New Zealand Biking Adventure

New Zealand Biking Adventure Weka

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ACTIVE 3 - 4
  • ACTIVE 1

    What's The Rush?

    I’m not a triathlete, but I’m in decent shape and I’m not looking to experience a place just through a bus window. I’m happy to slow down on the trail, soak it in and breathe in the fresh air.

  • ACTIVE 2

    Leg Stretcher

    Sure, I own some hiking boots, they’re even worn in, but they don’t go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

  • ACTIVE 3

    Earn Your Lunch

    I stay active on vacation so that I can eat and drink what I like without feeling guilty. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

  • ACTIVE 4

    Challenge Accepted

    I’ll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it’ll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

  • ACTIVE 5

    The Ultimate

    I’ve put in the hard yards and now I get to reap the rewards. I’m a seasoned adventurer, not afraid to get my boots wet.

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  • 14 Days - US$5599+ tax
  • 7 Days - US$4399+ tax

Trip Introduction

Our ‘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 crafting a trip that maximises New Zealand's amazing network of gravel 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..


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

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

Explore Queenstown
Cruise Milford Sound

What's included in our NZ trips?

  • All guiding services
    - Two experienced guides per trip. In New Zealand you'll have a lead guide and a co guide.
  • All accommodations
    - A range of hotels, lodges, chalets, inns, sheep stations and backcountry huts, depending on which trip you choose.
  • All meals
    - Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days, except where indicated on the itinerary (usually 1 day per trip is a free day, allowing you to choose your own dining location).
  • All activities
    - Hiking, kayaking, biking, rafting, scenic flights, jet boating and more!
  • All transport
    - Airport transfers.
    - When you're not travelling under your own steam, they'll be comfortable air-conditioned vans to stretch your legs.
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Day 1 — Arrive, set up, bike McLeans Island

Most people leave the Northern Hemisphere on a Friday evening, arriving into Auckland early Sunday 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. Christchurch, New Zealand’s second largest city, is framed by the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps to the West and the Pacific Ocean and Banks Penisula to the East. After fitting our bikes and taking a warm up ride at McLeans Island, we’ll get the chance to explore this beautiful city on one of the many local tracks nearby. Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll probably find jetlag is no big deal – for instance, it’s a 12 to 13 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.
Merivale Manor, Christchurch (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2 — Journey to the West Coast, explore Pancake Rocks

This morning we’ll head west to Kuru Tawhiti Conservation Area in the heart of the Southern Alps. We’ll take a gentle one-hour walk among the imposing limestone tors of Castle Hill, which were once a meeting place for moa hunters of the Ngai Tahu tribe. The Dalai Lama visited this area and described it as a ‘spiritual centre of the universe’. Aftwerwards 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. After lunch, we’ll take an afternoon ride on a section of the West Coast Wilderness trail from Taramakau River into Greymouth and then we’ll head up the coastline to Punakaiki. This small coastal town is famous for its Pancake Rocks and blowholes. These limestone formations, sculpted by the relentless pounding of the Tasman Sea, are truly mesmerising and offer a great afternoon walk.
West Coast lodgings, Punakaiki (All meals)

Day 3 — 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 next ride along another section of 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)

Day 4 — 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 either Alex Knob or Roberts Point, both of which give 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)

Day 5 — 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)

Day 6 — 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 trails to Queenstown, with incredible views of the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 7 — 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.)

Day 8 — 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.
Matai Lodge, Te Anau (All meals)

Day 9 — 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.
Matai Lodge, Te Anau (All meals)

Day 10 — 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)

Day 11 — 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)

Day 12 — 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)

Day 13 — 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)

Day 14 — 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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Dec 15, 2019 – Dec 28, 2019 US$5599 + 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 Merivale Manor Hotel in Christchurch at 10.30am or at Christchurch airport (CHC) in front of the Travel and Information Centre at 11am.

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 10am on Sunday.
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.


