Southern Alps 10 days
- Start: ChristchurchFinish: Queenstown
Our 10 day Southern Alps takes us through three National Parks. Over Arthurs’s Pass to the West Coast we head south, biking by incredibly scenic lakes and glaciers to Lake Moeraki. Crossing Haast Pass, the lowest of the passes, to the drier east side of the range we reach Wanaka on the edge of Mt Aspiring. On our final day’s biking we tackle the Crown Range and then descend to Queenstown, the adventure capitol of the world.
Accommodation includes luxury wilderness lodges, farmstay, alpine chalets and character inns.
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.
Southern Alps 10 days
Christchurch, New Zealand to Queenstown, Otago
After breakfast, Queenstown
Single Supplement: NZ$960.00Book Now
We were so pleased with every aspect of this trip. The routes chosen, the distances, the rest stops, the scenery, the food and lodging and the people who chose to be on this trip were all exceptional. We are so grateful to have found you!Dana, United Kingdom