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ultracycle New Zealand

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this cycle?

This is a tough challenge and is part of our ultracycle series which requires an excellent level of fitness. The route has numerous climbs and we will be covering up to 188 km on some days so we will be physically tested throughout this trip. Not only are the days long but there will also be 8 consecutive days of cycling which will be a test in itself.

are there any pre-challenge briefings?

Yes! We have a number of pre-challenge briefings in London spread across the year so there should be a day to suit you. These briefings are a great chance to ask any questions you may have as well as meet other cyclists, the Action Challenge team and our fully qualified cycle guides.

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - British citizen and or British passport holders who can produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in the UK can stay up to six months in New Zealand.

 

Insurance - Each participant must take out a valid travel insurance policy that adequately covers for all aspects of the trip, including helicopter rescue and medical repatriation that can be authorised on the advice of the Action Challenge tour leader.

 

Vaccinations - Please contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to ensure that you do not need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

do I need to take my own bike?

You can either take your own road bike or hire a high quality bike for this challenge. Both options will incur an additional cost.

life on the cycle

how big is the group? / what support will there be?

All of our challenges are group adventures and the average size is approximately 20 participants. We welcome individuals, couples and groups of friends on to our challenges, and many who join us literally have a mountain to climb in terms of the scale of the challenge they are taking on. We advocate camaraderie and team bonding, and really believe that this enhances your experience.

 

Your challenge will be led by an experienced Action Challenge leader. Our leaders are selected for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, sensitivity and sense of humour, and will ensure that your trip runs smoothly.

 

You will also be accompanied by an Action Challenge doctor, who will be carrying a fully stocked medical kit in case of any emergency. They will carry out daily health checks, and the re-assurance of their presence should allow you to focus on, and enjoy your challenge!

 

We have a full support team in country with two way radio contact between the Action Challenge Head Quarters in London and local staff and satellite phone for emergencies. If for any reason you need to leave the group early local staff will assist you and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.

what is the weather like while cycle?

New Zealand’s summer is between November and March. As New Zealand is a fairly small island the weather is more variable than a large landmass. Daytime temperatures of between 22 and 27°C should be expected however it is important to be prepared for rain.

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food - New Zealand’s cuisine is excellent: Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and of course lamb and beef as well as venison and pork. Continental breakfasts each morning will be at the accommodation, lunch will be eaten en route and evening meals will be at the accommodation or in a local restaurant. All meals are provided apart from those in free time.

 

Dietary Requirements - Please note that we will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements if informed in advance.

 

Accommodation - Ten nights in comfortable hotels and motels along our route. All accommodation is on a twin/triple-share, single-sex basis and we will pair you with someone of a similar age, where possible. If you wish to share a room with someone you are travelling with, please specify this on your registration form.

 

Single Supplement - If you decide that you would like to have your own room/tent on the challenge, we can accommodate this in the majority of places.

flights and extending your stay

can I book my own flights?

Yes, this becomes our land only package and reduces your final balance or minimum sponsorship balance - please contact us for more information if you are looking to book your own flights.

 

You will be required to arrange all flights and transfers in order to meet the group at the starting hotel on day 2 of your challenge and Action Challenge will require details of your travel arrangements before departure.

 

Please note you are unable to change your package once final balance invoicing has been completed and tickets have been issued by the airline.

funding, fundraising & inclusions

how can I fund this challenge?

You can choose to fully fund the challenge yourself, fundraise for a charity of your choice (from which approximately 50% of the sponsorship will cover your trip cost), or opt to do a mixture of both! For all three funding options, an online registration deposit is required to secure your place.

 

We have worked with over 200 UK charities and welcome partnerships with new ones all the time! As long as they are a registered UK or Irish charity and agree to you doing so, we are more than happy for you to fundraise for any charity close to your heart.

what's included?

• International flights
• Action Challenge cycle guide
• Full support team, including local guides
• UK medic
• All accommodation
• All meals, except in free time
• Airline taxes
• All transfers in local vehicles
• Celebration dinner
• Invitation to a challenge briefing in London
• Fitness and training guide
• Discounts from UK retailers
• Reduced rates at Nomad Travel Clinics and Masta Health

what's not included?

• Insurance
• Vaccinations - up to date on boosters
• Tips for local staff
• Airline fuel surcharge (anything over £150)
• Alcoholic drinks

• Personal kit / equipment

• Road Bike

• High quality bike hire

how do I sign up?

To secure your place on this challenge, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the top of the page, or the dates & prices tab to the left. Please ensure you have a credit or debit card with you to pay your registration deposit. You will also need to have the below information to hand:

 

• Name as per Passport
• Home Address
• Email Address
• Telephone Number
• Date of Birth

 

Before you embark on your challenge, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.

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