the Mt. Nicholas high-country station roads, bike along the Central Otago Rail Trail, and even includes a stopover at Queenstown.