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If you feel unwell before your planned outing with Bikehikestay Tours please let me know as you will need to cancel.

I will be continuing scheduled tours as posted on my website unless there are any unforeseen changes in the future. 

CONTACT Greta on 027 2557 225 or greta@bikehikestay.co.nz​ to secure your spot.

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2023
2023 Tours
South Island Tour 
Catlins, Stewart Island & Central Otago
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When: Tuesday 12th December departing Hamilton Airport 1.50pm. Arriving home on Wednesday 20th December 2023. 

Departure from Hamilton Airport  - 1.50PM. Arrive in to Dunedin Airport - 9.05PM I have hired a 12 seater van from Dunedin and return to Dunedin from the 12th December to the 20th December

About:  We will travel from Dunedin Airport to Owaka - Booked for 3 nights Tuesday 12th December to 15th December

I've booked for 3 nights at the Catlins Area Motel. This is a great location and easy to have as a base for the next few days. It is 1 hour to drive from Dunedin Airport to Owaka.

13th & 14th  December - Day excursions around the Catlins

Places of interest to visit over the next 3 days:

1. Nugget Point Lighthouse

2. McLean Falls

3. Curio Bay - Fossilised forest

4. Cathedral Caves

5. The Lost Gypsy Gallery

6. Fortrose - The bay’s main attraction is the shipwreck of the Ino Steamship that is unveiled at low tide.

7. Lake Wilkie

8. Kaka Point

9. Tunnel Hill

 

Depart for Bluff on Friday the 15th December for afternoon ferry to Stewart Island - Departs 5.15pm Arrives 6.15pm. - The best idea is to book for dinner at the local pub for 7pm.

Stewart Island for 3 nights

Friday 15th staying 3 nights at the Back packers 

16th & 17th December  - Places of interest to visit 

1.Ulva Island

2. Ackers Point Lighthouse

3. Bus tour of the island

4. Oban Visitor Centre

5. Rakiura Museum Te Puka O Te Waka

6. We may even get to see a brown kiwi out at night

 

Depart Stewart Island 18th December on the morning ferry and head to Alexander. Bluff to Alexander is 3 hours tops. I will book for 2 nights in Alexander 18th & 19th December.

We have a full day to explore this area eg Nasbi & Saint Bathans

 

Fly home on Wednesday 20th December - Flight departs at 5pm Dunedin Airport

Investment: $1,850  - includes, hire of rental van for 8 days, fuel, 8 nights shared accommodation, return ferry tickets to Stewart Island, parking fee for van while on the island, driver, Meals  and Flights  not included

 

2024 Tours
2024 Tours
South Island Tour - West Coast
Alexandra, Fox Glacier, Hokitika, Karamea & Picton
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When: Wednesday 17th January to Sunday 28th January 2024. 11 Nights - 12 Days

Wednesday 17th January: We have 3 nights in Alexandra. Our Accommodation is at Mirabell Chatets - 13 Airport Road, Alexandra

Thursday 18th January - Today we have a booking in Naseby to have a game of Curling - 10-30am. After our game we will have lunch at the Naseby pub and explode this old historic town along with St Bathans in the afternoon. 

Friday 19th January - Today Debbie & Jill are going to bike the Dunstan Trail while we explore some interesting parts of Cromwell.

Saturday 20th January -  Today we pack for the first stage of our journey north. We head through the Haast Pass to get to the West Coast while stopping along the way for short walks to see the Blue Pools & Waterfalls.  Tonight we will be staying at Mt Cook View Motel for one night.

Sunday 21st January - Today you are all booked for a morning flight in the helicopter. 

 

Date of trip: 21st January 2024

Check-in location: The Helicopter Line office, Main Road, Fox Glacier Village.

Check-in time: 0930 am

Trip Name: Twin Glacier

Trip Duration: 30 minutes

After the flight we will travel to Hokitika with us stopping along the way.  Before we leave Fox Glacier we will have a walk around Lake Matherson. It's only a 2 hour drive to Hokitika so we will not be in a rush. We have a few other interesting stops along the way before we reach our destination.

Monday 22nd January -  We will be staying in Hokitika for 3 nights.  There are many wonderful attractions here in Hokitika with us enjoying a few. Hokitika Gorge, Tree Top Walks.  They also have a Zip line now at the Tree Top Walk so if you wish to upgrade that is possible. I have Tuesday & Wednesday organised.

