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 Lewis Pass, 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 along the stunning Kaikoura coastline, dotted with fur seals, there is the option to take an early morning whale watching cruise to provide a fitting finale to this memorable cycling adventure.
|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 Kaikoura|
|DAY 7||Optional activities followed by a drive to Lyford saddle, a final cycle before the trip concludes in Christchurch|
Most memorable part was the cycle via Queen Charlotte Sound and the great lunch in winery at Blenheim.