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Around the Mountains Cycle Trail
Experience true Southern hospitality as you explore secluded alpine valleys and remote lakes on a fully supported, 4 day cycle trail tour. From Queenstown, you will 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 before continuing through Southland farmland and along the Oreti River.
- CategoryTrail Riding
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration4 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance122.4 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance30.6 miles
The supported nature of this tour makes for an easy visit to Lake Manapouri to ride the breathtaking Lake to Lake trail. From Te Anau, you will head back to the Around the Mountains trail to explore the magnificent Mavora Lakes and secluded alpine Von Valley. Fuel up with a delicious BBQ at Walter Peak Station, before cruising back to Queenstown on the iconic TSS Earnslaw steamship across Lake Wakatipu.
The Around the Mountains Trail is graded introductory to moderate. You will be cycling on a mix of wide designated trails, some gravel roads with traffic with some undulating hills. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and the tour operator suggests 2 hours of cycling per week for the three months leading up to your trip. They recommend training on compacted gravel trails and completing a multi-day ride prior to your trip to get used to being in the saddle for long periods of time. The more training you have done on hills and on compacted gravel, the more enjoyable your trip will be.