Introductory to Moderate
  • 4 days cycling
  • 3 nights hotel/motel
  • 3 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 3 Breakfasts

4 Days$NZD

Trip Code: SOG7730

Trip highlights

  • Fundraising for Wishbone and promoting orthopaedic research
  • Ride the Queenstown Trails around Lake Wakatipu to Kelvin Heights
  • Ride the new Lake to Lake trail from Lake Manapouri to Lake Te Anau
  • Cycle through the alpine landscapes of the remote Von Valley
  • Discover the pristine Mavora Lakes
  • Cruise on the iconic TSS Earnslaw steamship across Lake Wakatipu

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Join us on the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail, travelling for 4 days through secluded alpine valleys and remote lakes on a fully supported 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 before continuing through Southland farmland and along the Oreti river.

The supported nature of this tour makes for an easy visit to Lake Manapouri to ride the breathtaking Lake to Lake trail. From Te Anau, we head back to the Around the Mountains trail to explore the magnificent Mavora Lakes and secluded Von Valley.

We visit the historic Walter Peak Station, before cruising back to Queenstown on the iconic TSS Earnslaw steam ship.

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 today ends at Five Rivers where there is a cafe and gallery for us to visit before we drive to our accommodation in Lumsden where we will meet Perry and Ian who have cycled north from Bluff. 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

This morning we transfer back to Five Rivers to continue the Around the Mountains Trail. We pass through rich farm lands by the banks of the Oreti River, to complete the section to Lumsden and then carry on along a mix of old railway line and well-graded track, threaded between the highway and farmland to Mossburn. Mossburn is known as the deer capital of New Zealand and 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 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

After breakfast we set off riding from Centre Hill, where we finished yesterday towards the Mavora Lakes. This section of trail is not complete and we need to bike on a gravel road. The road can be busy and dusty, so there is the option to ride in the van. We then 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. Our second ride takes us along the new Lake to Lake Trail connecting Lake Manapouri with Lake Te Anau, following the glistening Waiau River. We transfer to Te Anau and our accommodation, tonight we celebrate taking part on our 4 day adventure with Perry at our final group dinner. Cycling Distance: Centre Hill to Mavora Lakes - 35km Lake to Lake Trail - 20km

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 follow the lakeside trail to Walter Peak Station, where we enjoy a celebratory drink in the historic homestead. We then board the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamer and cross Lake Wakatipu, returning us to Queenstown in the early evening. It's time to say a sad farewell as we pick you up from the wharf and drop you off in the central city, and Perry and Ian continue on their journey northwards. Cycling Distance: Mavora Valley to Walter Peak Station - 55km

Meals:  B,L


  • NZ$300 per person donation to Wishbone, plus NZ$100 donation from Adventure South NZ for every bike hired
  • All meals (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners) catered to all dietary requirements
  • 3 nights comfortable hotel/motel on a twin or double share basis
  • Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
  • Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories
  • Journey across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw Steam ship
  • Commemorative Wishbone performance T-shirt
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats
  • Pre departure information kit to help you plan and prepare
  • Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

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

About Your Leader

Perry has set himself (often together with his family) the challenge of completing all the South Island legs (even adding in some great bits in-between) and Ian will be joining as many of the North Island legs as he & his family can. They are both pouring vast amounts of time & energy into organising this Wishbone Relay – Why?

“My main motivation was to bring all those involved in care of our patients together and share what orthopaedic surgery is achieving in NZ with the public. I want to help bring us together in a fun activity and common goal.” – Ian

“This is an opportunity for myself and my family to give back to a job and career that has given us so much.” – Perry

Health & Safety and Contracting Parties:

Take note that Wishbone Trust and the NZ Orthopaedic Association Inc are not organising the trips and they or their staff or officers have no role to play in providing the trips or managing any aspects of Health & Safety in relation to the trips. Wishbone Trust is only acting as the recipient of donations made by those choosing to participate in a trip.

You must follow all Health and Safety requirements of the trip organiser (Adventure South NZ) and any other provider of services or other organisations with any H&S responsibilities during the trip. Adventure South NZ have experienced guides supporting you on the journey whose goal is purely to maximise your enjoyment and overall experience. All their guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many of them are trained bike mechanics.


Bike information

Trail Surface


Introductory to Moderate  

The Around the Mountains Trail 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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Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementNZD$395
  • e-Bike HireNZD$400
  • Mountain Bike HireNZD$120
*Prices listed are per person

Essential information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Wishbone Relay - Around the Mountains 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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