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This trip is Guided allowing you to explore the area with the benefit of a knowledgeable ride leader and support.
This trip is ideal for Seasoned Cyclists.
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TRIP HIGHLIGHT WHAT WE LOVE

This ride will take you to the most scenic landscapes in New Zealand. You will encounter the majesty of New Zealand’s Aoraki, Mt Cook and the sweeping tussocklands of the Mackenzie Country. You will ride alongside flowing rivers through famous vineyards and rural farmland of the Waitaki Valley. You will see the dramatic turquoise Lake Pukaki through to the alpine retreat of Twizel on an epic adventure.

Departure Dates:

28 March 2018 - 2 April 2018 
15 April 2018 - 20 April 2018 
28 October 2018 - 2 November 2018 
11 November 2018 - 16 November 2018 
25 November 2018 - 30 November 2018 
9 December 2018 - 14 December 2018 
27 December 2018 - 1 January 2019
6 January 2019 - 11 January 2019 
13 January 2019 - 18 January 2019 
20 January 2019 - 25 January 2019 
27 January 2019 - 1 February 2019 
3 February 2019 - 8 February 2019 
10 February 2019 - 15 February 2019 
17 February 2019 - 22 February 2019 
24 February 2019 - 1 March 2019 
3 March 2019 - 8 March 2019 
10 March 2019 - 15 March 2019 
17 March 2019 - 22 March 2019 
7 April 2019 - 12 April 2019
DAY 1Christchurch - Tekapo

Early this morning you will be collected from your central Christchurch accommodation and taken to our depot for a bike fitting and tour briefing. We then drive south to Geraldine for a refreshment break before starting our first ride. We cycle quiet sealed roads through picturesque countryside, before stopping for lunch in Fairlie. 

After lunch we drive to Lake Tekapo Village. Its picturesque lake is the first of the storage lakes which feed the hydro schemes in the basin and down the Waitaki Valley. Here we take our first ride from the alternate start on the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail, on the quiet roads that follow the turquoise blue waters of the canal system. 

On return to Tekapo we have the option to visit the local hot pools to ease any first day muscle aches (own expense). The famous Church of the Good Shepherd and nearby statue standing as a tribute to the sheepdogs that make farming the Mackenzie Basin possible are local icons. 

Today's cycling is approximately 35km.

DAY 2Tekapo - Twizel

After breakfast this morning we drive to our next cycling point on the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail alongside the Tekapo hydro canal. We enjoy some flat easy riding past salmon farms to the edge of Lake Pukaki, joining the lakeside cycle trail and with spectacular mountain vistas. From the road end, Mt Cook beckons so we load up and drive to The Hermitage where we have the option to enjoy a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre (own expense) or the informative Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park visitor centre (free of charge). 
Stunning views of the 26 km long Tasman Glacier and Mt Cook are our reward for a short walk, before we drive back to Lake Pukaki for a final ride on the trail across the extensive tussock-lands of Pukaki flats to Twizel, where we stay tonight. Twizel was built for the Hydro project in the 1970’s and in recent years has been rejuvenated as a holiday and rowing destination, surrounded by rolling tussock hillsides.

Today's cycling is approximately 42km.

DAY 3Twizel - Omarama

This morning we cycle past Lakes Ruataniwha and Ohau, mostly on cycle trail, to Lake Ohau Lodge for lunch. After we’ve refuelled our bodies, those who would like a challenge can continue on the trail, which starts its steady climb up to the Tambrae Saddle. At 900m this is the highpoint of the whole Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail and your efforts are rewarded with stunning views across the Mackenzie Basin. Alternatively for those who want a relaxing afternoon there is the option to transfer by coach and enjoy a final, mostly downhill and flat ride on the trail into Omarama, our stop for the night. Omarama is called “Place of Light” in Maori terminology, a reference to its extraordinarily pure and clear sky. This region is also famous for gliding due to some unique air wave systems and feisty thermals. 

Today's cycling is between 61 - 79km.

DAY 4Omarama - Kurow

We set off on our bikes from our accommodation this morning, following the trail to Sailors Cutting, along the shores of Lake Benmore. From here there is the option to climb to the Otematata saddle or to take the support van to the top and enjoy a fabulous downhill cycle towards Aviemore Dam, where we will enjoy a lakeside picnic. From here we avoid the very busy main road by driving a short distance to our accommodation in Kurow. The tiny village of Kurow can be explored by bike. An interesting option is to ride from the bridge over the Waitaki River to the beautifully restored St. Albans Church, then to the local Pasquale vineyards to taste award winning wines. 

