South Island Mountain Biking Getaway

10 Day Mountain Biking - Christchurch to Christchurch

Our 10 day Off Road Tour begins and ends in Christchurch and is full of adventure, challenge and excitement for the intermediate to experienced mountain biker. The route takes you over Alpine passes, alongside beautiful lakes and through river valleys. The incredible landscapes and scenery are highlighted as we tackle many of the great rides amongst the typically dry and rocky terrain of this High Country Region. In the evenings you can sample New Zealand’s delicious cuisine washed down with our fine wines.

  • Pricing on request
  • Starts: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Mountain Biking
  • Grade 3-6, Active to Challenging 
  • NZ$ single room supplement
  • Price is based on a minimum 7 participants,  price for 4-6 pax on request

DATES:

Group enquires welcome.

Full Tour Itinerary

Day One - Arrival day, Christchurch

You will meet you at the tour hotel in Christchurch for a preliminary briefing in the early afternoon. After that we will tackle an easy warm up ride. Bottle Lake Forest is a 1000 ha pine plantation, and the undulating trails with many bermed corners are fun and suitable for any level rider. Tracks lead us right to the beach, and the loop can be ridden in about 1.5 hours. In the evening we’ll get to know each other over dinner at one of the many excellent local restaurants.

Biking: 10 km, ST G2, 1.5 hrs
Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day Two - Christchurch Adventure Park

Today we explore a mountain biking jewel in the Port Hills of Christchurch. We drive out of town to the western side of the Port Hills. The new Christchurch Adventure Park is the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest downhill MTB park, just 20 minutes from Christchurch’s CBD. The Park opened in December 2016 with approx. 50 km of trail, and once at full capacity, it will feature a stunning 120 km of mainly downhill trails. Ride as many laps as you like before dropping down into the village for lunch. This afternoon we will either continue in the park, or explore one of the many other trail options in the Port Hills. 

Total Riding: various ST loops, various grade options
Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch

Day Three - Christchurch to Queenstown

Today we have a break from our bikes and travel to Queenstown.  Kick back and relax on our scenic bus trip from the Garden City to the Adventure Capital, Queenstown – a stunning journey with some of the South Island’s most beautiful scenery. We’ll follow the Inland Road along the foot of the Southern Alps. Provided the skies are clear, we will have a good view of Aoraki Mt Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain). Should the group be eager to get on their bikes today, we could stop near Twizel in the heart of the Mackenzie High Country (also 'Lord of the Rings' country) for a short ride. For the next 2 nights in Queenstown we’ve an ideal spot just outside the CBD, close to the Botanic Gardens, bars, cafes, and restaurants

Total Riding: No planned riding 
Meals: Breakfast

Day Four - Queenstown - Moke Lake

This morning we follow the road to the scenic settlement of Glenorchy, en route to the single trail to Moke Lake. Within an hour the hustle and bustle of Queenstown is left behind as we ride through a typical Otago mountain landscape. The loop trail around the small mountain lake is not too hard, with great picnic spots around. The return back down via another small lake is still all G2-3. On the way back into town, and you still have energy to burn you could tackle the single trails at 7 Mile Bike Park. This is a true 'big kids' play area. Enjoy!

Total Riding: 50km R+GR+ST+4WD. Various XC loop G2-3 and G4(5) options in MTB Park
Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch

Day Five - Queenstown (Rest Day)

We have set aside a full day for you to enjoy the vast array of activities in Queenstown, be it a plane trip to the world famous Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound, or an adrenalin-fuelled adventure with some of the local experts. There is so much to choose from — talk to your guide for booking recommendations. If you’re feeling energetic, it’s simple to explore the Queenstown Trail Network by yourself: just head out via the 'Frankton Arm' and around the lakeshore to Jack’s Point. It is a great 25 km warm-up on a mix of undulating gravel roads and single trails, in an absolutely stunning location. Choose to bike home via the same route, or continue exploring (Total Riding: 25 km, ST G2, 3:30 hrs — return trip would be 51 km).