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 Specialized Roll Elite bikes. These are excellent light-weight, cross-terrain touring bikes that are perfect for the backcountry gravel roads 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!

Riding Style:

Everyone has a different perception of what cycling or mountain biking is, so we'll try our best to clarify the type of riding you'll be doing down here with us. This is not a road cycling trip and we don't ride on asphalt or tarmac. Equally, this is not a downhill mountain biking trip or even a single track trip (by single track we mean on trails as wide as your handle bars). We've chosen gravel cycle trails that are generally wide enough for two riders and mostly flat. New Zealand has an incredible off-road trail network and we believe our 'Weka' itinerary will get you onto the best parts of this network, with a few hikes sprinkled in for good measure! 


  • Wild Weka Trip Feb 17 - March 2...!

    “This Weka trip in New Zealand was undoubtably the best trip package that we have ever been on and we've been on quite a few! Of the 15 best destinations to visit on the south island, I'll bet that we saw twenty of them during our trip. Unbelievably beautiful country, kind, helpful and fit citizens plus our guides were extremely experienced and attentive to each and every one of our diverse interests. For me some of the best highlights were: the ferry ride on fabulous Milford Sound, the bike ride to Mavora Lake through the stunning and primitive country (even in a sleet storm!), the two big hikes up Key Summit and Mueller Glacier for awesome views, skinny dipping in pristine, turquoise Lake Pukaki, group jumps at Castle Hill and hikes through the rain forest around Lake Matheson. Our lead guide Danny was superb in her driving skills along the narrow NZ roadways. Every time we passed a noteworthy spot, she would grab the microphone and give us a run down of the unique NZ vegetation, birds or geology. I found her comments particularly informative and spot on. I would also recommend that folks taking this trip consider running the Shotover River white water raft excursion on their day off in Queenstown. In summary, this trip was a "6" on a "5" scale...! ”
    Peter Cowdery-Corvan – New York, United States March 2019
  • Trip of a Lifetime

    “Can't say enough about how we loved our trip with active adventures! Lovely accommodations. Not fancy but comfortable with excellent locations. Loved the communal meals. We had a special group. Maddie and Danni were fantastic guides. Can't say enough about Danni. Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious. Both ladies had a unexhausting knowledge of the area, flora and fauna and the history of New Zealand and the Moari. What a special pair leading a special trip.”
    Wayne Heike – Massachusetts, United States March 2019
  • It was a trip of a lifetime.

    “Our guides, the landscape, the food, the itinerary and all the active adventure made our two weeks with AA on New Zealand's south island non-stop enjoyment. Did I mention the guides....oh yes... they were absolutely incredible. They did everything possible to provide us with an amazing experience - they were better than the scenery, which is really saying something. ”
    Cynthia Orcutt – Maine, United States March 2019
  • Weka - a trip we'll never forget

    “We had high expectations for this trip, having been recommended by friends - and it exceeded these in every respect. We've been all over the world on biking/ walking holidays and this was easily the best. We met some great people in our group - we all seemed to gel really well. Every day was a highlight and our guides Dani and Maddi were simply superb - they worked so hard to make sure everything was the best it could be - hopefully they enjoyed their time with all of us as much as we did with them. Already thinking about coming back!”
    John Bain – Inverurie, United Kingdom March 2019
  • Best Ever

    “Absolutely LOVED the WEKA trip! While challenging, it was also just the amount of activity and relaxing down time. With the help of our incredible guides, we laughed, learned about the culture and land and really had a chance to sample the many diverse places of the South island. Thank you Maddie and Dani!”
    Mary Ellen Heike – Massachusetts, United States March 2019
  • Incredible country, amazing guides

    “We now understand the allure of New Zealand. It's a country that is cherished by the people who live there and it shows in how they preserve and appreciate its beauty. We were lucky to have a wonderful group of people, but most of all, the guides Maddi and Danni made the trip special. They were extremely hard working but made the trip fun and relaxing while maintaining the "Active" in Active Adventures. You're lucky to have both of them, and we look forward to going back to see the north island.”
    Kenji Sax – Nevada, United States March 2019
  • Gail from Colorado - WEKA trip

