Canterbury High Country Trail

A tour for the alternative experience-seekers: jump off the well- ridden tourist trail and stretch your legs riding through Mid Canterbury’s dramatic glacial valleys and braided rivers. One for the bucket list.

About this tour

Collectively clocking in an impressive 180km of grade 1 cycle trails through Mid-Canterbury’s magnificent landscape, the Canterbury High Country tour is not to be missed.

Total Distance: 180km
Difficulty: Grade 1
Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights
Price From: $2,160 NZD pp
Start | End: Starts and finishes in Christchurch


Combining riding through vast plains with jaw-dropping mountain vistas as far as the eye can see, to cycling past the historic farmsteads of Canterbury’s early settlers and on to enjoying an exhilarating jet boat ride on the Rakaia River- this tour has it all.

  • Feast your eyes on the majestic vistas of the Southern Alps
  • Cycle Canterbury’s vast braided river valleys
  • Take an exhilarating jet boat ride on the Rakaia River
  • Visit Erewhon Station‘s famous Clydesdale horses

Tour Dates

If your preferred tour date below has been marked as ‘fully booked’, please get in touch with us. We may have cancellations, and therefore some space might become available.

8-12 Oct 2024$2160Spaces AvailableBook now
14-18 Jan 2025$2160Spaces AvailableBook now
25 Feb -1 Mar 2025$2160Spaces AvailableBook now
25-29 Mar 2025$2160Fully BookedBook now

There are no further plans for tours this season, but contact us if you want to register interest for a tour next season (September 2024 – May 2025).

Trail Map

This tour zigzags across the magnificent Canterbury Plains, passing through the magnificent Rakaia Gorge, atmospheric Methven and Mount Somers.


“The trip was a very worthwhile combination of cycling and visits to places of interest and significance in the Canterbury region. I highly recommend it for all, but especially older cyclists.

Well done PureTrails and I will certainly be recommending this tour and you to friends.”

Valarie Hart | Wellington, NZ