Once Upon a Trip

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Once Upon a Trip

Once Upon a Trip specialise in bespoke self-drive trips for free independent travellers and itineraries for guided groups.

Now a proud National Partner of Nga Haerenga – The New Zealand Cycle Trail, they offer the opportunity to incorporate New Zealand’s most popular cycling trails as part of your trip.

Here are three itinerary examples designed for cyclists who want to experience NZ by bike, as well as take in the country’s highlights. The first itinerary focuses on the South Island, with the second and third including both islands. Full details can be found on page 20 of our Great Rides Directory.

Ride both coasts – South Island

This 13 day tour commences in Christchurch and features a journey on the TranzAlpine train to Greymouth where riders begin their 4 day adventure on the West Coast Wilderness Trail. The tour also includes 6 days on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. The tour includes accommodation, train and bus tickets, and bike rental.

Ride the best of the North & South Island

This 13 day tour commences in Auckland and takes in the Timber Trail and Otago Central Rail Trail, whilst exploring plenty of other amazing locations in New Zealand. The tour includes accommodation, train and bus tickets, domestic flight, and bike rental.

Hikes & Bikes! North and South Island

This itinerary features a selection of great day hiking and cycling options, and the team are happy to tailor all of their itineraries to perfectly suit your needs. This 16 day tour commences in Auckland, and highlights include Waiheke Island, Tongariro National Park, and Mount Cook National Park. Included in the tour is accommodation, car rental, domestic flight, boat transfers, shuttle transfers and bike hire.

Once Upon a Trip specialise in custom cycling itineraries. They’ll listen to your dream holiday and use their first hand experience of living and travelling all corners of New Zealand to design the trip of a lifetime just for you.