How to get there
Auckland, New Zealand’s capital, has good connections to Asia, with onward flights to Christchurch and Nelson on the South Island. There are direct flights to Christchurch from Singapore and China.
Most people ride the trail from south to north, Lyell to Seddonville. Here are sample driving distances and times from likely start points:
Christchurch to Lyell – 300km, 4.5 hours Seddonville to Christchurch – 380km, 5 hours. Nelson to Lyell – 160km, 2.5 hours Seddonville to Nelson – 270km, 4 hours.