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New Zealand Biking Adventure

Weka

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  • 13 Days - US$4,999 + tax

Trip Introduction

Outpost Magazine Global Travel Guide 2016Our ‘Weka’ trip combines the very best of New Zealand’s cycling and hiking trails into an action-packed two week adventure. We’re keen bikers here at Active, so we wanted to create the ‘dream itinerary’ for fellow biking enthusiasts! We’ve escaped the traffic by choosing private roads and wide, smooth cycling trails. There’s plenty of flexibility and freedom if you want to ride a little further or a little less, we’ve got you covered! Our new ‘Weka’ trip will suit both road cyclists and mountain bikers alike.

Activity level: The ‘Weka’ is an active cycling and hiking trip, so it’s important that you have a base level of biking and hiking fitness. You don’t have to be young or ready to take on the Tour de France (although if you are super fit and raring to go, you won’t be bored), but you should be in the habit of doing at least some riding and be comfortable in the saddle..

Highlights

Bike with full vehicle support:
Macleans Island
West Coast Wilderness trail
Hawea River track
Queenstown Cycle trail
Mavora Lakes
Cental Otago Rail trail
Alps 2 Ocean trail

Hike:
Pancake Rocks
Franz Josef Glacier
Routeburn track and Key Summit
Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

Plus...
Explore Queenstown
Cruise Milford Sound

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What's included in our trips?

  • All guiding services
    Two experienced guides per trip.
  • All accommodations
    For the entire trip.
  • All meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • All activities
    Hiking, kayaking, biking, rafting.
  • All transport
    From trip start to end.

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Daily itinerary

Monday — Arrive, bike Macleans Island, explore Pancake Rocks

Most people leave the northern hemisphere on a Saturday evening, arriving into Auckland early Monday morning. You’ll lose a day crossing the dateline – but you get it back on the way home! It’s a short flight from Auckland to Christchurch on the South Island where we’ll meet you. We’ll then head to Macleans Island, not far from the airport, to get fitted to our bikes and stretch our legs on a warm-up ride. Later, we’ll continue on to the West Coast via Arthur’s Pass, one of New Zealand’s impressive alpine passes - look out for the Otira Viaduct. You’ll be amazed how the scenery can change in one day - from the expansive Canterbury plains on the east coast, to the jurassic-like rainforest on the west coast! After a yummy home-cooked meal, we’ll head out to explore the famous Pancake Rocks and blowholes. These limestone formations, sculpted by the relentless pounding of the Tasman Sea, are truly mesmerizing. Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll probably find jetlag is no big deal – for instance, it’s a 12-hour direct overnight flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, and there’s only a 3-hour time difference between New Zealand and US Pacific time. If you’re coming from further afield, you’ll appreciate the gentle start to your New Zealand adventure.
West Coast lodgings, Punakaiki (Lunch, Dinner)

Tuesday — Bike West Coast Wilderness Trail

We’ll journey down the coast this morning and inland to the small settlement of Kumara and the start of our first bike ride, along the West Coast Wilderness Trail. This trail offers contrasting cycling along water races, tramways and railway lines and through dense, lush rainforest. Passing by the Kapitea Reservoir we’ll head inland towards the Great Southern Divide and the raging Arahura River. We’ll find a nice spot for a picnic lunch before continuing along the trail back towards the Tasman Sea and Lake Kaniere. The bike ride today will get your heart pumping and the excitement levels rising, in anticipation of all the trails you’re soon to experience. Later we’ll carry on down to Franz Josef, nestled in the rainforest-clad foothills of the Southern Alps, where we’ll stay for the next couple of nights.
Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef (All meals)

Wednesday — Hike near Franz Josef Glacier

With some 140 glaciers making their way down from the Southern Alps, this area is fittingly known as glacier country. Few sights equal the spectacle of this giant frozen river (Franz Josef Glacier) imperceptibly grinding its way down through temperate rainforest to just 250 metres (820 feet) above sea level. We’ll spend most of the day near Franz Josef Glacier hiking up through the forest to Roberts Point where we’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the ice. This hike can be inaccessible in wet weather, so we may opt for an alternative hike in sheltered terrain.