    “This trip was better than advertised. Lots of biking and hiking as expected. The country is gorgeous, What really made the trip were the three guides, Nick, Maddy and Dani. They were organized, efficient, full of interesting information, upbeat and great cooks to boot. They taught us back yard cricket which was a ball. They were good at adjusting any part of the bike rides / sightseeing / hikes to accommodate our desires. We even got to watch the Superbowl in Greymouth, which required altering the day's schedule. Cannot say enough about the quality of the guides. We met other Active Adventures guides during and after out trip and they were always friendly and helpful. ”
    Gail Nichols – Colorado, United States February 2019
  • Tour de Force

    “Fantastic trip in all respects. Nick, Maddi and Dani were wonderful guides: hard working, knowledgeable, unfailingly pleasant and responsive, and a joy to be with, despite the age gap between us (most of us are in our sixties and seventies, they are all in their twenties).”
    Philip Gleason – Maine, United States February 2019
  • Excellent

    “We've taken several adventure tours and really enjoyed them all, but this was our best trip ever!”
    Mike Edles – California, United States February 2019
  • Awesome in Every Way!

    “What a trip! Nick and Elder were a great team and knew their business. Everything went smoothly, insights were plentiful, and the cooking superb. It was evident that this trip had been well planned, validating riders' experience and building the level of challenge. When we showed some new Kiwi friends our trip itinerary, they were quite complementary of the extent of the South Island we would experience. Well done!!”
    Bill Knight – Maryland, United States February 2019

    “It's hard to describe the recent Weka trip we took with Active Adventures. Nick B and Elder were not only accomplished guides who not only looked after our every detail of our 14 days in the South Island of N, but were genuinely friendly, hospitable and accommodating to every request. Importantly, Nick and Elder were always concerned with our safety and comfort. ”
    Michael Donovan – Oregon, United States February 2019
  • Phenomenal!

    “An absolutely amazing trip! The rides, the hikes, the views, the lodging, the FOOD, were all phenomenal, but the best thing about it: our guides. They were absolutely outstanding in every way.”
    Laura Edles – California, United States February 2019
  • Impressive Trip

    “When you combine the gorgeousness of New Zealand, fantastic guides Elder and Nick, exciting bike trails, and great guests, it's a recipe for an awesome time. Elder and Nick bent over backwards to make sure we were always safe, well taken care of, and happy. I highly recommend the Weka adventure!”
    Bob Metcalf – Iowa, United States January 2019
  • The Thrill of it All...

    “Where to begin?14 unforgettable days of cycling and hiking the amazing New Zealand landscape. A huge thumbs up to Active Adventures for providing us with the most incredible guides on the planet. Thank you Barnsey and Elder. A cohesive happy excited and motivated group of 10 was all of our good fortune. Cycle by day.. eat drink wine by night... always rewarding hikes along the way to break up the bus rides which were in themselves spectacular. A couple of days were just hiking due to the demands of the routes and delivered jaw dropping vistas. Highly recommend this adventure! ”
    Laurel Morello – California, United States January 2019
  • Mar 4 2018 Weka

    “This truly was the trip of a lifetime. I will never forget how well Nick and Elder took care of us all. Very caring and fun.”
    Maggie Steder – Wisconsin, United States April 2018
  • Outstanding, Attentive Guides

    “We had a great tour including an amazing variety of terrains with beautiful scenery. I especially loved all the waterfalls. We had outstanding guides who were very attentive, professional and efficient.”
    Judy Evans – Wisconsin, United States April 2018
  • So Much to Say Because the Trip was Beyond Great

