Short on time? This spectacular cycling adventure provides an ideal opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Fiordland and the enchanting Milford Sound. Nowhere else in New Zealand do the mountains rise up out of the water, rich rainforests cling to sheer rock faces or waterfalls crash hundreds of metres to the sea below than in our gorgeous Sound. Your journey begins in Queenstown, where you will embark on this amazing journey towards Milford Sound, enjoying a walk along the famous Routeburn track and cycle rides through Fiordland National Parks' iconic beech forests and superb mountain scenery along the way. In Milford Sound you will board your comfortable floating hotel to explore the magic of this area, with options to swim or kayak, before pedalling around Te Anau and the hidden Mavora Lakes site featured in the Lord of the Rings. This sensational cycle journey concludes with a tour of a high country sheep station, afternoon tea and a boat transfer across Lake Wakatipu back to Queenstown.
To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the terrain, the altitude, the number of pass crossings and the length of the trip. The Milford Sound Cycle is graded moderate. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and we suggest 60 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for the three months leading up to your trip. The tour is fully supported and if at any stage you feel like having a rest from cycling you will be able to ride in the support vehicle.
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 – please 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).
Your guide will collect the group and we will have a tour briefing and then a bike fitting. Then it’s time to explore the newly established Queenstown Trails. We’ll cycle through rolling grasslands to the Historic gold-mining village, Arrowtown, where we stop to enjoy morning tea and have a chance to explore the village.
We then continue on the trail, which crosses the Arrow River several times on impressive suspension bridges, and takes us through to the famous Kawarau Bungy bridge. Now in the Gibbston Valley wine region, we enjoy a late lunch at a local winery, before we load up to drive back into Queenstown. After some time to refresh we then head out to dinner to talk over plans for the next few days!
Riding distance – warm-up ride, up to 35 kms / 21 miles
From Queenstown we drive the narrow lakeside road alongside Lake Wakitipu to Kingston. From here we can connect with the Around The Mountains cycle trail, a dedicated cycle path that allows you to enjoy the scenery of sheep & cattle country surrounded by spectacular mountains free from traffic. We stop for lunch at the remote Five Rivers station cafe, passing through rich farm lands by the banks of the Oreti River, to the town of Mossburn.
Here we load up and drive through to Te Anau, our stop for the night and the gateway to our coming adventures exploring Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound.
Riding distance – 35 to 65km / 15 to 40 miles
Note: Tonight you will need to pack an overnight bag for the next night of the tour. When staying overnight in Milford Sound you will be able to take a small bag and the majority of your luggage will be secured in the vehicle.
This morning we drive into the Fiordland National Park amid the beech forests and mountains, that the region is famous for. The beautiful Milford road tracks through the wilderness and we stop to enjoy some of the short walks and views on the way, before arriving at The Divide. From here we walk to Key Summit, a 3 hour return hike that gives spectacular views of the Hollyford Valley and Humboldt & Earl mountain ranges. We coach through the Homer Tunnel and onto Milford Sound, stopping en-route to explore the famous Chasm walkway before arriving at our accommodation for the night, our very own floating hotel! This boat takes us out of the Sound and into the open seas beyond before returning to a sheltered spot for the night.
Note to solo travellers: All cabins on the Milford Sound Cruise are shared.
By 9am the next morning after a hearty breakfast and further exploring of the fiord, we return to shore and we bid a sad farewell to the majestic Milford Sound as we travel back to the Divide by coach, before stretching our legs with a wonderful cycle down to the Humboldt Falls at the end of the very quiet & scenic Hollyford road. After another transfer by coach back to Te Anau, we enjoy the option of a late afternoon cycle on the quiet roads and trails that connect Te Anau with Lake Manapouri, another of the regions large, glacial formed Lakes.
Riding distance – Up to 51 km / 31 miles
Out of Te Anau we journey into the hidden Mavora Lakes, a site of scenes from Lord of the Rings. We cycle by the lakeside and through the beech forest before continuing on to the isolated Von Valley for lunch. We farewell our supporting coach as we cycle on to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and down to Mount Nicholas station. Here we enjoy a guided tour of this remote high country sheep station, along with a hearty ploughman's afternoon tea, before we board our boat to cruise across the waters to Queenstown. Its time to say a sad goodbye as we pick you up from the wharf and deliver you to your Queenstown accommodation.
