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South Island Adventure

The diverse and dramatic landscape is awe inspiring from the snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps to the active volcanoes on the North Island.

There is something truly magical about New Zealand. There are countless glaciers and pristine lakes, spectacular fiord lands and temperate rainforests, and world-renowned wine regions. Whether you are out for the adventure of a lifetime or a relaxing holiday, there are endless possibilities for everyone. The people, affectionately known as kiwis, are the true jewels of this peaceful country. Come discover Aotearoa, ‘the Land of the Long White Cloud’, and experience the true magnificence of New Zealand.

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Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Lake Pearson to Arthur’s Pass
Approximately 20 miles with 800 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Millennium Hotel Christchurch (14 Square Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand) at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 2.5 hour shuttle you’ll arrive at the shores of Lake Pearson. After lunch, your guides will spend some time fitting and familiarizing you with your bike for the week. Then we take to the road for the warm-up ride toward Arthur’s Pass, surrounded by mountainous peaks while riding alongside the braided river-bed of the Waimakariri River. This evening we’ll gather for social hour and a discussion of the week to come before dining on exceptional regional cuisine prepared at the lodge.

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Hotel:

Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge
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Day
2
Day
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Today's Activity:

Kayak
Lake Pearson

Today's Activity:

Hike
Broken River Gorge

Description:

Today we will head to the eastern end of the Wilderness Lodge’s Cora Lynn Station farm to Lake Pearson where we paddle across this lovely lake to the Purple Peak fan for morning tea on the lakeshore, searching for endangered Crested Grebe and other water birds along the way. Afterward, we will continue our adventure as we scramble down the Broken River gorge through amazing tumbled landscape of eroded limestone. Feeling rejuvenated after a bountiful lunch, we will travel upstream from the Porter River junction and climb onto the magnificent limestone castles and tors of Prebble Hill. Prior to dinner you’ll experience the sheep dogs mustering techniques followed by a sheep shearing demonstration at the sheep station at the lodge.

Hotel:

Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge
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Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

Ross to Franz Josef
Approximately 70 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Hokitika to Franz Josef Glacier
Approximately 82 miles

Description:

After a hearty breakfast we shuttle two hours to Hokitika, founded on gold mining in 1864, now known for its local artisans making jewelry from greenstone (Jade), found in the local rivers. As you make your way down the west coast, you will be inspired by the snow-capped mountains and the breathtaking views of the Tasman Sea. You’ll arrive at the Glacier Retreat where this pioneer family has resided for over 100 years. This special place has the intimate atmosphere of a private residence. Enjoy the culinary delights prepared by the 5th generation residents of Franz Josef.

Hotel:

Franz Josef Glacier Country Retreat
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Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Franz Joseph to Okarito Lagoon
Approximately 30 miles with 900 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Hike
Base of Franz Joseph Glacier

Description:

After a hearty breakfast, choose to ride to Okarito Lagoon, home of the kotuku (white heron), or hike to the base of Franz Josef Glacier. Following this unforgettable experience, you’re free to explore town and try one of the many restaurants for lunch. Weather permitting, you’ll have the option to go heli-hiking on the glacier—your Trek Travel guides can help set this up with a local tour operator. (This activity is not included in the trip price.) Tonight you’ll be at your leisure to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel:

Franz Josef Glacier Country Retreat
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Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Fox Glacier to Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge
Approximately 50 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Franz Josef Glacier to Lake Moeraki
Approximately 75 miles

Description:

This morning you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself over the triple bypass, a series of challenging hills or opt for a more relaxed morning shuttle over to the town of Fox Glacier. As you continue to make your way further south toward Westland National Park, take a break for a rejuvenating lunch at Bruce Bay, overlooking the Tasman Sea. Along the way, you can visit a Salmon Farm, specializing in smoked salmon. This afternoon you will arrive at the Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge. Situated amidst temperate rainforests, this amazing property has been recently renovated and features excellent hiking trails, kayaking and even glow-worms. Tonight we will gather for social hour and dinner at the lodge.

Hotel:

Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge
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Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Lake Moeraki to Haast Beach
Approximately 40 miles with 1900 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Hike
Lake Moeraki

Description:

Today our naturalist guide will take us on an interpretive hike through the temperate rainforest to the banks of the Lower Moeraki River. From there you will kayak to the mouth of the river where you meet up with the Tasman Sea. Alternatively, our naturalist guide will take us on an adventurous hike, crossing some streams, until you emerge from the forest onto a breathtaking beach. From there, you will hike along the Tasman Sea in search of a resident Fur Seal colony, usually found basking in the sun. Both excursions are scheduled around the current tide table. Tonight we gather for another delicious dinner at our Lodge.

