Bike your way through New Zealand. Photo by TRAILSOURCE.COM

Off-Track: Cycling Across New Zealand

Calling all cycling enthusiasts: Are you looking for an unforgettable biking adventure through one of the most picturesque locations in the world? Then you aren’t going to want to miss the Misty Mountain Hop tour cycling across New Zealand with Sacred Rides.

The 12-day trek takes you on an incredible adventure through New Zealand, beginning in Christchurch with stops in Queenstown, Marlborough and Mt Cook. The trails offer an unbeatable look at all sides of New Zealand, from the fern forests of Queen Charlotte Track to the wine country of Marlborough (and yes, you’ll be stopping for tastings).

You’ll also get a taste of the raw beauty of New Zealand as you travel the country on two wheels. From behind your handlebars, you’ll visit an actual ghost town, Lake Tekapo and the glaciers of the Southern Alps.

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“New Zealand is one of those iconic, bucket list destinations. With spectacular mountains, beautiful fjords, amazing trails and a heli-bike experience, this trip has ‘epic adventure’ written all over it,” says Mike Brcic, Sacred Rides founder and owner. “The trip will appeal most to experienced mountain bikers who like long, beautiful cross-country trails and a heaping dose of jaw-dropping adventure with their mountain biking.”

At the end of each day, your group will cool off with ice-cold brews before retreating to local lodgings like a converted sheep shearing cottage, an ocean-side eco-lodge only reached by water taxi and a back country hut in the Victoria mountain range.

Think you can handle it? Sacred Rides recommends Misty Mountain Hop for riders who have at least four years of mountain biking experience, are comfortable with a variety of terrain and can ride for up to six hours.

The Misty Mountain Hop tour starts at $3,495 and departs on Dec. 10, Jan. 7 and Feb. 4. The tour fee includes 11 nights of accommodations, as well as all breakfasts, lunches and snacks, plus four dinners. For more information, visit the Sacred Rides website.

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All images courtesy of Sacred Rides.

Featured image by TRAILSOURCE.COM

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