Cycling Tours - South Island, New Zealand
Marlborough Sounds and Nelson Lakes
The incredible natural beauties of New Zealand's most spectacular water features are a main highlight of this stunning six day journey across the top of the South Island. Beginning in the heart of the crystal blue Marlborough fiords, get lost in what feels like a dream through the Nelson lakes towards the golden sands of the Abel Tasman. Experience a tour that is abundant in life's most sought after indulgences; gourmet food, world-class wine, fresh seafood, majestic landscapes, art, culture and music.
"Its like riding through paradise"
Mark Ryan Australia
TOUR MAP AND ITINERARY
DAY 1 Christchurch to Picton – take the Tranz Coastal train, a scenic feast, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other.
DAY 2 Distance: 49 km Altitude gained: 610 m
Picton to Kenepuru Sound – Shadow the inlets of the Marlborough Sounds as you ride on peaceful back roads to your luxury accommodation located on the inlet of Kenepuru Sound.
DAY 3 Distance: 67 km Altitude gained: 596 m
Kenepuru Sound to Blenheim wine region - Cycle back along Kenepuru sound to the green lipped mussel capital of NZ. Then descend into the Blenheim wine region and stop at the various award winning wineries for free tastings.
DAY 4 Distance: 95 km Altitude gained: 792 m
Blenheim wine region to St Arnaud – Cycle through mountaineous valleys to the small alpine village of St Arnaud. Take in the majestic view of lake Rotoiti and enjoy the many comforts of this charming town.
DAY 5 Distance: 79 km Altitude gained: 536 m
St Arnaud to Nelson – A scenic journey through rolling hills and farmland to the sunshine city of Nelson.
DAY 6 Distance: 77 km Altitude gained: 400 m
Nelson to Kaiteriteri – stunning countryside and endless fruit orchards culminating alongside the turquoise waters and golden sands of the Abel Tasman national park.
DAY 7 Distance: 67 km Altitude gained: 1113 m
Kaiteriteri to Takaka - Panoramic views, rainforest and a challenging ascent over the Takaka hills to the village of Pohara in Golden Bay.