Tuesday 23rd January - The places we will visit today are: Hokitika Gorge, Tree Top Walks and for those that wish to upgrade you have the zip line. I'll check to see if we need to book in for the zip line.

Wednesday 24th January - Today we will be traveling to Karamea for 2 nights. We will be stopping at the Pancake Rocks, lunch in West Port before we explore Denniston Coalmining Historic area. We will be staying at the Last Resort in Karamea - 71 Waverley Street.

Thursday 25th January -  There are loads of things to do in this area. One of the places we will visit is the end of the Heaphy track.  

 

Friday 26th January - We leave Karamea and head to Picton for 2 nights. We have a big drive this day 5 hours and that's going via Blenheim. If we decide to go via Nelson it maybe longer but we can decide on the route on the day. The drive from Westport to Murchison is beautiful. St Arnaud is by the Nelson lakes so we can stop here for lunch and maybe a swim. We will be staying in Picton for 2 nights at Gateway Motel - 32 High Street Picton.

Saturday 27th January - Asleep in maybe and a stroll through Picton township before we board our boat for the Mail Run. We finsih at 5pm.

 

Sunday 28th January - We are booked on the early morning ferry to Wellington which arrives in at 11am. I will be traveling through to Cambridge, arriving home late afternoon.

Investment: $2,550 includes : 11 nights shared accommodation, all transport, driver, entry to Tree Top Walk, Mail Run Cruise and ferry crossing from Picton to Wellington - Not Included is meals, flights to Queenstown or bike hire.

O'Kere Falls & Cruise Lake Rotoiti
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When: Friday 9th February: - Departing Cambridge i-site at 9.00am or pick up from a pre-arranged location

About: Traveling to Rotorua today for a wonderful day excursion on Lake Rotoiti but first we will visit O'Kere Falls.  We will enjoy a morning tea stop before our next activity at 12.30pm. You are welcome to pack your lunch or purchase lunch from the O'Kere Falls cafe to enjoy it while cruising on Lake Rotoiti.

At 12.30pm Matt will pick us up from Okere Falls Jetty for our three hour private cruise of the lake’s geothermal beach and warm streams. We will get the opportunity to have a paddle in the hot sand before continuing to some private native coves to take in some history and scenery. Let Matt delight you with some local knowledge along the way, or sit back and relax while soaking in the beauty of the area.  Please bring your swim wear as there are changing rooms available

Investment: $150 includes all transport, 3 hour private cruise and driver,  Lunch at your own cost.

When: Thursday 22nd February - Departing from the Cambridge i-site 8 am or pick up from a pre-arranged location.

Awakeri Rail Cart Adventures
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When: Tuesday 20th February - Departing Cambridge i-site at 8.30am or pick up from a pre-arranged location


About: Travel along a piece of New Zealand's rich rail history and experience the natural beauty and adventure from the comfort of a rail-cart, cleverly adapted to be self-driven along the rail tracks. Your adventure starts from Awakeri, travelling at a leisurely 20 kilometres per hour with family and friends along a piece of historic railway line. There are four bridges, numerous cuttings and bush scenes along the way. Book today so you don't miss out on this great adventure.

Investment:  $120 includes all transport, driver & Rail Cart Tour Ticket

Step Back In Time - Visit 3 Historic Homes in Auckland
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When: Thursday 22nd February 2024 - departing 8.30 am from Cambridge i-site or picked up from pre-arranged location before 8.30am.

 

First we visit Alberton House which opens at 10-30am -Address is 100 Mount Albert Road, Mount Albert.  Alberton was built in 1863. In the 1870s the residence of Allan Kerr Taylor and second wife Sophia was transformed into a truly grand Raj-themed mansion, inspired by the country of Allan's birth. When you visit this historic 18-room home you’ll be transported into the world of early Auckland’s fashionable set, where garden parties, mounted hunts and archery were enjoyed with a distinct Victorian backdrop. But Alberton is also a fascinating introduction to the daily domestic life of a colonial family, albeit one aided by an army of servants. On your self-guided tour, look out for the bells and buttons by which the ‘help’ were summoned. In the rather plain servant quarters in the attic, you’ll find traces of their graffiti on the walls.

