Explore this pristine part of NZ
Set out on tour with a friendly group of others
Soak up the fantastic vistas from the back of a bike
Take a ride across Lake Wakatipu during the tour

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

4 days
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$1,369 USD

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.

  • Category
    Trail Riding
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    4 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    122.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    30.6 miles
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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.

Note: This tour does not have regular departures, but it is available for private groups of 10 to 14 people. Contact us for details and pricing.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

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

  • Accommodation
  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats
  • 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)
  • All meals (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners)
  • Entry to Ata Whenua movie at Fiordland Cinema
  • Celebratory end of ride BBQ lunch at Walter Peak Station
  • Journey across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw Steam ship
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