    “This was a trip I had begun dreaming about over forty years ago. The two weeks went so fast and were so much more than I had imagined. The scenery was spectacular: rain forests, mountains, pristine lakes, clear rivers, waterfalls, range land, rolling hills, farmland, the Tasman Sea! Just as your brochure explains but in person the scenery is so much more. Active Adventures deserves credit for making our two weeks such an awesome experience.
    Each day we were given a variety of choices so we could ride or hike as little or as much as we wanted and most of us rode! Then our outstanding guides, Nick and Elder had a few surprises along the way like Glow Worm Caves, Hokitika jade, real made-in-front-of-you fruit ice cream (from the fruit you pick), the Espresso Bomb trailor (NZ knows how to make great coffee!) and endless waterfalls! Since this is more of a bicycling tour it is not surprising my husband and I spent the weeks in a group of eleven equally enthusiastic bicyclists (with a wide range of skill levels and needs) being guided by Nick and Elder, extraordinarily talented cyclists, hikers, coaches and guides. Nick and Elder seemed to work round the clock making sure everything was perfect for all of us and much of our joy from this trip come from their unending efforts to make it the best for each of us. Nick kept us briefed on what was next, what the weather might be like (always carry an extra layer in NZ as it is so unpredictable!), and he made us all feel safe and relaxed as he drove the narrow roads in NZ. Thanks, Nick! Elder, as “tail-end Charlie” encouraged those of us who lagged behind often just wanting to stop and take more photos. Sometimes he aided by taking photos, giving us riding tips and other times he simply let us know we were doing fine and it was okay to go at a slower pace. For me this was critical as I have been involved in three separate accidents (two involving vehicles and one caused by another cyclist) and can become inexplicably anxious. Nick and Elder were both non-judgmental when I chose to ride in the van a few times. Other times I surprised myself (as well as them I think) by taking off and zooming ahead absorbed in the scenery. Nick and Elder, aka “brothers from different mothers” are terrific cooks (breakfast, lunch and dinner), wonderful guides to the local places (I’m drooling just thinking of the Arrowtown Bakery’s delicious pies), and wonderful about keeping our van stocked with fruit and nutritious bars as well as NZ treats (hokey pokey, pineapple lumps). They kept our van windows clean (so critical for great photos) and even fixed the noise (someone stored rocks in the overhead?). Elder and Nick helped identify what we were seeing, told us Maori tales, fed us information on NZ and answered our questions. There were also numerous books for us on NZ in the van. Nick even took the time to consult his grandfather on one question. We shared riddles and answered their quizzes. Elder brought in his own perspective as a native of Peru (where my husband had lived as a child) and a guide in Ecuador and Nepal.
    Our group really bonded and cheered for each other. Near the end of the trip we called the office to see about getting the entire group their own Weka bike jerseys and we were successful much to the amazement of Nick and Elder (who totally deserve a percentage of the sales). It is really due to their love of NZ, bicycling and people as well as the support of the entire Active Adventures staff that we all had such a great time and wanted the Weka jersey as a way to keep the memories of our trip alive. Thanks to the entire team at Active Adventures!”
    Millie Meyer – New Mexico, United States April 2018
  • Incredible!

    “How does one begin?! NZ had been number one on my bucket list since before retiring almost 2 years ago. While eagerly awaiting my 'Weka' Trip, little did I imagine it would exceed my excited expectations! Beginning with Elder and Nick, our 2 excellent young guides, to the itinerary, equipment, gourmet meals, top-notch accommodations and congenial group, I could not have asked for a better balance of cycling & hiking adventures and touring sites. Elder and Nick’s hard work and planning 24/7 were key in making this such a fantastic trip! They demonstrated concern for everyone’s safety and welfare, expertise in biking and hiking, knowledge of the sites, NZ and history, and gourmet cooking skills. They encouraged and guided. Above all their integrity, patience, love of NZ and sense of humor made for an unforgettably fantastic experience.
    Thank you!”
    Deby Six – California, United States April 2018
  • Hike + Bike South Island

