Avis has joined hands with Travel Wander, a Singapore-based travel agency that specialises in active holidays, including cycling, hiking, running, conservation and culture.
The partnership aims to inspire more people to explore the unique and adventurous bike-drive itineraries offered in New Zealand.
With some of the world’s grandest mountain landscapes, Nga Haerenga, or the New Zealand Cycle Trail, offers an alternative way to soak up the beauty of the country. The bike path network, covering 2,500km of New Zealand’s countryside in both North and South Islands, has over 20 biking routes known as Great Rides for bikers of every age and ability.
Having access to a rental vehicle will give travellers the freedom to explore the country, and drive from one biking experience to the next whilst seeing the beautiful sights in New Zealand along the way, said Avis in a statement.
Angeline Tang, regional director – leisure travel & partnerships, Asia, Avis Budget Group, said: “Travel Wander is already a partner with Avis Singapore for New Zealand car rentals in the FIT segment… With trips being self-guided, our partnership with Travel Wander will provide travellers greater convenience and allows them the freedom to get from one ‘Great Ride’ to another in a car of their preference.”
Avis has one of New Zealand’s most comprehensive rental fleets, offering a wide range of vehicles from compact economic rental cars to luxurious soft top Cabriolets, 4-wheel drives, SUVs, eco-friendly hybrids, commercial vans and trucks. Last year, two additional hybrid models were introduced to the New Zealand fleet.
Avis New Zealand operates in almost 40 locations across the North and South Islands. Bicycle roof racks are also available for rental from Avis’ outlets at Auckland Airport and Christchurch Airport for travellers who are bringing their own bicycles for the Great Rides.
Here are some examples of the bike-drive itineraries:
Hawke’s Bay Trails North Island Ride
Meandering between the twin cities of Napier and Hastings, Hawke’s Bay Trails boasts 200km of cycle trails that are generally flat with a river and coastal network of pathways stretching over the Heretaunga Plains.
Tasman’s Great Taste Trail South Island Ride
Tasman’s Great Taste Trail starts from Nelson Airport and stretches across panoramic coastal and mountain views over Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary and the Western Ranges, with many stops for fine food and relaxation in between.
The Queenstown Trail South Island Ride
The Queenstown Trail unveils close to 120km of spectacular cycling trail in Otago’s Wakatipu Basin.
West Coast Wilderness South Island Ride
In the middle of the Southern Alps on the West Coast lies a series of tracks carved by pioneering goldminers. Today these old tracks, together with extensive water races, logging tramways and historic railway lines, form the West Coast Wilderness Trail.