Southern Coast Cycle

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Southern Coast Cycle information and booking

from
$2245
  • Duration
    7 days
    Days
  • Group size
    4-14
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 6 nights hotel/motel accommodation

Highlights

  • A diverse 7 day tour that explores quiet roads seldom cycled by others
  • Cycle alongside the stunning Lake Wakitipu as you head towards Te Anau on the edge of the Fiordland National Park
  • Cycle alongside the rugged coastline of the deep south, sculptured by winter Antarctic storms
  • Discover the magic of the Catlins Coast with its beautiful bays and exotic wildlife
  • Take an optional Royal Albatross tour on the Otago Pennisular

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Experience the remote bays, windswept coastlines and rare wildlife of Southland by bike. Lush green rolling plains, wild windswept coastlines and unique wildlife experiences characterise New Zealand's southern most region- Southland. This remarkable tour begins by cycling the scenic boarder roads of the Fiordland National Park before visiting the world's most southern city- Invercargill. The wildlife experiences in the remote Catlins Coast, home to an ancient petrified forest, fur seals, rare hectors dolphins and the yellow-eyed penguin - the world's rarest penguin - will leave you rejuvenated before exploring Dunedin, famous for it's scottish history, the Otago Peninsula and it's famous Royal albatross.

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 evening meals
  • A great guide and transport
  • A trek 7300 or 7500 bike with helmet and small pannier bags
  • Accommodation as detailed based on a twin share basis with private bathroom facilities
  • Access and concession fees paid to the department of conservation
  • Nz goods and service tax (gst)

Itinerary

Day 1 Queenstown to <a href="http://lonelyplanet.com/new-zealand/fiordland-and-southland/te-anau" class="partner" title="Te Anau">Te Anau</a>
Important: The night before your tour is to depart your guide will call your pre tour accommodation to advise what time they will collect you the following morning. (Please make sure you have given us information as to where you are staying). If you are not around when your guide calls they will leave a message at reception – its really important that you check with reception if you have not heard from your guide directly. If for any reason you have not heard from your guide by the morning of the tour please call us in the NZ office on 0800 00 11 66 (from within NZ). An early morning start gets us on the road down the side of Lake Wakatipu and the rolling rural roads of upper Southland. The native red tussock covered hills lead us into the township of Te Anau, perched on the edge of the Fiordland National Park, our goal is Five Rivers but stronger riders can be challenged by the possibility of a century ride today. Ride – 176 kms/109 miles Shorter Option – Queenstown to Five Rivers – 99kms/60 miles
Day 2 Te Anau to Invercargill
The morning’s ride takes us alongside Lakes Te Anau & Manapouri before we head south through an ever-changing landscape. The stark arid mountains give way to more gentle pastures as we enter the productive Southland farm country. Small communities dot the landscape and the coastal riding becomes spectacular. This coast is exposed to southerly blasts creating some surreal windswept scenery. Gradually we quit the farmlands and approach Invercargill where we'll stay tonight. Ride 85km / 52miles
Day 3 Invercargill to Curio Bay
The route today skirts the beautiful and undiscovered Catlins Forest Park and coastline. The roads are quiet and the scenery diverse as the coastline increasingly becomes spectacular. The ride ends at beautiful Curio Bay where we enjoy a leisurely picnic by the sea, walks along the beach, a swim for the brave & a visit to a petrified forest on the sea-shore. This is a renowned wildlife area & you are likely to see the rare Hectors Dolphins, Fur Seals & Yellow Eyed Penguins. Ride – 92 kms /57 miles
Day 4 Curio Bay to Owaka
More scenic cycling along quiet roads today as we continue along the Catlins coast. The cycling is tough with some serious climbs but the rewarding views of the coastline make the effort well worth it. Another picnic by the sea gives us the chance for a beach walk before we continue cycling on to Owaka. Late afternoon we drive out to Surat Bay for a yet another walk on a remote and beautiful beach to visit the resident Sea Lions. Ride – 58kms kms / 36 miles
Day 5 Owaka to Dunedin
This morning we ride out to Nugget Point to a magnificent view point before continuing on to Balclutha for lunch. We'll drive to Milton and fom here a serious climb will challenge you before you drop down to the coast for the final gentle ride along the beach into Dunedin. Ride – Owaka to Balclutha – 43 kms / 26 miles Milton to Dunedin – 54 kms / 34 miles
Day 6 Dunedin Peninsula to <a href="http://lonelyplanet.com/new-zealand/dunedin-and-otago/oamaru" class="partner" title="Oamaru">Oamaru</a>
Today we explore the Otago Peninsula by bike. This ride has some wonderful coastal views, visit Larnach Castle and visit the Royal Albatross Colony. We'll then make our way to historical Oamaru stopping at the Koekohe Beach along the way to see the unusually large and spherical boulders lying on the beach. We'll stay in Oamaru for the evening. Ride - up to 75km / 46 miles Optional coastal ride into Oamaru 30km /18 miles
Day 7 Oamaru to Christchurch
Today we are Christchurch bound - but not before more rural cycling. We have an option to visit the award winning Whitestone Cheese factory and Riverstone Kitchen, NZ's restaurant of the year, to see their amazing gardens where they grow most of their own kitchen produce. We then start cycling on quiet roads through small farmlets and communities along the Pareora river valley. An optional challenge is the climb over Pareora Gorge before we visit the spectacular St Davids Pioneer Church, made without nails out of local river stones & timbers. A final burst of cycling takes us to a late lunch at Pleasant Point and the start of the final drive back to Christchurch. With good traffic flows we should be into Christchurch by around 5.30pm. Ride – up to 40kms / 24 miles