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We operate supported cycling tours in the beautiful South Island, including the Otago Rail Trail and Alps 2 Ocean Trail. Our tours are well researched, meticulously planned, and expertly led by our team of dedicated guides. Ebikes are available.

We prefer to visit places far from the bustling tourist scene – places that are beautiful, sometimes remote, usually peaceful, and more often than not enhanced by the local communities that host us.

Our supported bike tours are on dedicated cycle trails, or on quiet rural country roads in areas of the country that offer stunning scenery and historical interest. We provide full vehicle support, so that those who do not wish to cycle the full distances may hop on and off as desired. Our tour packages include all transport and dedicated guides, accommodation, and most meals. We use good quality accommodation based on double/twinshare rooms (mostly with en-suite facilities), and catering is wholesome and plentiful. Current tour options include:

Otago Rail Trail
Alps 2 Ocean Trail
West Coast Wilderness Trail
Around the Mountains Trail
Queenstown Lakes Trail
Roxburgh Gorge Trail
West Coast Wilderness Trail
Wild West Coast Trail
Marlborough Wine Trail
Tasman Great Taste Trail
Canterbury Backcountry Trail

Rock & Pillar Station on the Otago Rail Trail

Rock & Pillar Station on the Otago Rail Trail

Enjoying the view in Mackenzie Country

Enjoying the view in Mackenzie Country

Taking 5 at Aoraki Mt Cook

Taking 5 at Aoraki Mt Cook

Magical Fiordland beech forest

Magical Fiordland beech forest

Contact Details

Email: info@puretrailsnewzealand.co.nz

Website: PureTrails New Zealand

Phone: 0800 222 775

Phone (intl): +64 21 178 8287

Christchurch Address:
PO Box 1638 Christchurch

Operating Season And Hours: September to May Trips from May - September are run on demand for groups of 4+ people

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The base for our South Island wide tours is located near Christchurch airport. We provide courtesy pick ups for tours departing from here from the surrounding area and city centre. A list of recommended accommodations in Christchurch is provided at the time of booking.

45 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

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Anne Duncan

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

These guys are fantastic! They take care of everything. Quality accommodation, fabulous food.... and lots of fun. The cycles were top quality, and the guides very knowledgeable and friendly. I have done three of these trips this summer and every one has been a wonderful experience. I'll be back for more!

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Fiona

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

West Coast Wilderness Way. Pure Trails have this sorted - excellent bikes for the terrain, good accommodation, good food, very relaxed but efficient guiding (Terry - thank you!) and even good weather. This was an experience I will treasure.

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Thanks for your review Fiona, I'm pleased you enjoyed the trip and did not suffer too much from the sandflies!

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Nick Smith

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

My wife, a cycling novice, and I completed the Central Otago Rail Trail in March 2016. The bikes provided were in excellent condition. The guide (Joyce) was superb, and fun. The accomodation was excellent and the food provided was also beyond reproach. The side trips including curling were great fun, and the group of 13 rapidly coalesced and enjoyed each other. The scenery was extraordinary and we were lucky with the weather with a little rain and mist but mostly sunshine and clear views.
We intend to return soon to do another grade 1 tour and would absolutely recommend Pure Trails for anyone with any level of cycling experience.

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Thanks for your review Nick, I'm pleased you enjoyed the Otago Rail Trail trip!

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David Darmanin

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

My wife and I went on the Alps to Ocean trip and had a great time. The trip was extremely well organized; food and accommodation was excellent. John K. was a happy, helpful, knowledgeable and unflappable guide. The bikes suited the terrain. The route was well chosen with a variety of bike path surfaces and scenery.
When the cycling got too tough (a few times!) the bus was always there.
David & Barbara Darmanin

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Thanks for your review David, it's great to know you enjoyed the Alps to Ocean Trail trip!

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Sam

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

My husband and I went on the Alps2Ocean cycle trail with PureTrails New Zealand in January 2016. We had a fantastic time. The route itself is beautiful, but challenging for a non-cyclist like myself, however I felt a real sense of achievement in finishing the 314km route.

PureTrails were a great outfit to travel with. Everything was well organised, accomodation was basic, but clean and well located, the bikes were very good and ideal for the route and the food selections were good, hearty and tasty ... just what you needed after a day of riding. Our guide, Peter, was great. He made sure we all knew where we were going, got there and had fun along the way. He was a fountain of information and really enjoyed what he was doing.

I would recommend both the route and PureTrails. It was a great experience.

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Thanks for your review Sam, it's great to know you enjoyed the Alps to Ocean Trail trip!