Total Riding: No planned riding
Meals: No Meals

Day Six - Queenstown to Wanaka

Today we head over to Wanaka to the new Bike Glendhu Bay Park.  This purpose built mountain bike park has just opened in late 2019 and has been designed for riders of all skill sets.  There are 30 kms of trails within the 1000 hector park.  For those wanting a bit more biking there is an optional ride back to Wanaka via the Millenium track.  Wanaka will be our home for the next two nights. This evening, you can relax in the charming bars along the water front or take a short walk down to see the famous Wanaka Tree at sunset.

Biking: As many loops as you can handle + an option 17kms back to Wanaka
Meals:
 Breakfast, Lunch

Day Seven - Wanaka

A 'fun ride' today, with great tracks for all levels of rider! We head back out along the shores of Lake Wanaka to the Clutha River outlet from where we start climbing up into the Sticky Forest. This much-loved network of trails makes great use of the exotic pine forest close to the township, with over 20 tracks to choose from including some technical switchbacks. After a picnic lunch we continue our fun riding around Albert Town on the eastern side of the lake, before ending up at the Albert Town Tavern or a café along the Wanaka waterfront. The 11 km ST-dream around the Deans Bank Loop at the outflow of the Clutha River from Lake Wanaka MUST be specifically mentioned in here. If you ride nothing today, then at least give this a shot. We have not yet met a MTB-rider who did not like this bit of single trail.

Total Riding: 44 km ST G3(4); 2-5hrs (with individual preferences)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Eight - Wanaka to Hokitika

Today, the cranks will be not be spinning. The trip up to the West Coast through Mt Aspiring National Park is spectacular and there are a number of short walks to choose from to stretch the legs.  Once through the park you continue up the coast through glacier country to the historic beachside town of Hokitika. There may be time to visit a greenstone factory, where you can buy locally-made jade carvings and jewellery at reasonable prices. The West Coast is rich in this treasured stone, and the South Island — Te Wai Pounamu — is named for it.  For those desperate for a ride, and there is time left in the day, you can be dropped off at Tree Tops Café for a short ride on a section of the Westcoast Wilderness trail.  This evening you have time to wander Hokitika’s beach, just a stroll from the centre of town. There is nothing between you and the sun sinking into the Tasman Sea — given the right weather, West Coast sunsets are spectacular. 

Biking:  No planned biking
Meals: Breakfast

Day Nine - Hokitika

A day on the Coast.  There is an easy, very scenic ride along one of the great new bike trails that we now have throughout the country. The most scenic section of the West Coast Wilderness Trail entails a 30 km transfer to the tiny settlement of Kumara, followed by a 40 km ride over a gently built gravel bike trail to Cowboy Paradise.  Those wanting more can ride all the way back to Hokitika via the Lake Kaniere which has an excellent outlook.  

Total Riding: 40kms
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Ten - Hokitika to Christchurch

Today is our last riding day.  We head over back across the Southern Alps through Arthur’s Pass to the Craigieburn Forest Park which is a land of extremes. From high alpine scree, tussock grasslands, to beech valleys and braided rivers, its diversity of landscape is indicative of the hidden gems on the trails.  After a few hours of riding we head back to Christchurch for our farewell dinner.  

Total riding:  40kms
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

Day Eleven: Departure Day

Today we say goodbye to the land of the long white cloud!  

Tour Inclusions & Exclusions

Tour Includes:

  • x10 nights in 3 and 4 star accommodation (pre and post nights can be arranged on request)
  • Air-conditioned Mercedes Benz Sprinter Coach 
  • Tourguide (who is also the driver) & local MTB guide(s) – crew numbers subject to group size
  •  Luggage transport during the entire journey (luggage is transported on the bus during the cycling stages) 
  •  Daily breakfast apart from arrival, departure and Queenstown rest days 
  •  Daily lunch apart from arrival, departure and Queenstown rest day (a mix of café and picnic lunches) 
  •  All Department of Conservation fees and local fees for us of private land


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