5 Benefits of Self-Guided Cycling Tours

Cycling the Ida Valley | Lachlan Gardiner
Cycling the Ida Valley | Lachlan Gardiner

Planning a holiday can be an extremely stressful time. Researching where to go, what to do, places to eat, and working out how to get your luggage from point A to B. 

This is where self-guided tours come in. They take the hassle out of researching and planning your holiday itinerary. Completely organised by the company, self-guided cycling trips still give you the freedom to cycle at your own pace without having a guide hanging around you all day.  


Who is it for?

  • A self-guided cycling tour is perfect for families giving them the option to follow their own schedule and accommodate everyone.
  • It is also ideal for groups of friends that just want to enjoy each other's company. It takes away the hassle of planning and organising and allows the group to just show up at the start of the trip and cycle making the pre-departure process an enjoyable one
  • Additionally, it is also perfect for travellers that want to enjoy the scenery and make the most of New Zealand without the worry of planning.



Benefits of self-guided tours

So what are the benefits of self-guided cycling? Many come to mind, but here are the 5 most important.
  1. Competitive pricing
  2. Stress-free
  3. Flexibility and freedom
  4. Customisable
  5. Sense of accomplishment

Competitive pricing 

Self-guided cycling is an economical option when it comes to deciding how you want to travel around New Zealand. Without the bells and whistles that come with guided trips, our self-guided trips are extremely affordable. Of course, there are additional options such as accommodation upgrades and extra activities we can provide. If you are wanting to add to your trip, please reach out to our team of experts and we will assist you in creating your perfect itinerary.



Our experts handle the pre-departure planning such as:

  • Bike supplements
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage transfers
  • Additional activites
  • Recommendations on where to eat
  • Map and itinerary 

Flexibility and freedom 

Now that you have a map, accommodation booked each night and luggage transfers, self-guided cycling gives your the freedom to cycle at your own pace. It gives you the flexibility to schedule your day around what interests you. Want to stop and admire the view for an hour? Or sit and have a coffee at a cafe? The choice is yours. 



Much like our previous point, a self-guided trip makes it much easier to adjust your itinerary to suit yourself. We have a range of itineraries so you can add cycling trails to your holiday. You can view them here.

Sense of accomplishment 

Many of our travellers feel an incredible sense of accomplishment completing the Central Otago cycle trails. Although Trail Journeys organise your trip, you are still the one pedalling at the end of the day. We think it's the best way to explore New Zealand by bike.


>> View our Otago Rail Trail Trips

>>You can read our article on what's included in a self-guided cycling holiday

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