Lovely views and great cycling on tour
Ride the scenic Around the Mountains trail
The Fiordland Navigator has spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon with bar, observation lounge and comfortable private cabins with ensuite bathrooms.
Head through this verdant location towards the end of the tour
Witness the majestic beauty of one of the sounds on New Zealand's South Island
Enjoy a fantastic boat journey at the end of the trip

Doubtful Sound & Around the Mountains Cycle

5 days
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$2,444 USD

This tour combines the best of the Around the Mountains Trail with an overnight cruise on the majestic Doubtful Sound in the heart of Fiordland. Explore secluded alpine valleys and remote lakes on our fully supported 5 day tour. This lovely tour runs from/to the adventure capital of Queenstown and includes highlights such as riding the Queenstown Trails around Lake Wakatipu to Kelvin Heights, overnighting on a luxury yacht on the majestic Doubtful Sound, cycling through the alpine landscapes of the remote Von Valley, riding the new Lake to Lake trail from Lake Manapouri to Lake Te Anau, visiting the pristine Mavora Lakes and cruising on the iconic TSS Earnslaw steamship across Lake Wakatipu.

  • Category
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    5 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    127.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    31.8 miles
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From Queenstown, you'll cycle alongside Lake Wakatipu before heading to Kingston to start the trail. A ride through the rural Mataura valley takes you through the small township of Lumsden and continues through Southland farmland and along the Oreti River. You'll then head to Manapouri to join an excursion into Doubtful Sound which takes you across the lake and over Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove. Here you'll overnight and cruise through the extensive deep-sided fiord which has to be the highlight of this tour.

From Lake Manapouri, you'll ride the breathtaking Lake to Lake trail and from Te Anau, then head back to the Around the Mountains trail to explore the shimmering Mavora Lakes and secluded Von Valley. You'll then follow the lakeside trail to Walter Peak Station where you'll board the iconic TSS Earnslaw Steamer and cross Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown where your journey ends.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
  • Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories (2 guides on groups of 8 or more)
  • Entry to Ata Whenua movie at Fiordland Cinema
  • Journey across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw Steam ship
  • Accommodation including one night in a cabin on a Doubtful Sound cruise boat with ensuite bathroom
  • Tasty cafe breakfasts (x4), gourmet picnic or cafe lunches (x5), two course restaurant dinners (x4) catered to all dietary requirements
  • Celebratory end of ride refreshments
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats plus our famous morning and afternoon teas
  • Transport from Queenstown (return)
  • Pre departure information kit to help you plan and prepare
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals where not specified in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Water bottle (help save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Optional activities
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please see the available rental options below.

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
2 tour add-ons available