Cycling Tours - South Island, New Zealand
South Island West Coast Tour
A wild and wondrous journey including two of the world's most scenic train journeys and a feast of dramatic landscapes; rugged coastlines, raging rivers, mountainous peaks, thermal reserves and native beech forests. Travel into the heart of the Southern Alps to the parklands of the Lewis Pass, where snowcapped mountains surround you and steam billows from natural hot spring pools. From the Lewis, journey along the Buller River to the breathtaking beauty of the untamed west coast, where you will cradle the wild coastline to Greymouth.
"We had a great time of our group cycle tour of the South Island. We felt that we were able to see so much in such a short period or time and the design of this tour is definantly what made that possible. It was also a great challenge and a huge achieviment for both of us to ride from one side of the island to the other."
Jennifer and Duncan Anderson Australia
TOUR MAP AND ITINERARY
DAY 1 Today's ride is planned to start at the top of Arthur's Pass just past the township. Stop here for a spot of Tea before riding mostly downhill to the charming city of Kokitika.
DAY 2 Start at Hokitika with a 50km ride on the quiet back roads around Lake Kaniere (picnic lunch) and south to the gold town of Ross. From here travel South on the only main road to Pukekura. From here we drive to the top of Mt. Hercules and there is an optional ride to Mount Adams.
DAY 3 A pleasant 30kn ride brings us to Franz Josef and a chance for a coffee stop before heading over the hills to Fox Glacier.
DAY 4 You have the option for a brisk walk around Lake Matheson before an easy 60km ride through the rainforest to lake Paringa for lunch. After lunch an easy 15kn ride to Lake Moeraki Lodge for the night. Here you will have the opportunity to kayak, take a walk through the subtropical rainforest to Munro Beach to view Kawaki (Fiorland Crested Penguins).
DAY 5 Today we cycle 30km from Lake Moeraki to the Haast Bridge and then a 45km ride to Jacksons Bay. The day starts with an easy ride to Knights Point Hills at Moeraki River. This is where you will have a wonderful view of the spectacular coastline, first at Bruce Bay and then again at Knights Point. At the Haast Bridge we turn on a quiet road and head for jacksons Bay with an easy 50km ride.
DAY 6 Another great ride on easy terrain to lunch at Pleasant Flat followed by a transfer to Haast Pass and a 20km undulating ride to Makarora for lunch.
DAY 7 You have two options to choose from today, over the top of the Crown Range or through the Kawarau Gorge and both stop in Arrowtown for lunch. Then cycle the Speargrass Falt Road into Queenstown, where you will have time for a stroll down main street before dinner.
DAY 8 Your tour finishes after breakfast in Queenstown.