Embark on unforgettable coastal adventures with Green Jersey’s Cape Palliser Pedals! Discover one, two, and three-day cycling experiences along scenic routes, encountering seals, historic landmarks, and breathtaking views. Explore the hidden gems of Lake Ferry, Cape Palliser, and Tora Coastline. Join us for an exhilarating journey along New Zealand’s stunning landscapes!

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Palliser Cycle Journey Map

Trail Highlights

Cape Palliser Pedals – One Day

  • Route: Lake Ferry to Cape Palliser
  • Key Stops:
    • Explore the Putangirua Pinnacles (Lord of the Rings filming location)
    • Encounter the North Island’s largest Fur Seal Colony
    • Climb the Cape Palliser Lighthouse for panoramic views
    • Discover Kupe’s Sail, a significant Māori historical site
  • Inclusions: Delicious packed lunch provided
  • Transport: Return shuttle to Martinborough

Cape Palliser Pedals – Two Day

  • Day 1: Tuhitarata to Ngawi
    • Scenic ride across Palliser Ridge Station
    • Visit Putangirua Pinnacles & Kaikoura Lookout
    • Evening at Waimeha with fantastic food and fun
  • Day 2: Cape Palliser to Tora
    • Explore Fur Seal Colony, Cape Palliser Lighthouse, and Kupe’s Sail
    • Ride through unique 4WD tracks to Whiterock and Tora

Cape Palliser Pedal – Three Day

  • Day 1 & 2: Similar to Two-Day Tour
  • Day 3: Discover Tora Coastline & Te Awaiti Station
    • Traverse native bush trails, river valleys, and coastal farmland
    • Revel in the wild and untouched Tora coastline

Each tour offers a blend of breathtaking scenery, historical landmarks, and unique riding experiences along the stunning coastal routes.

Palliser Cycle Tour FAQ

Palliser Cycle Tour FAQ

How long does it take to ride the Palliser Cycle Tour?

Day 1 ride – Cape Palliser – Lake Ferry. We suggest allowing 7 hours to enjoy this lovely coastal ride, longer if you take into account shuttles or trains.

Multi-day Rides – The trail can be completed in 2-3 days on both our Cape Palliser Pedals two or three day package adventures.

Where can we stay along the Palliser Cycle Tour?

On night 1 we stay at the Waimeha Camping Village. This is located near Cape Palliser, right on the beachfront. Accommodation is in modern cabins, with stunning views of the Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges. You will get to see and feel the rustic look of the coastal terrain combined with amazing sunsets all year round. Owner JP is a legend in the area and you will be guaranteed a fun-filled stay.

On nights 2 and 3 we stay at The Cookhouse on Tora Station. Built in 1913 this lovely spacious home has stunning coastal views and you are immersed in a working farm up-close and personal with sheep, chickens and many other animals. This lovely house has an amazing kitchen, two comfortable lounges and the accommodation is a mix of double and single beds with room sharing. All beds and rooms are furnished with quality bed linen, hand towels and face cloths but you will need to bring your own bath/beach towels.

What else can we see along the tour?

There is so much to see on this tour – here are a few highlights:

Our Cape Ferry – Lake Palliser ride is packed with amazing things to see such as the spectacular Putangirua Pinnacles (featured in The Lord of the Rings), The North Island’s largest fur seal colony and the epic Cape Palliser Lighthouse. Climb all 253 steps to the top for sweeping views over Palliser Bay.

There is a rich Māori history on this coast Māori settled on the Palliser Bay Coast soon after Kupe visited the area in the 10th or 11th century. These settlements are some of the earliest Māori settlements in New Zealand.

Cape Palliser – Tora is a rugged and exhilarating day’s riding. We cross several pieces of private land to enjoy an exclusive cycling (and a bit of walking) adventure. Special permission to access this land is unique to this trip.

Riding up the Te Awaiti coast. An awesome day – native bush rides, wild and untouched coastline, river valley trails, sensational views makes this an unrivalled trail ride.

Where does the Palliser Cycle Tour finish?

If you are taking our one day ride Lake Ferry to Cape Palliser we pick you up from Cape Palliser and return you to Martinborough by shuttle.

Our last day on both our 2 and 3 day tours ends with a lovely scenic ride from Tora to Martinborough on quiet gravel followed by tar sealed roads through to Martinborough.

What if we want to ride further?

There are several options to extend your tour by cycling further up the coast. We are happy to discuss some bespoke options for you.

Safety on the Palliser Cycle Tour

Though part of this tour is supported, we take safety very seriously at Green Jersey and the Cape Palliser to Tora section of our tours is always fully guided.

Our coast is remote and exposed to extremes of weather. Careful planning is required and independent riders should expect to be self-sufficient during these ridea. The South Coast is rough and we recommend travelling light. It is highly recommended to choose a supported tour. Green Jersey takes care of your safety, bag transfer, accommodation, and provisions.

Can I do this ride without Green Jersey

No, this route includes crossings though private land that Green Jersey has negotiated access through. It is not possible to do this ride without access across this land.