NZ Cycle


In 1992, John Gooding and Geoff Gabites started Adventure South with only a bus, a set of bikes and a few tents. 


Today, no other company offers a wider range, or more experience, when it comes to cycle touring Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud.


In 1994, the Department of Conservation made a controversial decision not to hand back the land used by the defunct railway line to local farmers and instead use it for something else. Ideas like horse riding, walking - or heaven forbid, cycling - were proposed and met with ridicule and angst from the rural community. 


They stood their ground and the rest is history, literally. 


Featured by Lonely Planet as the #2 active thing to do when visiting New Zealand, the Otago Rail Trail helped place New Zealand firmly on the cycle tourist’s map. 


It also gave rise to the $50 million Nga Haerenga project which has delivered NZ many more world class Cycle Trails, of which Adventure South operate more guided trips along than anyone else.


Travelling along a dedicated Cycle Trail is a great introduction to cycle touring. Trips are shorter, not as demanding and very affordable.

For more enthusiastic cyclists, touring the well maintained, quiet backcountry NZ roads along the rugged West Coast, into Milford Sound, around the Southern Lakes or into the vineyards of the Marlborough region provide worthy cycling objectives indeed. 


Our programme of Road Cycling trips across the South Island essentially circumnavigate the entire island when all linked together. Encounter grinding glaciers, primal rainforests and dramatic coastal scenery as we 'cycle the best and drive the rest'. 


Swoop down Haast Pass, explore the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, discover Lake Matheson and its magnificent reflection of the Southern Alps and enjoy a ride on the TranzAlpine train for the spectacular journey back to Christchurch. 


Nothing compares to experiencing this exhilarating part of the South Island by bike – and no one does Road Cycling in NZ better than us.


Our road touring itineraries are ideal for keen cyclists who relish greater distances and don’t mind occasionally sharing with traffic or tackling a hill or two. Each trip contains one day that will truly challenge you, or if you prefer, just cycle the best and forget the rest thanks to the back-up support vehicle. 



otago rail trail itineraries