Around the Mountains Cycle Tours

Around the Mountains Cycle Tours

Our new Around the Mountains Cycle Trail Experience is something special. With accommodation at the characterful Kingston Homestead and historic Railway Hotel, this leisurely 5 day, 4 night, stress free way to ride the best sections of the Queenstown Trail and then the entire Around the Mountains Cycle Trail.

We organise everything for you, include your meals, shuttle you when you’re tired and supply a toilet tent when needed (as most of the trails are still in their infancy, there are insufficient facilities at this time). Our small group tour starts and finishes from Queenstown and takes you along the entire length of the Around the Mountains trail, finishing with a journey back across Lake Wakatipu on the 100 year old Earnslaw*.

You have 2 Options depending on the time you have available:

  1. 4 or 5 day Around the Mountains Experience (with or without the Queenstown Trail)
  2. 7 day Around the Mountains and Clutha Canyon Combo 3 trail experience


1. The Around the Mountains Experience

This is a fully inclusive 5 day adventure including both the Queenstown Trail and Around the Mountains Trail that averages 45 to 50km per day. You can choose not to ride the Queenstown Trail.

What’s Included?

WHAT’S INCLUDED?:

The Around the Mountains Experience includes:

  • Pickup/drop off from Queenstown airport/hotel
  • 5 days/4 nights accommodation
  • 5 days of riding
  • The highlights of the Queenstown Trail*
  • The entire Around the Mountains Trail
  • Lunch at a Gibbston Valley Winery
  • Twin share rooms in the Kingston Homestead and in Mossburn (Motel or Hotel), (possible shared facilities in one location), single supplement available off peak only.
  • Lake Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw** from the end of the trail back to Queenstown
  • All meals included (lunch on day 1 through to lunch on day 5) We like good food and we like variety. Dinners are high quality with fresh local produce, lunches are delicious ‘all you can eat’ picnics.
  • Snacks (fruit, nuts and lollies, more of our ‘all you can eat’ philosophy!)
  • Fully supported with an experienced local driver
  • Bike Hire***, 29er front suspension mountain bikes with gel seats

The Itinerary

THE ITINERARY*:

  1. Day 1. We pick you up in Queenstown and take you to ride the highlights of the Queenstown Trail. The exact route will depend on the ability of the group and the weather but we’ll include the Gibbston Valley to ensure you get wine tasting and lunch at one of the famous wineries in the region. At the end of the day we collect anyone who didn’t want to ride the Queenstown Trail and take the scenic drive down to Kingston.
  2. Day 2. Ride from the Kingston Homestead along the old glacial moraine, alongside the Kingston Flyer tracks and down the valley through farmland. At the end of the day we spend a second night at the homestead.
  3. Day 3. Return to where you left of yesterday and ride to Mossburn with a side trip to Lumsden for lunch. Stay in Mossburn, the deer capital of New Zealand.
  4. Day 4. Time for some wilderness. You get to ride alongside the Oreti River, through farmland and also, the beautiful Mavora Lakes and Lord of the Rings film sites.
  5. Day 5. The last day. From the Mavora Lakes you follow the gravel road through the remote valley until you literally complete you journey around the Eyre Mountains and finish at Walter Peak Station for your scenic cruise back to Queenstown.

THE ACCOMMODATION*

  1. Kingston Homestead
  2. Kingston Homestead
  3. Mossburn or Lumsden
  4. Mossburn or Lumsden

Twin/double rooms, some with ensuite and some with shared Bathroom Facilities. We will usually guarantee you ensuite rooms for at least 2 nights of the tour.

Dates

2016/17 SEASON TOUR DATES***:

(Most tours depart on a Monday morning)

2017:
January 30th – Bookings are now closed
February 6th – Bookings are now closed
February 20th – Bookings are now closed
March 13th – Bookings are now closed
March 20th – Places available
April 3rd – Places available

G = Trip is Guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 4 people
CCC = You are able to combine the Clutha Canyon Combo with the Around the Mountains Tour to make a week long cycle adventure. See below for more details.

For additional dates, we require a minimum of 6 people to organise a private tour. Please contact us outlining your requirements and we will do what we can to make it happen for you.

Prices

AROUND THE MOUNTAINS EXPERIENCE PRICES:

Peak Season: (January/February/March 2017) $1895 per person
Off Peak Season: (October/November/December 2016 and April/May 2017) $1795 per person
Single Room Supplement: from $199 per person, due to the shortage of accommodation this is only available off peak.
Deduct $150 per person if you do not want to ride the Queenstown trail*.

 

2. The Around the Mountains Experience and Clutha Canyon Combo

This is a fully inclusive 7 day adventure including both the Around the Mountains, Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge Trails that averages 50km per day.

What’s Included?