Optional Heli-hike (add US$350 + tax)

An outrageously scenic alternative to today’s hike is to heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier itself. After being fitted with crampons, ice axes and so on, you’ll board a turbine helicopter and fly towards the highest peaks of the Southern Alps, landing on the glacier at 1300 metres (4265 feet) above sea level. Led by specialist glacier guides, you’ll hike through the grand ice formations of the glacier, checking out its crevasses, seracs and tunnels – no previous experience is required! The constant movement of the glacier means every day is different, so your guides will cut steps in the ice to make the most of the conditions. At the end of your hike on the ice, you’ll take another helicopter ride out of the mountains and back to civilisation. The heli-hike is extremely popular, so we offer advance reservations with the helicopter operators and guiding company. At the time of booking, or up until one month before your trip, we can reserve a space for you, or you can leave your decision until the start of your trip and your guides will get you a spot if it’s available.

The heli-hike is extremely popular, so we offer advance reservations with the helicopter operators and guiding company. At the time of booking, or up until one month before your trip, we can reserve a space for you, or you can leave your decision until the start of your trip and your guides will get you a spot if it’s available.

After settling into our accommodation back in Franz Josef township, we can head out after dark with flashlights for a short night walk to search for the native glowworm while listening to some of New Zealand’s nocturnal birdlife, such as the morepork owl.
Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef (All meals)

Thursday — Hike Lake Matheson and bike Hawea River Track

This morning we’ll hike around Lake Matheson, an enchanting icon of the region that, on a still day, offers impressive reflections of Aoraki Mt Cook and Mt Tasman (New Zealand’s two tallest peaks). After lunch we’ll travel down the coast through lush forest and then inland across the Haast Pass to Wanaka, ready to jump back on the bikes and ride the Hawea River Track, linking Lake Hawea township to Wanaka, via Alberttown. This is a nice, gentle ride with uninterrupted views of the clear Hawea River.
Wanaka Lodgings, Wanaka (All meals)

Friday — Bike Gibbston River and Queenstown Trails

From Wanaka, it’s a short but dramatic journey over the Cardrona Saddle to the Gibbston Valley, an area best known for producing world-class grapes. You’ll be spoilt for vistas riding along the Gibbston River Trail - with the Kawarau River far below, impressive  suspension bridges and iconic Central Otago landscapes. You’ll also pass through a rare pre-1900 fruit orchard and rock huts left over from the goldrush. Along the way there are plenty of award winning wineries to stop at and sample a drop if you’d like. We’ll have lunch in Arrowtown before continuing along the newly-built trail to Queenstown, with incredible views of the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast, Lunch)

Saturday — Free day in Queenstown

Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand (if not the world!) and all the comforts of civilisation are packed into this tiny resort town: restaurants galore, stylish lounge bars, day spas, and boutiques. You’ll also find incredible optional activities here including horse trekking, a gondola, fishing, winery tours, an historic steamship, bungy jumping, jet boating and skydiving as well as some great hiking opportunities. Or you can just soak up the atmosphere at one of many local cafés. Your guides will happily share their favourite haunts and point you in the right direction for your free day today.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (No meals incl.)

Sunday — Cruise on the Earnslaw steam ship to Walter Peak, bike to Mavora Lakes

This morning we’ll cross Lake Wakatipu on board the historic steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station. Here you’ll follow Mt Nicholas farm road to the isolated Mavora Lakes. You’ll bike alongside the lake before heading gently up through the head waters of the Von River, surrounded by the Livingston Mountains. This is a true wilderness cycling experience on a quiet back road, and after your time in Queenstown, you’ll appreciate the peaceful surroundings! From Mavora Lakes we’ll take a scenic drive through to Te Anau, our base for the next couple of nights.
Te Anau Hotel, Te Anau (All meals)

Monday — Cruise Milford Sound and hike Routeburn Track

It’s worth the early start this morning as we set off for our largest and perhaps most spectacular national park, Fiordland. When we arrive we’ll be greeted with jaw-dropping views of Mitre Peak and the surrounding jagged granite peaks – quite possibly the most picturesque mountain range in New Zealand - though we’ll let you be the judge of that! For close up views, we’ll jump on board a boat cruise to explore the silky smooth waters and hidden coves of Milford Sound. Gaze in wonder at the waterfalls cascading down enormous vertical rock faces and if you’re lucky, you may spot the odd fur seal or dolphin making itself at home in the fiord! After lunch we’ll head back through the Homer Tunnel to hike part of the Routeburn Track to Key Summit, for unsurpassed views of the Hollyford Valley, as well as Lake Marian and Mt Christina.
Te Anau Hotel, Te Anau (All meals)

