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 walks along the famous Kepler Track, cycle rides through Fiordland National Parks' iconic beech forests and superb mountain scenery along the way. After a 16km descent into Milford Sound you will board your comfortable floating hotel to explore the magic of this area, with options to swim or kayak, before pedalling on to Te Anau and the hidden Mavora Lakes site featured in the Lord of the Rings. This sensational cycle journey concludes with a transfer back to Queenstown aboard the lake steamer TSS Earnslaw.
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).
A relaxing start to the day has your guide collecting you from your local hotel at 8.00 a.m. We then drive to the start of our first ride, which takes us through quite country roads to Historic goldmining village, Arrowtown, where we stop to enjoy morning tea and have a chance to explore the village. We then continue on the Queenstown trails, which takes us through to the famous Kawarau bungy bridge, before we load up to drive the final busy road back into Queenstown. It also allows us to fit and adjust your bike to suit. 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. After lunch we drive to Lake Manapouri and walk through native beech forests alongside the Waiau River section of the Kepler Track. After our walk we drive into Te Anau and onto our hotel, and enjoy our first night on the fringes of the spectacular Fiordland National Park.
Riding distance – 35 to 60km / 15 to 38miles
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 on the way, before a wonderful cycle down to the Humboldt Falls at the end of the very quiet & scenic Hollyford road. We coach through the Milford Tunnel and then enjoy the sheer delight of a 16km cycle descent down into Milford Sound and 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. By 9am the next morning after a hearty breakfast and further exploring of the fiord, we return to shore.
Riding distance – 37km / 23miles
By bus we travel back to the Divide, stopping en-route to explore the famous Chasm walkway. From the Divide we walk to Key Summit with its spectacular views of the Hollyford Valley and Humboldt & Earl mountain ranges. The late afternoon sees us cycling down the majestic Eglinton Valley as we slowly return to our overnight in Te Anau.
Riding distance – 40km (Or up to 89km pending road conditions on day) / 25miles
Out of Te Anau we journey into the hidden Mavora Lakes, site of the closing 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 Walter Peak station. Here we board the steam ship TSS Earnslaw 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 – 36 to 58km / 22 to 36miles
HYBRID BIKE (Additional Charge)
Our Trek hybrid bikes blend the best characteristics of both road and mountain bikes into a comfortable bike ideal for riding on both sealed roads and gravel cycle trails.
The hybrid design allows you to sit upright in a position that provides the best control of the bike with well-placed centre of gravity and in a posture that reduces strain on the rider's neck and back. Also meaning you can take in the amazing scenery you'll see along the way.
We have low rise, also known as step though bike frames, as well as standard frame styles.
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 SPD pedals. A bicycle helmet and drink bottle will be included with your bike rental, along with a 15L saddle bag for personal items you might need in the day.
Per Person, Twin Share
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