PureTrails New Zealand

PureTrails New Zealand



51 Rankers Reviews

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3 Cycling

4 Christchurch



Rock & Pillar Station on the Otago Rail Trail
Enjoying the view in Mackenzie Country
Taking 5 at Aoraki Mt Cook
Magical Fiordland beech forest


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


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyChristchurch


  • Cycling

Operating Season And Hours

September to May
Trips from May - September are run on demand for groups of 4+ people





Showing 13 reviews of 51.

Alias Gertrude's avatar

Alias Gertrude

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliantly organised and so glad we worked through Pure Trail, Christchurch. Thanks Hillary and also Sue, our most informative and organised tour guide. Fantastic scenery, food better than average.

Reviewed 10 days ago

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helen mclean

Ranking: 10/10

Fabulous trip....a bit of pushing with a non electric bike but they pushed also. Great places to stay and the food was amazing.
John does a great job and it was good to see him again....looking to book the around the mountain for next year.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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John Hayman

Ranking: 9/10

I have just completed the Round the Mountain Bike tour with Pure Trails. It was very well organised with first class accomodation and meals, including lovely picnic lunches, made so enjoyable by the great weather. Thanks to the two "John's" who were such competent and friendly leaders/drivers. Pure Trails greatly enhanced the basic Round the Mountain trail by adding the Te Anau to Manapouri leg. I would love to do another ride with them.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Michelle's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We enjoyed a great trip with Pure Trails, cycling the easy A2O. As a group of 61-69 year olds, we found the trip meticulously planned, the bikes of excellent quality and the accommodation and meal venues outstanding. Our guide, Terry, briefed us well on all aspects of the trail, so we were prepared for whatever was ahead. A thoroughly great experience and adventure.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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wendy mesley

Ranking: 9/10

we did the A2O - Alps to Ocean 'Epic" bike tour with Pure Trails. A fabulous ride. Quite rough on the trail but scenery spectacular. Our Pure Trails guide was excellent. Just a delightful person, interesting, nothing a problem, route explained well, food and lunch he provided were excellent.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Derwin Arnstead


Ranking: 10/10

We went on the Marlborough Wine Tour and a week later on the Otago Rail Trail. Both trips were excellent. Pure Trails looks after every detail. Meals were excellent, and we could pre-order daily what we wanted out of four or five choices. Accommodations was great as well. They have a large vehicle with trailer so there was lots of room for people and luggage. Group size was under 10 people which was great. The tour descriptions we received in advance were well detailed and accurate. The hosts were very accommodating with any additional requests. They check in with you along the trail and make sure one takes the correct turns, leaving no worry about getting lost. Cycles were top notch with trip computers on them. They offer additional options to start your tour or end your tour in a location other than Chridtchurch. Can't say enough good things!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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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!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

Fiona's avatar


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.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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's avatar

Nick Smith


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.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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


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

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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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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.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

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

Janelle Varlow's avatar

Janelle Varlow


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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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


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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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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