Auckland, in one of New Zealand’s most diverse and breathtaking locations. Luxuriant forest and mountain backdrops set the scene. See a giant kauri tree and ride a bush railway at the quaint town of Coromandel. Bike by superb beaches and stop for a dip at lunchtime.
Visit two of New Zealand’s favourite natural attractions, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach. Cathedral Cove is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist locations. The picturesque cove is named after the large cave which features a cathedral-like archway. Cathedral Cove was featured in the film ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian’. Hot Water beach has a hot thermal spring right on the edge of the beach where you can dig your own private spa pool and relax while you take in the stunning scenery
A farm stay will give you the opportunity to meet some real “Kiwis”. Finish at the geothermal spa town of Rotorua with the opportunity to experience the local Maori culture.
DAY 1 AUCKLAND.
Lunch and a short bike ride by one of Auckland’s volcanic cones, then a little sightseeing in the City of Sails.
DAY 2 THAMES.
Follow the Firth of Thames coast, past the Miranda Shore Bird sanctuary, to Thames and a comfortable lodge on the water’s edge.
DAY 3 COROMANDEL.
Great coastal scenery and 2 climbs offering wonderful views. We have lunch at the Rapaura Water Gardens.
DAY 4 WHITIANGA.
Time to visit the craft shops and potteries, and take a ride on the quaint bush railway, then relax on the fabulous beach at Whitianga.
DAY 5 WHANGAMATA.
Walk to Cathedral Cove and visit another magnificent beach at Hahei.
DAY 6 MATAMATA.
Through the Karangahake Gorge to the fertile Waikato Valley and a farmstay with local Kiwi farming hosts.
DAY 7+8 ROTORUA.
We cycle over the Mamaku Plateau, followed by a great descent to the spa city of Rotorua. A rest day offers many options: geysers and bubbling mud pools, rafting, Mt Tarawera, fishing and lots more.
7 nights accommodation including mostly 3 and 4-star lodges and a farm stay (optional)
7 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 5 dinners
Experienced guide/cycle mechanic
Pedaltours souvenir cycle jersey and drink bottles
Daily route directions and coloured maps with profiles
Excellent, well-maintained bikes with pannier/carry bags and helmet included (e-bikes available)