Hotel:

Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge
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Day
7
Day
7

Today's Ride:

Lake Moeraki to Makarora or Wanaka
Approximately 30 miles with 500 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Haast to Pleasant Flats, Makarora or Wanaka
Approximately 90 miles with 4,500 feet of climbing

Description:

We’ll rise early today to prepare for the day’s long, spectacular ride to Wanaka. After breakfast you’ll have many options for shortening the ride to fit your mood. If high miles and challenging ascents are calling you, then you’ll start the ride from the lodge. If you’d rather take it easy, we’ll let you know the best places to start and finish, so you don’t miss some of the most beautiful vistas. No matter what option you choose, you’ll enjoy watching the scenery change as we make our way from the temperate rainforests of the west coast, over Haast Pass and the continental divide, to the pristine lakes featured around Wanaka. This evening we’ll enjoy a well-earned, homemade BBQ and expansive selection of tempting desserts with the fabulous hosts at our comfortable B&B-style lodge.

Hotel:

Edgewater Resort
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Day
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Day
8

Today's Ride:

Wanaka to Treble Cone
Approximately 30 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

Description:

The options are endless again today and include adventures other than cycling so you can explore the area in a diverse fashion. Choose from the myriad optional activities that Wanaka has to offer, or opt for another day on the bike. Your guides can make arrangements for scenic flights out to Milford Sound, skydiving, jet boating, fishing, river sledging or any other adrenaline activity that you might be interested in. (These activities are not included in the trip price). If you are looking for a more mellow adventure, we have a beautiful bike ride out to Treble Cone along Lake Wanaka, or a short stroll along the lake to the renowned Rippon Winery. We’ll enjoy our final dinner together at Relishes Café in Wanaka and raise a glass to new friends and the cherished memories of awesome adventures undertaken during our South Island journey.

Hotel:

Edgewater Resort
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Day
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Day
9

Today's Activity:

Optional Hike
Mt. Iron

Description:

After breakfast we’ll take a one-hour hike up Mt. Iron for a great view of Wanaka, followed by a light snack. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 10:30 AM at Edgewater Resort. You’ll then shuttle to the Queenstown airport and downtown hotels. Connecting flights to Christchurch and Auckland are available on a regular basis. We suggest that you do not book a flight on this day prior to 3:00 PM.

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Dates & Pricing

This trip is available as a custom trip only, please refer to our custom trip page for more details.

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Wilderness Lodge on Trek Travel's Custom New Zealand Cycling Vacation

Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge

Arthur’s Pass, New Zealand

Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge is a luxurious property amidst a native beech forest, surrounded by the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps, located on a 6,000 acre nature reserve featuring a high country merino sheep station. Each room is lovingly decorated and is blessed with a mountain view.
Franz Josef Glacier Country Retreat on Trek Travel's Custom New Zealand Cycling Vacation

Franz Josef Glacier Country Retreat

Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier Country Retreat is a luxury lodge with the intimate atmosphere of a private residence. The lodge is situated on 200 acres of peaceful family farmland, surrounded by the Southern Alps, featuring Franz Josef Glacier.
Lake Moeraki Lodge on Trek Travel's Custom New Zealand Cycling Vacation

Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge

Lake Moeraki, New Zealand

Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge is a luxurious property, located on the banks of the Lower Moeraki River, surrounded by temperate rainforest and flanked by the mighty Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps. The lodge features a spacious and comfortable atmosphere.
Edgewater Resort on Trek Travel's Custom New Zealand Cycling Vacation

Edgewater Resort

Wanaka, New Zealand

Edgewater Resort is located on the edge of Lake Wanaka, nestled within the spectacular Southern Alps. It features tennis courts, a sauna, and spa.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories.

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 8 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Custom New Zealand trip, you will stay in luxury wilderness lodges. Each destination is unique, whether isolated amidst a native beech forest, situated near the base of a glacier, on the banks of a river or in the heart of Wanaka Village.
  • On our Custom New Zealand trip, the cuisine can be best described as Pacific Rim, with influences from Europe, Asia and Polynesia. We will dine on some of the finest New Zealand lamb, venison, salmon and kumara (sweet potato) complemented by local Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir. Of course we will have a traditional barbecue.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Trek Bontrager helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 3
  • Average Daily Mileage | 40
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 1,500 feet

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Australia is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 2 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. See day by day itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

This destination is best suited to guests who want to cycle every day. Because of the terrain and/or remoteness of the hotels and riding routes, there are few, if any, non-riding options available. If a non-rider wants to accompany a rider guest on this trip, they would need to spend many hours in the van and/or at the hotels on the trip. Due to this, we strongly discourage non-riders from this destination. As an alternative, call a Trek Travel Trip Consultant at 866.464.8735 for trip suggestions where more non-rider activities are available, such as:

  • Bali Custom
  • Myanmar Custom
  • South Australia Custom

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least two days prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Christchurch (CHC). There are direct flights from Asia and North America. Air New Zealand, Quantas, United Airlines, Singapore Air, and Malaysian Air all fly into Auckland (AKL). From Auckland, there are daily connecting flights to Christchurch (CHC). Upon arriving in Christchurch, you can take a taxi to the city center for approximately $40 (NZ $50).

