Over 15 years Experience

Totally professional, brilliant organisation and communication, logistics taken care of.

Local Expertise

We take you to gems off the beaten track and we know all the best coffee stops.

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Small Group Sizes

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Our South Island CENTRAL Scenic Tour features the snow capped Southern Alps, turquoise glacial lakes, and the immense dark sky of Mackenzie Country, as well as Central Otago’s raw tussock and schist landscapes and pioneering history.

The hallmark of PureTrails New Zealand’s tours continues with our South Island Scenic Tour series, with small group travel (up to 14 people); off the beaten track locations; very well organised meals and logistics; interaction with local communities; and perhaps most importantly, one of our fantastic friendly guides to look after you on the tour and make sure you have the best experience ever!

Our scenic tours feature a combination of travel to beautifully scenic locations, visiting local sights of interest and museums, short (10-20min unguided) walks, wine tasting and other fun activities such as visiting hot pools. There is no cycling on our scenic tours.

South Island ‘CENTRAL: alps, tussock & schist’ Scenic Tour Highlights

  • Journey through the magical South Island landscapes of Mackenzie Country and Central Otago
  • Absorb the stunning Lake Tekapo scenery while soaking in the hot pools or walking up Mt John
  • Visit Aoraki Mt Cook, explore the Sir Edmund Hillary Museum, and take in the majestic peaks on a short walk or optional scenic flight
  • Explore buildings and villages of the gold-mining pioneers in Central Otago as well as the modern day galleries and boutiques
  • Try your hand at the ancient sport of curling at Naseby
  • Taste local Central Otago wines
  • Opt to do a high speed lap at the internationally renowned Highlands Motorsport Facility

Day 1 Christchurch – Twizel

We depart Christchurch for the drive south through the Mackenzie Country, stopping off to explore the small towns of Fairlie and Burkes Pass along the way. At Lake Tekapo absorb the brilliant turquoise coloured glacial lake and snow covered Southern Alps while soaking in the hot pools, or perhaps on a walk to Mt John. Or you may wish to have a go at ice skating! We then head across the Mackenzie Basin to the town of Twizel and our accommodation for the next two evenings.
Meals (D)

Day 2 Twizel (Aoraki/Mt Cook)

Today we head to the Mt Cook village at the base of the magnificent Aoraki Mt Cook. Explore the history of the region at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Take in the grandeur of the majestic peaks of the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park on a walk, or perhaps on an optional scenic flight. We then return to our Twizel accommodation. In the evening there is the opportunity to take a night time star tour to fully appreciate the clarity of the amazing southern night sky.
Meals (B/D)

Day 3 Twizel – Wedderburn

We travel over the Lindis Pass and into Central Otago. Explore the small towns of our pioneering forebears, who came to this area in the 1860’s in search for gold, and later to farm. We visit a number sites of historical interest including Ophir Post Office and Hayes Engineering Works. Stay in cosy cottages nestled beneath the Ida Range at the wee settlement of Wedderburn in the Maniototo.
Meals (B/D)

Day 4 Wedderburn – Clyde

This morning we visit the historic gold-mining town of Naseby where you can have a go at curling, the ancient Scottish sport. Walk around the amazing white clay sluicings and Blue Lake at St Bathan’s. We head to Alexandra where there is the opportunity to visit the Central Stories Museum and walk up the famed ‘Alexandra Clock’ on the hillside overlooking the town. In Clyde browse the many art galleries and boutiques before settling into our accommodation in the Historic Precinct of Clyde.
Meals (B/D)

Day 5 Clyde – Queenstown

We head to Cromwell where you have the opportunity to visit Highlands Motorsport Park and partake in a range of adrenalin charged motoring experiences! Alternatively you may wish spend some time exploring the gold mining sluicings on a scenic walk and the Cromwell Historic Precinct. We then head through the Kawarau Gorge, visiting a few vineyards and cellar doors on our way to Arrowtown. Explore the quaint village of Arrowtown before we head to Queenstown and the end of the tour.
Meals (B)

5 Jul 2022-
9 Jul 2022
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What’s included in the tour package?

  • 4 nights double/twin share ensuite accommodation
  • 4 evening meals; 4 continental breakfasts (indicated by B/L/D in the itinerary)
  • the services of a tour leader
  • all transport from Christchurch to Queenstown
  • Goods & Services Tax of 15%

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Why Travel With Us?

We're kiwi outdoor enthusiasts and we know what makes a great holiday. Our NZ cycle tours are well planned, thoughtfully paced, and full of fun and adventure as well as excellent value. Eat well, sleep well, challenge yourself, discover and explore. Join us today.

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How fit do I need to be?

Check out our Level of Difficulty grading to see which trip is right for you. All of our tours come with full vehicle backup so you are welcome to pick and choose which sections you ride.

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Ohau Conservation Trust

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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