Then Highwic which is a of Victorian heritage. Address 40 Gillies Ave, Newmarket. Surrounded by a beautiful heritage garden and orchard. It's also a fascinating place for anyone who wants an insight into the well-to-do colonial domestic life. Stepping into the sprawling home of Alfred Buckland, first wife Eliza and then, second wife Matilda during the 1880s would have been a lively experience. Kids everywhere, of all ages. Noisy games. And dolls and toys scattered, mostly on the ‘Children’s Landing’ between the boys’ and girls’ sleeping quarters. With 21 children to Alfred’s name, there was nothing dull about this Victorian family home.

Ewelme Cottage is our Third Historic home. Normally only open on the weekend but the caretakers are happy to open it for us today. Find out the meaning behind the name Vicesimus and the role a vicar played in the stories of this special place at the heart of inner city Auckland. 

Investment: $90 includes all transport, driver and entry in to all 3 Historic Houses. Lunch at your own cost.

Spa Day
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When: Tuesday 12th March 2024 - departing 8.45 am from the Cambridge i-site or picking up from a pre-arranged location before 8.45 am.

About: We will be heading over to Rotorua for the day. This is a perfect day to relax and enjoy being pampered. Let's break out and rejuvenate our bodies. This is for a limited number of ladies only 6: there's a selection of treatments available and you can choose on the day from a mud wrap, massage, pedicure, manicure, or facial. There's a spa and sauna for you to relax in while you enjoy over 4 hours at the spa.

Investment: $180 per person. includes all transport, over 4 hours of pure luxury at the spa

Spa Day
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When: Friday 15th March 2024 - departing 8.45 am from the Cambridge i-site or picking up from a pre-arranged location before 8.45 am.

About: We will be heading over to Rotorua for the day. This is a perfect day to relax and enjoy being pampered. Let's break out and rejuvenate our bodies. This is for a limited number of ladies only 6: there's a selection of treatments available and you can choose on the day from a mud wrap, massage, pedicure, manicure, or facial. There's a spa and sauna for you to relax in while you enjoy over 4 hours at the spa.

Investment: $180 per person. includes all transport, over 4 hours of pure luxury at the spa

Cape Reinga Tour - 5 Nights - 6 Days
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When: Monday 18th March 2024 to Saturday 23rd March 2024. Leaving Cambridge on Monday 18th March at 9am.  I'll arrange pick up times etc closer to our departure.

About: Our first stop will be Pokeno for refreshments and a bathroom stop. We will not be stopping in Auckland.  I recommend bringing your lunch to enjoy on the beach or a picnic area along the way. We head to Mangawhai Heads through Waipu Cove and Waipu before we get back onto State Highway 1 towards Whangarei.

Our destination is Whangarei Hotel for one night. There is a pool so you are welcome to bring your togs if you wish.


Tuesday 19th March - Before we head to the Bay of Islands this morning we will have a guided tour of the Art Gallery. Hundertwasser Art Centre. On our way to the Bay of Islands we will visit Ruapekapeka which was the site of the last battle between the British and Ngapuhi led by Hone Heke and Te Ruki Kawiti. Before we get to the Bay of Islands we will stop at Kawakawa.

We are booked at the Dolphin for 4 nights. There are kitchen facilities in your units so you are welcome to eat in or they have some really nice restaurants within walking distance to our motel.

Wednesday 20th March - Exploring the Bay of Islands - today we will be doing a cruise which will include island hopping, beach walks & snorkeling. We will need to take our lunch so I'll buy items for us so we can enjoy lunch on one of the beautiful beaches. We are required to be down at the wharf by 10am which is just at the end of the street. You will need swimwear, towel, sunblock, hat and sunglasses.


Thursday 21st March-   A day trip to Cape Reinga -  a full day and I've taken the option of using a local tour company for this trip. Lunch is provided. They will be picking us up from our accommodation. You do need to let me know if you have any dietary requirements so I can let them know in advance. Good walking shoes for this activity.


Friday 22nd March - Today we will be exploring Russell by taking the car ferry over so we don't miss any of the iconic sights around Russell.  We will head back via the ferry to visit the sights of Kerikeri in the afternoon.  There is a lovely walk on our return journey from Kerikeri so we will see how we go for time.


Saturday 23rd March - Today we travel home via Opononi, then on to the Kauri Forest. We will have a big day but there will be a few stops along the way.