    “Our Weka trip was AWESOME from start to finish. The South Island has so many wonderful locations, and all those we rode or hiked through were outstanding. The trip avoided crowded locations for all but the most iconic venues - Aoraki, Milford Sound - which I certainly appreciated. The result was a feeling of remoteness most fitting for an adventure trip. As a competitive mountain biker, I was worried that the rides would be too tame and boring. Not the case! The surroundings were always deeply interesting, and I was able to add riding in various ways to get a great workout every day. The capper was our day off in Queenstown, when (together with our guides Nick and Elder, and cheered on by Ellie and Tess) I was able to race in the Motatapu MTB Race! WAY too much fun.
    Our tour group really came together, laughing and cheering each other on for the whole 14 days. Some really great conversations in the bus, on the trail, at meals. Folks went out of their way to support and encourage each other. This was set in motion by our fabulous tour guides, Nick and Elder. They made every aspect of the trip fresh and exciting, from natural history, to human history, geology, current NZ conditions. Great senses of humor, really engaged every one of us. Managed the whole trip with impeccable dexterity - so pro! Yet so spontaneous. And, not to be taken for granted at all, Nick is a great driver.
    We will gladly look to tour with you all again, especially a bike trip.”
    David Redding – California, United States March 2018
  • Weka

    “Really, really liked this trip. Of course the bike trails and scenes were spectacular, but the food and the people and the guides made it extra special. Everyday was a whirlwind of adventure. Thank you.”
    Peter Hodson – Ontario, Canada March 2018
  • Weka - New Zealand

    “Wow!! What a trip! This hiking & biking tour was breath-taking both figuratively and literally. Our guides made our adventure challenging, yet fun. They were knowledgeable, encouraging and you could tell they are truly passionate about what they do. This tour captured all the great highlights of New Zealand staying just off the beaten path so we could really experience the diverse beauty and savory tastes of the island. Our group enjoyed ourselves so much we are already discussing another Active Adventure trip in 2019. Thank you Active Adventures for a wonderful experience!”
    Sue Stohrer – California, United States March 2018
  • Kiwis Are Special People

    “I really had fun. Tori and Steve (the real Steve) did a great job as we traveled the Southern Island in Bruce (the mini bus). This trip is properly named “Active Adventure “ we were active and had a great adventure. The group of nine strangers got along really well. I felt well cared for and safe even during cyclone Gita. The accommodations were outstanding and the food was awesome. Tori’s packed lunches were delicious and filling. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful island nation with me. Cheers, Mikey”
    Mikey Connor – Wisconsin, United States March 2018
  • Fantastic Holiday!

    “We had been planning this trip for almost a year and it lived up to and beyond our expectations. Biking is such a brilliant way to see a place and Active Adventures did an outstanding job to showcase so many beautiful places. Biking with water on one side and the mountains as a backdrop was so awesome. Our two guides were wonderful and so knowledgeable; they were flexible and eager to help out or give information to enrich our holiday experience.”
    Nell Johnstone – Ontario, Canada March 2018
  • Weka Biking Trip

    “Outstanding experience with great guides and very enjoyable group. The trip was very well organized and is truly active so really great for people that have experience riding and are in great shape. The guides were outstanding with great local knowledge and experience.”
    Herb Willer – Ontario, Canada February 2018
  • Melissa's Weka Adventure

    “I knew from pictures taken by family that New Zealand is a beautiful place but the beauty is much deeper than the eye can see. Everyone we came in contact with was wonderful and I can't think of enough superlatives to describe our guides, Nick and Elder. The trip was above our expectations. The biking was varied and interesting and the hikes worth every step. The food was too good and we enjoyed the variation in accommodations. We would go back and do it again.”
    Melissa Contos – Virginia, United States February 2018
  • Amazing!

