5 Reasons to Book a Family Cycling Holiday

Cyclists on the Otago Rail Trail Family Adventure | Gesine Cheung
Cyclists on the Otago Rail Trail Family Adventure | Gesine Cheung

Cycling holidays provide a rip roaring opportunity for family adventures. As our work, school and home lives become increasingly busier, a two wheeled escape away from the hustle and bustle ultimately offers quality time with our loved ones. Equally important, cycling as a family promotes a positive healthy lifestyle, which sees many children biking well into their adult life.

Our family suitable Cycle Tours are graded introductory to moderate, with plenty of flexibility built into them to cater for all fitness levels and aspirations. A fully supported and guided cycle tour offers the bonus off being luggage-free, with your bags shuttled from each accommodation to the next as well has having your meals and route planning taken care of.  

Here’s our top 5 reasons to embark upon a family cycling holiday in New Zealand

Clutha River Trail | Queenstown Otago Rail Trail

1. Get Outdoors

A cycling holiday offers the opportunity to explore the outdoors and be fully interactive with the environment you’re in. It's a great way to get up and close with nature, breathe in some fresh air, and create some ever lasting memories.  

2. Great for Fitness

Biking holidays are great for health and fitness, and encourage the whole family to be active, regardless of age, ability and fitness levels. Younger children can cycle on a tag-along, while older children develop a healthy competitive spirit to keep up with their parents, as long as the routes aren’t overly hilly or too long. Our support vehicle is always close by for tired legs.  

3. Learn about different regions

Cycling is an unforgettable way to travel across New Zealand safely. You'll learn about world famous natural landmarks, cultural sites, and the history of a region from our experienced guides, as well as being exposed to different ways of life that your children may otherwise not get to see. 

Kids finding out which way to go! |  <iPhilip Wyndham</i

4. Spend quality time together

Not only does a group cycling holiday offer the opportunity to spend quality time together, you'll also meet meet a variety of people from all walks of life, as well as meeting other families with similar interests. Our cycling holidays include activities off the trail that are great for families. You never know, you may end up on a jet boat on the Roxburgh Gorge or even curling on an ice rink on the Otago Central Rail Trail.    

5. Explore new landscapes

From rolling farmland to sparkling coastlines and snow-capped mountain ranges, make the most of New Zealand's stunning landscapes both on and off the bike.  Our diverse network of trails means you'll discover many new areas that are only accessible from the trail as well as exploring vibrant towns, tourist attractions, and interesting wildlife along the way.

Start of the Otago Central Rail Trail in Clyde |  <iPhilip Wyndham</i

Family Friendly Cycle Tours with Adventure South NZ

We’ve put together a list of our family friendly tours so you don't have to worry about putting everyone through a strenuous holiday. Simply prepare your kids for the ride, making sure they know the rhythm of each day and what to expect.  


Nelson Trails Family Cycle (Introductory) This Easter Tour is fully supported and during Autumn when the weather is settled. With it’s  sparkling seas and pretty countryside, this tour is the ideal introduction to cycle touring for all the family. View trip  

Queenstown Otago Rail Trail (Introductory) This tour combines two of the South Island's most popular cycling experiences, and includes a ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway into Dunedin. For those that thrive on adrenaline, Queenstown’s reputation as one of the world’s favourite adventure destinations is well deserved. View trip


Otago Rail Trail Classic (Introductory) Voted No. 2 'Must Do Adventure' in the Lonely Planet's New Zealand guide book, this adventure has you cycle back in time to New Zealand's rural past along a trail that has been specifically converted for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders. View trip  


Otago Rail Trail and Clutha Gold Cycle (Introductory to moderate) This cycling journey combines three of the South Island's most popular cycling experiences for a comprehensive exploration of the beautiful Otago region. View trip


Milford and Fiordland Hike Bike and Kayak (Moderate) This spectacular cycling adventure provides an ideal opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Fiordland and the enchanting Milford Sound. You'll cycle, kayak on the blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, and walk on the famous Kepler, Milford and Routeburn tracks. View trip  

If you’re ready for your next adventure contact us and we’ll help you plan the perfect supported tour where a world of possibility awaits: [email protected].  

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