Then it’s a gentle ride along the spectacular Buller river and through to the historic goldfields of Reefton. From Reefton it’s a climb through the Southern Alps before relaxing in the thermal springs of Maruia and Hanmer Springs. After a rest and sightseeing day in Hanmer, it’s onto the wine and olive growing regions of Waipara and Amberley, before a gentle ride back to Christchurch.
Day 1: Collect bicycle & equipment in Christchurch, Transz Alpine train ride to Moana and the cycle to Greymouth.
Day 2: Greymouth to Punakaiki.
Day 3: Punakaiki to Westport.
Day 4: Westport to Reefton.
Day 5: Reefton to Maruia Springs (natural hot springs).
Day 6: Maruia Springs to Hanmer.
Day 7: Rest day in Hanmer (thermal springs).
Day 8: Hanmer to Waipara.
Day 9: Waipara to Christchurch.
- Equipment Included: mountain bike for touring (with road tyres) or speciailist touring bike [both 27speed], Ortlieb rear pannier bags, front handlebar bag and comprehensive repair kit. Detailed itinerary, maps and notes on points of interest that you will pass.
- Accommodation: Eight nights accommodation in twin rooms with bathroom ensuite (where available), in carefully selected B&B's, home stays and small friendly motels (breakfast included).
- Difficulty: Moderate to demanding route, with longer days averaging 45 to 90 km per cycling day.
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