Great West Coast Cycle

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  Tour Operator  Adventure South

  New Zealand

 9 days (Bike: 7 days)

  500 km  (~71km per day)





A spectacular tour of the west coast glaciers and alpine passes for the enthusiastic cyclist

Known as New Zealand's most famous and scenic multi-day cycle ride this spectacular trip from Christchurch to Queenstown is also regarded as one of the world's top five cycle touring routes. Averaging daily rides of up to 100kms, and many high alpine pass crossings including the spectacular Haast Pass, the cycling will take you past an ever changing landscape; from glacier country through to quiet sealed roads fringed with mighty podocarp rainforest and past dramatic coastlines before finally crossing over the Crown Range into the beautiful Southern Lakes district around Wanaka and Queenstown.

Out of the saddle the highlights are equally spectacular. Your adventure begins with a memorable journey on the TranzAlpine Express train to Greymouth via the spectacular Waimakariri Gorge and lush forests of Arthur's Pass National Park and there is a free day built in for you to enjoy the many optional activities at the Franz Josef Glacier such as relaxing in the hot pools, enjoying guided walks or taking an optional scenic flight. This comprehensive itinerary truly is a cyclists ideal adventure.

Trip highlights
Embark on this 9 day road cycling adventure taking you from Christchurch to Queenstown
Wonder at Lake Matheson, famous for its sunset reflections of Aoraki/Mount Cook
Enjoy a breathtaking TranzAlpine train ride across the Southern Alps
Challenge yourself on the hill climb up Haast Pass
Ride up to 100km a day with full vehicle support
Discover Wanaka and the gold mining history of quaint Arrowtown
Experience a scenic flight, heli-hike or walk on the ice at Franz Josef Glacier (optional)

Tour Information





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Group Info

Private Group from just 6 travellers.


8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
8 nights hotel/motel ensuite accommodation on twin share basis
Professional qualified driver/guide
2 professional guides/drivers on trips with 8 or more people
Private vehicle transport (except for TranzAlpine Train)
TranzAlpine train journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
Water and snacks while cycling
Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST)


International or domestic flights and taxes
Arrival and departure transfers
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
All beverages, other than breakfast
Bike hire (including helmet)
Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
Optional activities (eg. scenic flights, sea kayaking etc)
Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
Visa (if required)


Road Bike Rental NZD$400


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