Kiwi Spin

Road bike New Zealand.

Just outside Queenstown, New Zealand     Photo: Photograph by Andy Anderson

You'll have to pick up your jaw several times on Bicycle Adventures' new South Island Budget Tour. The 600-mile trip starts in Christchurch, on the island's east coast, and ends ten days later in Queenstown. In between, guests cover about 45 miles of rolling country roads per day, from emerald-green Lord of the Rings country to craggy beaches to lush vineyards. Your steed: a smooth Jamis road bike. Your digs: rustic country lodges. (Bicycle Adventures trimmed $775 off the price by cutting out four-star hotels.) Your recovery: optional massages, visits to hot springs, and a jet-boat ride beneath Mount Aspiring National Park's misty mountaintops. Departures in January and March 2011; US$3,475; bicycleadventures.com

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