Cycle from North to South along the foothills of the Great Southern Alps. Commence your journey at the base of New Zealand’s highest peak, Mt Cook. Continue your journey alongside the mirrored glacial lakes of Lake Pukakai before riding through the dry arid plains that border the Alps and entering the awe-inspiring landscapes of Central Otago. The beauty of this ride is that you will never get bored of your surroundings. You don’t have to venture far before you are saturated in a totally new world of colour and landscape.
Experience the raw and rugged beauty of the South Island, as you journey from the base of Mt Cook along the foothills of the Southern Alps, through to the spectacular region of Central Otago. This tour encompasses continuous entity of vast baren landscapes encapsulated by rugged peaks and stunning aqua-blue glacial lakes. The colour scheme of this natural beauty is to die for. The accommodation is an eclectic mix, ranging from rustic and characteristic high country station homesteads to luxurious lakeside apartments. This tour is designed for the seasoned cyclist but also ecompasses options for the more casual rider.
Day 1: Christchurch to Mt. Cook
Christchurch to Mt. Cook – Journey from Christchurch through the Canterbury Plains, to Mt Cook via Lake Tekapo and Pukakai. You make take an optional flight over Lake Pukakai into Aoraki / Mount Cook, followed by a circumnavigation of the surrounding glaciers and high country(not included in price).
Day 2: Mt Cook to Twizel
Mt Cook to Twizel – Ride along side the breathtaking aqua blue foreshores of Lake Pukaki. Stop for some fresh sashimi at the local salmon farm and continue on to the small rural town of Twizel.
Day 3: Twizel to Ohau
Twizel to Omarama via Ohau – Enjoy the valleys of south Canterbury, before detouring to Lake Ohau for lunch.
Day 4: Omarama to Wanaka
Omarama to Wanaka – This is the toughest day with a grueling climb over the Lindis rugged barren plains of central Otago.
Day 5: Wanaka to Queenstown
Wanaka to Queenstown – A spectacular ride over one of NZ’s most famous passes ‘the Crown Range’. Stop for a coffee at the iconic Cardrona Hotel before continuing your climb towards the pass. Experience incredible panoramic views from the top over Queenstown, the Remarkables and Lake Waikatipu. Enjoy an invigorating descent into into Queenstown.
Nestled in the beautiful Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect base for your next adventure. Recognised as part of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area, the National Park is a breath-taking environment of glaciers, terminal lakes, turbulent rivers and Australasia’s tallest peak the mighty Aoraki Mt Cook soaring above at 3,724 metres.
Heartland Lodge offers luxury bed and breakfast accommodation set on 2 acres of grounds. It offers free transfers to Twizel town centre, free WiFi, barbecue facilities and complimentary bicycle use.
Experience a genuine New Zealand farmstay in luxurious comfort at Omarama Station, a 12,000 hectare High Country property in the Mackenzie Country.
Wanaka, beside the lake – this is where our hearts are. Lakeside Apartments – the only luxurious, 5-star Qualmark apartment accommodation in the heart of Wanaka – is just a stone’s throw from the beach. It is the perfect place to stay, a rare and romantic retreat from which you can explore the splendour of the outdoors, indulge in a relaxing holiday or concentrate on business.
If you are searching for majestic comforts in vibrant Queenstown, Peppers Beacon is a bright shining light on the horizon. Queenstown resorts don’t come any better. Here you can admire the views of New Zealand’s famous Remarkables Mountains from your Queenstown accommodation, and surround yourself in the stylish comforts of a lakeside room, suite or deluxe penthouse apartment.