3 Day Around the Mountains

3 Days


from $980pp incl bike hire

Our 3 Day Around the Mountain Tour is perfect for those who are short on time, or those who like to ride at a fast pace!


  • Scenic boat trip across Lake Wakatipu
  • Take in the amazing mountain views from Von Hill
  • Explore the native beech forest at Mavora Lakes
  • Enjoy a picnic by the old musterer’s hut
  • Spend a night in Te Anau and explore Southlands tourist hub
  • Have a yummy lunch under the mountains in Mossburn
  • Stop in Lumsden to enjoy the heritage railway precinct
  • Explore Southland’s gold mining history through Athol and Garston
  • Enjoy a drink or meal at the Kingston Flyer Cafe
  • Finish your tour at the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu

Is this ride for me?

If you want to experience the amazing backcountry of Northern Southland but only have limited time, then this is the tour for you! If you like a challenge then ride a hardtail up Von Hill, or take it easy and let one of our E-bikes do the work for you.

Be sure to bring

  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Windbreaker jacket
  • Warm clothing

For a full outline of what to bring, please ask us for our recommended gear list

Pricing and Options

Below is our standard pricing for this tour, including accommodation and shuttle transport.

Talk to us about your specific requirements – whether you want to hire eBikes, stay in a Luxury Lodge or add activities, we can make it happen!


from $980pp incl bike hire

Day 1

Real Journeys MV Explorer, Ferry Queenstown Steamer Wharf to Walter Peak

Ferry across beautiful Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown to Walter Peak high country station. The beginning of your cycling adventure!

Walter Peak to Mavora Lakes

Walter Peak to Mavora Lakes

50kms to 58kms of breathtaking scenery through the Eyre Mountains.

Your journey will start on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, winding through farmland past Mt Nicholas Station. The trail then heads away from the lake into the Von Valley past the old Mt Nic Homestead. There is one climb where you will gain elevation reasonably quickly where you are greeted with a spectacular open valley nestled between mountain ranges. Your journey will take you up to the Mavora Lakes bus shelter where you can choose to continue your ride up to the south lake of Mavora, or climb in our comfy van.

Grade 1-2 for most of the trail.

There are two ford crossings that are grade 3. Be sure to bring a change of footwear if you are unsure of riding through a bumpier surface with 6 inches of water.

Transport Mavora Lakes - Te Anau

Transport Mavora Lakes - Te Anau

Transport for you and your bikes to Te Anau where you will spend your first night.
With plenty of restaurants and things to do in the evening, you can explore the beauty of the area for a short time.
Our 4 Day Express Itinerary is an ideal way to see do do more while in Te Anau.

Day 2

Transport Te Anau - Center Hill

Transport Te Anau - Center Hill

We will pick you up from your Te Anau accommodation and transport you back to the cycle trail at Center Hill for your next day of riding to Lumsden.

Center Hill to Lumsden

Center Hill to Lumsden

Start your day out in the wilderness. Center Hill to Mossburn is a cruisy, scenic ride all the way to Lumsden. The trail follows crystal clear braided rivers through stunning valleys surrounded by towering mountains. Stop in Mossburn for lunch or a look around the deer capitol of NZ.

Ride through some of Southlands most beautiful farmland from Mossburn to Lumsden.

This section is open and is exposed during windy times. Our tours set you up for a tailwind, so no long rides with a strong headwind.

44kms, mostly flat, slightly downhill. Grade 1-2 easy riding

Day 3

Lumsden to Kingtson

Lumsden to Kingtson

Start your day riding along the Oreti River back the way you came yesterday to the Lumsden turn off and continue straight.

Cycle through the open rolling valley floor through Five Rivers heading north towards the Eyre Mountains. With very light rolling hills, your start to the day is easy and scenic. Stop in Athol or Garston for lunch and coffee nestled between the mountains in the most inland settlements in New Zealand.

Shop at the Garston Stables, taste some of New Zealands most unique honey flavours at the Hunny Shop and take in the scenery.

Stop at the iconic Fairlight Train Station before reaching the beautiful shores of Lake Wakatipu in Kingston.

Transport Kingston to Queenstown

Transport Kingston to Queenstown

We will meet you at the Kingston Flyer Cafe on the lake front. Stop for a bite to eat and a pint, you will have earned it by now!
Once you have finished your bike tour, we will get you back to Queenstown to your next night of accommodation, or to the airport.
If you plan on flying out of Queenstown the evening you finish your tour, please check with us prior to booking flights.

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