    “What a great trip! The scenery exceeded our already-high expectations! And the guides were so good (plus the fact that we would like to see New Zealand in the winter), we are already thinking about our next trip with Active Adventures!”
    Ron Clark, III – Virginia, United States February 2018
  • Fantastic Active Trip

    “We've completed 5 other group bike trips in Europe and we had a fantastic time with Active Adventures in New Zealand! We felt like we saw the entire South Island, and the vantage point gained by biking and hiking was truly unique. The guides were amazing and the meals they prepared were top-notch. Great travel companions and a fantastic trip!”
    Sara Weis – Ohio, United States February 2018
  • Exceptional Adventure

    “The 'Weka' trip surpassed all my expectations. Our guides were attentive, supportive and always full of good humor. The scope and breadth of the trip was remarkable. So many environments and landscapes, each more beautiful than the last. The biking and hiking was challenging and worth the effort. This was the perfect introduction to the South Island and definitely whet my appetite to return and see more.”
    Elizabeth Lowe – Vermont, United States February 2018
  • Fantastic Trip on the South Island

    “We had a wonderful trip on the South Island. The Guides Nick and Tory were fantastic, always there for you and motivated to have us experience everything in a positive way. Their knowledge of the island and the people really added to the experience, their true love for their country. Everyday was filled with adventure and excitement. The group bonded well. We had great fun together. The rides and hiking were breathtaking.”
    Karen Willer – Ontario, Canada January 2018
  • Perfect Combination of Biking, Hiking, Alps, Lakes and Ocean

    “Our Weka adventure was exciting and challenging from Day 1 to Day 14. The biking days were great fun and let us explore areas where we were often the only ones on the track. The hikes provided us with views which were spectacular. Our guides, Tory and Nick, were terrific at sharing information about the history of New Zealand and Maori legends. We could not have hoped for a more beautiful and joyful experience.”
    Rich Gramann – Texas, United States January 2018
  • Weka Adventures

    “New Zealand by mountain bike was quite beautiful as well as challenging, we could not have asked for more!”
    John Craven – Texas, United States January 2018
  • Best Trip Everrr!!

    “This was a great trip. Nick and Elder were great guides. They were always energetic and cheerful. They provided great food and prep was always made to seem effortless. Scenery was great...obviously. People were friendly. Everything was clean.”
    Mary Beer – Minnesota, United States June 2017
  • New Zealand WEKA

    “This was our eighth and absolutely best active vacation we've had - a combination of breath taking views and scenery, great guides, amazing megs,and group that really got along together. This was the best trip we've had ever.”
    Ken Hendren – California, United States March 2017
  • Trip of a lifetime!!!

    “WOW, all I can say is WOW. We have done 7 other bike trips with 3 other companies and this one is by far our favorite! ”
    Nancy Hendren – California, United States March 2017
  • Our Excellent NZ Adventure

    “I rarely post reviews- good or bad, but in this case, I felt compelled to complement Active Adventures on the stellar service they provided my wife and I on our 2 week tour of the south island of New Zealand. The guides, Nick and Elder, were exemplary, pointing out interesting facts and details on almost anything we asked. Their playful banter put us all at ease, and a very real camaraderie developed with everyone on the trip. We couldn't be happier with our experience! ”
    Gordy Burton – California, United States March 2017
  • Weka Trip

    “Our first time to New Zealand and can't say enough about the beauty of this country. From the thousands of sheep to the crystal blue lakes and rivers - what beauty!! The trip was so well organized and our guides Nick & Elder were the best! They looked after our every need always in a courteous and friendly manner. They prepared several meals for us showcasing New Zealand and everyone was a feast - tasty, healthy and eye appealing. Two very talented fellows. The biking and hiking was challenging with varied terrain so we got plenty of exercise and everyone was ready for bed shortly after dinner! A great trip all around!”
    Gail Clayton – British Columbia, Canada February 2017
  • Exceeded expectations!

