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Biking Vacation New Zealand: The South Island ​

Activity Level: Easy / Moderate  |  Daily Mileage: 13 – 56 mi  |  Daily Biking: 2 – 5 hr
Air package plus
12 days from only
Price includes roundtrip airfare.
Land only
9 days from only
Pre-trip Extension:
Sydney · 3 nights $795*

Post-trip Extension:
Queenstown · 2 nights $245*
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Whether you’re after beautiful, sub-tropical beaches, pristine glaciers, dense rain forests, vibrant nightlife or thrilling adventures, New Zealand’s South Island has something for you.
Setting out from Christchurch, we’ll enjoy one of the world’s most scenic train rides, view glaciers that are protected by UNESCO, and stay at a wilderness eco-lodge. At dinner, we’ll enjoy gourmet feasts and the distinct Pinot Noirs and Sauvignon Blancs that the South Island is known for. And we’ll get closer to culture in New Zealand during a delightful homestay. It’s the ultimate experience of one of most stunning settings in the world, as only biking allows.

What's Included

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 8 nights in comfortable lodgings
  • 17 meals – 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners

Air Package Plus 

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 9 nights in comfortable lodgings
  • 18 meals – 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Sydney – 3 nights for only $795*  Post-trip: Queenstown – 2 nights for only $245*

*Please note: For those traveling in 2015, the Pre-trip Sydney is $1095, single supplement is $295. Post-trip Queenstown is $345, single supplement is $145.

Both Vacation Options Include

  • FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two or three VBT Trip Leaders
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount

Cultural Highlights

  • Learn about local life with welcoming hosts during our homestay visit
  • Find the adventurer within as you explore mountain-ringed Queenstown
  • Lose yourself in the beauty of the wild West Coast
  • Zip through scenic valleys below the dramatic peaks of the Southern Alps on a TranzAlpine train
  • Stay at a wilderness lodge and explore its natural surroundings under the guidance of local expert, Dr. Gerry McSweeney
  • Ride your way through several microclimates as we journey across the breathtaking South Island

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. The VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance.
  • Activity Level: Easy/Moderate
  • Average Daily Mileage: 13 – 56 miles
  • Average Daily Cycling Time: 2 – 5 hours
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