Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Christchurch at 3:00 pm. Welcome to Christchurch, which is the biggest city on New Zealand’s South Island.
After our rendezvous, we will proceed to build up our bikes, trip presentation, and go for an early dinner.
Leaving Christchurch behind, we will ride on quiet secondary roads to Hororata with time for late morning coffee and food.
In the afternoon we will cross the Rakaia River before reaching Mount Hutt, one of the ski stations in the area. Our final destination is Methven, another ski resort but a quiet town during the rest of the year.
After an easy day 1, it is time to spice our ride up a little, and what better than a 157km ride to reach the idyllic Lake Tekapo.
By mid-morning we will reach Geraldine, a small town with a couple of nice coffee spots. Time to refuel for the second part of our ride that includes a few “pinches” before we reach Fairlie, this is the start of Burkes Pass, one of the most iconic climbs in this part of NZ.
From Burkes Pass, we will ride along a plateau until we arrive at Lake Tekapo. This stunning place is part of the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, so a great place for stargazing…
From Lake Tekapo we will head to Lake Pukaki, riding along its south side before riding north all the way to Aoraki/Mount Cook.
Half of today’s ride will be by the side of Lake Pukaki, with great photo opportunities along the way, more scenic the closer we get to our final destination.
Weather (and legs) permitting, in the afternoon, we will do a one-hour walk to see the Tasman Glacier and Blue Lakes, not to be missed!
Today we ride from Aoraki/Mount Cook to Wanaka, but our final destination of Wanaka is a long ride and for this reason, we offer two riding options for today.
The long option is to start riding from Aoraki/Mount Cook retracing the road by the shore of Lake Pukaki and onto Twizel. From Twizel, we would have the “shorter” option start. Considering today’s moderate climbing meters, we hope the long option can be of interest to many of our riders.
Omarama will be our stop for late morning refuel and coffee before continuing towards Lindis Pass, a beautiful climb that at the top, marks the border between Canterbury and Central Otago regions.
Descending towards Lindi’s valley and onto Wanaka, this area has a varied landscape, with vineyards that produce some of the best wines in NZ.
After such a long day in the saddle, Wanaka, with its picture-perfect location, is a great place to stay for the next couple of nights.
After yesterday’s long ride, today we are happy to stay in Wanaka and enjoy a shorter morning ride.
We will ride to Lake Hawea and onto Lake Wanaka via the short stretch of land that separates both lakes named “the Neck” and return the same way back to Wanaka in time for
lunch. The rest of the afternoon you will be free to enjoy the relaxed ambiance of this fantastic town.
It is a very scenic ride between Wanaka and Queenstown.
First, we will reach Cardrona, a ski resort in winter and an outdoor activities paradise in summer. At about halfway we will reach today’s highest point at Crown Range Summit.
From here it is a thrilling descent, including a few switchbacks, to Arrow junction, before continuing to the historical town of Arrowtown.
Established in 1862, Arrowtown was particularly important during the Otago gold rush, nowadays it is a great place to visit and go cafe hopping! We will have lunch here before taking on the last 20km ride to Queenstown.
We know that our clients love when we can stay a couple of nights at the same hotel and town, and after Wanaka, the best place to repeat the experience is definitely Queenstown.
Queenstown has become the adrenaline sports capital of this part of the World, there are so many activities that it is hard to list them…to keep it simple…we will ride our bikes today.
Our return ride to Glenorchy, by the shore of the lake Wakatipu is anything but flat…very pinchy instead!
If you are a fan of movies like the Lord of the Rings saga or Narnia, you will see some familiar landscapes here as the region has featured on some of these movies.
We hope to make it back to Queenstown in time to enjoy this lively town, an incredibly unique spot!
After our placid stay in Queenstown, it is time to go and ride towards our final destination: Milford Sound.
The first 50km of today’s ride will follow the road south of Lake Wakatipu, with exceptional views of both sides.
A bit after our halfway mark we will stop at the road intersection in Lowther for lunch, this is a great spot before our afternoon ride.
At approximately km 113 we will reach Mossburn, the only noticeable thing is that this is the southernmost place you will ride with SFIDA Cycling…for now.
We expect to reach Te Anau by late afternoon, with time to relax in this quiet spot before our amazing last riding day.
Today’s ride description is quite simple: SPECTACULAR!
From the start, with 30km along Lake Te Anau, this ride is remarkably scenic. At Eglinton Valley, the mountains start to look closer, later on, they look like walls on both sides with waterfalls and rocky cliffs.
At around km 100 we will reach the Homer Tunnel, where we will have to transfer by van through the tunnel, besides it being dangerous, bikes are not allowed to ride through.
From the other side of Homer Tunnel, it is 18km downhill to Milford Sound, the final destination of our challenging trip!
We will enjoy a cruise in Milford Sound to admire this stunning place. Afterwards, we will transfer by van back to our hotel in Te Anau.
After breakfast, transfer back to Queenstown, we will get there around 1:00 pm. Let us know your travel plans from here and if you need to book and additional night in Queenstown.
Twin room: $6,650 AUD
Single Supplement: $1,600 AUD
$1,000 AUD deposit to be paid upon registering for the trip. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.
No spot can be guaranteed until the deposit is received, check with us before booking your flights.
10 nights accommodation between 2 – 4 Stars
10 lunches, picnic-style during the rides.
2 hours Milford Sound cruise.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.
Alcohol, given the high cost of alcohol in New Zealand we do not include it on this trip. This will be at your own cost.
We will have one ride leader and one bike mechanic on our trip.
Our support van comes fully equipped with all necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes, and tires to ensure our first-class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.
Adapting to our current COVID-19 pandemic, and incoordination, with most of the hotel’s terms and conditions, we are adjusting our cancellation policy accordingly as follows:
If there’s a travel ban on your state to visit New Zealand, you will receive a full refund on any payments you have made to SFIDA Cycling.
For any other reasons not related to COVID-19, the following will apply:
61 days before the trip starts – the return of your deposit.
60 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less the $500 AUD cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from Hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
Less than 30 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
We understand that it is difficult to commit too much in advance given the situation we are all living in. For this reason, we won’t be holding any spots until the full deposit has been paid. Hotels are now strict with how many rooms they are willing to have on hold until deposit payments are made.