Visit Queenstown, Christchurch and Franz Josef Glacier
7 night New Zealand South Island self-drive adventure
from $1,429 per person, twin share
Take to the stunning landscape of New Zealand’s South Island by pedaling your way through a 6 day Alps to Ocean cycle tour.
Your adventure begins in Christchurch and along the way, some of the breathtaking scenery you’ll get to witness includes views of Lake Pukaki, Ohau, Benmore and Aviemore, Mackenzie Country, ancient Elephant Rock formations and Lake Tekapo, with optional hot pool soaking available.
As part of this tour, you will receive 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and four dinners, including a platter lunch at Lake Ohau Lodge. You will also be supplied with snacks and water while cycling.
After being active in the day, rest up during the night at hotel/motel en suite accommodation (twin share) for the 5 nights.
Be one of the first 20 bookers and receive FREE E-Bike rental valued at NZD$480 per person.
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Day 1 Christchurch to 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. Cycle Distance: Up to 35 kms Important: The night prior to tour departure your guide will call your pre tour accommodation to advise what time you will be collected the next morning. If you are out, a message will be left at reception for you. If you haven't heard from your guide by the morning of the tour please call us in the NZ office on 0800 00 11 66 (from within NZ). Pick up time is usually around 7.30am. If you are staying on the outskirts of town please make your own way to our depot at 29 Iversen Tce, Waltham.
Day 2 Tekapo to 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 local DOC (Department of Conservation) centre. 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. Cycle Distance: Tekapo to Pukaki - 30 km Pukaki to Twizel - 11 km
Day 3 Twizel to 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. This evening enjoy an optional soak in a private hot tub of fresh mountain water (own expense). Cycle Distance: Twizel to Lake Ohau - 38 km Ohau to Omarama - 41 km (Short option: Quailburn to Omarama - 23 km)
Day 4 Omarama to 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. Cycle Distance: 47 kms (optional climb to Otematata saddle - 5km)
Day 5 Kurow to 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. Cycle Distance: Kurow to Duntroon - 28 km Duntroon to Burnside Homestead - 35km
Day 6 Windsor to Christchurch, via Oamaru
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, arriving at our destination around 6:00pm. Cycle Distance: Burnside to Oamaru - 25 km
Pricing: Price is per person, twin share
Valid for travel: Various Departure dates from 28 October 2018
Valid for purchase: 22 January 2018 to 28 February 2018
Surcharge for specific dates: Surcharge applies for public holidays
Bike rental - NZD$180
E-Bike Rental - NZD$480
Single Supplement - NZD$475
Airline: Airfare not included
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Visit Queenstown, Christchurch and Franz Josef Glacier
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