Often the hardest part of your whole travel experience is choosing the right cycle tour for you.

People come on cycle holidays for different reasons, whether it be to challenge yourself, indulge in great food & wine, see new places, or join in the camaraderie of a group of like-minded individuals (or all of the above!)

Our Pure Trails NZ cycle rides level of difficulty gradings are intended to provide an insight into the GENERAL riding conditions of each grade and cycle tour package so that you can choose tours that will suit your riding ability.

Please note that on all of our tours we have a support vehicle available so at any stage on your trip you are welcome to ‘give your bike a rest’ and catch a ride with the guide if desired. Likewise, if you are wanting a more challenging experience, our guide can put together some cycling extensions to really give you a work out!

trail-grade-01Grade 1:

Routes on terrain such as cycle trails, rail trails, or rural roads with a flat/slight incline or minor undulations, possibly with some short gentle climbs. Surface likely to be gravel or sealed. Distances cycled range from 25-50km per day. For this grade we recommend an average level of fitness, and limited cycling experience is acceptable.

trail-grade-02Grade 2:

Routes on terrain such as cycle trails, rail trails, and rural roads with a flat incline or with minor to moderate undulations, and some climbs. Surfaces range from seal to gravel, with some gravel areas rough in places. Distances cycled range from 25-65km per day. For this grade we recommend an average level of fitness. Cycling experience is necessary, as well as the ability to change gears proficiently.

 

Tours Available:
Alps to Ocean Trail EPIC
West Coast Wilderness Trail (Day 2)
Queenstown Lakes Trail
Around the Mountains Trail

If you do minimal training before your Grade 2 cycle tour or are not ‘cycle fit’, you may find that you are not able to cycle all of the sections of the trails and may require the use of our support vehicle.

trail-grade-03Grade 3:

Routes on terrain such as cycle trails and rural roads with moderate to steeper undulations and some longer climbs. Surfaces range from seal to gravel, with some gravel areas rough in places. Distances cycled range from 25-80km per day. For this grade we recommend an above average level of fitness. Cycling experience is necessary, as well as the ability to change gears proficiently.

 

Tours Available:

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