Day 1: The start of your ride takes you through a combination of vineyards and sheep country set amongst the river terraces and the Birch mountain range with the ever-present view of Mt Tapeanuku, the highest mountain outside the Southern Alps. We cycle through some traditional high country scenery typical of N.Z. with Merino sheep and cattle grazing on the hillsides and river flats of the large stations stretching beyond the surrounding foothills. Lunch is on a high country station with a decent break and healthy refuel before cycling to Upcot Station where a traditional evening meal and a well earned night’s sleep in the shearer’s quarters awaits you.
Day 2: The next day we head towards the mighty Molesworth Station where you will continue your mountain bike through the majestic scenery of N.Z.’s largest cattle station. The ride follows through river valleys, sidling around foothills past mountains rising shear from the river valleys. Enjoy a replenishing picnic lunch before crossing the mighty Clarence River, after looking through the historic Acheron Guest House. The ride takes you over Jollies Pass down into Hanmer Springs. A relaxing evening meal at a local restaurant after a long soak in the hot thermal pools to ease those aches and pains is a just reward after the day’s long ride.
Day 3: The third day is more relaxing where you can choose to enjoy some leisurely biking through the Hanmer forest tracks. This area is very popular with cyclists as there are numerous specially formed tracks for enthusiasts to use, or you can spend the day swimming, walking or relaxing.
Day 4: The fourth day is back on the road which takes us over Jacks Pass and over into the western side of Molesworth, here you will follow the Clarence River flats, we stop off at Lake Tennyson with its surrounding mountain peaks and glacier formed valleys. Travel in our support vehicle to the top of Island Saddle (New Zealand’s highest point on a public road), 1400 meters, then descend to the head of the Wairau River. Cycle past towering shingle slides, mountain lakes and waterfalls spilling over rocky precipices flowing into the sparkling Wairau River.
We enter into Rainbow Station, riding through the narrow gorge of Hells Gate out into the natural beech forest commonly found in New Zealand. Enjoy a healthy lunch in the wide open spaces under a clear sky. Following the Wairau River for the afternoon we return to the main highway and arrive at the historic Top House for a shower and a good nights sleep. Enjoy a traditional meal in the dining room where the glowing fire creates a pleasant atmosphere in this historic home.
Day 5: After a hearty breakfast enjoy cycling on sealed roads to Lake Rotoiti with time for a bush walk. After having morning tea we ride down the Wairau Valley which will give you a contrast between the rugged high country you have just come from to the flat river valley planted extensively in grapes ,descending towards the township of Blenheim and the end of your tour. The tour includes an experienced cycle guide, four nights accommodation, most meals and snacks, a backup vehicle to carry all your luggage and support equipment, and and fabulous driver to tell you all about the history, geography, flora and fauna of the areas you are biking through.
Access to a remote and fascinating part of New Zealand, first aid equipment, a satellite phone for emergency use. You are welcome to bring your own bike or we can arrange cycle hire for $165.00 extra. This tour caters for recreational cyclists in the forty plus age group wanting to have a unique, fun and hassle free cycle tour adventure in a beautiful and remote part of New Zealand. Average biking distance covered each day is 60 km.
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