A relaxed-paced trip to Kaikoura, that starts from Christchurch with a gentle cycle to the picturesque vineyards of Waipara and Amberley. Then its on to the small country town of Culverden, and a taste of country life.
The following day, its back on to quiet roads and the dramatic backdrop of the inland Kaikoura Mountain range, as you head through to the alpine village of Mt Lyford. From Mt Lyford and you last day cycling, its a steady descent to the Pacific Coast and the pleasant seaside town of Kaikoura.
In Kaikoura you have a chance to take in the dramatic scenery, whale-watching or any of the many activities on offer.
You then have an afternoon Tranz-scenic train journey, which passes the seal colonies that dot this spectacular coastline, back to Christchurch.
We will meet you at your accommodation in Christchurch with bicycles and equipment and you then cycle to Waipara. This is a a gentle ride through farmland and across the Canterbury Plains.
Waipara to Culverden. You enjoy a gentle start to the day with a flat ride before the terrain changes with a steady climb to the town of Waikari. After passing through Waikari it is a principally flat ride to Culverden. There is interesting rock formations along the way, the result of weathered limestone outcrops.
Culverden to Mt Lyford. Today is a more demanding ride as you climb to the alpine village of Mt Lyford, a log cabin village at the base of the mountain.
Mt Lyford to Kaikoura. The day starts with some steady climbs as you leave Mt Lyford and then there is a gradual loss of altitude as you head to Kaikoura on the Pacific Coast. Scenery is initially rugged and mountainous around, but flattens out as you near the coast.
Kaikoura to Christchurch on the train. A sightseeing day in Kaikoura before boarding the train back to Christchurch. Popular activities include whale watching, swimming with the dolphins or a gentle walk spotting sea life along the coast.
Scott Scale 760 or equivalent mountain bike for touring (with road tyres)brought to your accommodation and personally fitted or Surly Long Haul Trucker, specialist touring bicycle [700c wheels and drop bars].
Ortlieb rear pannier bags, front handlebar bag and comprehensive repair kit.
Detailed itinerary, maps and notes on points of interest that you will pass.
You can upgrade to an Avanti Vivace road bike available in combination with daily luggage transportation, contact us for further details.
4 nights accommodation in twin room accommodation with ensuite [where available], in carefully selected Bed and Breakfast’s, Homestays or small motels. Breakfast is included each day.
Relaxed paced route with an average 40 to 50kms cycling per day.
September to May inclusive.