5 Night E-bike Trail Tour of the South Island

Full Tour Itinerary

Day One - Christchurch

Arrive in Christchurch and meet your guide and group at 2pm at Quest Hotel in the afternoon. After a tour briefing and bike fitting - including a training ride along the river to get used to the E-bikes - we’ll take a short drive up the nearby Port Hills to the Sign of the Kiwi, time and weather permitting.   A welcome dinner is included for the group tonight.

Cycling: No Cycling apart from during the bike fitting
Accommodation:  Quest Serviced Apartments 
Meals: Welcome dinner

Day Two - Christchurch to Twizel: Alps2Ocean

We leave Christchurch early and drive south through the Canterbury Plains heading towards Lake Tekapo, where we get ready for our first ride.  Starting on the edge of the lake famous for its turquoise waters, the ride takes in golden tussock land, surreal blue canals, and one of the trail’s best lookouts overlooking Lake Pukaki and the Southern Alps.  We then ride to our destination of Twizel for the night.

Cycling: Alps 2 Ocean (A2O) - Lake Tekapo to Twizel (54km) Grade 2/Easy
Accommodation:  Lakes Motel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Three - Twizel to Clyde: Alps2Ocean

After breakfast, we get on our bikes and continue on the next leg of the A2O to the edge of Lake Ohau. The Ben Ohau Range dwarfs all and sundry as you follow the lake foreshore towards Lake Ohau Village and its lodge – perfectly positioned for post-ride refreshments.   After lunch we jump in the van and drive to Clyde.

Cycling: Alps 2 Ocean - Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge (38km) Grade 2/Easy
Accommodation: Olivers Lodge and Stables, Central Otago 
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day Four - Clyde: Roxburgh Gorge Trail

We head out on our bikes first thing to ride the stunning Roxburgh Gorge. The trail also incorporates a 45 minute boat ride up the river (included in tour cost.). Then the driver meets the group and drives back to Clyde where we spend the evening.

Cycling:  33kms (+ 13km by jetboat), Grade 2-3/Easy - Intermediate
Accommodation: Olivers Lodge and Stables (same as previous night)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Five - Clyde to Queenstown: Lake Dunstan Trail

The final day on the trails! Today we ride the newly opened Lake Dunstan Trail, dubbed ‘New Zealand’s most spectacular bike ride’.  A short drive to Cromwell sees us start our ride, where we bike down this incredible trail all the way to Clyde.  We will then transfer to Queenstown where the tour ends.  Your final night of accommodation in Queenstown is included.

We will also offer an option today for those who are riding at more of a beginner level, to spend a day on the Otago Rail Trail instead.

Cycling: Lake Dunstan Trail, 39km, Grade 1-2/ Easy.  NB – even though this trail is officially graded as Easy, some sections ride more like a moderate trail, so please always ride with care and within your abilities.  Option:  Otago Rail trail Otureha to Alexandra:  59 km (Grade 1/Easy)
Accommodation:  Garden Court Suites and Apartments
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day Six - Departure Day

Time to head home!  Or talk to us about spending an extra few days in Queenstown to experience it to its fullest.  We can help arrange additional accommodation or optional activities for those not quite ready to return to the real world...

Cycling: No cycling
Meals: No meals included today

Tour Includes:

  • x5 nights in mostly 4 - 5 star accommodation (pre and post nights can be arranged on request for an additional cost)
  • x4 breakfasts, x4 lunches, x2 dinners and daily snacks
  • Air-conditioned Mercedes Benz Sprinter Coach
  • Luggage transport during the entire journey (luggage is transported on the bus during the cycling stages)
  • 2 guides/drivers on trips of 8 people or more
  • Jet Boat Ride in Roxburgh Gorge
  • E-bike hire
  • Panniers 
  • Multi tool, tyre levers, spare tube and repair kit
  • All Department of Conservation fees and trail fees

Tour Excludes:

  • Meals/food not included in itinerary
  • Airport transfers (can be arranged on request for additional cost)
  • Drinks (except water during the cycling), telephone & mini-bar costs
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, any internet charges etc
  • Drink bottles
  • Helmet.  It is law that Helmet’s must be worn and they can be purchased for guests prior to arrival for $35, or you are welcome to bring your own

Bike Information

We use the Kalkhoff Voyager B8 which utilises the award winning Bosch Perfomance Line motor system, providing unparalleled climbing confidence and impressive range. Our Ebikes have all been fitted with trail tyres for extra traction.

Bike Specs:

  • Bosch Performance Engine and 500w Bosch Battery
  • Shimano Gear System
  • Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • Concept tour handlebars allowing for more upright body position when riding - perfect for touring on the cycle trails
  • Concept trekking saddle, and a removable gel seat can be supplied for no extra charge
  • Carrier and back cage to for x1 Pannier (provided)
  • Helmet can be supplied at no extra charge

Please note that the accommodation listed is our preferred lodging, however this is subject to change based on availability.  Itinerary subject to change based on weather conditions and/or road closures.

Price: $2799 per person
$745 single room supplement
Price is based on a minimum 6 participants and includes e-bike hire
NB - max number of guests is 12 per tour

A $350 deposit is required to secure your place on the tour.  This will be refunded if the minimum requirement of participants is not met.



 

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