Arrive in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, and begin your trip with a spectacular ferry trip.
What a way to begin your New Zealand adventure! When crossing Cook Strait, the strait which separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand, you pass by countless little islands that give you a glimpse of what the next two weeks hold in store. Our journey takes us to the highlights of the east and west coasts. Aoraki (Mount Cook) in the Southern Alps is
worth a two-day stop. With its elevation of 3,724 meters, Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand. We make use of our time here to explore the gentle giant. A scenic flight can be organized for those wishing to get the ultimate view of New Zealand’s spectacular glacier landscape. From here, we continue our journey southward to our destination, Queenstown. The bustling metropolis at Lake Wakatipu is the ideal place to extend your journey through the Land of the Long White Cloud as there’s plenty more to discover. The home of bungy jumping and a short distance from the grand Milford Sound fjord, Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital.
|Start/Finish:||Wellington / Queenstown|
|Nearest airport:||Wellington / Queenstown|
|Route:||mostly side and country roads with little traffic, as well as cycling paths, both paved and unpaved, a few single tracks and technically demanding sections|
|Accommodations:||traditional New Zealand hotels, motels, as wells as simple country inns|
|Rest day:||Fox Glacier|
|Highlights:||Wellington, Cook Strait , New Zealand Alps, Matakitaki Valley , Victoria State Forest , Mount Cook, Fox Glacier, Haast Pass (563 m), Queenstown|
|Minimum number of participants:||8
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|DAY 1:||Arrival in Wellington
Your New Zealand adventure begins with our Welcome Briefing in the hotel at 4 pm where you can meet the group.
|DAY 2:||Wellington - Blenheim
From our hotel, we venture out early to catch the ferry to Picton. The journey across the Cook Strait to the South Island is a highlight in itself. Once we arrive in Picton, the cycling begins! We get on our e-bikes and head along the east coast to Blenheim. This is where you spend your first night on the South Island.
|DAY 3:||Blenheim - St. Arnaud
Fuel up and get energized for the day with a plentiful breakfast and then follow the Wairau river, winding through the eponymous valley up to St. Arnaud. St. Arnaud is a small alpine village located at Lake Rotoiti. With the foothills of the Southern Alps unfolding on the horizon, you can imagine what magnificent, breathtaking beauty is lying ahead of you.
|DAY 4:||St. Arnaud - Murchison
We leave the lively village of St. Arnaud behind and take it slow along the scenic State Highway 63 before turning off and cycling along smaller roads across the Braeburn Range towards the small village of Murchison.
|DAY 5:||Murchison - Reefton
Today’s ride includes some of New Zealand’s most beautiful cycling paths. Cruising through the Matakitaki Valley, we discover some amazing riding in Victoria State Forest before we reach Reefton. From here, it’s only a short distance to the Tasman Sea. With a little extra will power, you can master the entire stretch by e-bike. But don’t stress yourself, shuttles are available if you want to save your energy for the most rewarding parts of the journey.
|DAY 6:||Reefton - Greymouth
Today we arrive at the western coast of the South Island overlooking the Tasman Sea. Spend the first few kilometers of the day pedaling along a more heavily traveled road before turning off to the lonelier, rural roads, sloping down toward the coast.
|DAY 7:||Greymouth - Hokitika
Perfectly maintained cycling paths and small roads along the incredible, untouched west coast provide breathtaking views of the New Zealand Alps on one side and the ocean on the other. Some amazing stretches through tropical rainforests make for a fantastic riding experience.
|DAY 8:||Hokitika - Harihari
The next few days are all about mountains. Enjoy another morning of coastal riding before it’s time to wave goodbye to the sea. Our journey takes us inland, where Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand, lies waiting.
|DAY 9:||Harihari - Fox Glacier
Gear up for a real challenge. Today’s ride has some steep climbs waiting. The roads are busier than on the last days and there’s no easy way out. There’s only one road along this stretch of New Zealand’s South Island. A total of three strenuous uphill sections have to be mastered before we get to Fox. Two overnights are booked here – for good reason.
|DAY 10:||Fox Glacier
This day is dedicated to Mount Cook. The spectacular Fox Glacier is only a few kilometers away. A little less than an hour of riding and another half hour on foot and you are standing at the foot of the majestic mountain, gazing in awe. If you’d rather give yourself and your e-bike a break, you’re also free to enjoy the glacier experience on a guided tour. Regardless of what you choose, this is going to be a once in a lifetime adventure.
|DAY 11:||Fox Glacier - Haast
We leave Fox and Mount Cook on a quick downhill ride. After the several-kilometer descent, we spend the day cruising along more or less flat sections. Prepare for some amazing views as we pass massive, native forests with ancient trees towering up over 50 meters.
|DAY 12:||Haast - Hawea
Are you up for another challenge? Don’t miss out on an energy-boosting breakfast if you want to travel today’s stage completely by e-bike. It’s time to leave the beautiful coastline behind and pedal inland on a steady incline. We treat ourselves to one last break and then tackle the Haast Pass. In only a few kilometers, we gain 500 meters’ elevation as the road winds its way up the mountain. Hang in there! A several kilometers long descent to Lake Hawea is your reward for the strenuous climb.
|DAY 13:||Hawea - Queenstown
This is our last day of riding. Via the Crown Range we arrive at the destination of our journey through New Zealand’s South Island: Queenstown, the outdoor capital of the country, if not the world.
|DAY 14:||Departure from Queenstown
After one last breakfast together, we take our flights home.
Price for rider in double room
|Own Bike||$ 6.870,-|
|E-Mountain Bike||$ 7.540,-|
|Single room supplement||$ 1.420,-|
Price for rider in double room
|Own Bike||$ 6.870,- *|
|E-Mountain Bike||$ 7.540,- *|
|Single room supplement||$ 1.420,- *|
* Please note the dates and tour prices for 2023 not being confirmed yet. The shown figures are preliminary and subject to change. If the final tour price in 2023 includes an increase of more than 5% compared to the previous year´s tour price, you can cancel your booked participation free of charge until October 31, 2022.
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