Tuesday — Bike the Otago Rail Trail from Lauder to Ranfurly

Today we’ll head east from Te Anau right into the heart of the Maniototo region in Central Otago. The trail here follows an old train line built in the early 1900s. The tracks were retired and removed in 1990 and now the Central Otago Rail Trail is one of the most iconic cycling trails in New Zealand. We’ll cross numerous bridges and viaducts, winding our way along the smooth track past Raggedy Range and Rough Ridge. We have a gradual climb through the Ida Valley, and once at the summit of the trail, it’s a slight downhill all the way into Ranfurly, a small town famous for its Art Deco architecture and warm and welcoming community. 
Hawkdun Lodge, Ranfurly (All meals)

Wednesday — Bike Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

This morning we’ll journey through the spectacular limestone country of North Otago. From Omarama we’ll jump back on the bikes to experience another iconic ride - on a section of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail to Lake Ohau. Along this trail, through the Ruataniwha Conservation Park, you’ll be rewarded with expansive views of rugged mountain country, vast tussock lands, beech and tawhai forest and sparkling clear rivers. Tonight we’ll stay at the remote and beautiful Lake Ohau Lodge. The lodge is tucked in beside an alpine lake, with incredible views stretching across to Aoraki Mt Cook and the Southern Alps – the ideal spot to rejuvinate the body and soak in the hot tub whilst gazing at the stars!
Lake Ohau Lodge, Ohau (All meals)

Thursday — Continue Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Today is our last day on two wheels, so we’ll make it extra special, with a ride that’ll knock your socks off! We’ll set off around Lake Ohau and then alongside the Ohau Canal to Twizel. From Twizel the dramatic scenery steps up a notch with the shimmering cobalt-blue Lake Pukaki on the left, and Aoraki Mt Cook straight ahead.  Along this section of the trail you’ll also pass a range of native plants including kowhai (with brilliant yellow flowers, popular with endemic Tui birds), flax and tussocks. Tonight we’ll stay on Hamish and Julia McKenzie’s 5000 hectare high-country sheep farm, Braemar Station (station is the New Zealand word for a big ranch). With no lights for miles around, the stars on a clear night are like nothing you’ve ever seen. Many of our travellers have told us this was one of their favourite places on the whole trip!
Shearers’ quarters, Braemar Station (All meals)

Friday — Hike Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

A short distance away is Mt Cook, named Aoraki or ‘cloud piercer’ by South Island Maori, the highest mountain in New Zealand. Directly opposite Aoraki Mt Cook, there’s a stunning day hike to the main ridge above Mueller Glacier. This area has a unique alpine environment and includes endemic flora such as the Mt Cook lily (Ranunculus lyallii), the world’s largest buttercup. Our travellers often say this is the best hike they’ve ever done and it’s a fine way to finish off a great trip. It’s a bit of a hike, and you’ll remember the view of the glacier and the surrounding peaks forever! The weather conditions are very important in this area, as it’s a true alpine climate notorious for sudden weather shifts. If we aren’t able to do the Mueller Glacier hike, or you’d like to take it a little easier, there’s an impressive hike up to a glacial lake (complete with icebergs!) at the base of the Hooker Glacier. After hiking, we’ll relax at our lodge and have a celebratory dinner for our last night together.
Aoraki Alpine Lodge, Aoraki Mt Cook Village (All meals)

Saturday — Depart for home

This is the last day of your ‘Weka’ trip and we’ll leave you refreshed and invigorated from the good food, exercise, rest, and great times you’ll have had with us in New Zealand! For a great way to see the North Island as well, where you’ll experience Maori culture, pristine beaches and geothermal areas, combine this trip with our 11-day ‘Kauri’ (5-day ‘Kauri’ options available).
(Breakfast, Lunch)


