Around The Mountains Trail

A spectacular 186km ride through beautiful rural Southland farmland surrounded by towering majestic peaks, coupled with magical beech forests and glacial lakes.
A unique two-wheeled way to explore this stunning part of the country.

About this tour

Soak up the spectacular scenery of Southland and the Eyre Mountains riding this tour, on both purpose built firm gravel cycle trails and gravel public roads.

Total Distance: 186km
Difficulty: Days 2,3,4: Grade 1
Day 5: Grade 2
Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights
Price From: $2,385 NZD pp
Start | End: Starts in Queenstown (or Christchurch). Finishes in Queenstown.


As well as biking through iconic Southern scenery with impressive mountain views as far as the eye can see, you’ll enjoy a sprinkling of other memorable activities such as a stroll through the magical beech forest of Fiordland National Park and a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the legendary TSS Earnslaw.

  • Visit Lake Manapouri and enjoy the stunning views across the lake
  • Bike the remote road through Mt Nicholas Station to Walter Peak
  • Cycle the new Lake2Lake Trail, from Te Anau to Manapouri
  • Finish your journey with a cruise on board the historic TSS Earnslaw

Tour Dates

If your preferred tour date below has been marked as ‘fully booked’, please get in touch with us. We may have cancellations, and therefore some space might become available.

26 Nov -30 Nov 2024$2485Spaces AvailableBook now
11-15 Feb 2025$2485Spaces AvailableBook now
25-29 Mar 2025$2485Spaces AvailableBook now
22-26 Apr 2025$2485Spaces AvailableBook now

Trail Map

Around the mountains we go! Following a clockwise circular route around the lower half of the South Island, highlights include Lake Manapouri, Te Anau, Mavora Lakes and Walter Peak station.


“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. Recommended!!”

Catherine | Palmerston North