Riding distance – Up to 46 km / 28 miles
MOUNTAIN BIKE (Additional Charge)
Our new fleet of Avanti Discovery hybrid mountain bikes combines the best characteristics of a hybrid bike and a mountain bike to give you a great ride and comfort on gravel cycle trails. This bike has a more upright riding style meaning you can still take in the amazing scenery you'll encounter along the way.
These bikes have 29" wheels, suspension forks and suspension seat posts to iron out the bumps and hydraulic disc brakes give responsive braking.
They are also available in a low rise, also known as a step though bike frame, please specify on your booking form.
ELECTRIC BIKE (Additional Charge)
Our Avanti Discovery low step e-Bike is perfect for cyclists that may require a little assistance on their travels. Pedalling our e-Bikes is easier on knees and joints than riding a traditional bike. They provide up to 80kms of pedal assistance before requiring recharging. Very simple to operate and they provide people with varying levels of cycling experience, health and fitness levels the opportunity to enjoy our cycling holidays.
For bicycle specifications please contact us for more details.
Bikes can be fitted with flat pedals, toes clips or MTB SPD pedals. A bicycle helmet will be included with your bike rental, along with a 15L saddle bag for personal items you might need in the day.
If you like cycling, a bit of hiking, dramatic landscapes and exceptional organisation that feels effortless... this is the 5 day trip for you. From the moment guide Sean collected our group in Queenstown, we knew we were in safe hands. Capable, relaxed, kind, informative and personable, Sean haps to make what is an epic itinerary truly outstanding. Plus he can back a trailer like nobody's business. Every day was magical, from the 40 or so km loop cycle on the first day from the lower Shotover Bridge to Arrowtown (or Gibbston) and back, to the Kingston to Five Rivers leg to the ride that saw us arrive at Walter Peak Station. And every 10km or so, when the trail allowed, there'd be Sean calmly waiting just to ensure we were safe, fed, watered, not lost. It's all the best things of being a child, but as an adult. The night on Milford Sound aboard the Wanderer was also a delight, making this an utterly fabulous tour. Thank you.
Elisabeth E, Auckland, New Zealand, 10 Mar 2018
Such a well organised trip, with full days, exciting trails/walks. Great food/snacks. What really made our trip was the people we were lucky enough to be travelling with and our exceptional guide Sean. He was so knowledgable, personable and went the extra mile to ensure we were all happy. 'Five star service'.
Wayne and Sonia P, South West Rocks, Australia, 10 Mar 2018
All aspects were well organised, we really felt that our holiday experience was what mattered most. Lots of different aspects to enjoy - cycling, tramping, mini-cruise, sheep station. Great laughs with the rest of the group.
D & H Bartlett, UK, 10 Mar 2018
Each day was a highlight - such a fabulous showcase of NZ beauty. Incredible scenery every day. Well informed friendly guides. Maximising each day ability to change schedule and explore when weather wasn't great. A beautiful country impressed with thought put into tourism industry. Excellent guide. Options were provided as weather was difficult. Good food! Cycle routes well prepared.
Don Munnings, Canada
Loved all our cycling tracks and hiking trails. Picnics were well stocked with healthy food and there was plenty for all. Unforgettable trip/ Loved your magical country! Very tourist friendly well maintained tracks and good signage. Our bike trails were spectacular! Tons of variety just challenging enough + safe. Many thanks.
Mary & Pat Christie, Australia
Really appreciate flexibility to allow some to ride bikes whilst other in the bus. Great guides. Every day different totally unique experiences. Loved the boating. Liked the midway pause. Beautifully organised, folding picnic tables to pineapple chocolate "like mountains, remarkable" a great adventure in a beautiful land. Literally the future of a beautiful humanity.
Michael O'Leary, USA
It was so fantastic, Liam and Rachel were amazing. Food was tops, their enthusiasm was contagious, it could not have been better. This was our vacation of a lifetime, thanks for the memories!
Candy and Tom Bates, USA
Terrific guides, flexible, helpful, hardworking + funny. Beautiful countryside every day.
Anne McDonald, Australia
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