Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at the lobby of the Novotel Queenstown at 3:00 pm. Welcome to Queenstown, which is the adventure sports capital of New Zealand’s South Island.
After our rendezvous, we will proceed to build up our bikes, trip presentation, and go for an early dinner.
Queenstown has become the adrenaline’s sports capital of this part of the World, there are so many activities that it is hard to list them…so, 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 incredible unique spot!
Queenstown’s location is great, within a relatively short distance you can ride to beautiful spots like Wanaka.
Our ride to Wanaka via Crown Range Road is very scenic, the climb to the lookout even has some great switchbacks.
Today we should arrive on time for lunch in Wanaka, later on, we will extend our ride up to the secluded Glendhu and Parkins Bays, following part of the Mount Aspiring road.
Back in Wanaka and ready to enjoy a couple of nights in this idyllic town.
We know how much our clients appreciate it when we stay at the same place for a couple of nights, the feeling of waking up and don’t need to pack is great. So what a better place to enjoy this than in Wanaka! Still, we propose another scenic ride for today.
We will ride to Lake Hawea and onto Lake Wanaka via the short stretch of land that separates both lakes named “the Neck”. Return the same way back to Wanaka on time for lunch, rest of the afternoon free to enjoy the relaxed ambiance of this fantastic town.
Today we will ride in the opposite way between Wanaka and Queenstown, with a small addition at the end of the ride.
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 (we climbed up a couple of days ago), 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.
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 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. Afterward, 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: $4,850 AUD
Single Supplement: $1,100 AUD
$1,000 AUD deposit to be paid upon registering for the trip. Balance to be paid 60 days before the trip starts.
No spot can be guaranteed until the deposit is received, check with us before booking your flights.
7 nights accommodation between 2 – 4 Stars
7 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 make sure our first-class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.
Adapting to our current COVID-19 pandemic, and in coordination, 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 $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.