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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

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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48 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 2 of 4.

Mary Karl's avatar

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.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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

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fgiacoma

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Everything about this trip was superb!! Biking was diverse and challenging around spectacular scenery. Accommodation and food were very good. I would recommend this experience to everyone. I definitely became much more confident in my riding so thank you for that. PureTrails is well organized and our guide was fantastic. My Kiwi friends were the icing to the cake. Wonderful people!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Hi Francine, Thanks for your review. It is great to hear you enjoyed our Queenstown Lakes Trails cycle trip! Cheers Hilary

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Ian Anderson

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

My wife and I rode two of their tours in quick succession, the Tasman Taste and the Hurunui and really enjoyed ourselves. (Especially going downhill,adds my wife.) Amazingly, Hilary and colleagues did so much meticulous research into their routes that they were very often flat or down hill. This reflects that many of the tours are ideal for older cyclists who want to enjoy the wonderful scenery as much as been first up the mountain.
I really enjoyed the Hurunui Tour, especially the very wet day riding the track that follows the Clarence River through Molesworth Station country. We were very wet and muddy at the end of it but all the hotels were excellent with welcome hot water!
The penultimate day was a long descent to Kaikoura, when we were fit enough not to notice the climbs and could appreciate the fantastic countryside.
We plan to come back and do some more when we can, having made such good friends with our cycling "team" and with our guides and drivers.
Highly recommended.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Hi Ian & Chrissie, Thanks so much for your review. It was a real pleasure to join in on the Hurunui trip with you both and enjoy the cycling also (even the fun muddy day at Molesworth!) John W was surprised and amazed to see you on Rabbit Island again after Christmas, enjoying that section of trail a second time around! Cheers, Hilary

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Jane Geldenhuys

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A memorable tour with well thought out daily rides and other activities. It was a fun group with our excellent guide John and support from Hilary. We saw such a good variety of the countryside, were so well fed and accommodated along the way. Highly recommended.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Hi Jane, Thanks for your review! It was a real treat for me to be able to get out of the office and come along for the ride on this trip and join in the camaraderie for a change! A great week ;) Cheers Hilary

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Ros Noone

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

We did a supported Alps to Ocean Ride in a small group. The tour was incredibly well organised, accommodation was good and our guide, John, was outstanding. I would definitely consider using this company again and recommend it to others. We had fun!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Hi Ros, Thanks for your review - it's great to hear you enjoyed our Alps to Ocean Trail tour! Cheers Hilary

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Peter Hales

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

We did the Hurunui ride with 8 riders over 5 days. The tour was excellent with good accommodation and good food. The ride is a mixture of cycling and visiting assorted attractions and vineyards along the way. It would not be a challenge for a serious cyclist however the two strong serious cyclists in our group very much enjoyed the experience. There was occasional gravel on the ride which needs great respect as even experienced cyclists can come to grief on such a surface. Highly recommended and we hope to do another of PureTrail's trips. Peter, Sydney

Reviewed about 4 years ago

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Hi Peter, Thanks for your review - great to hear you all enjoyed the trip. Cheers Hilary

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David Vinsen

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

An excellent experience; two relatively unfit mid-60s cyclists (with no recent experience), in a group of 13 friends and colleagues, we had a great time. Well planned; knowledgeable, friendly guide; top accommodation, high quality bikes, good food, well-paced, etc. Not a challenge for serous cycluts, but an excellent experience for mere mortals and ordinary people. If you don't enjoy this trip, it's your own fault.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Hi David, It's great to see you enjoyed the Otago Rail Trail tour so much! Cheers Hilary

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Denise McMahon

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

10 from Australia had a marvellous 5 days with PureTrails.
While we traversed gravel paths, something we are not familiar with here, we grumbled a bit but got soon accepted them for what they are. PureTrails is an excellent team of professionals. Johns care, commentary and driving skills were comforting; we never felt worried. The food on the Central Otago Rail ride was constant, plentiful and excellent. The bed rooms were brilliant - in all it was much more than we expected. We will probably do another PureTrail ride one day.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Hi Denise,
Thanks so much for your comments - we look forward to hosting you on another cycle trail one day. Cheers Hilary

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Caroline Barber

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

A delightful experience.
Would recommend to anyone.
Everything and more than we expected.
Great accommodation and Food.
Thank you Hiliary ... and Terry
Caroline and Peter

Reviewed over 4 years ago

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Hi Caroline & Peter
Thanks very much for your comments. Hope to see you in the Blue Mountains one day! Cheers Hilary

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cmh

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

The Southern Lakes and Mountains Explorer was a wonderful tour, combining a diverse range of sceneries and experiences. The guides were knowledgeable and personable, helping to ensure a very relaxed and comfortable group. All our accommodation had been carefully selected to include not only different styles, but wonderful surroundings and outlooks. Our meals too, were all excellent. It was exactly the sort of holiday I wanted - well planned, relaxed, quality food and experiences, no glitches - but which clearly requires a lot of research, planning and local knowledge to pull off effectively. Well done PureTrails!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2013

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John Marchment

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We had always thought of cycling the Otago Rail Trail and in October 2013 a number of circumstances came together to make it possible. We are well past the age where cycling with backpack and camping is attractive and on the advice of some New Zealand friends we opted to travel with Pure Trails. I must admit that I was a bit miffed to read in the small print that bike hire was extra (on a cycling trip?) but in the end went along with it. It turned out that our party of four, Granddad, Grandma, mother and grandson, were the only people on the first trip. We had brand new bikes, a first class guide, John W., and a large 10-seater van to travel in with plenty of room to stow all our gear. From the early morning Wednesday pick up at our hotel in Christchurch to the drop off at Christchurch airport on Sunday evening the whole time was a wonderful experience and one we cannot recommend highly enough. The games we had taken to keep the 10 year old occupied in the evenings were never used and every waking moment was taken up with all sorts of activities. After cycling until three or four o’clock, John W. would whisk us away in the van to meet interesting people and/or visit local sights. After dinner bed seemed very attractive, especially with the generally early morning starts! We are not going to describe the trip in detail as our advice is to go and do it. The accommodation was splendid, the meals were superb – in fact the one reservation I had on the whole trip was that there was generally too much food available – and for once the weather was on our side. Apart from the first morning’s mist we had mainly sunny days and although it was very early spring we did cycle in T-shirts on occasions. We cannot praise Pure Trails enough – the whole trip had been carefully thought out and the plans were reasonably flexible – our final comment is that if you want to cycle the Rail Trail in relative comfort pick Pure Trails – they really do know what they are doing.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

John... it was a pleasure to host your family on the Trail. All the best Hilary (& John)