An early start from the Christchurch Railway station begins a memorable journey via the rugged wild Pacific Coastline to Kaikoura. Your hosts will meet you and transfer you to your beachfront hotel. This afternoon you are at your own leisure. Local tour operators offer the chance to watch whales, dolphins, sea-birds and many other species of marine life on a daily basis; by boat, flight and by land. With wetsuits provided, visitors can even join dolphins and seals in their ocean environment. Kaikoura boasts a great selection of restaurants, also offering you local seafood.
After breakfast, the last 2 hours of your train journey to Blenheim. Blenheim is in the heart of New Zealand’s Marlborough district and is a busy country town full of interesting shops and cafes. An hourâ€™s stroll will take you from historical buildings to modern architecture.Hotel d’Urville is a fine & elegant boutique hotel situated within the historic Public Trust Building. Bill from Spokesmans Cycles will fit your bikes and orientate you with the local area. The rest of the afternoon is at your own leisure.For an excellent evening meal in a delightful setting, try the d’Urville Wine Bar and Brasserie.
Your destination today is The Bell Tower, a boutique lodge situated amid stunning scenery overlooking Marlborough’s vineyards. First stop, Fran Maguire’s Pottery studio. Fran is an artist with a passion for clay and food which is reflected in her brightly coloured, unique tableware. Visit Brancott Estate (with fabulous views) on Brancott Road. You may want to have lunch in this beautiful spot or carry on to the nearby Tuscan style Highfield Estate. Arrive at The Bell Tower Boutique Lodge on Dog Point early afternoon ready to be spoiled. Kirsty can recommend a restaurant for dinner.
Prepare yourself for a day of quality wine tasting. Visit Seresin Estate where only grapes from their organic and biodynamic vineyards are used in the production of their wine. Julie & Howard from The Boutique Gibson Bridge Vineyard, love to share their passion for wine. Cycle through Forrest Wines and see Georges Michael Wine Estate (bistro style lunch on offer) and the family winemakers of Allan Scott.Your last evening can be spent relaxing in one of Peppertrees beautiful garden spots.Savour local produce from The Peppertrees own organic orchard and from the famous Marlborough area.
CYCLING approx 30km
Enjoy a country-style breakfast in the elegant dining room and stroll around the lovely garden before your tour ends. If you dropped your bikes off yesterday, a shuttle will collect you mid-morning and transfer you to a location of your choice in central Blenheim. If you cycled to The Peppertree yesterday, you must return your bike by 4.30 (your luggage will have been transferred to the bike shop earlier, for your convenience). You’ll leave with wonderful memories of Marlborough, and perhaps a few bottles of Marlborough wines.
5 Day Tour Includes:
This tour is graded as 5/6 Active to Challenging..
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Riding is predominantly on shingle roads and 4WD farm tracks with opportunities for single track riding on some days. (Queen Charlotte Track is predominantly single trail and after rain can become more technical)
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