Moderate +
43 – 88 km/day
Avg Distance
October to April
Best season
8 Days/8 Nights

Cantebury / West Coast

Wild, rugged and expansive landscapes, farmlands encompassing every shade of green, braided glacial rivers stemming from the snowcapped mountains of the Southern Alps and hidden thermal reserves are just some of the features you will discover on our epic coast to coast cycle tour. Experience 8 days of challenging cycling and two spectacular train journeys, taking you from the East coast to the West Coast and back again.

A wild and wondrous journey including two of the world’s most scenic train journeys and a feast of dramatic landscapes; rugged coastlines, raging rivers, mountainous peaks, thermal reserves and native beech forests. Travel into the heart of the Southern Alps to the parklands of the Lewis Pass, where snowcapped mountains surround you and steam billows from natural hot spring pools. From the Lewis, journey along the Buller River to the breathtaking beauty of the untamed west coast, where you will cradle the wild coastline to Greymouth.

“We had a great time of our group cycle tour of the South Island. We felt that we were able to see so much in such a short period or time and the design of this tour is definantly what made that possible. It was also a great challenge and a huge achieviment for both of us to ride from one side of the island to the other.”
Jennifer and Duncan Anderson Australia


Day 1: Tranz Alpine Train to Kaikoura

Christchurch to Kaikoura – Take the Tranz Alpine Train from Christchurch to Kaikoura through some of New Zealand’s finest horticultural  and farmland areas.

Day 2: Kaikoura to Lyford Village

Distance: 60.4 km Altitude gain: + 1191 m
Kaikoura to Lyford Village – A spectacular ride on remote roads into the valleys of the Kaikoura range. Overnight in an alpine retreat with breath-taking scenery and a large stone fireplace.

Day 3: Lyford Village to Hanmer Springs

Distance: 81.8 km Altitude gain: +685 m
Lyford Village to Hanmer Springs – Continue through the valley to Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve, where you can rest your legs in the natural geothermal pools. 

Day 4: Hanmer Springs to Muruia Springs

Distance: 78.6 km Altitude gain: +1346 m
Hanmer Springs to Muruia Springs – Wind your way along the banks of the Lewis river to the remote sanctuary of Maruia Springs alpine thermal reserve.

Day 5: Muruia Springs to Murchison

Distance: 98.7 km Altitude gain: +862 m
Muruia Springs to Murchison – An undulating ride through lush beech forests to the white water capital of New Zealand.

Day 6: Murchison to Westport

Distance: 103 km Altitude gain: +1231 m
Murchison to Westport – Ride through the spectacular Buller Gorge, famous for the Epic New Zealand road cycling race “Source to Sea”.

Day 7: Westport to Punakaiki

Distance: 82.1 km Altitude gain: + 1042 m
Westport to Punakaiki – Cradle the wild West Coast as you descend around the Westport peininsula to the region of Punakaiki and Pancake Rocks.

Day 8: Punakaiki to Greymouth

Distance: 30.4 km Altitude gain: + 191 m
Punakaiki to Greymouth – Enjoy a leisurely morning spin to Greymouth where you will return by train to the East Coast on the Tranz Alpine train.

Kaikoura Boutique Hotel
This is one seriously enchanting boutique hotel on Kaikoura’s waterfront esplanade. Having undergone a total transformation in style and service following the November 2016 earthquake, the hotel has gone from great to magnificent. Everything has been sumptuously reinvented – “elegantly out-there” – paying particular attention to hospitality, lighting, and style, inside and out. All guest rooms are delightfully stylish and comfortable – our beds and bedding still the best. The dining room (serves breakfast for in-house guests and superb barista-made coffee all day) and the swanky outdoor areas have taken the hotel to another place in terms of hospitality, but it’s the addition of a champagne bar that has delivered magnificence.

Mt. Lyford Lodge

Nestled on the foothills of the Inland Kaikoura mountain range, one of the largest log cabins in the Southern Hemisphere awaits you. Home to breath-taking scenery, mouthwatering food, and a cosy atmosphere that only a log cabin can provide, Mt Lyford Lodge is your ideal alpine retreat. Visit us today to enjoy the traditional log cabin feel, indulge in our on-site restaurant, or simply just enjoy a refreshing drink at our bar.

The St. James

Hanmer Springs is the perfect alpine holiday location.  We are only a small village but we have all the ingredients for a great holiday and there is something for everyone whether it be relaxation or adventure activities that you are looking for.

Discover the forest walks, enjoy a mountain tramp, try mountain biking, jet boating, golf or treat yourself to a relaxing massage and some time at the thermal pools. Check out the boutique stores, cafes and restaurants and yes the village has a Supermarket, Garage, Library and Bottle Store.

Maruia Hot Springs

Immerse yourself in the ultimate outdoor experience at Maruia Hot Springs. Connect with nature as you sauna and bathe in mineral hot springs and take in the views of the river and surrounding mountains. Stay and indulge in the middle of this picturesque national reserve and explore the area on a number of hiking trails around the property.

Murchison River Lodge

This is found 2km away from the city centre. It has a beautiful landscape with a 3 acre compound and gardens. Murchison River Lodge consists of 14 double rooms, 5 single rooms, 8 dormitories with basic cooking facilities and camp refrigerator. It has facilities such as: wide bar area, swimming pool 300 metres from lodge, single and double rooms, 8 dormitories, modern showers and toilets, self-contained rooms, tight security, fully stocked bar which is open from 6.30am to 1.30am, a superb restaurant open from 7.30am to 9.30pm, spacious verandas with fantastic views.

Birds Ferry Lodge

Venture out to explore a wild landscape steeped in Maori and European history, or curl up by the fire with a book and a glass of wine, to the sigh of the ocean. No live television, no landline, no clocks, but with many small luxuries and a commitment to the environment, it’s the perfect retreat for indulgent relaxation. Explore on your own or ask us to create a personalised package including private transfers. Let us pamper you at Birds Ferry Lodge.

Punakaiki Resort

This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Situated in Paparoa National Park just 300 meters from the magnificent Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, the beachfront Punakaiki Resort offers comfortable, environmentally friendly accommodation with rainforest and ocean views.

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