BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

Please read the following terms and conditions carefully. They form the basis of the agreement between you and Great Outdoors NZ Limited trading as “Escape by Cycle” (“we”, “us” or “the company”). By paying your invoice and placing a booking with us, you agree to these terms and conditions which are legally binding.

 1.   Bookings and Payments

For bookings more than 2 months before a tour, a deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your booking on the tour. The balance is payable 2 months prior to the departure date of your tour (unless specified otherwise on the invoice). In the event you have not paid the outstanding balance 31 days prior to departure, your booking will be cancelled and your deposit will not be refunded. If you book within 60 days of tour departure you will be asked to pay the whole tour price to secure your booking. If you have not paid your invoice by the due date your booking will lapse. 

 2.    Types of Bookings

a.   Independent Bookings

Independent bookings are invoiced and treated independently of each other. A group of people may all book on the same tour but if they are
invoiced separately (eg as individuals or couples) those bookings are treated independently. Scheduled tours are guaranteed to depart once we have a minimum of 4 people who have paid in full. In the event we have to cancel a tour due to lack of numbers, you will be refunded in full. All prices are quoted on the basis of twin share accommodation. Individual people who would like their own room and do not wish to twin share with another person will be asked to pay a single room supplement to cover the additional cost of the accommodation. 
 

 b.  Group Bookings

 “Group Bookings” are priced on the basis of the specified number of people in your group. Generally discounts are proportional to the number of people in your group. Group Bookings are invoiced collectively, not individually, with one deposit invoice and 1 balance invoice issued for the whole group. If someone within your Group Booking cancels or defers their booking for any reason, cancellation fees will apply (see clause 4) and the remaining people in the Group Booking will lose any group discount you have received. Cancellation fees and lost group discounts will be deducted from any refund payable. You are permitted to find a replacement person to substitute for any person wishing to cancel (without cancellation fee or loss of any group discount) up to 14 days prior to your tour departure, but you must notify us as soon as possible. For any substitution less than 30 days before your tour, it is unlikely we will be able to amend the room bookings or bed configuration. Any substitutions within 30 days of your tour will incur a $100 fee per substitution. If there are available spaces on the tour and subject to availability of accommodation, you may request additional friends join your Group Booking at the same per person price as the rest of the group, up to 30 days prior to your departure date. Upon payment of their invoice they become part of your Group Booking and are bound by these terms and conditions. Additions within 30 days of departure will incur a $100 per person administration fee. If your Group Booking initially fills all the seats on the tour, but you later have any cancellations within your group in the lead up to your tour, we reserve the right to resell the vacant places on the tour, You can avoid this by finding a substitution for anyone wishing to cancel. Only if you have purchased a Private Booking are we restricted from selling any vacant places on your tour. 

 c.   Private Tours 

 A “Private Tour” is a Group Booking where you have reserved the entire tour for your group only and for a specified number of people. For a Private Tour we agree not to sell any remaining places on your the tour without your consent. Private Tours are priced to compensate us for this restriction. It must be clearly stated on your invoice and/or booking email that you have purchased a Private Tour. Cancellations by individuals on your Private Tour are not permitted. Private Tours can only be cancelled in full and cancellation fees apply (see clause 4). 1 deposit invoice and 1 balance invoice will be issued for the Private Tour as a whole. If someone within your group can no longer come on your Private Tour, your invoice will not change. You are permitted to find a replacement person (or people) to substitute for the person (or people) who can no longer come, up to 14 days prior to your tour departure. You must notify us of any substitutions as soon as possible. For any substitution less than 30 days before your Private Tour, it is unlikely we will be able to amend the room bookings or bed configuration. Any substitutions within 30 days of your Private Tour will incur a $100 fee per substitution. If there are available spaces on your Private Tour, subject to availability of accommodation, you may request additional friends join your Private Tour at the same per person price as the rest of the group, up to 30 days prior to your departure date. Upon payment of the invoice for the additional person, they become part of your Private Tour and are bound by these terms and conditions. Additions within 30 days of departure will incur a $100 per person administration fee.  

 3.   Payment Methods

We accept payments by bank account payment, PoliPay and card payments via “Stripe”, a secure card payment services provider. Stripe accepts all major credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Diners etc). To pay by card, click the green “Pay Now” button on your online invoice. Card payments incur a 3% surcharge to cover fees and taxes. There is no surcharge for payments via PoliPay (bank accounts only) or by direct bank payment into our account. Our bank account details are listed on the invoice. You can make multiple independent internet bank payments against the same invoice. However part payments by card can only be made over the phone. Payment is deemed to have occurred when cleared funds have been received in our account. International telegraphic transfers must include an extra NZD$25 to cover bank intermediary fees (which are deducted en route), otherwise your balance will not be paid in full. All prices quoted are in New Zealand Dollars and include 15% GST. 

