The Kaikoura Trail cycle tour is a collection of bike rides that Pure Trails have put together that showcase the South Island’s scenic North Canterbury, Kaikoura & Marlborough regions.
As well as some excellent cycle rides, this tour is great for people who enjoy wine tasting and pampering themselves, with the thermal hot pools and spa at Hanmer Springs guarantying relaxation. The food is also a highlight of this trip!
The 148km Kaikoura Trail cycle tour features 90% cycling on sealed roads and 10% cycling on gravel roads and trail. The riding is rated Grade 1 and there are a few gentle hills that can be skipped if desired.
There is vehicle support available at all times throughout the cycle tour. Refer to our Level of Difficulty gradings for more information.
Kaikoura Trail Cycle Tour Highlights
- Enjoy 148km of cycling featuring country landscapes, wild coastlines & vineyards
- Cycle alongside vineyards at Waipara and Marlborough
- Relax in Hanmer Springs Thermal Hot Pools
- Explore the stunning Kaikoura Coastline post-quake
- Enjoy winery lunches in Waipara & Marlborough
- Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Day 1 Christchurch to Hanmer Springs
The Kaikoura Wine Trail cycle tour gets underway as we head north to the Waipara grape growing region. Here we commence our first bike ride (14km) which takes you on a tour of the Waipara countryside and vineyards, before enjoying lunch at a cellar door. After lunch we travel a short distance in our support vehicle to our next cycle ride, through the lovely Scargill Valley, dotted with some of the farms original homesteads (22km). At the conclusion of the days cycling we head to the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs and our accommodation. Enjoy a soak in the thermal hot pools, before our evening meal.
Cycle Distance: 36km
Day 2 Hanmer Springs – Kaikoura
We head out of the Hanmer Basin on a scenic drive through the Hurunui area towards the rugged Kaikoura Coast. Cycle a quiet rural road that takes us alongside the wild Pacific Coast (17km). We transfer a short distance to Kaikoura and enjoy a picnic at South Bay, where dolphins and seals are often visible in the surf. Our next ride takes us on a scenic ride around the foothills of the Kaikoura Peninsula through farmland with lovely views of the mountains and ocean to our seaside accommodation. Enjoy a meal featuring fresh local seafood, straight from the fishing boats.
Cycle Distance: 35km
Day 3 Kaikoura – Blenheim
Travel along the stunning Kaikoura Coast, where the land changes following the November 2016 earthquakes are amazing to see as we head north. Our ride begins on a river terrace above the Awatere Valley. Ride through farmland and vineyards all the way to the sea at Clifford Bay at Yealand’s Estate Winery. Yealand’s is a world leader in sustainable wine production and as well as tasting the wines there is an opportunity to tour the spectacular Seaview vineyard. From here it is a short drive over to Blenheim and our accommodation for the next two evenings
Cycle Distance: 25km
Day 4 Blenheim
Today is your opportunity to taste the award winning wines of Marlborough on our Marlborough wineries bike trail. Cycle along the Taylor River out of suburbia and onto the scenic rural roads that dissect the sea of vineyards on the Wairau Plains. We stop off at numerous wineries where you can taste the local wines, get a coffee, or simply relax in the serene grounds. Stop at as many or as little wineries as you’d like throughout the day. Meet up for lunch at a cellar door, with further tasting opportunities available. We terminate the cycle ride here and following a leisurely lunch, transfer to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre where there is the option to view the impressive Knights of the Sky exhibition, featuring Sir Peter Jackson’s own collection of WW1 aircraft and artifacts. This evening we enjoy a celebratory meal together.
Cycle Distance: 37km
Day 5 Blenheim – Christchurch
This morning we head south back along the Kaikoura Coast, cycling or walking parts of the stunning coastline as development allows. After a refreshment stop at Kaikoura we return to Christchurch, arriving in the city by 5pm. Alternatively you can finish your journey in Blenheim after breakfast.
Cycle Distance: 15km
16 Jan 2022
What’s included in the Kaikoura Trail tour package?
- 4 nights twinshare ensuite accommodation
- 4 evening meals; 4 lunches; 4 continental breakfasts (indicated by B/L/D in the itinerary)
- fruit, snacks & morning teas on the trail
- the services of a tour leader who provides vehicle support & information
- cycle repair support
- all transport from/to Christchurch
- Goods & Services Tax of 15%