PureTrails New Zealand

PureTrails New Zealand


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Rock & Pillar Station on the Otago Rail Trail
Enjoying the view in Mackenzie Country
Taking 5 at Aoraki Mt Cook
Magical Fiordland beech forest


We operate supported cycling tours in the beautiful South Island, including the Otago Rail Trail and Alps 2 Ocean Trail. Our tours are well researched, meticulously planned, and expertly led by our team of dedicated guides. Ebikes are available.

We prefer to visit places far from the bustling tourist scene – places that are beautiful, sometimes remote, usually peaceful, and more often than not enhanced by the local communities that host us.

Our supported bike tours are on dedicated cycle trails, or on quiet rural country roads in areas of the country that offer stunning scenery and historical interest. We provide full vehicle support, so that those who do not wish to cycle the full distances may hop on and off as desired. Our tour packages include all transport and dedicated guides, accommodation, and most meals. We use good quality accommodation based on double/twinshare rooms (mostly with en-suite facilities), and catering is wholesome and plentiful. Current tour options include:

Otago Rail Trail
Alps 2 Ocean Trail
West Coast Wilderness Trail
Around the Mountains Trail
Queenstown Lakes Trail
Roxburgh Gorge Trail
West Coast Wilderness Trail
Wild West Coast Trail
Marlborough Wine Trail
Tasman Great Taste Trail
Canterbury Backcountry Trail


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyChristchurch


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Operating Season And Hours

September to May
Trips from May - September are run on demand for groups of 4+ people


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Lyndsey Saunders's avatar

Lyndsey Saunders

Ranking: 1/10

Our group of 8 booked a guided tour A2O, commencing March 2020.
Due to the coronavirus it was cancelled. We paid for food, accommodation, bike hire and a guide but received just a 50 percent cent refund.
Our group considered this a very unprofessional company as other companies in NZ did the right thing and gave a full refund, less the deposit, which was an admirable thing to do.
They also would not pick us up from our accommodation. Very poor service.
We would definitely not recommend this company.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in March 2020

Gordon's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We travelled the Alps2Ocean EASY with Hilary as our leader and it was fantastic.
The sections of the trail that we cycled had amazing scenery. PureTrails provided excellent support, accommodation, food and leadership.
We would happily join them for another cycling holiday.
We wish PureTrails all the best during the difficult months ahead.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Jan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Queenstown lakes trip was great, good company, good food, comfortable accommodation and excellent tour leader.Enjoyed the E bike experience in perfect weather conditions.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Thanks for your review Jan, we are pleased you enjoyed the trip!

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Alias Gertrude

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliantly organised and so glad we worked through Pure Trail, Christchurch. Thanks Hillary and also Sue, our most informative and organised tour guide. Fantastic scenery, food better than average.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Gertrude! I hope you have made it home to your new abode in one piece. So pleased you enjoyed the trip!

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helen mclean

Ranking: 10/10

Fabulous trip....a bit of pushing with a non electric bike but they pushed also. Great places to stay and the food was amazing.
John does a great job and it was good to see him again....looking to book the around the mountain for next year.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Thanks for your review Helen, we look forward to seeing you back for another adventure next March!

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John Hayman

Ranking: 9/10

I have just completed the Round the Mountain Bike tour with Pure Trails. It was very well organised with first class accomodation and meals, including lovely picnic lunches, made so enjoyable by the great weather. Thanks to the two "John's" who were such competent and friendly leaders/drivers. Pure Trails greatly enhanced the basic Round the Mountain trail by adding the Te Anau to Manapouri leg. I would love to do another ride with them.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

PureTrails New Zealand responds:

Thanks for your review John, we are pleased you enjoyed the trip!

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Michelle's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We enjoyed a great trip with Pure Trails, cycling the easy A2O. As a group of 61-69 year olds, we found the trip meticulously planned, the bikes of excellent quality and the accommodation and meal venues outstanding. Our guide, Terry, briefed us well on all aspects of the trail, so we were prepared for whatever was ahead. A thoroughly great experience and adventure.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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wendy mesley

Ranking: 9/10

we did the A2O - Alps to Ocean 'Epic" bike tour with Pure Trails. A fabulous ride. Quite rough on the trail but scenery spectacular. Our Pure Trails guide was excellent. Just a delightful person, interesting, nothing a problem, route explained well, food and lunch he provided were excellent.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago