West Coast and Glaciers Cycle
Exploring New Zealand's 'wild' west coast by bike is cycling at its very best. Encounter grinding glaciers, primal rainforests and dramatic coastal scenery as we 'cycle the best and drive the rest' to ensure you experience all the landscapes that make this part of the South Island such an enticing place to travel through. From Queenstown, cycle to the former gold mining town of Arrowtown to explore its tranquil tree lined streetscapes before crossing over the Crown Range into Wanaka along New Zealand's highest main road. After an exhilarating swoop down Haast Pass you'll be greeted by lush rainforests before cycling on towards the tussocklands of Central Otago and continue past surreal coastlines featuring high cliffs and crashing seas. Your cycling efforts will be rewarded on reaching the world famous Fox Glacier, where you can enjoy a guided walk, or discover nearby Lake Matheson and its magnificent reflection of the Southern Alps. Cycling on past the equally impressive Franz Josef Glacier you'll finally emerge at the top of Arthurs Pass, where you board the TranzAlpine train for the spectacular journey back to Christchurch.
|DAY 1||Join Queenstown, set up bikes, explore Arrowtown, cross over the Crown Range, cycle to Wanaka|
|DAY 2||Drive/cycle the lakeside roads to Haast Pass, descend through West Coast rainforest to Haast|
|DAY 3||Cycle/drive coastal road to Fox Glacier, explore Lake Matheson|
|DAY 4||Walk to the foot of Fox Glacier, cycle to Franz Josef|
|DAY 5||Cycle/drive coastal road to Hokitika|
|DAY 6||Cycle to Lake Brunner, ascend Arthurs Pass, TranzAlpine train back to Christchurch, trip concludes|