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Itinerary

Monday — Arrive, bike Macleans Island, explore Pancake Rocks

Most people leave the northern hemisphere on a Saturday evening, arriving into Auckland early Monday morning. You’ll lose a day crossing the dateline – but you get it back on the way home! It’s a short flight from Auckland to Christchurch on the South Island where we’ll meet you. We’ll then head to Macleans Island, not far from the airport, to get fitted to our bikes and stretch our legs on a warm-up ride. Later, we’ll continue on to the West Coast via Arthur’s Pass, one of New Zealand’s impressive alpine passes - look out for the Otira Viaduct. You’ll be amazed how the scenery can change in one day - from the expansive Canterbury plains on the east coast, to the jurassic-like rainforest on the west coast! After a yummy home-cooked meal, we’ll head out to explore the famous Pancake Rocks and blowholes. These limestone formations, sculpted by the relentless pounding of the Tasman Sea, are truly mesmerizing. Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll probably find jetlag is no big deal – for instance, it’s a 12-hour direct overnight flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, and there’s only a 3-hour time difference between New Zealand and US Pacific time. If you’re coming from further afield, you’ll appreciate the gentle start to your New Zealand adventure.
West Coast lodgings, Punakaiki (Lunch, Dinner)

Tuesday — Bike West Coast Wilderness Trail

We’ll journey down the coast this morning and inland to the small settlement of Kumara and the start of our first bike ride, along the West Coast Wilderness Trail. This trail offers contrasting cycling along water races, tramways and railway lines and through dense, lush rainforest. Passing by the Kapitea Reservoir we’ll head inland towards the Great Southern Divide and the raging Arahura River. We’ll find a nice spot for a picnic lunch before continuing along the trail back towards the Tasman Sea and Lake Kaniere. The bike ride today will get your heart pumping and the excitement levels rising, in anticipation of all the trails you’re soon to experience. Later we’ll carry on down to Franz Josef, nestled in the rainforest-clad foothills of the Southern Alps, where we’ll stay for the next couple of nights.
Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef (All meals)

Wednesday — Hike near Franz Josef Glacier

With some 140 glaciers making their way down from the Southern Alps, this area is fittingly known as glacier country. Few sights equal the spectacle of this giant frozen river (Franz Josef Glacier) imperceptibly grinding its way down through temperate rainforest to just 250 metres (820 feet) above sea level. We’ll spend most of the day near Franz Josef Glacier hiking up through the forest to Roberts Point where we’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the ice. This hike can be inaccessible in wet weather, so we may opt for an alternative hike in sheltered terrain.

Optional Heli-hike (add US$350 + tax)

An outrageously scenic alternative to today’s hike is to heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier itself. After being fitted with crampons, ice axes and so on, you’ll board a turbine helicopter and fly towards the highest peaks of the Southern Alps, landing on the glacier at 1300 metres (4265 feet) above sea level. Led by specialist glacier guides, you’ll hike through the grand ice formations of the glacier, checking out its crevasses, seracs and tunnels – no previous experience is required! The constant movement of the glacier means every day is different, so your guides will cut steps in the ice to make the most of the conditions. At the end of your hike on the ice, you’ll take another helicopter ride out of the mountains and back to civilisation. The heli-hike is extremely popular, so we offer advance reservations with the helicopter operators and guiding company. At the time of booking, or up until one month before your trip, we can reserve a space for you, or you can leave your decision until the start of your trip and your guides will get you a spot if it’s available.

The heli-hike is extremely popular, so we offer advance reservations with the helicopter operators and guiding company. At the time of booking, or up until one month before your trip, we can reserve a space for you, or you can leave your decision until the start of your trip and your guides will get you a spot if it’s available.

After settling into our accommodation back in Franz Josef township, we can head out after dark with flashlights for a short night walk to search for the native glowworm while listening to some of New Zealand’s nocturnal birdlife, such as the morepork owl.
Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef (All meals)

Thursday — Hike Lake Matheson and bike Hawea River Track

This morning we’ll hike around Lake Matheson, an enchanting icon of the region that, on a still day, offers impressive reflections of Aoraki Mt Cook and Mt Tasman (New Zealand’s two tallest peaks). After lunch we’ll travel down the coast through lush forest and then inland across the Haast Pass to Wanaka, ready to jump back on the bikes and ride the Hawea River Track, linking Lake Hawea township to Wanaka, via Alberttown. This is a nice, gentle ride with uninterrupted views of the clear Hawea River.
Wanaka Lodgings, Wanaka (All meals)