WHAT’S INCLUDED?:

The Around the Mountains Clutha Canyon Combo Experience includes:

  • Pickup/drop off from Queenstown airport/hotel
  • 7 days/6 nights accommodation
  • 6 days of riding
  • The entire Around the Mountains Trail
  • The entire Roxburgh Gorge Trail
  • The entire Clutha Gold Trail
  • Twin share rooms in the Kingston Homestead, the Mossburn Railway Hotel, (possible shared facilities in one location), Queenstown Hotel and the Lake Roxburgh Lodge.
    Single supplement is available off peak only.
  • Lake Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw** from the end of the trail back to Queenstown
  • Scenic Jet Boat ride through the centre of the Roxburgh Gorge
  • All meals included, excluding your night in Queenstown(lunch on day 1 through to breakfast on day 7). We like good food and we like variety. Dinners are high quality with fresh local produce, lunches are delicious ‘all you can eat’ picnics.
  • Snacks (fruit, nuts and lollies, more of our ‘all you can eat’ philosophy!)
  • Fully supported with an experienced local driver
  • Bike Hire***, 29er front suspension mountain bikes with gel seats

The Itinerary

THE ITINERARY*:

  1. Day 1. Depart Queenstown by 9am and drive to Lawrence, with a few stops en route to admire the scenery. After lunch, you start riding the Clutha Gold Trail. At the end of the day, we take you on to Roxburgh Village to stay at the lovely Lake Roxburgh Lodge.
  2. Day 2. After breakfast we take you to explore the Commissioners Track, with stunning views from above the Roxburgh Dam. Then we shuttle you to where you finished yesterday. You ride back to the Lake Roxburgh Lodge with time to visit the town of Roxburgh on the way back.
  3. Day 3. Ride from the lodge along the last few kms of the Clutha Gold Trail to warm up the legs before the climb up to the start of the Roxburgh Gorge Trail. Drop into the depths of the gorge where you follow the Clutha River upstream. At the midpoint of the gorge, enjoy the scenic jet boat ride before getting back on your bike and riding on to Alexandra. Continue cycling alongside the river on the Millenium Trail to finish in Clyde for a celebratory drink. We take you back to Queenstown to your accommodation and your pick of Queenstown restaurants. (Dinner not included).
  4. Day 4. You’ll be collected from your hotel and taken to the TSS Earnslaw for the 10am cruise across Lake Wakatipu to start the Around the Mountains Trail. Your guide will meet you on the other side with your bikes. Ride to Mavora Lakes before being shuttled to the Railway Hotel to stay the night.
  5. Day 5. We take you back to the Mavora Lakes to continue your journey down to valley and around the southern end of the Eyre Mountains. Take a side trip to Lumsden then turn north and head back towards Queenstown. At the end of the day we take you to the Kingston Homestead.
  6. Day 6. Start the trail where you ended yesterday and continue north up the valley. Ride over wooden suspension bridges over some of the best trout fishing rivers in the world before descending down the remains of an old glacial moraine wall into Kingston. Enjoy a celebratory dinner.
  7. Day 7. After breakfast we take you back to Queenstown ready for your flight home.

THE ACCOMMODATION*

  1. Lake Roxburgh Lodge
  2. Lake Roxburgh Lodge
  3. Queenstown Hotel
  4. Mossburn Railway Hotel
  5. Kingston Homestead
  6. Kingston Homestead

Twin/double rooms, some with ensuite and some with shared Bathroom Facilities. We will usually guarantee you ensuite rooms for at least 4 nights of the tour.

Dates

2016/17 SEASON TOUR DATES***:

(Most tours depart on a Monday morning)

2017:
January 9th – Bookings are now closed
January 16th – Bookings are now closed
January 23rd – Bookings are now closed
February 6th – Bookings are now closed
February 13th – Bookings are now closed
February 27th – Places available
March 6th – Fully Booked
March 27th – Places available
April 10th – G – Only 4 places remaining +1 female single (twin share)
April 17th – Places available
April 24th – Fully Booked

G = Trip is Guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 4 people

For additional dates, we require a minimum of 6 people to organise a private tour. Please contact us outlining your requirements and we will do what we can to make it happen for you.

Prices

AROUND THE MOUNTAINS EXPERIENCE PRICES:

Peak Season: (January/February/March 2017) $2595 per person
Off Peak Season: (October/November/December 2016 and April/May 2017) $2395 per person
Single Room Supplement: from $349 per person, due to the shortage of accommodation this is only available off peak.


To inquire about these Around the Mountains Experiences or to discuss the other tour options, either call us or fill out the form at the bottom of the page with some basic details so we can help you:




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For more information on these tours, visit our website Around the Mountains Cycle Tours

* If you don’t want to ride the Queenstown Trail you can join in at the end of the day in Frankton and we’ll transport you to the Kingston Homestead to join the rest of the tour for dinner. $150 discount.

**Accommodation and suppliers correct at the time of writing but may be subject to change due to circumstances outside our control. Please check at the time of booking.

*** Our hire bikes are 29er front suspension mountain bikes. After 4 years of experience and feedback from hundreds of customers, they have consistently outperformed all other bikes as the best style of bike to ride cycle trails. We strongly advise that you do NOT use hybrid bikes or non-mtb tyres when riding cycle trails, hybrid bikes are for Rail Trails only! We provide a spare bike on all trips so there is no discount for bringing your own bike.