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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 spectacular trip from Christchurch to Queenstown is regarded as one of the world’s top five cycle touring routes. You will conquer iconic Alpine passes, including the breathtaking Haast Pass. The cycling will take you through glacier country, quiet sealed roads fringed with mighty rainforests and past dramatic coastlines. You will cross the Crown Range into the beautiful Southern Lakes district around Wanaka and Queenstown. This is the ultimate bucket list road ride.

Departure Dates:

5 April 2018 - 13 April 2018 
6 December 2018 - 14 December 2018 
10 January 2019 - 18 January 2019 
10 February 2019 - 18 February 2019 
4 April 2019 - 12 April 2019
DAY 1Christchurch - Hokitika

Your guide will pick you up from your central Christchurch accommodation early this morning and deliver you to the train station for your TranzAlpine Express departure at 8.15am. We enjoy a scenic train journey across the Southern Alps and arrive at Moana on Lake Brunner around Midday. We will eat our lunch on the train and then we can get on the bikes immediately to follow an undulating and winding course through the picturesque Arnold Valley to Stillwater. A flat ride beside the banks of the Grey River takes us out to the coastal township of Greymouth. One of the trip’s many highlights is the coastal riding as we head north along the coast to the famous Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki. The coastline is wild, the rock formations are incredible and the rainforest is lush. The riding is pure quality – with enough hills to keep you honest. After visiting the Pancake Rocks we load up the bikes, hop on the bus and transfer to Hokitika and our accommodation for the night. 

Hokitika is a quiet coastal town known for the crafting of Pounamu (greenstone) from the West Coast and is a wonderful place to walk along the beach at sunset. 

Today's cycling is approximately 76km.

DAY 2Hokitika - Franz Josef Glacier

Further south, the glacier country beckons and the road soon changes from rural countryside to one fringed with the mighty podocarp rainforests. Along the way we break for coffee at Ross, one of the early gold-mining townships and then onwards through Hari Hari and Whataroa until finally we reach Franz Josef Glacier township for the next two nights.

Today's cycling is approximately 135km, alternatively, there is a shorter option, which is 81km. 

DAY 3Franz Josef Glacier

Time for a day off the saddle and Franz Josef Glacier is a great place to enjoy this. With hot pools, ice climbing and lots of short walks – there are plenty of options. You could also relax and catch up with your diary or read a book. Flight-seeing is very popular here either in fixed wing planes around the mountains (up to 40 mins) or a helicopter flight to land on the snowfields high above the village (1.5 - 2hrs). There is also an option to enjoy some sea-kayaking into the rainforest at the nearby Okarito Lagoon & bird sanctuary. Additional costs for optional activities apply.

DAY 4Franz Josef Glacier - Fox Glacier

This morning’s start is flexible depending on the weather and what people would like to do. There are a number of options – if the previous day’s weather hasn’t been friendly and you were wanting to take to the skies to see the glacier or enjoy some sea-kayaking you can do your activity this morning. In the afternoon we ride through to Fox Glacier (optional). The distance to Fox Glacier is only a matter of 25 kms but that ride crosses three strenuous passes, each followed by an exciting and exhilarating downhill. The ride is worth the effort with the last downhill into Fox leading straight into one of the village cafes or bars. In the evening we take a short walk around nearby Lake Matheson with its famous sunset reflections of New Zealand’s highest mountains. 

Today's cycling is approximately 25kms.

DAY 5Fox Glacier - Haast

After a couple of ‘relaxing’ days we head off again on some lovely flat roads. We reach the coast at Bruce Bay before turning inland again, skirting the beautiful Lake Moeraki and then out to the Knights Point coastline. Eventually we roll into Haast township and a final night on the west coast.

Today's cycling is approximately 120km, alternatively there is a shorter option which is 89km.

DAY 6Haast - Makarora

Haast Pass presents another cycling highlight. For some 50 kms the road slowly rises as the mighty Landsborough River joins the nearby Clark Valley. Countless waterfalls cascade from the mountains towering above the road and the lush rainforest changes to beechforest higher up the valley. A final serious climb takes us to the summit of the pass at 678m. From here there is a 20km ride down into the beautiful township of Makarora and a well-deserved conclusion to the day’s ride. If the descent does not provide enough excitement there is a thrilling jet-boat ride nearby taking you deep into the Mount Aspiring National Park.

Today's cycling is approximately 82km.

DAY 7Makarora - Wanaka

There are dramatic changes in the landscape today as we enter the dry arid country on the eastern side of the ranges. Today we cycle alongside spectacular lakes as the road rolls down into the headwaters of the Otago valleys and then climbs along the shore of Lake Wanaka before taking us into the bustling resort township of the same name. The afternoon is free to enjoy some shopping or just to relax alongside the lake.

Today's cycling is approximately 68km. 

DAY 8Wanaka - Queenstown

This morning we cycle out of town for 25km to the historic township of Cardrona, with a chance to stop for a coffee in the old pub with its beautiful gardens. From here the last serious climb of our tour takes us to our highest point, 1070m, at the top of the Crown Range for some spectacular views. A wicked drop down into Arrowtown follows before we break for lunch. We have time to enjoy this historic gold mining town before our final ride into Queenstown, known as the adventure capital of New Zealand. The town is situated alongside a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. Relaxation and shopping here are fantastic.

Today's cycling is approximately 78km.

DAY 9Queenstown

After breakfast at the hotel it's time to say goodbye to your fellow cyclists after an incredible trip. 

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.