We recommend flying out of Queenstown. Connecting flights to Christchurch and Auckland are available on a regular basis.

Millennium Hotel Christchurch | Christchurch, New Zealand

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Millennium Hotel Christchurch (14 Square Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand) at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. We’ll meet just outside of reception in the parking area and will then shuttle two hours to Lake Pearson for our first lunch together. You should have your cycling gear with you in a small bag separate from your main luggage, or be dressed ready to ride.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge (+64 (3) 318 9246), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You may take a taxi to the first night’s hotel, Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge, for approximately $225 US ($300 NZ.)

Edgewater Resort | Queenstown, New Zealand

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:30 AM at the Edgewater Resort. You’ll then shuttle to the Queenstown airport and downtown hotels. Connecting flights to Christchurch and Auckland are available on a regular basis. We suggest that you do not book a flight on this day prior to 3:00 PM.

Before: Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, known as the Garden City, maintains an impressive Botanic Garden located in Hagley Park. In the heart of the city is Cathedral Square, featuring an Anglican cathedral and a bustling outdoor market. Take one of the informative heritage trams through the city with an entertaining commentary. For a more tranquil experience, try punting on the Avon River, which meanders through the city center. There is also the International Antarctic Centre which recreates the atmosphere of Antarctica, including the Blue Penguin Encounter. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre trip hotel:

Millennium Hotel Christchurch

Centrally located in picturesque Cathedral Square in the heart of Christchurch and only minutes from the city’s key tourist attractions.

14 Cathedral Square, PO Box 1445 | +64 3 365 1111 | www.MCKHotels.co.NZ |~$250

The Clearview Lodge

Clearview Lodge offers superior home-stay accommodation, locally bottled wine, and is located at the entrance to Clearwater Golf Resort, less than 15 minutes from Christchurch. Here you’ll find superior rooms, beautiful grounds and a peaceful stay.

8 Clearwater Avenue, Harewood | +64 3 359 5797 | www.ClearviewLodge.com | ~$260

The George Christchurch

The George is Christchurch’s only luxury boutique hotel and is located in the heart of this elegant English-style garden city. The hotel is renowned for its chic style, passionate attention to detail and its warm personalized service.

50 Park Terrace | +64 3 379 4560 | www.TheGeorge.com | ~$300

After: Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is surrounded by majestic mountains on Lake Wakatipu and is recognized as the adrenaline capital of the world. Whether you want to go skydiving, bungee jumping, jet-boating, whitewater rafting, sailing, hiking, climbing, fishing, golfing or simply relaxing, the choices are endless. A visit to some of New Zealand’s finest wineries located in the Central Otago is a must. We recommend the following accommodations for your post trip hotel:

Heritage Queenstown

Brilliantly positioned overlooking the awe-inspiring vistas of Queenstown, the Heritage Queenstown is a sophisticated European style resort hotel. The hotel stands proudly above the shores of the picturesque Lake Wakatipu, with magnificent views of the majestic Remarkables mountain range. All the rooms provide the ambiance, warmth and charm of a European alpine lodge.

91 Fernhill Road, P.O. Box 648 | +64 3 442 4988 | www.HeritageHotels.co.nz/Heritage | ~$260

Grand Mercure Hotel St Moritz Queenstown

Situated in downtown Queenstown only a minute’s walk from the Steamer Wharf development and with sweeping views of Queenstown Bay and the Remarkables mountain range. The four-star hotel opened in July 1998, and was built in grand European style.

10-18 Brunswick Street | +64 3 442 4990 | www.Mercure.com | ~$425

Scenic Circle A-Line Hotel

The A-Line Hotel is a Swiss-style ‘chalet’ in the hills. Perched above the town center, the A-Line Hotel is situated close to all the action of Queenstown, with spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu to the mountains. The hotel offers accommodation just a couple of minutes’ walk from the heart of Queenstown and some of New Zealand’s best restaurants, cafes and shopping.

27 Stanley Street, P.O. Box 149 | +64 3 442 7700 | www.Scenic-Circle.co.nz | ~$200


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.