South Island Gravel Grind

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  Tour Operator  Adventure South

  New Zealand

 7 days (Bike: 7 days)

  454 km  (~65km per day)


 Some hills, Off-road



Explore the South Islands best back country gravel roads from Christchurch to Queenstown

Explore the vast and impressive Mackenzie Basin and remote Central Otago on this remarkable gravel tour from Christchurch to Queenstown. We trace the footsteps of the early pioneers, along gold mining trails and stock routes which now form quiet back country roads. 

Our journey begins with an awesome ride on the Banks Peninsula with views of the vivid blue Akaroa Harbour, the crater of an extinct volcano. We then travel through beautiful farm country to the stunning turquoise Lake Tekapo and into the "big-sky country" of Central Otago. We cross the Hakataramea and Danseys Passes and then follow the route of the historic railway, crossing viaducts, bridges and through railway tunnels dating back to the gold mining era of the 1880’s.

Our final two days take us along the Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge where we experience real isolation cycling alongside the Clutha River before we embark on the newly created Lake Dunstan trail, surrounded by high mountain peaks and above a stunning gorge. We finish this epic cycle tour in Queenstown.

Trip highlights
Challenge yourself with 7 days of breathtaking gravel grinding
Enjoy incredible views of the Southern Alps from the Banks Peninsula
Cycle through arid McKenzie Country surrounded by the highest peaks in the country
Admire a contrast of vivid blue lakes, sparkling rivers, snow capped mountains and golden tussock-lands
Indulge in award winning wine and local Kiwi cuisine
Ride a section of NZ’s famous Otago Central Rail Trail, along the course of a historic rail road
Ride the spectacular new Lake Dunstan Trail, plus the magnificent Roxburgh Gorge
Conclude the tour in iconic Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital

Tour Information





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Group Info

Organise a Private Group from just 6 travellers


6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
6 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
Entry to the Tekapo hotpools
Wine tasting at boutique Central Otago vineyard
A journey on the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamer
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
Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
Travel insurance
Visa (if required)


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