Great Kiwi Escape

Event Info

Additional activities

In addition to nine days of unforgettable riding in the South Island, there is a range of exciting activities available for you to book separately.

With many unique experiences on offer, there’s something for everyone, no matter how you want to spend your spare time off the bike. To customise your Kiwi experience, browse through the full list of activities below.

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Glowworms cave tour

Event Info


Here are the answers to your most common questions. If your question isn’t in the list, please contact us on 1800 639 634 or via our contact page

What type of bike should I bring?

We recommend bringing any bike that you feel comfortable on for riding 100km+. If you opt for a road bike, we suggest using wider tyres of around 28mm-35mm for the best riding experience.

How can I get my bike to New Zealand?

Most airlines will allow you to travel with your bike for handling fee (approx. $25). Here are some useful links on how to pack your bike but we recommend checking your chosen airlines website for details.

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What is the total distance of the ride?

The will cover 469km with a rest day on day 4.

Can I do the glow worms tour in Te Anau with a Premium ticket?

Yes, glow worms tours are an optional extra for Premium tickets.

I'm keen to volunteer. How do I get involved?

We welcome expressions of interest from interested volunteers from the local community in NZ. Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Please send your details through to

When are balance payments due?

The remaining balance payments are due by 5pm Friday 25 October 2019

As outlined in the Terms and Conditions, balance of payments not received by the 5pm Friday 25 October will be deemed incomplete and Bicycle Network reserves the right to cancel the ride participant’s entry.

Fully supported cycling holiday

When you come on the Great Kiwi Escape, rest assured that every detail is taken care of from start to finish. While you’re on your soaking up the beautiful scenery on your bike you can breath easy knowing that our dedicated team is taking care of everything else.

What’s included?
  • Our support team are dedicated to making sure you have an unforgettable adventure. We’re experienced to help you navigate confidently on and off the road.
  • Three to five star accommodation in central locations
  • Breakfast and dinner at our accommodation and an energy-packed lunch along the route in a unique location each day.
  • Full on-route support including rest stops with snacks, water, shade and mechanical assistance as well as a 24-hour on call team if you need us.
  • Rider transport (by coach or our Support and Gear bus) for those who can’t go on, want a rest or aren’t up to the full distance for the day.  
  • Special cultural and natural experiences as outlined in our itinerary.
  • Unique and scenic routes, marked with our directional signage to ensure that you won’t get lost and have the freedom to travel at your own pace.
  • Luggage transfer for the duration of the event and coach transfer between locations when needed
  • Daily event briefings giving you time to ask questions, find out about the riding conditions and prepare for the weather.
  • A complimentary event jersey to commemorate your ride
  • All the fun (and more) that you have come to expect from a cycling tour with us
Great Kiwi escape

Riding on event

Road and route

We will be fully supporting you on your ride through the South Island. On some days, riders will be on buses from the hotel to a location to commence riding. All riders will start together, with a big cheer!

There will be directional signage, rest areas, nutrition, water and mechanics along the route.

And, if it all gets a bit too much, give us a call and we’ll come pick you up and bring you back to the accommodation.

Each day the route will have an official close time. This time is based on a slowest riding time of 15km/h, plus plenty of time to stop for photos and admire the scenery. The times will have you back at the accommodation ready for activities and evening meals. It also allows the Bicycle Network team to pack down and set up the following day, plus enjoy the evening with you.

Road conditions

A cycling tour through New Zealand is best done with a mix of on-road and off-road riding. Most of the riding on the Great Kiwi Escape will be on sealed surfaces between tranquil towns and we will often have the roads to ourselves.

Riding on days two and five include some challenging climbs, but Bicycle Network will be supporting you the whole way. If you are embracing the holiday spirit and would rather enjoy a longer lunch in town rather than tackle the rolling hills, we will have four-wheeled transport waiting for you on these days.

Known as the Great Rides, New Zealand has a beautiful network of cycle trails that showcase country towns, local produce and nature at their best. On the Great Kiwi Escape we will explore sections of four of these trails – Around the Mountains Trail, the Queenstown Trail, the Alps to Ocean Trail, and the Little River Rail Trial. The sections we explore are all grade one or two, meaning most bikes including touring, hybrids and road bikes with 32 mm plus tyres are suitable. The trails are smooth and typically have firm gravel or are sealed with gentle climbs.

On-event bike transport

Most days on event we will be transporting your bikes to the start location. All bikes will need to be packed onto the trucks between 5:00pm – 6:00pm the previous night as we head off early each morning and bike loading will not be possible. Your luggage will be packed on the buses each morning as you hop on the bus.

Bikes do not need to be packed away in boxes during the event. We will assist with packing the bikes each night.

Flying with a bike

When considering taking a bike along on an overseas flight, the prospect of extra charges and packing can be enough to put even a hardy traveller off. But with a little bit of planning it needn’t be an overwhelming, or expensive, option.

Airline charges

Most airlines will allow you to travel with your bike for handling fee (approx. $25).

Air New Zealand

Sporting items less than 2m (78.7″) long and weighing up to 23kg count as a standard bag. Otherwise, excess baggage charges will apply. Read more >


Oversize item handling fees apply to any item with a single side longer than one metre, including wheels, handles and packing. Remember, the weight of your bike will count towards your total checked baggage weight, so make sure you purchase enough. Read more > 

Flying home

Each carrier has its own rules and pricing structure, which can change with little notice, so it’s best to confirm the latest charges directly with the airlines before purchasing a ticket.

Packing your bike

All airlines require your bike to be boxed or bagged. You can normally scrounge a cardboard bike box from your bike shop, and for a fee, they may also pack it for you.

The standard way of packing for a bike box is to remove the front wheel and pedals, drop the seat post down (or remove it), loosen the handlebar and turn it parallel to the frame, and take some of the air pressure out of the tyres.

A spacer to go between the front forks is a good idea (ask your bike shop for one) and cover or pad the bottom of the forks. Also consider using bubble wrap or foam pipe on vulnerable parts of your frame and use cable ties to secure detached items to the frame, and use plenty of packing tape.

You can pack some tools for reassembly, but don’t worry too much as we’ll have a mechanical and team members on hand in New Zealand to help. 

Remember to: 
  • Place any loose accessories into a bag then place in the box
  • Seal the box and label with your name and phone number
  • Ensure no part of the bike is protruding from the box
  • Take photos of your bike in the box for records in case of damage

Need help booking your flight and bike transport?

Our dedicated Flight Centre Travel Consultant William Gibson is available to guide Great Kiwi Escape riders through the process.
Call now on +613 86 333 944.

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