Sidetracks – About us

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RE-DISCOVER NEW ZEALAND with Sidetracks Women - hiking and cycling tours are designed for women, guided by women, loved by women

Walk and cycle with us in New Zeland and Germany

New Zealand Tours

We want you to have an unforgettable travel experience with us and LIVE New Zealand!

On our trips you’ll not only see the famous highlights, but also the less well-known treasures the country has to offer. All the places and people that so uniquely make New Zealand what it is and that we have uncovered after years of living in this beautiful country.

Our small and personal tour company was founded on the passion and experience of Angelika Pastoors. She has been working in the Tourism industry for nearly 30 years and after managing a travel agency in Germany, she has now worked as a tour guide for the past 20 years - about two thirds of that in New Zealand.

Some of our trips are organised in co-operation with Trails Nature and Adventure Tours Ltd Germany who we have worked with intensively for many years.

Our tour guides all know New Zealand "up and down" - the mainroads, the backroads, the highways, the ‘No Exit’ - roads and of course the hiking tracks. We enjoy sharing our knowledge of nature and the country with our participants and are all individuals who love nature and travel. It’s our job to ensure your trip runs without a hitch, and to make every day an unforgettable experience.

To keep Sidetracks the best little tour company in New Zealand for our German as well as our English speaking participants, we have decided to focus all our attention on what works best. Time has shown that the most popular of our bilingual (English/German) tours are our 21-day NZ Cycle Tour as well as our 3-day walk on the Awatere Tussock Track. We are looking forward to sharing our love of New Zealand with you!

Check out our NZ Cycle Tour or our Awatere Tussock Track

Foto Warum mit Uns sml

Wir zeigen Ihnen nicht nur die bekannten Höhepunkte Neuseelands, sondern führen Sie auch abseits der Wege.

Germany Tours

In the last years we have repeatedly received requests from Kiwis to explore our native Germany with us in the same way: through the eyes of a local. We listened! Come and travel through Germany with a group of friends rather than with a busload of strangers.

Choose between our 1-6 weeks long Germany tours in a small group that can easily be combined with your individual travel plans like visiting friends or family in Europe. Or experience Germany at a leisurely pace and close-up on one of our bike trails that can also easily be combined with our Germany Tours. All our cycle trails follow rivers and have no major gradients. We usually cycle on dedicated high quality paved or gravel cycle paths away from roads or on small country roads with little traffic.

Most of the staff at Sidetracks are native Germans who have been living in New Zealand for many years. With us, you’ll feel right at home: we understand the ‘down under’ way of life and the German way of doing things too. So, if you are interested in visiting the heart of Europe – let us take you where the locals go!


castles in Germany are a must-see on our small group tours