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Our team are empathetic and caring we look after our guests like family.

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The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail features beautiful rural Southland farmland surrounded by towering majestic peaks, coupled with magical beech forests and glacial lakes.

The 186km NZ cycle trails ride consists of a mix of purpose built firm gravel cycle trails, and gravel public roads.

Our Pure Trails mountain bike tour of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail features 55% cycling on nz cycle trails, and 45% cycling on gravel roads. Although we rate days 1, 2 & 3 as Grade 1, overall we rate the trail Grade 2 due to some moderate climbs on Day 5 that can be skipped if desired. The new Lake2Lake cycle trail from Te Anau to Manapouri is included in our trip and is a real highlight.

Vehicle support is provided throughout the cycle tour. Refer to our Level of Difficulty gradings for more information.

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail Tour Highlights

  • Cycle the 186km Around the Mountains cycle trail
  • Take in the spectacular scenery of Southland and the Eyre Mountains
  • Visit Lake Manapouri and enjoy the stunning views across the lake
  • Take a walk in the magical beech forest of Fiordland National Park
  • Enjoy the comforts and soak up the relaxing atmosphere of Te Anau
  • Cycle the new Lake2Lake Trail, from Te Anau to Manapouri
  • Bike the remote road through Mt Nicholas Station to Walter Peak
  • Finish your journey with a cruise on board the historic TSS Earnslaw

Day 1 Christchurch – Arrowtown

The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail tour gets underway as we head south across the plains and through the Mackenzie Basin. The scenic drive continues as we head over the Lindis Pass to Central Otago, and through the Kawarau Gorge to our accommodation, a stone’s throw from the quaint village of Arrowtown and our accommodation. In the late afternoon enjoy a walk around the village and historic Chinese gold mining village relics. Alternatively, there is the option to join the tour in Arrowtown from Queenstown rather than travelling down from Christchurch. Either way, in the evening get acquainted with your travel companions over a meal at the local tavern.
Cycle Distance: 0km
Meals (D)

Day 2 Arrowtown – Mossburn

We travel to the southern tip of Lake Wakatipu and the village of Kingston where the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail begins. The first part of the bike trail hugs the foot of the mountains before following the Kingston Branch railway to Fairlight Station, and then onto Garston. There are some interesting shops to explore here during morning tea. The next section of cycle trail takes you along a valley following the Mataura River to the village of Athol where we stop for lunch. Our final stretch of cycling for the day takes you through picturesque farmland to the settlement of Five Rivers, and then alongside the Oreti River to Lumsden. From here we transfer to Mossburn and our accommodation for the evening.
Cycle Distance: 62km
Meals (B/L/D)

Day 3 Mossburn – Te Anau

In our support vehicle we head towards the Eyre Mountains to the stunning Mavora Lakes, nestled between the Livingston and Thomson Mountains. Enjoy a stunning bike ride through beech forest alongside the picture perfect lakes. Take in the views over morning tea before cycling down the valley towards Centre Hill. After a picnic lunch continue cycling the Around the Mountains cycle trail to Mossburn. Here we finish riding for the day and load up the vehicle to transfer a short distance to the town of Te Anau, nestled on the edge of the Fiordland National Park. In Te Anau, settle into your accommodation for the next two evenings and explore the town.
Cycle Distance: 53km
Meals (B/L/D)

Day 4 Te Anau (Manapouri)

We take a break from the Around the Mountains Trail today and spend the day exploring the beautiful towns of Te Anau and Manapouri, on the edge of the Fiordland National Park.  There is the option of cycling from Te Anau to Manapouri won the new Lake2Lake bike trail beside the scenic Waiau River. The views over Lake Manapouri to the Kepler Mountains beyond will take your breath away.  In Te Anau there is time to take an optional walk around the side of Lake Te Anau on the Kepler Track, do an optional boat ride across the lake, or simply relax and take in the views.
Cycle Distance: 40km
Meals (B/L/D)

Day 5 Te Anau – Queenstown

Transfer back in the Eyre Mountains, to Mt Nicholas Station.* The cycle trail follows the road that dissects the Mt Nicholas Station, providing lovely views of the towering mountain peaks and vast tussock plains to the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Views of the pristine blue lake and surrounding mountain ranges open up and will take your breathe away. Soak in the views for the final bike ride to Walter Peak Station. From here, climb aboard the TSS Earnslaw, known as ‘The Lady of the Lake’. The TSS Earnslaw was commissioned in 1912 to service the isolated farming communities along the lake. Enjoy the 45 minute cruise to central Queenstown and the end of the Around the Mountains Trail cycle tour.
Cycle Distance: 51km
Meals (B/L)

Please note:
*Access to Mt Nicholas Station is via a remote road which is sometimes impassable when rivers are in flood. If this occurs we may not be able to access Mt Nicholas, and will instead head to Queenstown where you have the opportunity to do a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station.

Transport to Christchurch the following day is available in our bus.

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What’s included in the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail tour package?

  • 4 nights twinshare ensuite accommodation
  • 4 evening meals; 4 lunches; 4 continental breakfasts (indicated by B/L/D in the itinerary)
  • fruit, snacks & morning teas on the trail
  • the services of a tour leader who provides vehicle support & information
  • cycle repair support
  • all transport from Christchurch
  • TSS Earnslaw Cruise
  • Goods & Services Tax of 15%

Not included in the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail tour package:

  • lunch on Day 1
  • wine; beer; espresso coffees
  • single accommodation supplement ($350)
  • bike hire ($200) or e-bike hire ($500)
  • transfers from Arrowtown to Christchurch on Day 6 ($40)

Around the Mountains Trail – Official Partner

PureTrails New Zealand’s is proud to be an Official Partner of the Around the Mountains Trail. Membership fees contribute to the marketing and promotion of the trail and allows for development of the trail.

Independant customer reviews

Hilary is an extremely knowledgeable host, van driver, and food provider ‘en pisté!
This tour was well organised even down to the superb weather! The mountains are spectacular, the lakes sparkling and the tracks we used well formed..

Catherine | Palmerson North


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PureTrails New Zealand pledges financial support to the The Ohau Conservation Trust to tackle wilding trees, other weeds, and possums at Lake Ohau, Mackenzie Country, with a donation of $10 for every person who joins our cycle tours.

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