South Island Triple Trails with Adventure South

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South Island Triple Trails with Adventure South

Majestic rugged mountains, spectacular glaciers, wild coastlines, emerald blue lakes – it’s all here and within reach. New Zealand boasts an amazing variety of landscapes and equally amazing biking. This ultimate 14 day adventure offers the perfect opportunity to ride 3 of the famous cycle trails allowing you to achieve a complete circuit within the South Island. The Triple Trails cycle tour leaves the garden city of Christchurch, heads south towards the Southern Alps and Queenstown and then returns up the West Coast and over the mountains back to Christchurch.

The tour begins with the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail near Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Riders cycle past the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, turquoise glacier-fed lakes and lush pastures dotted with sheep to end this trail at the small port of Oamaru on the Pacific Ocean. Then a train ride on the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway from Dunedin to join New Zealand’s original ‘Great Ride’ and the second of the trails, the Otago Central Rail Trail. Following the route of the historic railway, riders cross viaducts, bridges and ride through railway tunnels dating back to the gold mining era of the 1880’s.

There’s a free day in Queenstown within the beautiful Lakes District, where you can marvel at the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu surrounded by mountains. The journey continues northwards where crossing Haast Pass you’ll be greeted by lush rainforests and 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. You’ll visit the equally impressive Franz Josef Glacier before heading to Ross and the start of the third and final cycle trail, the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Following extensive water races, logging tramways and historic railway lines, riders emerge on the rugged coast at Hokitika. This epic journey finishes by crossing the Southern Alps a second time at Arthurs Pass; and then descend to Christchurch to the end of this amazing adventure.

Adventure South NZ is the largest guided cycling and hiking tour operator in New Zealand with 25 years of successful business. Using their experience and expertise as well as a company owned fleet of vehicles and bikes, they provide innovative and exciting itineraries for clients looking for the support and comfort of pre-arranged accommodation.

Operating tours on many of the Grade 1 & 2 Cycle Trails, the trips are supported with high quality qualified guides and are created on extensive knowledge of the Cycle Trails.

If this incredible 14 days of riding might be your dream holiday, you can find more details on grading, highlights, full itinerary, inclusions, prices, dates and booking information on the Adventure South website.