Marlborough and West Coast Cycle
Exploring the northern regions of the South Island, this action packed cycling tour is sure to inspire as you cycle past bush clad lakes and tracks, along wild coastlines as well as sample some of New Zealand's very best wines! From Christchurch, you'll cycle towards Hanmer Springs to soak in the outdoor hot pools and experience their therapeutic qualities. Returning to the saddle at Springs Junction, pedal along beech forest lined roads towards the rugged beauty of the 'Wild' West Coast. From here the scenery, not the cycling, will leave you breathless as you head north along the flatter, picturesque landscapes of Lake Poerua, Rotomanu and Moana, nestled between the Southern Alps and tranquil Lake Brunner. Continue along one of the best coastal rides in the world before encountering the natural blowholes at Punakaiki, the mighty Buller Gorge as well as the serene beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound, stopping to sample the produce at local wineries along the way. As you head back towards Christchurch via the Lewis Pass, you have the chance to enjoy more stunning cycling on quiet North Canterbury roads.
|DAY 1||Join Christchurch, drive/cycle to Hanmer Springs|
|DAY 2||Drive to Lewis Pass, cycle to the West Coast and Lake Brunner|
|DAY 3||Cycle to the Punakaiki rock formations and blowholes|
|DAY 4||Coastal cycle and along the Buller River, drive to St. Arnaud|
|DAY 5||Cycle forestry roads and riverside to Motueka, transfer to Nelson|
|DAY 6||Queen Charlotte Sound, cycle to Picton, winery lunch, drive to St Arnaud|
|DAY 7||Drive southwards over the Lewis Pass, enjoy cycling some back roads of North Canterbury before the trip concludes in Christchurch|
Most memorable part was the cycle via Queen Charlotte Sound and the great lunch in winery at Blenheim.