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We operate supported cycling tours in the beautiful South Island, including the Otago Rail Trail. Our tours are well researched, meticulously planned, and expertly led by our team of dedicated guides. We aim to provide exceptional hassle free tours.

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: October to May

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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 3 of 4.

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pauart

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Pure Trails was fantastic from start to finish. Great food, bikes, historic accommodation and side trips. Our guide Hillary knew many interesting people and took us on several trips to view off the track towns. No hesitation in booking again. A very relaxing holiday. Paul

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Hi Paul, Thanks for your review - I had a wonderful week on the trail too - keep up the cycling! Cheers Hilary

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jennic

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

We cycled the Canterbury Back Country tour...was our first visit to NZ and first tour with PureTrails, was excellent:

very knowledgeable tour guide
excellent organisation of rides meals etc.
great accommodation in remote places e.g. Glenfalloch Station
great way to experience high country e.g. Erewhon Station
good balance of riding challenges & rest
good quality mountain bikes
good with small group of friends
gravel road surfaces were more stoney than expected

Very fortunate to have good weather and see fresh snow on mountains, spectacular! First holiday have come home fitter than when we left.

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Hi Jenni - Thanks very much for your review - the pictures from your trip were just stunning with all the fresh snow! Cheers Hilary

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shoanthomson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We biked the West Coast with Pure Trails had a great time. Accommodation and Food was great. Tour guides wonderful and the scenery was amazing. Best part was biking down from the Denniston mines 600 metres above sea level. This is our 3rd trip with Pure Trails we have also done McKenzie Country and Molesworth and they have all have been very worth while trips. Bring it on for next year which one to pick

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Maryel

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

After many attempts to do the Otago Rail Trail independently with friends, and getting nowhere, I decided that 2012 was the year to do the Trail. I chose PureTrails NZ after researching other tours. It quickly stood out to me as the best group to travel with, and I have never regretted my decision from my initial contact to make my booking. Loved every minute of the Trail and it exceeded my expectations. PureTrails gave value for money, and the people I travelled with were great fun and easy to get on with. Autumn colours were spectacular along with the surrounding scenery. John, our guide, was helpful with a good sense of fun, knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble. The food was excellent as was the accommodation. Loved staying at Dunstan House in Clyde - a real treat. Could not fault anything, even the weather, and enjoyed myself totally thanks to PureTrails and their excellent arrangements in all departments.

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smithereen

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

My partner and I cycled the Otago Rail Trail with Puretrails. They organised everything for us ( including our vegetarian meals)! Our accomodation, company, food and tour guide were all superb. We had a wonderful time on excellent bikes supplied by the company. The tiny isolated towns in Central South Island are a delight to visit and the scenery is too. We are New Zealanders and could have organised our own trip quite easily but decided to have it all done for us. You need to train a bit if you are not a cyclist but we only did a few hours per week for a couple of months and that was adequate. Thioroughly recommend this tour company and the rail trail experience.

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cribble

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

The degree of support was well targeted to the participants needs for this bike tour of the Central Otago Rail Trail. Great side-activities (curling, farm tour etc), very comfortable accommodation, great food. Knowledgeable and helpful guide, very good pre/post tour administration/organisation. We do not hesitate to recommend this Company.

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AlanWillow

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Thank you Pure Trails for an experience in the Mackenzie Basin which exceeded our greatest expectations. The weather, food, accommodation and equipment was faultless and nothing was a bother to the guides. Will certainly look forward to another trip with this excellent organisation.

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FrancesJ

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Well organized, quality equipment, great value for money. Would use them again.

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frankie

Ranking: 10/10

I was nervous booking as i was travelling on my own, but it was absolutely brilliant. Travelling with a great group of friendly people and superb guides. Amazing west coast cycling/sightseeing 5 day trip. Every detail taken care of. Fantastic food, accommodation, and great scenery. Definitely worth every cent!.

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maureenmf

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Our 2nd tour with Pure Trails. Friendly helpful guides. great accommodation. Good bikes.Great food &helpful with special diet requirements.Looking forward to another tour with Pure Trails!

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JennyT

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We have just returned from a wonderful trip cycling the West Coast - great guides,food,accomodation,scenery even the weather!!! All had a ball - nothing was too much trouble.This was our second trip with Pure Trails and are looking forward to our 3rd next year.

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Woods

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We had a great time on the West Coast Tour. Organisation was extremely good with plenty of emails sent prior to the trip to remind us of dates. The trip was good mixture of biking and sightseeing breaking it up. Our guides were very good and we were left with the feeling that nothing was too much trouble. Accommodation was very good and meals were also very good.
This is the seond time we have used Puretrails and would certainly use them again. Already we have recommended them to others.

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upmack

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Congratulations PureTrails on an excellant, well planned and presented "Ride the Wild West" bike tour. This experience ticked all my boxes- fun, laughter, great company and beautiful scenery.
Our friendly tour guides were patient, considerate, well organised and very informative.
Accomodation was well chosen, clean and comfortable and the yummy food was plentiful with lots of extra healthy snacks and drinks.
I found our beautiful scenic ride (on quality bikes) not too difficult although sometimes challenging ... but we were given plenty of riding options..
Having already done the "Southern Lakes & Mountains" hike with Pure Trails I am already planning and looking forward to my next bike ride with a group of friends from Australia......and thank you also for helping the three Aussies girls celebrate a memorable Australia Day!!