The tour company was established by Hilary Weller and her mother Sue, who were looking for ways to share their love of the beautiful outdoors of New Zealand and cycling NZ trails with others.
Initially guided walking tours around the South Island were offered, as well as a supported cycle tour of the Otago Rail Trail. Following the popularity of cycling in NZ, purpose built new cycle trails were developed under the guise of the ‘Nga Haerenga – The New Zealand Cycle Trail’. This led PureTrails New Zealand to developed numerous other South Island cycle trail tours, eventually focusing solely on cycling New Zealand from 2014.
Our cycle tours are extremely well organised and meticulously planned, ensuring your cycle tour experience is hassle free. Nothing is left to chance. We adopt a casual, empathetic and relaxed approach to daily tour leadership, resulting in an organised yet unobtrusive style of travel.
Our cycling New Zealand tours are designed primarily for the senior active traveller. It’s not to say that our tours are any less active, it just means the peer group is much the same age, averaging around 63 years. Most of our guiding team fall into this category too!
Over the years our business has expanded and we have been very lucky to find some wonderful individuals to help guide our tours, and develop PureTrails into one of the highest regarded tour operators in New Zealand. Other family members have also joined the team, bringing a lovely family oriented and personable feel to our organisation. We are dedicated to giving you a unique and memorable South Island cycle tour experience, and feel privileged to have this opportunity.