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moderate to challenging

Traveller Rating

 

Activities
  • 6 day road cycle
Accommodation
  • 5 nights hotel/motel
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

6 Days$2645NZD

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Trip Code: WGC

Trip highlights


  • Challenge yourself with 6 days of memorable road cycling up the wild West Coast
  • Climb over the Crown Range, NZ's highest road
  • Swoop down Haast Pass on quiet sealed roads
  • Visit Hokitika, craft capital of the West Coast and home to the local green stone (pounamu)
  • Experience the TranzAlpine train from the Southern Alps to Christchurch
  • Admire Fox Glacier by helicopter (optional)

Exploring New Zealand's 'wild' west coast by bike is cycling at its very best. Encounter grinding glaciers, primal rainforests and dramatic coastal scenery as we 'cycle the best and drive the rest' to ensure you experience all the landscapes that make this part of the South Island such an enticing place to travel through. From Queenstown, cycle to the former gold mining town of Arrowtown to explore its tranquil tree lined streetscapes before crossing over the Crown Range into Wanaka along New Zealand's highest main road. After an exhilarating swoop down Haast Pass you'll be greeted by lush rainforests before cycling past surreal coastlines featuring high cliffs and crashing seas. Your cycling efforts will be rewarded on reaching the world famous Fox Glacier, where you can enjoy a guided walk, or discover nearby Lake Matheson and its magnificent reflection of the Southern Alps. Cycling on past the equally impressive Franz Josef Glacier you'll finally emerge at the top of Arthur's Pass, where you board the TranzAlpine train for the spectacular journey back to Christchurch.


You will meet the tour in central Queenstown around 08:00am for a bike fit. Our first cycle takes us through quiet back roads to the old gold-mining town of Arrowtown for morning tea. From here strong riders can carry on biking up & over the challenging the Crown Range For the rest of us we travel by bus and bike over the Crown Range, with a lunch stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel. We continue cycling down the Cardrona Valley into the picturesque alpine village of Wanaka. Late afternoon you have the chance to enjoying some free time in vibrant Wanaka before our first group dinner. Cycling Distance: 45 to 78km / 28 to 49miles

Meals:  L,D

An early cycle ride takes us to Lake Hawea. We drive to the top of the Haast Pass and enter the famous West Coast forests. We cycle down through the 'Gates of Haast' on sealed roads to the flats of the Landsborough River for lunch. Our route continues down the Haast River with its rainforest clad mountain slopes and numerous waterfalls until the days spectacular journey ends on the coast at Haast. An evening walk on the beach provides a chance to watch the sun set into the Tasman sea. Cycling Distance: 48 to 105km / 30 to 65miles

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we cycle peaceful forest roads to Bruce Bay and then onto Fox Glacier. The rest of the day is available for sightseeing in the township as well as providing the chance to take a scenic helicopter flight, which is highly recommended. Maybe you would rather a trip to nearby Lake Matheson famous for its reflection views of the Southern Alps, or enjoy any of the local walks in the area. Cycling Distance: 49 to 115km / 31 to 71miles

Meals:  B,L

For those who want to challenge themselves there is an optional heli-hike which combines the excitement of walking on the Fox Glacier with the thrill of helicopter flights. The afternoon sees us cycling another West Coast challenge, the road between Fox and Franz Josef Glacier. Cycling Distance: 25km / 15.5miles

Meals:  B,L

The support vehicle is always nearby if needed, but a metric century (100 kms) is the challenge today on long flat roads with spectacular mountain views as a backdrop. We cycle through podocarp rainforests and over wild rivers to hidden Lake Ianthe for our lakeside picnic. The dark waters hold the sun's heat and swimming is an option. In the afternoon you can keep cycling or enjoy a ride in the support vehicle to the Tasman coast and the craft orientated town of Hokitika. Cycling Distance: 63 to 133km /39 to 83miles

Meals:  B,L,D

From Hokitika township we travel by bus and bike on quiet inland roads through native forests to Lake Brunner. We lunch at a local cafe with stunning lakeside views and an option for the hardy to swim before more scenic quiet roads take us back to the West Coast highway. There is the option to cycle some more through sweeping rural landscapes and beneath rugged mountain peaks of Arthur’s Pass. Here we board the TranzAlpine Express train for a leisurely scenic trip back into Christchurch where our coach will meet and drop you off in central Christchurch around 7pm. Cycling Distance: Stillwater to Jacksons - 56km / 35miles

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
  • 5 nights hotel/motel ensuite accommodation on twin share basis
  • Professional qualified driver/guide
  • 2 professional guides/drivers on trips with 8 or more people
  • Private vehicle transport (except TranzAlpine Train)
  • TranzAlpine scenic train journey from Arthur's Pass to Christchurch
  • Water and snacks while cycling
  • Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST)

  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Bike hire (including helmet)
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Optional activities (eg. Heli-hike onto Fox Glacier)
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)
  • Tips

About Your Leader

Our guides are one of our biggest assets and we pride ourselves on their level of quality and high standards. Once the trip reaches 8 people, we provide you with two of our expert guides to maximise your enjoyment and overall experience. You’ll know you’re in safe hands as all of our guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many of them are trained bike mechanics. They come from all walks of life but our guides have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you.


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Grading

moderate to challenging  
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To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the terrain, the altitude, the amount of climbing, the types of roads and the length of the trip. The West Coast & Glaciers Cycle is graded moderate to challenging. You will need to be a competent road rider with stamina and a good level of fitness, you should be able to cycle comfortably for up to 6-8 hours or around 100km/60miles per day, day after day, with some extended uphill ascents. There are some long days and some steep sections. You should be confident riding on main roads alongside traffic which can be travelling at speed. This tour is not for beginners. 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.


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$2645NZD

Options & Supplements*
  • Easter Holiday SupplementNZD$100
  • Road Bike RentalNZD$300
  • e-Bike Rental (subject to availability)NZD$480
  • Single SupplementNZD$695
*Prices listed are per person

Essential information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed West Coast and Glaciers Cycle 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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