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Janelle Varlow

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

What an amazing experience! My husband and I completed the Ride the Hurunui ride in a smaller than normally accepted group and we had an experience way beyond our expectations. Peter was a knowledgeable and interesting guide who stepped in to replace Hillary at the last minute as she had caught chicken pox from her children. Peter's wife, Chris, joined us at the Mt Lyford Lodge and walked the Kaikoura Peninsula with us. She proved to be a fountain of information just like Peter. Every aspect of the tour - bikes, accommodation, transport vehicles and support were all top quality and we could not fault a thing. It proved to be a really different way to "see NZ"! My husband has been to NZ about a dozen times but only to snow ski and it was my first trip so for a pair of Aussies who knew little about what NZ had to offer, we came away with wonderful memories that not many visitors would experience. We chose an easy ride because I only took up cycling when I retired last Christmas but found the riding to be well rated and within my capabilities. In fact, it left us hungry for more and we are already planning our next trip which will likely be the Otago Trail. Absolutely without doubt, it will choose to book with Pure Trails New Zealand - you cannot go past them.

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Thanks for your review Janelle, I was gutted to have to pull out with chicken pox - I hope Peter did not tell too many bad jokes!

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Julie B

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

For anyone wanting to experience an extremely well organised, fun, challenging biking adventure in stunning surrounds - this is for you! My primary goal was to cycle in NZ and to have the organisation, planning and regional information/knowledge provided locally. Hilary and John K provided all of these things and more during my 5 day Mackenzie Country trip. From the time we were fitted for the bikes to the time we were dropped off at the hotel at the conclusion of the trip everything was managed professionally, with great efficiency, flexibility and good humour. As previous reviewers have also noted the accommodation and food were fantastic and the interesting and knowledgeable commentary added yet another degree of enjoyment. Thanks to John and Hilary for making this such a wonderful and memorable holiday and to my happy band of co travellers too.

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Thanks for your review Julie, it was a real treat for to help guide your trip last week, glad you enjoy the Mackenzie Country

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ross murray

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Recently toured the Tasman Great Trail. 5 days of absolute magical cycling in rain free weather. The organisation from pre trip advice to the actual daily activities was superb. Tour guide John was efficient, friendly and an absolute expert on every thing NZ.
Nothing was a trouble to John including those "lost" moments we all had even after pretty clear directions! John would always proceed to any point that required further instructions so the confidence to freewheel along was never a problem.
The accommodation and food were spot on, all high quality and enjoyable for those important "relaxation" moments.
We will be back,
Ross Murray

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Thanks for your review Ross, we look forward to seeing you again!

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Helen Bryan

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

I booked to do the Great Taste tour thinking it was called that by PureTrails. I discovered that is the name of the particular cycle track we used. Regardless of that I think it is a perfect name for PureTrails to call this trip as it gave me a GREAT TASTE of NZ, cycling, food, accommodation, company ,guides on a PureTrails trip. I will definitely be doing further tours with them & wholeheartedly recommending the company & The Great Taste tour in particular to others.

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Thanks for your review Helen, I'm pleased you enjoyed your Great Taste of NZ with us!

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Dianne Kidd

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I know this sounds boring but last year I did the West Coast Wilderness mountain biking with Pure Trails. Wrote a rave review. Told my husband / friends about it and this year I did it again. Has to be one of the BEST trails in NZ. We had fine weather (again) which was a bonus but some of the most pristine and spectacular scenery. Diverse and exciting. Once again hosted and organised by the professional, friendly and efficient Pure Trails New Zealand team. Cannot recommend them highly enough.

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Hi Dianne, Thanks for your review - so pleased the tour lived up to your expectations for a second time! Cheers Hilary

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Mary Karl

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The Hurunui trip was fabulous. Hilary was a great guide, helpful and interesting. I would recommend this trip to all Grade one bikers.
Thanks Pure Trails.

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Hi Mary, Thanks for your review. I'm pleased to see you enjoyed the trip even with me guiding it ;) We look forward to seeing you all again on the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Cheers Hilary

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Diana Houtman

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We cycled the Wild West Coast tour which was extremely well organised. Five days without rain! Being mature cyclists we had to walk up hills on two or three occasions, but we managed the whole distance with the younger people.; :Plenty of variety in areas ridden - bush, coast, farmland, plus visits to ghost mine, Pancake Rocks, Oparara Arch & places off the beaten track. Saw a lot we would have missed if on our own. Our guide had great knowledge of the area.. Good accommodation & meals.

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Hi Diana, thanks for your review. It's great to hear you enjoyed our Wild West Coast cycle tour. It's funny to see you refer to people aged 49 - 58 as the 'younger people'! It just goes to show '70 is the new 60' and age is no barrier to enjoying our trips! Well done for completing the trip. Cheers Hilary

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Geoff Bartlett

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We recently completed the West Coast Wilderness Trail from Greymouth to Ross.
Everything about the trip was great.
Well organised.
The guide/driver very professional.
Transport. Comfortable
Accommodation. Perfect.
Meals. Day 2 sandwiches were the best
Weather.. Perfect.
Great experience.
Day 2 ride was the best through the bush

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Hi Geoff, Thanks for your review. Pleased to hear you enjoyed the West Coast Wilderness Trail tour, and I agree, the ride from Kumara to Lake Kaniere is the best! Followed closely by the Kaniere water race section... Cheers Hilary