Feel small next to the imposing and utterly beautiful surrounds on tour
Adore the changing scenery and the great cycling through the south
Visit Punakaiki on day 1 and see the spectacular Pancake Rocks
Ride past mountains and glaciers and of course, the mighty ocean
Spend some time with the glaciers at Fox and Franz Josef

Great West Coast Cycle

Duration
9 days
Site savings
$24
From
$2,372 USD

Embark on this 9 day road cycling adventure taking you from Christchurch to Queenstown. Known as New Zealand's most famous and scenic multi-day cycle ride this spectacular trip from Christchurch to Queenstown is also regarded as one of the world's top five cycle touring routes. Averaging daily rides of up to 100kms, and many high alpine pass crossings including the spectacular Haast Pass, the cycling will take you past an ever-changing landscape.

  • Category
    Road Cycling
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    9 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    362.9 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    51.6 miles
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From glacier country through to quiet sealed roads fringed with mighty podocarp rainforest and past dramatic coastlines, you'll cross the Crown Range into the beautiful Southern Lakes district around Wanaka and Queenstown.

Out of the saddle, the highlights are equally spectacular. Your adventure begins with a memorable journey on the TranzAlpine Express train to Greymouth via the spectacular Waimakariri Gorge and lush forests of Arthur's Pass National Park and there is a free day built-in for you to enjoy the many optional activities at the Franz Josef Glacier such as relaxing in the hot pools, enjoying guided walks or taking an optional scenic flight. This comprehensive itinerary truly is a road cyclist's ideal adventure.

This Great West Coast Cycle is graded moderate to challenging. 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 up to 6-8 hours or around 80km/50miles per day, day after day, with some extended uphill ascents. There are some long days and some steep 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
  • Water and snacks while cycling
  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Private vehicle transport (except for TranzAlpine Train)
  • TranzAlpine train journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • 2 professional guides/drivers on trips with 8 or more people
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 (eg. scenic flights, sea kayaking etc)
  • 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