2
Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • 4 days cycling
  • 1 day cruise on Doubtful Sound
Accommodation
  • 3 nights hotel/motel
  • 1 night cabin on luxury yacht
Meals
  • 4 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
  • 4 Breakfasts

5 Days$NZD

Trip Code: ATMD

Trip highlights


  • Ride the Queenstown Trails around Lake Wakatipu to Kelvin Heights
  • Overnight on a luxury yacht on the majestic Doubtful Sound
  • Cycle through the alpine landscapes of the remote Von Valley
  • Ride the new Lake to Lake trail from Lake Manapouri to Lake Te Anau
  • Discover the pristine Mavora Lakes
  • Cruise on the iconic TSS Earnslaw steamship across Lake Wakatipu

This tour combines the best of the Around the Mountains Trail with an overnight cruise on the majestic Doubtful Sound in the heart of Fiordland. Explore secluded alpine valleys and remote lakes on our fully supported 5 day tour.

From Queenstown, we cycle alongside Lake Wakatipu before heading to Kingston to start the trail. A ride through the rural Mataura valley takes us through the small township of Lumsden and continues through Southland farmland and along the Oreti river. We then head to Manapouri to join an excursion into Doubtful Sound which takes us across the lake and over Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove. Here we overnight and cruise through the extensive deep-sided fiord which has to be the highlight of this tour.

From Lake Manapouri we ride the breathtaking Lake to Lake trail and from Te Anau, we head back to the Around the Mountains trail to explore the shimmering Mavora Lakes and secluded Von Valley. We then follow the lakeside trail to Walter Peak Station where we board the iconic TSS Earnslaw Steamer and cross Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown where our journey ends.


We will meet our guides in central Queenstown at 8:00am for a tour briefing and a bike fitting. Our warm up ride takes us along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, following the Queenstown Trail to the historic Kawarau Falls Bridge, where Lake Wakatipu flows into the Kawarau River. We continue past impressive lakeside mansions and numerous jetties and beaches until reaching the Sculpture Trail at Kelvin Heights. Be sure to watch out for the Wakatipu Kuikui, a figure with wild hair blowing in the wind and magnificent views out over the lake. We then transfer the short distance to the historic railway town of Kingston where we start the Around The Mountains Cycle Trail. Weaving our way through the pretty rural Mataura valley, surrounded by the Hector and Eyre mountains towards Garston and Athol, we cross a number of suspension bridges called the Golden Gate bridges. Our ride ends at Five Rivers where there is a cafe and gallery for us to visit before we drive to Mossburn, known as the deer capital of New Zealand. We will stay at our accommodation here for the next 2 nights. We meet in the evening again for our first group dinner. Cycling Distance: Queenstown Trail to Kelvin Heights - 16km Kingston to Five Rivers - 48km

Meals:  L,D

After breakfast we return to Five Rivers to continue riding the trail to Lumsden. We pass through rich farm lands by the banks of the Oreti River, and carry on along a mix of old railway line and well-graded track, threaded between the highway and farmland back to Mossburn. A lunch stop at Bracken-Hall allows us to sample the region's famous venison pies and 'Southland sushi'. This afternoon we continue to follow the Oreti River on purpose built trail, with views towards the imposing Fiordland mountains. At Centre Hill the trail meets a busy gravel road and here we have the option to load up the bikes and return to Mossburn or for those wanting a longer ride, we can return the same way back along the trail. We meet again in the early evening for our well earned dinner. Cycling Distance: Five Rivers to Mossburn - 35km Mossburn to Centre Hill - 23km

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we will drive to Te Anau and have time to enjoy the township, where the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary is a 'must visit'. Here are some of Fiordland’s special birds that are difficult to see in the wild, including the Takahe, Kaka, blue duck, Parakeets and many more. Then its another short drive to Manapouri, where we are dwarfed by the mountains looming all around us and there is no question that we are on the edge of the wonderfully remote Fiordland National Park. At midday we join a spectacular Doubtful Sound experience beginning with a short ride across Lake Manapouri, a drive over Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove to meet our boat. We cruise out into the Doubtful Sound, formed by glaciers, with huge cascading waterfalls and vertical cliff faces. As we sail we are surrounded by magnificent views with a nature guide sharing their knowledge of the region, and wildlife which might include dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. There also might be the chance to kayak from the boat. At the end of the day we relax into an evening of entertainment, fine food and comfortable sleep in our private cabins. In the heart of the wilderness of the Fiordland National Park we are constantly surrounded by magnificent views of the mountains, the sunset is superb and we feel quite insignificant amongst this grandeur.