Friday — Bike Gibbston River and Queenstown Trails

From Wanaka, it’s a short but dramatic journey over the Cardrona Saddle to the Gibbston Valley, an area best known for producing world-class grapes. You’ll be spoilt for vistas riding along the Gibbston River Trail - with the Kawarau River far below, impressive  suspension bridges and iconic Central Otago landscapes. You’ll also pass through a rare pre-1900 fruit orchard and rock huts left over from the goldrush. Along the way there are plenty of award winning wineries to stop at and sample a drop if you’d like. We’ll have lunch in Arrowtown before continuing along the newly-built trail to Queenstown, with incredible views of the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast, Lunch)

Saturday — Free day in Queenstown

Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand (if not the world!) and all the comforts of civilisation are packed into this tiny resort town: restaurants galore, stylish lounge bars, day spas, and boutiques. You’ll also find incredible optional activities here including horse trekking, a gondola, fishing, winery tours, an historic steamship, bungy jumping, jet boating and skydiving as well as some great hiking opportunities. Or you can just soak up the atmosphere at one of many local cafés. Your guides will happily share their favourite haunts and point you in the right direction for your free day today.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (No meals incl.)

Sunday — Cruise on the Earnslaw steam ship to Walter Peak, bike to Mavora Lakes

This morning we’ll cross Lake Wakatipu on board the historic steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station. Here you’ll follow Mt Nicholas farm road to the isolated Mavora Lakes. You’ll bike alongside the lake before heading gently up through the head waters of the Von River, surrounded by the Livingston Mountains. This is a true wilderness cycling experience on a quiet back road, and after your time in Queenstown, you’ll appreciate the peaceful surroundings! From Mavora Lakes we’ll take a scenic drive through to Te Anau, our base for the next couple of nights.
Te Anau Hotel, Te Anau (All meals)

Monday — Cruise Milford Sound and hike Routeburn Track

It’s worth the early start this morning as we set off for our largest and perhaps most spectacular national park, Fiordland. When we arrive we’ll be greeted with jaw-dropping views of Mitre Peak and the surrounding jagged granite peaks – quite possibly the most picturesque mountain range in New Zealand - though we’ll let you be the judge of that! For close up views, we’ll jump on board a boat cruise to explore the silky smooth waters and hidden coves of Milford Sound. Gaze in wonder at the waterfalls cascading down enormous vertical rock faces and if you’re lucky, you may spot the odd fur seal or dolphin making itself at home in the fiord! After lunch we’ll head back through the Homer Tunnel to hike part of the Routeburn Track to Key Summit, for unsurpassed views of the Hollyford Valley, as well as Lake Marian and Mt Christina.
Te Anau Hotel, Te Anau (All meals)

Tuesday — Bike the Otago Rail Trail from Lauder to Ranfurly

Today we’ll head east from Te Anau right into the heart of the Maniototo region in Central Otago. The trail here follows an old train line built in the early 1900s. The tracks were retired and removed in 1990 and now the Central Otago Rail Trail is one of the most iconic cycling trails in New Zealand. We’ll cross numerous bridges and viaducts, winding our way along the smooth track past Raggedy Range and Rough Ridge. We have a gradual climb through the Ida Valley, and once at the summit of the trail, it’s a slight downhill all the way into Ranfurly, a small town famous for its Art Deco architecture and warm and welcoming community. 
Hawkdun Lodge, Ranfurly (All meals)

Wednesday — Bike Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

This morning we’ll journey through the spectacular limestone country of North Otago. From Omarama we’ll jump back on the bikes to experience another iconic ride - on a section of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail to Lake Ohau. Along this trail, through the Ruataniwha Conservation Park, you’ll be rewarded with expansive views of rugged mountain country, vast tussock lands, beech and tawhai forest and sparkling clear rivers. Tonight we’ll stay at the remote and beautiful Lake Ohau Lodge. The lodge is tucked in beside an alpine lake, with incredible views stretching across to Aoraki Mt Cook and the Southern Alps – the ideal spot to rejuvinate the body and soak in the hot tub whilst gazing at the stars!
Lake Ohau Lodge, Ohau (All meals)