    “I choose the Weka trip with Active Adventures not really knowing much about this organization. I arrived with high expectations, after all I was in New Zealand on vacation. The Weka trip was absolutely "the best." I think that Active Adventures did an amazing job organizing a trip that offered great bike rides, each day got better and better! The people on the trip with me were fantastic, it felt like a family on the last night! The credit for this trip "being the best trip.....ever" goes to the guides we had. From setting up bikes each day for us, providing meals (actually cooking amazing things) to telling jokes on the bus, to being knowledgeable about New Zealand, and MOST important to always having a positive attitude setting the tone for this trip. Active Adventures thanks for a wonderful experience, and a huge thanks to Nick and Elder for being the best guides.... EVER!”
    Jillian Waldman – Colorado, United States February 2017
  • Memorable South Island NZ

    “This is one active trip with never a dull moment. We experienced real rain forest rain and snow capped mountains from afar and close up and personal. The contagious energy of the guides created a fun and physically challenging adventure.

    Leslie Horwitz-Beare – Ontario, Canada February 2017
  • Wonderful Adventure around the South Island

    “We do a lot of travelling and this was one of the best trips we have ever done. the guides - Elder and Nick - are top notch. Their attention to detail, sense of humour and advanced cooking skills made the trip. The weather made it a bit of a challenge, particularly on the west (wet) coast, but they kept our spirits up and all of us safe and sound. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who wishes to see and experience the most of what the South Island has to offer. In slightly less than 2 weeks. If you are mentally prepared for some coolish, wet weather, so much the better. This was an active trip, with many options for additional cycling and hiking, which we took advantage of - which made it all the better. Fitness helped a lot. A must do.”
    Murray Beare – Ontario, Canada February 2017
  • Fantastic Trip

    “This trip was among the most enjoyable and satisfying I have ever taken. The itinerary was a perfect mix of: biking and hiking, hard days and easy days, rainy locations and dry locations, and city vs. country. The bike trails were highly varied; each interesting and excellent in its own way. The two guides were fabulous: pleasant, competent, hard working, mature, and great cooks to boot. The gear, bus, hotels and meals were all good to excellent. And of course, the South Island itself is fantastic, with some of the most amazing things I have ever seen. I would encourage guests to stretch themselves on the last day and try to scramble up the 3,000 feet to Mueller Ridge for one of the most awe-inspiring vistas they will ever encounter. ”
    Dean McCauley – California, United States February 2017
  • Amazing Adventure!

    “Our trip to New Zealand with Active Adventures was one of my favorite vacations ever. The scenery was incredible with just the right amount of challenge on our bike rides and hikes. Our guides were truly amazing. Nick and Elder worked incredibly hard to make sure all of our needs were met. They are two terrific young men with nothing but positive attitudes and a love of the great outdoors. They shared lots of interesting facts and a good deal of the history of the places we visited. Nick and Elder have great senses of humor and are both sensational chefs as well. My vacation to New Zealand was amazing due in great part to the young men they are. Nick and Elder are perfect ambassadors for New Zealand and Active Adventures. ”
    Donna McCauley – California, United States February 2017
  • Best Guides ever!!!

    “We didn't have the best weather on this trip, but Nick and Elder were able to bring out the best in all of us. Their energy was boundless, their cooking was superb, and their humor and good natures made every day a pleasure.”
    Sherry Malone – New Mexico, United States January 2017
  • Weka---- Best day ever--14 days running

    “Capable, energetic and enthusiastic guides, great fun, exciting cycling. Exceptional vistas that took our breath away, sparking waterfalls, pristine mountains and streams, Variety of cycling from road to single track with some fun stream crossings. Guides prepared delicious meals with presentation worthy of a top end restaurant. Best Day Ever
    best trip we ever had.”
    Ben Thorlakson – Alberta, Canada January 2017
  • “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 States March 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, Canada March 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, Canada March 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, Canada March 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 States March 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, Canada February 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, Canada February 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 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, Canada February 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, Canada February 2016
  • Great trip

    “Our Private South Island Biking 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, Canada January 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, Canada January 2013

Why travel with Active Adventures?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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