Cycling holidays in New Zealand: Some quick tips to get you started!
Cycling holidays in New Zealand are an excellent way to see all New Zealand has to offer. With great routes, magnificent scenery and many companies that exist solely to offer support, it's no wonder that many people consider Cycling holidays in New Zealand a quintessential addition to their "bucket list".
If you're planning a cycling holiday in New Zealand the first thing you're going have to do is research, research, research! Before you book your Cycling holiday in New Zealand, you're going to have to weight a couple of factors. Do you know what the weather is going to be like? Do you have something you want to see, or do you want a more general tour? How much time and money do you have? What kind of distance are you going to cover everyday? Don't be daunted by these questions, as there's many great websites out there to help you! I particular recommend the excellent guide by Cycle New Zealand which can be found at http://www.cyclenewzealand.com/biking/cycle-touring-information/
One big thing you're going to have to decide is whether to join a pre-planned cycling tour or whether you're going to head out by yourself. Both options have their pro and cons, so this is a decision you're going to have to think about carefully. Preplanned tours will cost a little more than heading out on your lonesome, but offer many advantages. For one, the tours are mostly well established and have the benefit of local knowledge, and so tend to offer you excellent routes that take in all of the "must-see" destinations in New Zealand. Secondly, tours will have take care of all the niggly details, usually sorting your accommodation and other such things for the length of the tour. Finally, taking a tour can be a much more social experience, with an opportunity for cameramen and fun with your fellow cyclists. If you decide to go down the tour road, then you should definitely check out the website of Pedal Tours (http://www.pedaltours.co.nz/new-zealand-cycle-tours/) who specialize in offering tours that range from a quick and easy two days to a marathon thirty-seven day tour that covers both the North and South Island.
Don't worry, no matter what route you choose to go down, there's no experience quite like a cycling holiday in New Zealand!