2,100 km, 6 weeks.
Cycling the two islands of New Zealand offers a wide variety of land use zones within a relatively short distance (2,100 km). To avoid any freezing temperatures and to minimize the rain in the North Island, travel between November and March makes sense. Allow 5 or 6 weeks.
The logistics are easy: no visa required and English is spoken! Aside from their dogged insistence on driving on what to many of us is the wrong side of the road, cycle touring in New Zealand is simple. Buses, trains and ferries carry bikes for free or cheap. Hostels accommodate cyclists, and if you stay on paved roads, you’re seldom more than 50 km from your next flat white (cappuccino) or lodging. So you can consider leaving your tent and stove behind.