Around the Mountains & Queenstown Trail

A 6 day cycle tour adventure showcasing Southland and the Queenstown region's most dramatic mountains, rivers, and lakes. This bike tour is the ultimate trip for people wanting to explore the unforgettable scenery around Wakatipu, Te Anau and Manapouri. We combine the best sections of the Around the Mountains and Queenstown trails and link them together seamlessly into a unique itinerary on a similar scale and length to the Alps 2 Ocean. Includes a scenic boat cruise across Lake Wakatipu and a wine tasting in the Gibbston Valley.

Cycle Tour Highlights

  • Combines the best sections of 3 spectacular cycle trails, nearly 300km of riding over 6 days
  • Cycle beside 3 of New Zealand’s largest lakes – Wakatipu, Te Anau and Manapouri
  • Circumnavigate the Eyre Mountains through a series of ancient glacial valleys
  • Stay at some unique and beautiful accommodation including a renovated convent, an fabulous vineyard and a high country station, all with fabulous food!
  • Begin your adventure with an amazing boat cruise across lake Wakatipu with all bikes onboard
  • Visit the magical Mavora Lakes, a film set for the Lord of the Rings.
  • Enjoy a hot tub under the stars and private wine tasting of Central Otago’s finest wines.

Length

6 Days / 5 Nights

Start / Pick-up

Queenstown

Finish – Drop-off

Queenstown

See below for dates and prices

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Included

  • 6 days riding highlights of the Around the Mountains, Lake 2 Lake and Queenstown Trail.
  • Your choice of a new high tech ebike or standard mountain bike.
  • 5 nights’ accommodation at a selection of boutique B&B, convent and vineyard cottages.
  • Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel in Queenstown and all transport on tour.
  • Private wine tasting of Central Otago wines.
  • Boat cruise across Lake Wakatipu.
  • All meals included:
    • Day 1: Lunch and dinner
    • Days 2-5: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • Day 6: Breakfast and lunch
  • We eat at the best restaurants and cafes. All meals are made from fresh local produce. Lunches include either top local cafés or our famous make-our-own picnics (weather permitting). We cater to all dietary requirements including vegetarians and vegan.
  • Our expert local tour guides provide insight and background to the areas you visit and show you how to use all bikes and equipment.
  • We brief you on each section of cycling then let you enjoy the trails at your own pace. On occasion your tour guide may ride at the back of the group to provide assistance on more remote sections where there is no road access.
  • The tour guide provides vehicle support, setting up drinks breaks and picnics along the trail.
  • If you want to take a break from riding, or the weather turns bad you are welcome to jump in the van and skip a section.
  • Drinks breaks include a selection of teas, plunger coffee, soft drinks, juice and water.
  • Unlimited snacks – mixed nuts, fresh seasonal fruit, oat bars and classic kiwi sweets and lollies.

Excluded

  • You are responsible for purchasing your own drinks and coffees at restaurants or cafés.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 – The Around the Mountains cycle trail begins with a scenic boat cruise across a huge lake surrounded by epic mountains. Ride along the lake edge then head into golden tussock-covered mountain landscape. The area has a truly wild and remote feel, with spectacular scenery. Finish your ride on the edge of a secluded glacial lake then we shuttle you to dinner and accommodation at a converted convent.
  • Day 2 – The Lake 2 Lake cycle trail follows a beautiful river through native bush between 2 giant lakes on the edge of Fiordland National Park. Stop for a coffee beside the river in one of the most beautiful spots in New Zealand.
  • Day 3 – Continue your journey Around the Mountains and head back into the mountains to stay at a high country station in an ancient glaciated valley, cut off from the modern world
  • Day 4 – Complete your journey Around the Mountains riding across an ancient glacial moraine carved through mountains to finish back at the edge of Lake Wakatipu. Stay in a cottage set on a beautiful vineyard with an outdoor hot tub and a private wine tasting.
  • Day 5 – The Queenstown Trail follows the lake edge beneath the Remarkables, with spectacular views. It then follows the mighty Kawarau river as it winds through a series of canyons and fissures. on your way back to your accommodation.
  • Day 6 – On our final ride you will stop by the historic Arrowtown settlement for a picnic lunch then follow the lake to finish back in Queenstown where we will drop you off at your chosen accommodation around 4pm.

*This itinerary is indicative only and subject to change.

Options

  • Choose between a new high tech ebike or mountain bike. The ebike make your journey a lot easier and more comfortable.
  • Pick-ups and drop-offs from alternate places to Queenstown can be arranged, but may be subject to additional fees.
  • If you would like to come on a tour but the dates don’t work for your group, please let us know – it may be possible to arrange alternate dates. Pricing will depend on availability of accommodation, and the number of people in your group.

IF THE SCHEDULED DATES BELOW DO NOT WORK FOR YOU, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!
WE MAY BE ABLE TO ARRANGE ALTERNATE DATES SUBJECT TO SUFFICIENT NUMBERS, AVAILABILITY OF BIKES, STAFF AND ACCOMMODATION.

Start DatePriceSingle SupplementStatus
17/01/2022 $3395 $500 Sold Out
24/01/2022 $3395 $500 Sold Out
31/01/2022 $3395 $500 Sold Out
07/02/2022 $3395 $500 Sold Out
14/02/2022 $3395 $500 Sold Out
21/02/2022 $3395 $500 Sold Out
28/02/2022 $3395 $500 Sold Out
07/03/2022 $3395 $500 Sold Out
14/03/2022 $3395 $500 Sold Out
21/03/2022 $3395 $500 Sold Out
28/03/2022 $3395 $500 Sold Out
04/04/2022 $3495 $500 Sold Out
11/04/2022 $3495 $500 Sold Out
18/04/2022 $3495 $500 Sold Out
25/04/2022 $3495 $500 Sold Out
02/05/2022 $3495 $500 4 places left
07/11/2022 $3495 $550 Sold Out
14/11/2022 $3495 $550 places left
21/11/2022 $3495 $550 places left
28/11/2022 $3495 $550 places left
05/12/2022 $3495 $550 places left
12/12/2022 $3495 $550 Sold Out
02/01/2023 $3695 $600 Sold Out
09/01/2023 $3495 $600 places left
16/01/2023 $3495 $600 places left
23/01/2023 $3495 $600 places left
30/01/2023 $3495 $600 places left
06/02/2023 $3595 $600 places left
13/02/2023 $3595 $600 places left
16/02/2023 $3595 $600 Sold Out
20/02/2023 $3595 $600 places left
27/02/2023 $3595 $600 places left
02/03/2023 $3595 $600 Sold Out
06/03/2023 $3595 $600 places left
13/03/2023 $3595 $600 places left
20/03/2023 $3595 $600 places left
27/03/2023 $3595 $600 places left
03/04/2023 $3595 $600 places left
06/04/2023 $3595 $600 Sold Out
10/04/2023 $3595 $600 places left
17/04/2023 $3595 $600 places left
24/04/2023 $3595 $600 places left

Prices are per person and based on twin share (twin or double) room accommodation.
Individuals wanting a private room to themselves will be asked to pay a “Single Supplement”. 
Please note we require a minimum of 4 people booked to guarantee a departure. 
Prices are in NZD and include GST.

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