Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge and the Central Plateau

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, NZ Cycle Tours and Holidays

Lake Taupo Cycle Tours (NZ)

21-27 November 2018 (7 days / 6 nights) SOLD OUT - to a private group

All you have to do is book your plane ticket – we’ll take care of everything else. Bike tours are all about finding the right balance. The perfect mix of cycling, sightseeing, cafes, restaurants and rest. RIDE holidays promises you a fantastic week in one of New Zealand’s most scenic regions. Non-riding partners are very welcome. In 2018 we will cater for both roadies and those who prefer the mud. See you soon.

Itinerary | Lake Taupo (NZ) Cycle Tour 2018 | SOLD OUT

Day 1, Wednesday 21 November

Villa Maria winery – why wouldn’t you

Welcome to New Zealand. Our 4* hotel (free airport shuttle) is conveniently located only a few minutes from the airport. Ideally we’d like you to arrive by 3pm at the latest.

Today is purely an arrival day however tonight’s wine tasting and dinner at one of New Zealand’s most prestigious wineries is sure to be a trip highlight. Villa Maria is our most awarded winery and only a 2min drive away. We’ll talk through the plan for the next week over a glass of Sav and of course a stunning meal featuring one of our finest sheep. Welcome to the land of the long white cloud.

/ Meals Included: Dinner and wine tasting

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Day 2, Thursday 22 November

Welcome to Lake Taupo

It’s a short 3hr drive to Taupo where the rest of the RH team will be waiting. We plan to leave early as today is all about putting your bikes together and then heading out for a decent ride. Time to stretch those legs. Roadies – there will be 2 distances. 40 and 60km targeting quite country roads.

Mounties – you’ll start in Kinloch and ride the W2K track headland loop which offers the best views of the lake. Hopefully we’ll all have time for a pint at a local craft brewery on the way back to our hotel. Tonight we again dine together. You won’t lose any weight on this trip I can promise you. Welcome to Taupo. It’s great to have you here.

/ Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3, Friday 23 November

Expo day and some local sights

The plan is to get on the road by 9am as we want to catch the 10am Aratiatia dam release. A must here in Taupo. We’ll cover a gentle 40 to 60 km today. Either by road or by trail. If some want longer then it’s easily arranged. On the way to our café lunch you will stop at the magnificent Huka Falls. A foot bridge right at the top of the falls puts you in a prime position to get up close and witness the frightening display of more than 220,000 litres of water blasting by every second. Our ride concludes at the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge expo where you’ll join over 10000 cycling enthusiasts as they’re either registering for tomorrows ride or taking in the many bargains available in the Sport & Lifestyle Expo. Make sure you check the RIDE Holidays booth. Tonight we head to a local pub who have been instructed to put on a high carb meal. Tomorrow will be awesome. You are in for one fantastic ride…

/ Meals Included: Breakfast, morning tea (world’s best muffins) and dinner

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, NZ Cycle Tours and Holidays

Day 4, Saturday 24 November

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge event day

D-Day…. The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. Riding New Zealand’s benchmark cycling event begins with a single turn of a pedal and every year thousands come to give one of the 18 event categories a go, crack a personal best and spend a day riding around Australasia’s largest lake. Join with people from over 20 countries around the Globe and make 2017 your Cycle Challenge year! In its 41st year, this event is superwell organised. Safety is paramount, fun essential and the views, on road and off, are stunning. Come Saturday afternoon – sit back on the grass and take in the entertainment on offer while enjoying a glass of wine. We are all invited to the official V.I.P marquee. You deserve it. Job well done.

Now all you have to do is win the car. Yes, prize giving is like no other – cars, overseas holidays you name it. And you are in to win.

/ Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, NZ Cycle Tours and Holidays

Day 5, Sunday 25 November 2018

BBQ, fishing with Robbie Mac.

