MULTI DAY TOUR

6 Day Around the Mountains Explorer

6 Days

Easy

from $1,899 incl bike hire

Our 6 Day Around the Mountain Tour is for those who want to ride during the day and enjoy that extra bit luxury in the evening.

Highlights

  • Scenic boat trip across Lake Wakatipu on the iconic TSS Earnslaw
  • Enjoy a yummy BBQ lunch at Walter Peak
  • Spend a night on the shores of Lake Wakatipu at Mt Nicholas Station
  • Take in the amazing backcountry views from Von Hill
  • Enjoy a picnic by the old musterer’s hut
  • Explore the native beech forest at Mavora Lakes
  • Spend two nights in beautiful Te Anau
  • Stop in Lumsden to enjoy the heritage railway precinct
  • Stay in Athol, one of NZ’s most inland towns
  • Explore Southland’s gold mining history through Athol and Garston
  • See the old Kingston Flyer
  • Finish your tour at the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu

Is this ride for me?

If you want a leisurely way of riding the Around the Mountains trail, explore the amazing back country of NZ, plus enjoy a day on the famous Lake 2 lake Trail, then this is the tour for you.

Be sure to bring

  • Day bag
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen + insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Windbreaker jacket

Please ask us for a full 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!

Tours

from $1,899 incl bike hire

Day 1

Explorer Tour. 6 Days, Two Trails, Back Country Accommodation

Explorer Tour. 6 Days, Two Trails, Back Country Accommodation


TSS Earnslaw Ferry Queenstown Steamer Wharf to Walter Peak

TSS Earnslaw Ferry Queenstown Steamer Wharf to Walter Peak

Cross Lake Wakatipu on the charming vintage steamer the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Station. The beginning of your cycling adventure!

The boat has its own licensed cafe on board.

  • Gourmet Barbeque Lunch
Walter Peak to Mt Nicholas

Walter Peak to Mt Nicholas

Cycle from Walter Peak to Mt Nicholas.

After your delicious BBQ lunch with Real Journeys, cycle 12kms to your first nights accommodation beside the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

12kms of rolling hills alongside Lake Wakatipu gives you a cruisy afternoon ride of 1.5hours through remote farmland.

Day 2

Mt Nicholas to Mavora Lakes

Mt Nicholas to Mavora Lakes

One of the best sections of cycle trail in NZ! 39kms of riding through the remote Eyre Mountains. Be sure to have your camera with you, the Von Valley is sure to impress.

This is one section where you will gain some elevation from Lake Wakatipu up into the mountains. An Ebike is a great idea for this section unless you are keen for a workout.

Cycle to the Mavora Lakes Kiosk, and if time is on your side, you can continue up to the South Mavora Lake, an extra 8kms of riding. If time is available for this, we do highly recommend riding up to Mavora Lakes for a look.

Transport Mavora Lakes - Te Anau

Transport Mavora Lakes - Te Anau

Transport for you and your bikes to Te Anau

Day 3

Lake 2 Lake Cycle Trail

Lake 2 Lake Cycle Trail

Ride from Te Anau to Manapouri along the Lake 2 Lake Cycle Trail.

32kms each way, the Lake 2 Lake trail winds its way along the shores of Lake Te Anau before heading south down the world famous Waiau River. One of the most beautiful cycle trails in Southland with epic Fiordland Scenery.

Finish in the Manapouri Township beside Lake Manapouri and take in the scenery.

We recommend lunch at The Church, an old church building beautifully converted in to a restaurant/bar.

Spend the afternoon exploring Manapouri and catch the shuttle transfer back to Te Anau, or make your way back home along the trail back to Te Anau.

32kms each way, grade 1-2.

Please note there are quite a few rolling hills along the trail. It is far from a flat cycle trail. Ebikes are recommended if you do not wish to get a workout and your heart rate up.

Transport Manapouri to Te Anau

Transport Manapouri to Te Anau

Transport from "The Church" Restaurant in Manapouri back to your accommodation in Te Anau

Day 4

Transport Te Anau - Center Hill

Transport Te Anau - Center Hill

Transport from Te Anau to Center Hill to continue with your day of riding on the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

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 5

Bag Transfer. Lumsden to Athol (Mataura Lodge)

Bag Transfer. Lumsden to Athol (Mataura Lodge)

Bag Transfer. Lumsden to Athol (Mataura Lodge)

Lumsden to Athol

Lumsden to Athol

Cycle Lumsden to Athol. 23kms of easy going riding through prime Southland farm land. Stay in the small town of Athol, one of New Zealand's most inland towns.

Your dinner, lunch and breakfast can be pre purchased at your accommodation on request.

Day 6

Bag Transfer. Athol (Mataura Lodge) to Kingston

Bag Transfer. Athol (Mataura Lodge) to Kingston

Bag Transfer. Athol (Mataura Lodge) to Kingston, on to Queenstown

Athol to Kingston

Athol to 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!

Other tours

Add in extra day tours to any of our existing itineraries, we together we can come up with something a little different to suit your needs

Custom

Easy / Intermediate

POA

4 day tour of Around the Mountains with a day on the Lake 2 Lake trail

4 Days

Easy

from $1,199pp incl bike hire

Self guided or group guided. 5 star accommodation and vehicle assistance every step of the way.

4 Days or longer

Easy

from $2199