Auckland and Rotorua are fantastic cities to spend a couple of days before and after the tour. In between, we will visit the delightful towns of Cambridge, Taupo and Napier. From these bases, you will enjoy scenic rides on quiet country roads taking in rolling farmland, glittering lakes, volcanic fields, vineyards and coastal vistas. Both longer and more moderate rides have been developed for each day to cater for all riding levels. We stay multiple nights in Cambridge and Napier, allowing time to also enjoy some of the many activities and attractions. On offer are tours to thoroughbred horse studs or award winning wineries, visits to Hobbiton, a significant location used for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film series, Sanctuary Mountain, the largest ecological restoration project in New Zealand or to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony.
Day 1-3 Cambridge
Meet in Auckland, short bike fitting, a picnic in the park followed by a drive to the pretty country town of CAMBRIDGE. We will stay in Cambridge for a couple of nights and explore the surrounding area by bike. One of the rides is the route for an annual cycle race called ‘The Rev’ which is a must for any cycling enthusiast given it’s renowned for its undulating hills, tight corners and notable climbs.
Day 4 Taupo
We ride south to Taupo staying right on the lakefront. Enjoy an afternoon stroll along the lake, a soak in the hot pools or a visit to Huka Falls.
Day 5 -7 Napier
Napier, a coastal city on New Zealand’s North Island, is set amid the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay. Rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake, the city is known for art deco landmarks. Stunning rides following the coast with lovely views of Hawke’s Bay and Cape Kidnappers.
Day 8 – 9 Rotorua
Departing Napier, we drive to Taupo and then set of for a ride in rural farmlands towards Rotorua. The tour finishes the next morning after breakfast. You are welcome to join us on our way to Auckland or stay and spend more time in Rotorua.
8 nights accommodation (mostly 3 and 4 star)
8 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 4 dinners
Full minibus support
Experienced guide/ cycle mechanic
Pedaltours souvenir cycle jersey
Daily route directions and coloured maps with profiles
Excellent, well-maintained bikes with pannier/carry bags and helmet included (e-bikes available)