Picture yourself under the bright blue european summer skies, riding your bike up the alpine climbs you have seen so many times on the Tour, Giro or Vuelta. A glimpse down shows the names of the best pro’ climbers, emblazoned on the tarmac by over eager fans. The faded names remind us of the riders who have already made their mark on the sport we love. The mind wanders through black and white footage featuring the legends of the sport, the hard men, who have also ridden and suffered on these roads – how much sweat did Merckx spill on this climb? From the top the view is spectacular. Looking out across the valley, you marvel at what you have just achieved. The villages we passed through earlier, now just specs on the world below. Now the rewarding descent awaits. This is Riding The Dream.
With Kiwi Style bike Tours we select what we feel are the most visually stunning areas, the most iconic climbs and the most memorable experiences to create the ultimate cycling holiday packages. We have a team of experienced guides who ensure there is a relaxed, fun, no pressure atmosphere while you ride as much or as little as you like – it’s your cycling holiday. Riding The Dream means different things to different people – some will want to climb like they’re chasing a KOM, while others will want to savour each switchback and view point. We want the Kiwi Style experience to be one that achieves your cycling holiday goals.
With our international tours on hold due to Covid-19, our guides have teamed up with local New Zealand company Adventure South to offer 'Our Beautiful Back Yard' Collection. This tour takes us from Queenstown, down to the Southern Coast and back up the Eastern Coast of the South Island. This quiet South East corner of NZ delivers everything we love about cycle tours - remote, rugged, beautiful, spectacular and challenging - it ticks all the boxes.
7 Days | 6 Nights
With our international tours on hold due to Covid-19, our guides have teamed up with local New Zealand company Adventure South to offer 'Our Beautiful Back Yard' Collection. This April tour takes us to the stunning Northern most roads of the land of the long white cloud. From rugged headlands, to pristine white sandy beaches and lush forests, what is not to love about Northland. Add to that, the warm settled weather of March and we have a spectacular tour on our hands.
9 Days | 8 Nights
Croatia Tour 2021 - September. This has been our most popular tour for our 2019 and 2020 seasons, with tours selling out well in advance. Our 2021 late summer tour takes in the best cycling locations Croatia has to offer - the beautiful rolling terrain of the Istria Peninsula, the stunning coast of Northern Dalmatia and the world famous islands of Southern Dalmatia. This really is a bucket list tour.
14 Days | 13 Nights
Croatia Tour 2022 - May/June. Our 2022 early summer tour takes in the best cycling locations Croatia has to offer - the beautiful rolling terrain of the Istria Peninsula, the stunning coast of Northern Dalmatia and the world famous islands of Southern Dalmatia. This really is a bucket list tour.
14 Days | 13 Nights
The Epic France-Italy Tour has become the backbone of Kiwi Style Bike Tours. It remains the most popular European Tour for those wanting to tick off the most legendary climbs of cycling folklore. We start in France with the beauty of Lake Annecy and climb our way through the French Alps. Then it's into Italy, via Lake Como, the Italian Alps and the Dolomites. Epic rides, Epic scenery and Epic climbs.
15 Days | 14 Nights
Our tours have a difficulty rating out of five stars:
A Five Star rating is a tour that is structured as a training camp. It includes several long and/or steep climbs on most days of the tour. This requires a very good level of cycling fitness to be able to enjoy the tour from the start right through to the finish. You don’t have to be a Pro level racer, but a weekend racer level of fitness is required to enjoy our toughest tours. Very few of our tours are rated as five star difficulty, unless it has a race/event as the finale.
A Four Star rating is a tour that includes several long and/or steep climbs on most days of the tour. This requires a good level of cycling fitness to be able to enjoy the tour from the start right through to the finish. You don’t have to be a racer, but a you should be used to regular riding to be able to recover and enjoy each day. A four star rated tour will have days where most riders will be looking forward to a recovery day.
A Three Star rating tour will have a mixture of mountainous days and flat/rolling days. A good level of fitness is still required to enjoy these tours and the cumulative effect of several days on the bike can make the climbs feel tough. If you’ve done your regular weekend training rides, a three star tour will have you smiling from start to finish.
A Two Star rating is a tour that will have the majority of the rides on smaller hills or rolling/flat terrain. A two star will have plenty of escape routes planned for longer rides. A good general fitness will see riders enjoy these tours.
A One Star rating is not used for any of our current Kiwi Style Bike Tours packages. This would be a baguette and bottle of wine in the basket type of ride – which, while great fun, is not a Kiwi Style dream ride.
We do have a number of rental bikes available for hire in Europe only. These are full carbon Scott bikes with Ultegra components or equivalent. These are available for most tours at a cost of NZD$650/tour. You will be required to bring your own pedals, shoes and helmet (and some choose to bring their own saddle).