Why Escape Adventures?
Escape Adventures. Established 1999
We are John Etherington, Mandy Richards (& Kier) from Nelson in New Zealand. We are Escape Adventures. Our full time passion is creating and leading adventurous cycle tours in stunning and interesting locations around the world. We are driven by the reward that comes with creating and leading tours that will touch your soul and stay in your memory forever.
What a world we live in. In this crazy information age, it's easy to forget the shear thrill of being somewhere extraordinary. We guarantee to reconnect you with our astounding world - countries brimming with wonderful places and people.
Escape: verb. break free from confinement or control
Adventure: noun. an unusual and exciting or daring experience
Escape Adventures are full immersion, off the beaten track cycle tours full of opportunities to get out of your comfort zone!
Our Riding Routes
Taking the lesser used or less formed route options means we often travel through small and remote towns and we get to stay in smaller locally owned guesthouses and sometimes home-stays rather than the flashest city hotels. At times these routes can be tough, but in a wonderful kind of way - it is where adventure happens! And with it comes the satisfaction of overcoming the challenges and finishing the day feeling like you have achieved.
All our tours are our OWN tours
We personally research, create and lead all of our cycle tours. Our tours are NOT contracted out to a ground operator.
Up close and personal
Getting to know the locals is a very special and unforgettable part of our adventures. We’ve developed a network of incredible locals who support us, house us, feed us and love interacting with us as much as we do with them.
Small but perfectly formed
You will join a fun bunch of 6-12 bikers from around the world and will travel as a relaxed, fun and intimate group that feels like a 'bunch of mates on tour'. Our groups are the perfect size for integrating into local communities - and mean that we can offer the best of ourselves and pay attention to the little things that make a difference.
Tour leaders become friends
All of our tours are led by two of our New Zealand based Escape Adventures leaders. We pride ourselves on the calibre and resourcefulness of these great people who you will be spending your adventure with. Our leaders are passionate bikers, great foodies, bike fixer-uppers, trained for health support (Pre-Hospital Emergency Care), and they are focused on making sure that your cycle tour is a fun, safe adventure of a lifetime. All of our tours also have a wonderful local support team, interpreter and drivers.
Making a difference
A lot of people want to help developing communities, but don't know how. By supporting local accommodations, restaurants and small businesses makes a real difference to the local economy.