4.   Cancellations and Refunds 

We book accommodation more than 12 months in advance of our cycle tours. We book restaurants, cafes, helicopters, jet boats, wine tastings and hot tubs months before each trip. We set the staff roster for our guides and allocate bikes, vehicles, vans and trailers at the beginning of each season. The costs associated with cancelling bookings and the opportunity cost of not being able to resell empty seats increase substantially the closer we get to your tour. Deferring your booking  to a later date does not avoid cancellation fees. If you wish to cancel your booking, you must notify us by email at info@escapebycycle.com as soon as possible. The date of cancellation will be the date we receive your written request to cancel by email.

 If we receive your cancellation:

  • More than 90 days prior to departure, you will forfeit $250 per person.
  • 90 – 31 days prior to departure, you will forfeit $500 per person.  
  • 30 – 15 days prior to departure, you will forfeit 50% of the tour price.
  • 14 days or less prior to departure you will forfeit 100% of the tour price.
  • A no-show on the day of departure means you forfeit 100% of the tour price.

We strongly recommend using insurance to protect yourself against cancellation fees – see clause 6. Cancellation fees will be deducted from any refund payable.

If one person cancels, out of a couple (sharing a double room), or a pair (sharing a twin room) the remaining person will have to pay a single room supplement. This will be deducted from any refund payable.  

5. Transfers to Another Tour

In certain circumstances, we may agree (at our sole discretion) to transfer a booking from one scheduled tour date to another within the same season. Transfers are not possible to a tour date the following season. Please notify us in writing (email info@escapebycycle.com) of your request to transfer your booking as early as possible. The later we receive the request the less likely it will be. It depends on the number of people booked on your original tour and on your requested tour, the availability of accommodation, equipment, staff and how far in advance we receive your request. If your transfer would leave your original tour with less than 4 people, it will not be possible to transfer. If we agree to transfer your booking to your desired tour, you will need to pay any difference in price as well as any transfer fees listed below. If your transfer request is received:

  • More than 60 days prior to original departure date, a $100 per person fee will apply.
  • 60 – 31 days prior to original departure date, a $250 per person fee will apply.
  • 30 – 15 days prior to original departure date, a $500 per person fee will apply in addition to any costs we incur with our suppliers..
  • Transfers within 14 days of your original departure date are not possible. In exceptional circumstances if we agree to the transfer, you will be charged a fee which reflects the fair cost to us of effecting the transfer, which is likely to be $500 per person plus any costs we incur with our suppliers.
  • If a transfer is not possible and you are not able to attend your original tour, you must cancel your booking and cancellation fees will apply.

6. Illness, Injury and Insurance
It is your responsibility to protect yourself against illness, injury, grievances or unexpected circumstances which might prevent you from coming on your cycle tour. We recommend using insurance to protect yourself against any such circumstances. If you are unable to attend the tour for any reason, your booking will be subject to the cancellation fees above. If you are injured and cannot ride, you are welcome to attend the tour as a non-rider, but please let us know in advance of you tour.  Alternatively you can avoid cancellation fees by finding someone to substitute for you on the tour – see clause 2.

7. Tour Itinerary

An indicative tour itinerary is provided on our website or by email. We reserve the right to amend or change the itinerary, departure times, cycling or driving routes, restaurants, cafés and accommodation options without notice. In the event bad weather or unexpected events prevent the tour from taking a helicopter, train, boat cruise, jet boat ride, wine tasting or similar, we will amend the itinerary as best we can to make up for the missed activity, but there will be no refunds paid out. We reserve the right to change or cancel any activity on the grounds of safety. 

8. Cancellation by Us

We reserve the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. If we decide to cancel a tour of our own volition, we will try to transfer your booking to another date the same season or defer your booking until the following season. If you agree to such transfer, we will use your payment as a credit towards the new booking. If you are unable to attend any of our alternative dates, you will be refunded in full. However, you will not be entitled to claim any additional amounts or compensation for any lost costs, expenses or other consequential loss or damages resulting from the cancellation.

