“A tour package with something for everyone, day to day changing scenery, local hospitality and home grown goodness on the table. An adventure you will be talking about for years to come” 

Adam Clarke, Ventouro Guide

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New Zealand’s South Island is known for it’s stunning scenery, in this 10 days you will truly be blown away by the mountains, lakes, rivers, rain forest, vineyards and more.

 

Descending the serene West Coast before arriving in the stunning wine country of the Gibbston Valley, which creates part of the backdrop to the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown. With optional start and end points to your ride, you will always take in the most amazing vistas by bike.  We have reshaped this epic ride to challenge the avid rider, but also wind down nicely as we arrive in Queenstown with time to put our feet up and enjoy a Central Otago Pinot with a view over Lake Wakatipu.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Queen Charlotte Sounds
  • Pancake Rocks  
  • Mt Aspiring National Park
  • Diversity of scenery

Details of the trip

  • $7990 per person
  • 1029km (13662m Elevation)
  • Rides between 75 to 152km
  • Massage after long rides
  • Max group size of 12 
  • Vehicle support
  • Guided rides most days
  • Wine tastings
  • Couples or shared rooms
  • Single supplement $900
  • Airport transfers
  • All food included
  • Sports nutrition
  • Daily laundry
  • Ventouro goodie bag 
  • Bike hire is available

Arrival

Wellington – Ferry to Picton, or 4hr drive from Christchurch.
We will meet in Picton mid afternoon.

Day 1

Picton to Nelson
Distance 107km, Elevation 2031m (*56km, 35km)
As we climb out of Picton you will have time to drink in the glorious views of the Marlborough Sounds, a pristine region with countless inlets and islands. There is achallenging end to the ride over the Rai and Whangamoa saddles before descending on New Zealand’s sunniest city, Nelson.
Lodging: Boutique Hotel Warwick House

Day 2

Tour of Tasman
Distance 85km, Elevation 750m
New Zealand’s Great Taste trail, today will impress both your legs and your taste buds.   With panoramic views over Tasman Bay, and winding country roads we will navigate our way around New Zealand’s sunniest region.
Lodging: Boutique Hotel Warwick House

Day 3

Nelson to St Arnaud
Distance 88km, Elevation 1314m
Today we exit Nelson and begin our journey South, through Golden Downs forest we continue to climb to St Arnaud, set in beech forest by beautiful Lake Rotoiti.
Lodging: Alpine Lodge

Day 4

St Arnaud to Wesport
Distance 152km, Elevation 1433m (*97km, 64km)
As the sparsely populated West Coast beckons we meander our way gentle down hill almost all day.  Following the Buller River from St Arnaud, through Murchison and a scattering of small country towns as we wind our way down the gorge before arriving at the coast.
Lodging: Carters By the Sea

Day 5

Westport to Greymouth
Distance 100km, Elevation 1537m (*48km)
A costal ride of epic proportions, we pass one of New Zealand’s most phenomenal natural landmarks the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki.  Watch the Tasman Sea burst through the blow holes of these layered limestone formations.  The final part of the day is a gentle spin into Greymouth.
Lodging: Awatuna Homestead

Day 6

Hokitika to Franz Joseph Glacier
Distance 134km, Elevation 1180m (*100km, 60km)
Waking up to the peaceful West Coast you will hear nothing but birds and the rolling ocean.  Leaving the historic gold mining town of Hokitika the country is rolling through native bush, before crossing into the Westland National Park where the landscape opens up exposing the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps.
Lodging: Te Waonui Forest Retreat or Franz Joseph Oasis

Day 7

Franz Joseph Glacier to Lake Moeraki
Distance 109km, Elevation 1355m (*65km)
With 3 climbs before Fox Glacier in the first 25km, the legs won’t take long to warm up.  Again a beautiful ride through dense native bush of rimu and rata, we continue through undulating country passing the coast at Bruce Bay.  A short trip inland and we descend upon Lake Moeraki and our accommodation at the Wilderness Lodge offering views down the spectacular Moeraki River.
Lodging: Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge

Day 8

Lake Moeraki to Makarora
Distance 114km, Elevation 2123m (*60km)
Today we leave the West Coast and venture inland bordering the beautiful wilderness of the Mt Aspiring National Park. The main challenge of the day comes at the ‘Gates of Haast’ that then leaves a gentle descent to our destination for the night.
Lodging: Makarora River Ranch

Day 9

Makarora to Wanaka
Distance 65km, Elevation 812m (*50km)
The terrain changes and the landscape is now noticeably drier opening to expanse sheep paddocks.  An undulating ride down the banks of Lake Wanaka before crossing at the Neck to Lake Hawea. The quaint ski village of Wanaka will be waiting to show you it’s true beauty from the lakes edge and flanked by Alps.
Lodging: Private property 

Day 10

Wanaka to Queenstown
Distance 75km, Elevation 1127m (*40km)
We roll out of Wanaka on a gentle ride up the Cardrona Valley, ahead lies the renowned accent of the Crown Range though we will take time to enjoy a coffee at the historic Cardrona Pub before tackling the climb.  Cresting the summit you can feast on the spectacular views down the valley to Queenstown and beyond. A dramatic descent to Arrowtown follows, with a short stop and onto our final stay in Queenstown.
Lodging: The Sherwood 

Day 11

Queenstown
Sitting on the crystal clear shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world.  With endless activities we welcome you to stay but for us sadly the tour is over. Depart at your leisure or stay and enjoy the Sherwood’s blissful surroundings.

 

Total distance 1029km, elevation 13662m
*Easy and moderate options.