This tour is designed to showcase the best off-road cycling in the central eastern and western parts of the South Island of New Zealand. It builds on Tom’s successful previous off road traverse of the South Island, and focuses on two of the most popular trails, the Alps2Ocean and the Westland Wilderness Trails, plus five other one-day rides. The 16 day tour begins and ends in Christchurch. Due to the exclusive nature of this tour and its superior service, we are limiting the size of the group to 10-12 highly experienced cyclists.
We depart from Christchurch, travelling by minivan to Lake Tekapo to begin our cycling on the Alps2Ocean cycle trail. We cycle from Lake Tekapo to Lake Ohau on canal roads and cycle from Mount Cook Village to Lake Pukaki, including a short scenic helicopter ride with views of the Tasman Glacier and the South Face of Mount Cook, as we cross the Tasman River. We cycle through glaciated valley landscape features of the Southern Alps past alpine lakes, popular with local trout fishers. We then transfer to Clyde, to ride the new Lake Dunstan Trail, before heading to Queenstown, where we cycle the most scenic part of the Round the Mountain Trail, south of Lake Whakatipu. Follow cycle trails from Lake Wanaka to Lake Hawea, before a transfer to World Heritage Haast region on the West Coast. Cycle a quiet paved road… (Join People Cycling to read more)