9. Tour Cancellation Due to External Factors (including COVID)

If we are forced to cancel a tour due to events beyond our control (including but not limited to extreme weather, closed roads, closed cycle trails, war, terrorism, famine, pandemic (eg COVID), lockdowns,  strikes, trade disputes, fire, earthquake, accident or breakdown of vehicles, interruption of transport, government or political action, civil emergencies, acts or omissions of any third party or supplier) we will take reasonable steps to defer your booking until a later date during the same season. If this is not possible, we will give you the choice of whether to defer your booking until a date the following season or to cancel your booking. In the event you decide not to accept a deferral of your tour, but instead to cancel your booking we will retain an amount equal to your deposit ($500/person) as a cancellation fee and refund the excess back to you. In the event you agree to defer your booking to a later date, we will not charge you any fee (other than any difference in the price of the tour).

10.  Questionnaires, Health and Fitness and Dietary Requirements

Each customer must complete a tour questionnaire as soon as possible upon booking. It is your responsibility to complete the questionnaire accurately. It may not be possible to change bookings, provide the correct equipment or cater to your needs if you fail complete the questionnaire correctly or on time. We accept no liability to you for omitted, or incorrect information on your questionnaire, including (not limited to) room or bedding requirements, bikes or equipment, medical conditions, dietary requirements or food allergies. In the event we are able to take steps to rectify problems arising from incorrect or omitted information, we reserve the right to charge you a reasonable fee which reflects our time and costs – for example the staff wages, vehicle costs and expenses involved in bringing a different bike to you on tour. 

You must be in reasonable health and advise us of any serious health conditions before your cycle tour. If you are unsure whether we need to know, please note it on your customer questionnaire. We will keep this information confidential. We reserve the right to withdraw any person from a tour (with no refund) if we think you pose a danger to your own health, or anyone else, or if you have failed to disclose any material medical conditions prior to your tour.

It is your responsibility to have the necessary skills and fitness to complete your tour. Your tour guide will take reasonable steps to assist you, but in the event you are not fit enough or lack the skills to ride any sections of the trail, you must follow their instructions which may include riding in the van.  

11. Third Party Suppliers

We engage third party suppliers to provide certain services on the tour, including food, accommodation, helicopters, jet boats, wine tastings etc. We accept no liability for such third party suppliers or their activities. Any claim or cause of action you may have in respect of such service is against the third party supplier and not against us. 

12.  Removal or Withdrawal from a Tour

We reserve the right to remove any person from a tour (without refund), who in our opinion, is likely to endanger themselves or others, is overly rude or aggressive, discriminatory, intoxicated, conducting any illegal activity, refuses to wear a seat belt or cycle helmet, deliberately seeks to disrupt the tour, or refuses to comply with reasonable instructions of the tour guide. We reserve the right to charge a fee to cover any costs associated with such removal.

If anyone wishes to withdraw from a tour for any other reason, we will do our best to arrange transport off the tour as best we can. No refunds will be given. We reserve the right to charge a fee to cover our costs. Our tours travel to remote parts of the South Island with infrequent transport options so please note that removal or withdrawal from a tour may be difficult, time consuming and expensive.

13.  Your Possessions

It is your responsibility to look after all your possessions whilst on tour. We strongly encourage you not to bring any precious or valuable possessions on tour. We accept no liability in the event of any loss, accident, fire, theft or similar. If you leave any possessions behind, we may try to return these to you, within reason. We do not guarantee this will be possible and we reserve the right to charge a fee to cover our costs. We advise you to use insurance to protect your possessions whilst on tour. 

In the event you bring your own bike on tour, it will be racked on our trailer together with our bikes. The trailers can fit tyres up to 2.9 inches wide. If you have fat tyres we may need to let some air out to fit them on the trailer. We will look after your bikes to the same standard of care as we look after our own bikes. However we accept no liability for any loss, damage or theft of your bike while on tour. Please ensure your bikes are covered by insurance. 

14.  Liability Waiver

Mountain biking, driving and cycle touring are inherently risky activities. You acknowledge and accept there is a risk of injury, death, property damage or loss on your tour. You agree to release, waive, discharge, hold harmless and indemnify the company, our directors, employees, contractors, agents or other representatives, from any claim, cause of action or loss you may suffer as the result of, or in connection with the tour. To the extent permitted by law, we disclaim any and all liability arising out of or in connection with providing your tour. To the extent our liability is not excluded, our liability is limited to the price of your tour. We advise you to use insurance to protect you against these risks.

15.  Privacy Policy

We need to collect and store your personal information and certain personal data supplied by you in order to provide your cycle tour. This will only be stored and used by us for this purpose. Unless you tell us otherwise, you agree that we may add your email address to our mailing list for sending updates, newsletters and marketing materials. We will keep your information confidential and in accordance with applicable data privacy laws. In the unlikely event of an accident or emergency, you agree we may share your medical or personal information with medical or emergency services.

16.  Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of New Zealand.