Planning A Cycling Trip In New Zealand

Planning a cycling trip in another country and feel like a daunting task, you want to get the most of your trip at an affordable cost. There’s a lot of questions to be asked when planning a cycling adventure. We’ll do our best to address the most common questions for planning a cycling trip in New Zealand. 

How Long Should I Visit For? 

This is the most common question any traveller has when visiting a new country. For a cycle trip in New Zealand it all depends on what your interests are. While New Zealand is a small country, it’s packed with stunning landscapes and activities that are popular with many tourists. If time isn’t an issue for you we suggest around 3 – 6 months. This will allow you to experience New Zealand in a good pace, giving you plenty of time to see all that you want.

If time is an issue for you there’s no reason why you have to miss out on what you want to see and do. You can always hire a car to drive to your next location, our cars offer bike racks for rent so you can easily take your bike with you and not miss a thing. Our locations across New Zealand make it easy for you to pick up or drop off the car.

What Is The Best Time Of Year To Visit? 

Most people arrive in New Zealand during the warmer months; November – April. But there’s also a good number of tourists for the winter months with skiing/snowboarding as the most popular activity. Summer would be the best time for cycling, while the cost of accommodation rises during this period you can offset this by using camping sites. 

What Should I See?

New Zealand is packed with things to see and do, we advise to try and see as much as possible. If you’re limited for time then the South Island would be a better option for your cycling trip. The South Island has many stunning landscapes and is small enough that you could cover it in just a short amount of time. There’s many geothermic pools with glaciers and many mountain ranges in the South Island that are popular with many cycling tourists. Queenstown is also a very popular destination with tourists. 

Should I Hire A Bike Or Bring My Own?

New Zealand has many companies you can hire a bike from all around the country. It’s becoming increasingly popular for tourists to bring their own bikes to ride around New Zealand. If you’re using other forms of transport, don’t worry. Many New Zealand public transport services offer the feature to add your bike. When you hire a car there’s also the opportunity to hire a bike rack. 

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