What a day we have planned. Our breakfast café is about 30mins ride away. If you want to carry on riding after breakfast then we are more than happy to do so. Maybe a gentle 50km? We will try and avoid the hills today. This afternoon we are happy to show you around the rest of Taupo. Bring your togs as the thermal pools are a must. Or we could go for a small bush walk. No snakes in this part of the world. This evening we’ve booked a private 4 hour cruise on Lake Taupo. Tour de France Green jersey winner - Robbie McEwen will be joining us. We’ll fish on the way. Taupo is well known for having the world’s biggest and angriest trout. It’s not all about the fishing – we’ll pop over to the local Maori carvings and have a BBQ dinner in a secluded bay. And eat up – tomorrow is a full day in the saddle. The ride is epic and one of the best in the whole country.

/ Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner (inc wine and beer)

Day 6, Monday 26 November

100km of Pure 100% New Zealand

Live volcanos, ski fields, country roads, remote lakes – you won’t forget today. We will leave Taupo nice and early as we’ve booked a really nice café for breakfast. In fact – it’s opening just for us. Two of NZ’s best rides on offer today. One via the road and the other via trail. Roadies will end up at the top of Whakapapa ski field. The views are unforgettable. We will have vehicles with us so those who want to ride less can do so. No pressure. Mountain bikers – we ride about 4 hours out to the bridge to nowhere. You won’t forget this ride and you certainly won’t forget the jetboat back to our vehicles. Tonight we share a meal and say cheers to all that we’ve achieved over the last few days – some fantastic cycling, new friends and old, stunning meals and of course some of New Zealand’s best scenery.

/ Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7, Tuesday 27 November

Home, James

After breakfast we’ll pack the vehicles and head back to where it all began. Auckland International Airport. The first flight out shouldn’t be booked prior to 2pm. Some of you may not fly out until the evening. Of course if you are planning on extending your stay then we are happy to offer advice. Safe travels home. Thank you for your company, we hope you’ll join us on one of our other worldwide adventures.

/ Meals Included: Breakfast

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Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, NZ Cycle Tours and Holidays

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, NZ Cycle Tours and Holidays

Tour Highlights

  • Ride the iconic Lake Taupo Cycle challenge (road or mountain bike)
  • Villa Maria winery. (inc wine tasting)
  • Cycle one of New Zealand’s top rides – The Central Plateau (road)
  • Mountain bikers will experience the iconic – Bridge to nowhere ride
  • Ride up a live volcano - Mount Ruapehu
  • Private BBQ on Lake Taupo with Robbie McEwen (includes trout fishing)
  • Separate road and mountain bike options – daily
  • Hand-picked cafes and restaurants only a local would know.

Tour Inclusions

Our 7 Day Cycle Tour & Holiday

  • Pick up and drop off at Auckland International Airport
  • Accommodation (lake front with fantastic view)
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners.
  • Sightseeing and guided cycling as per itinerary
  • Local guides throughout and mechanical assistance on standby
  • Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge entry and V.I.P marquee afterwards.
  • RIDE Holidays cycle jersey
  • Souvenir tour booklet
  • Support vehicles when needed
  • Multiple ride options for varying abilities
  • GPS routes available for upload to personal devices

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, NZ Cycle Tours and Holidays

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, NZ Cycle Tours and Holidays

Our Chosen Taupo Hotel

Suncourt Hotel Taupo 4 star

WELCOME TO SUNCOURT. Enjoy the stunning vista of Great Lake Taupō and the mountains of Tongariro National Park from our lake front accommodation and the spacious deck of our fabulous onsite restaurant & bar. Boutique shopping, cafes and restaurants are only a short leisurely stroll away. The central location being perfect for cyclists as well as non-riders. Suncourt Hotel is the ideal accommodation base for the RIDE Holidays Taupo cycle challenge and Central Plateau.

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, NZ Cycle Tours and Holidays

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, NZ Cycle Tours and Holidays

Cycle Tour Cost (per person twin share)

7 days / 6 nights NZD$2895.00

NZD$600 extra for your own room.


  • Airfares
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Personal purchases
  • Passport / travel Visa requirements
  • Pre and post tour accommodations

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, NZ Cycle Tours and Holidays

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