Adventure South NZ - Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

Deal Details

Travel Dates

September to May 2021-2022

Sale Ends

Dec 31, 2022

Priced From

$1,895 per person


Day 1

Queenstown to Lumsden - up to 64km cycle
We will meet our guides in central Queenstown at 8:00am for a tour briefing and a bike fitting. Our warm up ride takes us along the shores of Lake Wakitipu, following the Queenstown Trail to the historic Kawarau Falls Bridge, where Lake Wakatipu flows into the Kawarau River. We continue past impressive lakeside mansions and numerous jetties and beaches until reaching the Sculpture Trail at Kelvin Heights. Be sure to watch out for the Wakatipu Kuikui, a figure with wild hair blowing in the wind and magnificent views out over the lake. We then transfer the short distance to the historic railway town of Kingston where we start the Around The Mountains Cycle Trail. Weaving our way through the pretty rural Mataura valley, surrounded by the Hector and Eyre mountains towards Garston and Athol, we cross a number of suspension bridges called the Golden Gate bridges. Our ride ends at Five Rivers where there is a cafe and gallery for us to visit before we drive to Lumsden and our accommodation in the historic Royal Mail Hotel for the night. We meet in the evening again for our first group dinner. Cycling Distance: Queenstown Trail to Kelvin Heights - 16km Kingston to Five Rivers - 48km

Meals:  L,D

Day 2

Lumsden to Mossburn - 58km cycle
This morning we transfer back to Five Rivers to continue the Around the Mountains Trail. We pass through rich farm lands by the banks of the Oreti River, to complete the section to Lumsden and then carry on along a mix of old railway line and well-graded track, threaded between the highway and farmland to Mossburn. Mossburn is known as the deer capital of New Zealand and a lunch stop at Bracken-Hall allows us to sample the region's famous venison pies and 'Southland sushi'. This afternoon we continue to follow the Oreiti River on purpose built trail, with views towards the imposing Fiordland mountains. At Centre Hill the trail meets a busy gravel road and here we have the option to load up the bikes and return to Mossburn or for those wanting a longer ride, we can return the same way back along the trail. We meet again in the early evening for our well earned dinner. Cycling Distance: Five Rivers to Mossburn - 35km Mossburn to Centre Hill - 23km

Meals:  B,L,D

Day 3

Mossburn to Te Anau - Lake to Lake Trail 20km
After breakfast we drive to Manapouri where we are dwarfed by the mountains looming all around us and there is no question that we are on the edge of the wonderfully remote Fiordland National Park. Todays ride takes us along the new Lake to Lake Trail connecting Lake Manapouri with Lake Te Anau, following the glistening Waiau River. On arrival in Te Anau we have lunch and then are free to walk a section of the Kepler track to Rainbow Reach, wander along the shores of Lake Te Anau or visit the bird sanctuary where Takahe and Kaka can be seen. There is an option to join an excursion to see the glow worm caves by boat. Your guides can help with suggestions and make any bookings. In the early evening we head to Fiordland Cinema to see "Ata Whenua" (Shadowland) a beautiful short movie showcasing Fiordland landscapes from the air before our final evening meal together. Cycling Distance: Lake to Lake Trail - 20km

Meals:  B,L,D

Day 4

Te Anau to Queenstown via the Von Valley - 55km cycle
This morning we leave Te Anau and after a short drive we cycle from the hidden Mavora Lakes, a site of scenes from Lord of the Rings. We ride by the lakes and through the beech forest before continuing on to the colourful Von Valley. There is a real sense of isolation and the huge mountain and tussock landscape is vast. We farewell our supporting coach as we cycle downhill to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and Mount Nicholas station. Here we are greeted with stunning views of alpine peaks and snow covered Mount Earnslaw at the head of the lake. We follow the lakeside trail to Walter Peak Station, where we enjoy a celebratory drink and BBQ lunch in the historic homestead. We then board the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamer and cross Lake Wakatipu, returning us to Queenstown in the early evening. It's time to say a sad farewell as we pick you up from the wharf and drop you off in the central city. Cycling Distance: Mavora Valley to Walter Peak Station - 55km

Meals:  B,L

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

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Experience true Southern hospitality as you explore secluded alpine valleys and remote lakes on our fully supported, 4 day, Around the Mountains Cycle Trail tour. Highlights include a delicious BBQ at Walter Peak Station, a journey on Queenstown’s iconic TSS Earnslaw steam ship and a bike ride on the Lake to Lake trail around Lake Manapouri.

Queenstown to Queenstown

4 days


Trip Highlights

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Ride the Queenstown Trails around Lake Wakatipu to Kelvin Heights
Ride the new Lake to Lake trail from Lake Manapouri to Lake Te Anau
Enjoy a relaxed afternoon exploring Te Anau
Cycle through the alpine landscapes of the remote Von Valley
Discover the pristine Mavora Lakes
Cruise on the iconic TSS Earnslaw steamship across Lake Wakatipu
Enjoy a BBQ lunch at Walter Peak Station

Whats Included

All meals (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners) catered to all dietary requirements
3 nights comfortable hotel/motel on a twin or double share basis
Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories
Entry to Ata Whenua movie at Fiordland Cinema
Celebratory end of ride BBQ lunch at Walter Peak Station
Journey across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw Steam ship
Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats
Pre departure information kit to help you plan and prepare
Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

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