Thursday — Continue Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Today is our last day on two wheels, so we’ll make it extra special, with a ride that’ll knock your socks off! We’ll set off around Lake Ohau and then alongside the Ohau Canal to Twizel. From Twizel the dramatic scenery steps up a notch with the shimmering cobalt-blue Lake Pukaki on the left, and Aoraki Mt Cook straight ahead.  Along this section of the trail you’ll also pass a range of native plants including kowhai (with brilliant yellow flowers, popular with endemic Tui birds), flax and tussocks. Tonight we’ll stay on Hamish and Julia McKenzie’s 5000 hectare high-country sheep farm, Braemar Station (station is the New Zealand word for a big ranch). With no lights for miles around, the stars on a clear night are like nothing you’ve ever seen. Many of our travellers have told us this was one of their favourite places on the whole trip!
Shearers’ quarters, Braemar Station (All meals)

Friday — Hike Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

A short distance away is Mt Cook, named Aoraki or ‘cloud piercer’ by South Island Maori, the highest mountain in New Zealand. Directly opposite Aoraki Mt Cook, there’s a stunning day hike to the main ridge above Mueller Glacier. This area has a unique alpine environment and includes endemic flora such as the Mt Cook lily (Ranunculus lyallii), the world’s largest buttercup. Our travellers often say this is the best hike they’ve ever done and it’s a fine way to finish off a great trip. It’s a bit of a hike, and you’ll remember the view of the glacier and the surrounding peaks forever! The weather conditions are very important in this area, as it’s a true alpine climate notorious for sudden weather shifts. If we aren’t able to do the Mueller Glacier hike, or you’d like to take it a little easier, there’s an impressive hike up to a glacial lake (complete with icebergs!) at the base of the Hooker Glacier. After hiking, we’ll relax at our lodge and have a celebratory dinner for our last night together.
Aoraki Alpine Lodge, Aoraki Mt Cook Village (All meals)

Saturday — Depart for home

This is the last day of your ‘Weka’ trip and we’ll leave you refreshed and invigorated from the good food, exercise, rest, and great times you’ll have had with us in New Zealand! For a great way to see the North Island as well, where you’ll experience Maori culture, pristine beaches and geothermal areas, combine this trip with our 11-day ‘Kauri’ (5-day ‘Kauri’ options available).
(Breakfast, Lunch)

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Dates

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Feb 6 ’17 – Feb 18 ’17 US$4999 + tax Full
Dec 18 ’17 – Dec 30 ’17 US$4999 + tax Peak Season - Check Now! Check Availability
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Jan 8 ’18 – Jan 20 ’18 US$4999 + tax Great Check Availability
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Jan 7 ’19 – Jan 19 ’19 US$4999 + tax Great Check Availability
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Useful Info

No Forced Single Supplement:

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don't! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement! Having said that, if you specifically request your own room, you can opt to pay the additional single supplement fee.

Trip Start:

On the first day of the trip we can either pick you up from the Chateau on the Park in Christchurch at 9.30am or at Christchurch airport (CHC) in front of the Travel and Information Centre at 10am.

Trip End:

On the last day of the trip we can drop you off at Christchurch airport in time for the flights below, or anywhere in central Christchurch about 3pm.

Recommended flights:

Arrival: If you’re flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving in Christchurch before 9am on Monday.
Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Christchurch after 4pm on Saturday. If you’re considering alternative flight times please check with us. International flights from Auckland airport (AKL) usually leave in the evening, so if you’re heading back to North America, you’ll get home some time on Saturday, even though you left on Saturday evening! Flights back to Europe, of course, take a little longer.

Fitness:

The ‘Weka’ is an active cycling and hiking trip, so it’s important that you have a base level of biking and hiking fitness. You don’t have to be young or ready to take on the Tour de France (although if you are super fit and raring to go, you won’t be bored), though you should be in the habit of doing at least some riding and be comfortable in the saddle.

Specific Inclusions:

  • Rental of Scott Sportster bikes. These are excellent light-weight, cross-terrain touring bikes that are perfect for the asphalt and backcountry road cycling on this trip. If you prefer, you are welcome to bring your own bike.
  • Two cycling guides and full vehicle support. We have two cycling guides per trip, a lead guide/driver providing full vehicle support and a co-guide who will ride with the group. You’ll be staying in the highest level of accommodation available in the remote places we take you. While it’s not designed to be a scenic tour of the South Island’s luxury hotels, it features more creature comforts than some of our other trips and you’ll certainly be biking in style!

