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Marlborough and West Coast Cycle
Exploring the northern regions of the South Island, this action-packed cycling tour is sure to inspire as you cycle past bush clad lakes and tracks, along with wild coastlines as well as sample some of New Zealand's very best wines! Experience one of the best coastal rides in the world which takes you to the amazing geology of Punakaiki and its Pancake Rocks, the hot pools of Hanmer Springs and the opportunity to swim with the dolphins or join a whale watching tour in Kaikoura (optional). Cycle over the Southern Alps via the picturesque Rahu Saddle, travel through beautiful rainforest-clad mountains and along scenic river valleys and discover the beauty of the Marlborough Sounds.
- CategoryRoad Cycling
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration7 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance304.5 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance43.5 miles
From Christchurch, you'll cycle towards Hanmer Springs to soak in the outdoor hot pools and experience their therapeutic qualities. Returning to the saddle at Springs Junction, pedal along beech forest-lined roads towards the rugged beauty of the 'Wild' West Coast. From here the scenery, not the cycling, will leave you breathless as you head north along the flatter, picturesque landscapes of Lake Poerua, Rotomanu and Moana, nestled between the Southern Alps and tranquil Lake Brunner.
Continue along one of the best coastal rides in the world before encountering the natural blowholes at Punakaiki, the mighty Buller Gorge as well as the serene beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound, stopping to sample the produce at local wineries along the way. As you head back towards Christchurch along the stunning Kaikoura coastline, dotted with fur seals, there is the option to take an early morning whale watching cruise (if available) to provide a fitting finale to this memorable cycling adventure.