Meals:  B,L,D

After a delicious on-board breakfast we have more time cruising through the fiord. We then return to Deep Cove and travel back to Manapouri over Wilmot Pass and Lake Manapouri, arriving at midday. This afternoon, we enjoy a delightful ride on the new Lake to Lake trail connecting Lake Te Anau to Lake Manapouri, following the glistening Waiau River. In the heart of Fiordland with lake, mountain and riverside views as well as native bush, wetlands and farmland scenery. On arriving into Te Anau in the late afternoon there will be time to relax or wander along the shores of Lake Te Anau. There is an option to join an excursion to see the glowworm caves by boat. Your guides can help with suggestions and make any bookings. In the early evening we head to Fiordland Cinema to see "Ata Whenua" (Shadowland) a beautiful short movie showcasing Fiordland landscapes from the air before our final evening meal together. Cycling Distance: Lake to Lake Trail - 28km

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we leave Te Anau and after a short drive we cycle from the hidden Mavora Lakes, a site of scenes from Lord of the Rings. We ride by the lakes and through the beech forest before continuing on to the colourful Von Valley. There is a real sense of isolation and the huge mountain and tussock landscape is vast. We farewell our supporting coach as we cycle downhill to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and Mount Nicholas station. Here we are greeted with stunning views of alpine peaks and snow covered Mount Earnslaw at the head of the lake. We then follow the lakeside trail to Walter Peak Station where we have a celebratory drink before boarding the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamer and crossing Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown which brings our journey to an end. Cycling Distance: Mavora Valley to Walter Peak Station - 55km

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • Tasty cafe breakfasts (x4), gourmet picnic or cafe lunches (x5), two course restaurant dinners (x4) catered to all dietary requirements
  • 3 nights comfortable hotel/motel on a twin or double share basis
  • 1 night in a double or twin cabin on a Doubtful Sound cruise boat with ensuite bathroom
  • Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
  • Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories (2 guides on groups of 8 more more)
  • Entry to Ata Whenua movie at Fiordland Cinema
  • Journey across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw Steam ship
  • Celebratory end of ride refreshments
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats plus our famous morning and afternoon teas
  • Transport from Queenstown (return)
  • Pre departure information kit to help you plan and prepare
  • Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

  • Bike hire (including helmet)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All beverages, other than with breakfast
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Optional activities from Te Anau (entry to bird sanctuary, glowworm tour etc)
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel Insurance

About Your Leader

Our guides are one of our biggest assets. We pride ourselves on the standard and quality of these great people who you will be spending your holiday with. They come from all walks of life but they all have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, heaps of fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you. We provide you with the services of two guides for many of our trips, (this may depend on the size of the group). All are certified in first aid and CPR and many are trained bike mechanics. To check out more about our guides see our ‘About us’ page on our website (www.advsouth.com).


Accommodation


Bike information


Trail Surface


Grading

Introductory to Moderate  
2

The Around the Mountains & Doubtful Sound cycle is graded introductory to moderate. You will be cycling on a mix of wide designated trails, some gravel roads with traffic with some undulating hills. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and we suggest 2 hours of cycling per week for the three months leading up to your trip. We recommend training on compacted gravel trails, and completing a multi-day ride prior to your trip to get used to being in the saddle for long periods of time. The more training you have done on hills and on compacted gravel, the more enjoyable your trip will be.


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Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Around the Mountains & Doubtful Sound Overnight trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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