Southern Alps 15 days

Moderate with 3 challenging days
Number of Days: 15
Destination: New Zealand
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  • Start: Christchurch
    Finish: Christchurch
    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.  


    What’s included
    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








    Meet in Christchurch, capital city of the South Island, for a shake-down ride.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    Ride to Lake Tekapo, down Burke's Pass to stay on a sheep farm at Fairlie. 

    After a short ride through the scenic Pareora Gorge we bus to Christchurch for a farewell dinner. 

  • Southern Alps 15 days

    Christchurch to Christchurch

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    Depart: 26-Jan-2019

    Noon, Christchurch

    Finish: 09-Feb-2019

    After breakfast, Christchurch


    Single Supplement: NZ$1445.00

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  • The tour you managed for WomanTours, February 27 - March 7 2016, was very well done. The routes, the daily maps, the individualized support from the van, were all excellent. Lodging and meals were just what we needed. Tony was a terrific guide, and worked hard to make everything happen, while still making it look easy. Thank you.

    Jan Stone, USA
    Pedaltours does an excellent job from booking to the very last day. Great hotels, great meals, excellent guide and above all incredible cycling through amazing landscapes in NZ.
    Rafael, Brazil

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