Tonights accommodation is at the Waitaki Braids Lodge where elegant ensuite rooms, open onto their own small conservatory and local art adorn the walls. Dinner is served in the comfortable onsite restaurant by an award winning chef serving local produce and wines. This is the perfect place to relax whilst recovering from a days biking. 
Today's cycling is approximately 47kms, excluding the optional 5km climb to Otematata saddle.

DAY 5Kurow - Burnside

This morning the cycle trail takes us along the banks of the Waitaki River and through Kurow vineyards. We pass by a Maori rock art site before reaching Duntroon where we turn inland to cycle on a mixture of trail and quiet rural roads. A walk amongst the unusual rock formations known locally as Elephant Rocks is a must on the way past. Following a short section of an old branch railway line we cycle through Raki’s tunnel before a downhill ride into the settlement of Windsor. We spend our last evening together at the historic Victorian Burnside Homestead and have a delicious dinner to celebrate.

Today's cycling is approximately 63km with an elevation gain of 693m.

DAY 6Windsor - Christchurch

Today we are bound for Christchurch but not before we finish our Alps to Ocean journey with a final ride. Cycling from our accommodation we ride through picturesque rolling rural countryside and pass the Oamaru Stone quarry. Oamaru Stone has been extracted from the district since the 19th Century and its influence on local architecture is clearly seen as we ride our final section into the harbourside town of Oamaru. Here there is time to explore the old Victorian Precinct with its many galleries, shops and cafes. There may also be time for an optional visit to the fascinating Steampunk Museum (own expense). After a late lunch we will travel back to Christchurch, passing through some of the rich agricultural regions of the Canterbury Plains.  

Today's cycling is approximately 25km.

DAY 7Departure

After an incredible trip it's time to say goodbye and continue with your homeward travel.

AREA
INFORMATION

If you're looking for bucket list rides, epic scenery and the world's playground, then you've found it in New Zealand. The country is littered with old railways converted into cycle trails taking you into the heart of the country. Crystal clear lakes reflect the towering snow capped mountains, suspension bridges snake their way through golden forests and on either side of the island, you can ride along the shore of New Zealand's crisp blue waters 

Weather
INFORMATION

The summer months between December and February are the best times to ride in New Zealand. Temperatures reach the mid 70s with warm breezes. Spring and autumn are also beautiful times to ride as the climate is mild, especially towards the coast, and the scenery becomes ever more spectacular as the seasons change.

PACKAGE DETAILS MORE INFORMATION

Your accommodation will be in a mixture of hotels, resorts and boutique residences.  
You will be met and collected at Christchurch International Airport, before being whisked away to the hotel in the city. On the final day of the holiday, you can join the transfer from the hotel to Christchurch International Airport, or make separate arrangements to stay in New Zealand. 
Your trip will include all breakfasts, lunches and four dinners. Fresh, local cuisine will be served for breakfast and lunch and bottled mineral water as well as local fruits and refreshments are provided on all cycling days. Please let our cycling experience team know if you have any dietary requirements that we need to be aware of.  
The holiday is guided by English speaking, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Your ride will be followed by a support van equipped with plenty of refreshments as well as a comprehensive first-aid kit. Alternatively, if you would like to do this tour privately, this can be arranged, just ask our cycling experts.     
You will have a well trained and knowledgeable guide who will carry a comprehensive first-aid kit. In the unlikely case of any medical emergency that requires a hospital, there is ground transportation on hand to provide assistance and a local speaking support team.  
The bike you will hire will give you a comfortable ride as you cruise through New Zealand it is equipped with  water bottle holders and an area to keep a small day bag. We can upgrade you to a mountain bike or electric bike too if you prefer. If you would like to bring your own bike instead, please let our cycling experience team know.  
The air conditioned support van will be equipped with essentials such as bottled mineral water and local fruit and snacks during each day's ride. The guide will have a travel set of bike tools for emergency repairs and the support van will be equipped with spare parts and other tools.  
Your bags will be collected each morning and taken from your accommodation to the next night’s accommodation. We suggest you keep a day bag with you for all your essentials. 
Travel to New Zealand is not included but please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to book flights for you.   
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.