Investment: 5 nights shared accommodation, driver, transport including days exploring Russell & Kerikeri, ferry crossings, admission to Hundertwasser Art Centre with a Guided tour, Day cruise around the Bay of Islands plus lunch, and tour to Cape Reinga with lunch included. Total cost per person $1,600.

Kaipara Harbour Two Day Cruise
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When: Wednesday 17th April 2024 - I'll pick you all up from your home. 

About: Once we are all on board we travel north towards our lunch stop at The Riverhead Tavern where I will book a table for us all. After a leisurely lunch we will then head to our accommodation for the night.

Our destination is Whangarei Hotel for one night. There is a pool so you are welcome to bring your togs if you wish.


Thursday 18th April - In the morning we will be departing from Helensville at 9.30am for a 10am departure on the Kewpie.

Departing along the Kaipara River as the barques and brigantines did in past generations, then it’s onto New Zealand’s largest inland harbour the mighty Kaipara where we make our way towards the Kaipara Heads where you can almost reach out and touch the past as we examine the Kaipara’s former life where more than a century ago ships from many nations came to trade for timber, flax and gum. Crossing the Kaipara Heads, we view the magnificence of the headlands with white sandy beaches and the Tasman Sea beyond. From the Kaipara Heads, we journey past the large sand island at the end of the Tapora Peninsula before making our way to the early settlement of Pouto Point where once Harbour Masters, customs officers and port officials were based in the heyday of the shipping industry. From Pouto Point we cruise through the sheltered inland waterways beside the Pouto Peninsula, we see many remote barren beaches accessible only by boat with their white sands backdropped with the green of newly planted pine forests. We then enter the Northern Wairoa River exploring the many bays and inlets where early gum diggers camped as they tried to make a living from the land. We also cruise by many river settlements where early settlers had grand dreams and plans for major communities, however, today could be described as ghost towns. Mid/late afternoon we arrive in Dargaville, our coach will meet us in Dargaville to transport you to your Motel for the evening. Dinner is provided in Dargaville, our coach will transport you from your Motel to dinner and return.
Evening meal is at the Northern Wairoa Boating Club.


Friday 19th April - This morning after breakfast, (supplied in your Motel Unit), our coach will collect you for the journey along the Pouto Peninsula to reboard Kewpie Too at the old Marine station at Pouto Point. Our first stop as we depart Dargaville is the Northern Wairoa Maritime Museum where you will be guided through this facility by one of Dargaville’s local historians. This museum houses the relics and will tell you the story of the many shipwrecks which fell foul of the Kaipara Bar and West Coast as well as the history of the kauri and gum diggers. After your museum visit, we head South in our coach towards Pouto Point, we pass through the old kauri mill towns of Aratapu and Te Kopuru before heading through the rolling farmlands with extensive views of the Kaipara Harbour. On arrival at Pouto Point, we re-board our cruise vessel Kewpie Too for the journey across the Kaipara Harbour to Helensville. 


Once we arrive back to Helensville we will head home. We'll return to Helensville approx 6pm and will be heading home to Cambridge once we disembark.

Investment: $1,050 -  2 nights shared accommodation, transport, driver, Kaipara 2 Day Harbour Cruise which includes morning & afternoon tea,  2 lunches, 2 evening meals &  1 breakfast  Other Meals not included.  

WOW - World Of Wearable Art
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When: Throughout the week in September or October - I will pick you all up from your homes.

About: We will have shared accommodation (Please let me know if you don't wish to share) 2 nights at the Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay. I found this accommodation very suitable. Upstairs they have a restaurant which offers Breakfast, Bar meals which are substantial for an evening meal or A La Cart .

We have a full day to explore Wellington at our leisure before the main event in the evening. There are heaps of options of what to do, Weta Workshop, Te Papa, Cable car ride or Botanic Gardens to name just a few.

WOW - I will be booking Platinum seats for you all. The show starts at 7.30 pm at the TSB Arena, Wellington. We will be arriving at 6.30pm as it gives you time to get your program and there is entertainment while you get seated and before the show starts.

The following day we will be traveling home

Investment: $1,050 ?? (Hoping to keep it at the same amount as last years tour but) - Depends on the accommodation & price of the WOW tickets - 2 nights shared accommodation, entry ticket to WOW (platinum seats) Driver, and transport. Meals are not included.

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