Participate in a superb bike tour of the lakes and mountains of NZ
Rest for the night at this epic location next to the lake
Experience the dramatic geology of New Zealand
Arrive in picturesque and exciting Queenstown at the end of the tour
Ride by exquisite lakes, mountains and skies of the most vibrant hues
Cycle tour with local experts and discover the best viewpoints and routes
Take on a small group guided tour with some of best scenery in the world
Never tire of the wonderful views presented each day

Southern Lakes Cycle

7 days
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$2,172 USD

This superb cycling adventure from Christchurch to Queenstown offers you a chance to explore the vast and impressive Mackenzie Basin by bike to truly appreciate its huge glacial lakes and snow-capped mountains. The itinerary also allows you an opportunity to stretch the legs to admire the grandeur of Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, when you walk beneath its flanks.

  • Category
    Road Cycling
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    285.8 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    40.4 miles
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The tour begins with an awesome ride on the Banks Peninsula with views of the vivid blue Lyttelton Harbour, the crater of an extinct volcano. Day 2 takes you through beautiful farm country before some superb riding alongside the stunning turquoise lakes of Tekapo and Pukaki.

Following the Waitaki River to the coast via the "big-sky country" in Central Otago you will head inland again to finish in Queenstown, nestled beside the impressive Lake Wakatipu. This charismatic town, widely regarded as the 'Adventure Capital of New Zealand', is a great place to spend a few extra days if your schedule allows.

The Southern Lakes Cycle is graded moderate. You will need to be a competent road rider with stamina and a good level of fitness, you should be able to cycle comfortably for 4-6 hours or around 80km/50miles per day, day after day. There are some long undulating and hilly sections. You should be confident riding on main roads alongside traffic which can be travelling at speed. This tour is not for beginners. The tour is fully supported and if at any stage you feel like having a rest from cycling you will be able to ride in the support vehicle.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

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

  • Accommodation
  • Professional qualified driver/guide
  • Private vehicle transport/support vehicle
  • Water and snacks while cycling
  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • 2 professional guides/drivers on trips with 8 or more people
  • 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
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
1 tour add-on available