“Ha! You used ‘cycling’ and ‘luxury’ in one sentence!!! Impossible” howls a Facebook commenter. Some see this as a paradox – but they have failed to see how many people are recognising the extraordinary benefits cycling has for mind, body and soul. People of all ages are exploring New Zealand and the world in a way they would never have dreamed of, often cycling well into their seventies or eighties!
Cycling holidays are not restricted to rail trails. Riders are safely exploring back roads, farms, coastal areas and even mountain bike parks (well…not on our tours) with the help of electric assisted bicycles. So what makes this a Luxury Tour?
Electric Assist bikes
E-bikes, have changed the game. Endurance an strength used to be pre-requisites for cycle tourists, but now, as long as you possess some modicum of skill, electric bikes will make the riding easy. Less huffing and puffing on the hills and more energy to enjoy evenings out.
Fully Guided Tours
Our Luxury itineraries are fully guided with a rider guide and support vehicles. Guides are great! not only for taking silly photos like the one shown, but they ensure that you take the right trail, and any problems encountered on trail are quickly resolved. Our guides are locals, we know the area, the stories and we can fix bikes. Our guides are all qualified first aiders. One of the key responsibilities of our guides is to bring the group together and ensure everyone’s needs are being met.
There is nothing worse, at the end of a day’s riding to find yourself having to deal with an uncomfortable bed! Sometimes, on some itineraries we have to make do…but not on the luxury tours! When you arrive in wellington you stay at top quality accommodation in the heart of the city such as the Bolton Hotel. In Martinborough we stay at the Martinborough Hotel, overlooking the Martinborough Square. We don’t move you around each night, you get to unpack and settle in for the week.
You would expect us to choose the most beautiful places to ride, with the most variety possible. Green Jersey are very proud of the Wairarapa paradise we call home and we want to show it off to you. we know the locals, and we love to introduce them to you. Expect more than you could imagine, with little surprises around each corner. We love telling you our stories and providing appropriate historical context to what you experience.
Extraordinary Eats and wonderful wine
Food and wine are highlights of this tour. You will be hosted at the best restaurants the region has to offer. Regional cuisine, degustation menu’s. Martinborough is renowned for Pinot Noir, and lives true to that old chestnut – we punch well above our weight…in the wine world. Your personalised Martinborough wine tour is unforgettable, our Chef’s choice lunch at La Bella Italia with wine matches. Your friends will be jealous of the stories you return to tell. We dine at a different venue each night, our breakfast and lunch options are diverse. We love catering to special dietary requirements.
What others have said
Feedback from our guests is humbling:
“The best tour we have ever been on” – enough said.
Very competitive pricing for an extraordinary experience, enjoy 7 days (including arrival/departure days) and 6 nights exploring the southern tip of the North Island of New Zealand.
Wairarapa is a little known wonder of New Zealand, spectacular, awe inspiring, beautiful. we look forward to seeing you soon.