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Reviews

  • “This was a great trip. Each day just got more spectacular than the last. Incredible bike rides to spectacular hikes. Wonderful and knowledgable guide. Thank you Nick for a great trip!”
    Marilyn Seguin – Colorado, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Weka in the rear view mirror

    “What I enjoyed most of this trip and those we have taken with similar companies is the driving and all those annoying (unexpected) details are left to the guides. Allowing us to relax and fully enjoy the trip. This was no exception. Great communication from AA leading up to the trip, and 2 excellent guides (guides, bike techs, chefs and cheerful companions) that took care of our every need. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for an active tour of the south island over 2 weeks.”
    Barry Ashton – Alberta, CanadaMarch 2016
  • Ode to the Chamois(s)

    “Words cannot convey the heart and effort Nick and Elder put into making our trip the best it could be every day. They truly embody the spirit of 'putting others first' and took great pride and pleasure in showing us the beauty and diversity that New Zealand has to offer.”
    Doreen Rabel – Alberta, CanadaMarch 2016
  • New Zealand by bike!

    “If you're ready for a blend of exercise, relaxation, scenery, friend building and good food, this is for you.”
    Ed Dahlberg – Idaho, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Amazing Holiday with Active Adventures

    “We had a wonderful time on our Active Adventures Weka holiday. From the very outset - in the planning stage - the organization was responsive, helpful, and had lots of ideas to make this holiday truly something to remember. Our guides, Nick B., Elder and Gary, were wonderful. They were fun, personable, and worked very hard to make sure that our holiday was great. The holiday itself, including the biking, hiking, scenery, restaurants, accommodations, and other activities, were everything that was advertised and were outstanding. All of this was topped off with the amazing New Zealander hospitality. Absolutely top rating for Active Adventures. Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday.”
    Maureen Towns – Alberta, CanadaFebruary 2016
  • Sad to Say Goodbye

    “This tour had me leaving the South Island with thoughts and wishes about coming back one day soon. We put on a lot of kilometres through your country of such beauty and knew there were many places we simply didn't have time to explore. Thanks for your hospitality New Zealand and all the memories we've taken away.”
    Sharon Ashton – Alberta, CanadaMarch 2016
  • Gorgeous country, great people

    “We really enjoyed the variety and range of the country that we saw. New Zealanders and in particular our crew of Nick, Elder and Gary were wonderful”
    Teresa Mitchell – Alberta, CanadaFebruary 2016
  • great trip

    “Special thanks to our 3 guides, who were fantastic!!! They made the trip so enjoyable. Anything I requested was attended to right away and with a smile. They were all good natured, really fun, and hardworking. Very capable..... I always felt safe and well looked after.
    Special thanks to Elly for all the work she did trying to track down my luggage.
    The bikes were excellent......in good repair and high quality. Van was great and Nick was an excellent and courteous driver. Again, always felt safe. Loved the Braemar Sheep Station and having the guides cook for us. Most of the accommodation was really good. As I expected. there was quite a variation depending on where we were. No complaints. Will definitely recommend AA to friends. Thanks for the wonderful vacation.”
    Kathy Henderson – Alberta, CanadaFebruary 2016
  • “Active Adventures provided a venue that allowed us to enjoy the best scenery, have challenging hikes and cycling experiences, enjoy a variety of accommodations along with great food and wine. The Braemer Station provided a unique experience. The guides were flexible but kept us on track.”
    Cal Towns – Alberta, CanadaFebruary 2016
  • Great trip

    “Our South Island trip was very good, I saw, and biked and hiked far more on this trip than I would ever have if I had tried to do it on my own. The guides were outstanding, the biking equipment was the best I have ever experienced (I've been on a few trips with other companies in Europe). I would highly recommend active adventures.”
    Sarah MacDonald – British Columbia, CanadaJanuary 2016
  • Incredible trip of a lifetime!

    “New Zealand is an incredibly beautiful country and to see it "from the saddle", there are no words to describe "this adventure"! Incredible and amazing, jaw-dropping! Cycling the south island allowed us to "get up close and personal" to the beauty of New Zealand and to the Kiwi people and their visitors - what a privilege! Our heartfelt thanks to Ben & Kate - we are grateful and we miss you!”
    Lee Cech – Alberta, CanadaJanuary 2013

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Why travel with Active Adventures?

Legendary Kiwi Hospitality

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

Everything is Included

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

A Sense of Achievement

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

Small Groups

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

Diverse Experiences

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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