Stunning morning for a ride on the Otago Central Rail Trail |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i>
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About Us

How we became the leading active adventure specialists in NZ

In 1992, Adventure South NZ launched its first ever 4 day, guided mountain biking trip through the Rainbow Valley with one big red bus, a few bikes and some fiery determination. The bikes were loaded on top of the bus with a big green trunk to help hold all of the gear, with tents as our accommodation.

25 years later, we may have a few more buses than we did back then, and we've moved on from tents, but our passion for the outdoors remains just as strong.

Adventure South NZ now boasts over 40 guided trips, a number that continues to grow. We now offer the largest range of cycling trips in New Zealand including NZ Cycle TrailsNZ Road Cycling and NZ Mountain Biking trips, as well as a unique and diverse range of NZ Hiking trips across the North and South Island.

Cheers |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i> Trip briefing at our depot before heading out to explore |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i> Celebrating the end of a great days riding! |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i>

Our groups are small (between 4 to 14 people) to minimise our impact and maximise your experience out on the trails. From our experienced guides to the team at HQ, we are passionate about showing you the natural areas of New Zealand and introducing you to the limitless adventures on offer. From the planning stages to the adventure itself, we are committed to ensuring you have the best active holiday in NZ and abroad.

In the words of one Adventure South NZ traveller from Canada, "I have been on more than 20 guided bike trips over the past 30 years and my Adventure South trip is ranked #1".

What Do We Believe In?

We have a set of core values that mould who we are from the trails to HQ.


    Consistently delivering a quality experience for our traveller's. 


    Creating connections and engaging with people, communities and the land in a positive way.


    It’s in our name. Offering an adventure for everyone, no matter what adventure looks like to them.


To spread our passion for New Zealand and the outdoors to our travellers. It’s contagious.


    The ability to adapt and deliver quality trips no matter what comes our way.


    Impact positive tours across all pillars.


    Having integrity when no one is watching.


We ran our first NZ cycling trip in 1992. Today, we offer more NZ Cycle Trails than anyone else, as well as an exciting range of classic & innovative Road Cycling and walking itineraries.
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