The Southern Alps tour takes one on a breathtaking loop through some of the world’s finest scenery. Walk on a glacier, experience the rainforest on a range of short hikes and meet friendly New Zealanders. Ride to Mt Cook and stay on a sheep farm. Besides great biking you can try jet-boating, rafting, scenic flights and bungy jumping. This is one of our most popular trips, and the Southern Lakes region has been rated eighth on Lonely Planet’s list of the best regions to visit.
Unspoiled New Zealand – glaciers, rainforests, lakes and snowy peaks; the Southern Alps tour takes you on a breathtaking loop through some of the world’s finest scenery. New Zealand was one of the last places in the world to be settled by man and it still retains a rugged, incomparable pristine beauty. “The Lord of the Rings” was filmed here on the West Coast and is rightly recognized as a World Heritage Area.
The South Island is known for friendly Kiwi hospitality, excellent local cuisine and interesting history from the region’s gold mining days. The vibrant towns of Wanaka and Queenstown, both on the shores of beautiful lakes with an alpine backdrop, make for a wonderful experience.
Accommodation includes luxury wilderness lodges, alpine chalets, character inns and a farmstay.
DAY 1 CHRISTCHURCH.
Meet in Christchurch, capital city of the South Island, for a shake-down ride.
DAY 2 ARTHUR’S PASS.
Start biking at Porter’s Pass through Southern Alps wilderness to Arthur’s Pass. Stay at the renowned Wilderness Lodge and enjoy a high country sheep farm tour or a bush hike.
DAY 3 HOKITIKA.
After a short walk to the Devil’s Punchbowl Waterfall, enjoy a fabulous descent of Otira Gorge to the sea and Hokitika on the rugged West Coast.
DAY 4 and 5 FRANZ JOSEF.
Time for a walk up the valley to the terminal ice and perhaps a scenic flight onto the snow. View the snowy peaks reflected in the waters of Lake Matheson.
DAY 6 LAKE MOERAKI.
Ride through lush rainforest to Lake Moeraki. Here we enjoy the comfort of the Wilderness Lodge, take a bush walk or canoe on the lake.
DAY 7 MAKARORA.
After a ride over the dramatic Haast Pass we reach the tiny isolated hamlet of Makarora.Take an optional jet-boat ride up the Wilkin River in Mt Aspiring National Park.
DAY 8 WANAKA.
To picturesque Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka, famed for trout fishing. Time to visit a vineyard or take a hike up Mt Iron.
DAY 9 and 10 QUEENSTOWN.
Pass Arrowtown, a beautifully restored old gold mining town. In Queenstown try rafting, jet boating, a day trip to Milford Sound or a bungy jump.
DAY 11 OMARAMA.
Ride through the Otago tussock country and across the Lindis Pass to McKenzie Country.
DAY 12 MT COOK.
We ride alongside Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook, Australasia’s highest mountain. Time to take in the grandeur of the scene with a walk up Hooker Valley.
DAY 13 FARM STAY.
Ride to Lake Tekapo, down Burke’s Pass to stay on a sheep farm at Fairlie.
DAY 14+15 CHRISTCHURCH.
After a short ride through the scenic Pareora Gorge we bus to Christchurch for a farewell dinner.
14 nights accommodation (mostly 3 and 4 star)
14 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 11 dinners
Full minibus support
Experienced guide/ cycle mechanic
Pedaltours souvenir cycle jersey
Daily route directions and coloured maps with profiles