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Queenstown Cycle Trail

Start:Queenstown/ChristchurchTours run:November to April
End:Queenstown/Christchurch
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Duration:5 days/4 nights
US$1,398.73
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New Zealand Cycling Tours

Queenstown Trail cyclists said...

"This trip far exceeded expectations and was most enjoyable"

Peter and Anne, Upper Hutt, March 2017
 

"Great Challenge. Enjoyed the scenery, fellow cyclists good fun! See you next year for a new experience!"

Christine, New Plymouth, March 2017
 

“We always enjoy the challenge and great feeling of achievement. Excellent accommodation, great lunches and dinners and a great guide adds to the enjoyment."

Joy and Derek, Auckland, January 2017






 

QualmarktinyGold   The Queenstown Cycle Trail


The Queenstown Cycle Trail starts in Otago’s world renowned Wakatipu Basin.
Queenstown’s reputation as one of the world’s favourite adventure and cycling destinations is enhanced with the addition of this New Zealand Cycle Tour.
 
The new Queenstown Cycle Trail is part of the New Zealand Cycling Trails network and unveils stunning new vistas, hidden ruins, spectacular architecture and world-class food and wine.
 
The cycle trail meanders through some of New Zealand’s most breathtaking scenery, taking in the stunning landscapes of Lake Hayes, Frankton and Queenstown, Arrowtown, Gibbston Valley, Clyde, Alexandra (Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail), Roxburgh (Clutha Gold Cycle Trail) and Wanaka and brings to you 5 days of spectacular cycling and local experiences.
 
For the first time ever, you can cycle across unspoilt private land.... over mighty suspension bridges, ride alongside six iconic rivers and six lakes... all set in dramatic landscapes, some used for the now famous Lord of the Rings films.
 
We integrate into this New Zealand cycling tour The Queenstown Cycle Trail - The Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail and the Clutha Gold Cycle Trail.
 
  • Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail – Discover another world. This cycle trail offers a wilderness experience through the remote and stunning Roxburgh Gorge. Sit back and become immersed in the splendid isolation that is the Roxburgh Gorge.
  • Clutha Gold Cycle Trail – A journey of discovery - Ride alongside the powerful Clutha Mata-au River, through a secluded valley and gorge network and into lush green farmland. It is an easy grade trail that is full of variety, from undulating to flat to meandering.
Your fully guided Queenstown Cycle Trail journey starts and ends in the adventure capital of the southern hemisphere, Queenstown (or Christchurch), with transport available from Christchurch.
Cycle tour includes all accommodation, meals, and support vehicles and guide.

 
 

Official Partners

Tuatara Tours is proud to be in an official partnership with
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CTlogoThe Queenstown Cycle Trail, Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail and Clutha Gold Trail were created as part of a government-led initiative: Nga Harenga - The New Zealand Cycle Trail, developing New Zealand's best cycle tours. 
Tuatara Tours is an official partner.
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Dates For Next Summer

2017 

  • Nov 24: 2 places left

2018

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  • Feb 12: enquire now
  • Mar 12: 4 places left
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Tours run:November to April
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New Zealand Cycling Tours

Queenstown Trail cyclists said...

"This trip far exceeded expectations and was most enjoyable"

Peter and Anne, Upper Hutt, March 2017
 

"Great Challenge. Enjoyed the scenery, fellow cyclists good fun! See you next year for a new experience!"

Christine, New Plymouth, March 2017
 

“We always enjoy the challenge and great feeling of achievement. Excellent accommodation, great lunches and dinners and a great guide adds to the enjoyment."

Joy and Derek, Auckland, January 2017






The Queenstown Cycle Trail

 

DAY 1 : Lake Hayes
                to Queenstown


48km


Today we start with an easy 8km cycle ride around Lake Hayes so you can settle into your bike for the rest of your cycle tour. Lake Hayes is the ‘the most photographed lake in New Zealand’ or ‘mirror lake’ as it reflects the majestic mountains of the Wakatipu Basin and the earthy tones of the landscape.
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As you ride around Lake Hayes, you’ll experience a taste-plate of all that makes Queenstown special: Exquisite mountain and lake vistas, a boardwalk protecting local wildlife, historic cottages and a close-up view of some of the area’s most notable homes.

From Lake Hayes we cycle to Frankton where Lake Wakatipu empties into the mighty Kawarau River. Along the way the magnificent colours of the South Island come to life - particularly in Autumn (you’ll quickly see why these roads are such a favourite with the makers of car commercials)! 


DAY 2: Arrowtown - Gibbston - Clyde

 

 

38km



DAY 3: Clyde - Alexandra - Roxburgh Dam
               Roxburgh - Millers Flat


47km



DAY 4: Roxburgh - Luggate - Albert Town - Wanaka


33km


DAY 5: Wanaka - Lake Hawea - Queenstown


40km

Accommodation:
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Dates For Next Summer

2017 

  • Nov 24: 2 places left

2018

  • Jan 22: On sale $100 off
  • Feb 12: enquire now
  • Mar 12: 4 places left
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What's Included

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New Zealand Cycling Tours

Queenstown Trail cyclists said...

"This trip far exceeded expectations and was most enjoyable"

Peter and Anne, Upper Hutt, March 2017
 

"Great Challenge. Enjoyed the scenery, fellow cyclists good fun! See you next year for a new experience!"

Christine, New Plymouth, March 2017
 

“We always enjoy the challenge and great feeling of achievement. Excellent accommodation, great lunches and dinners and a great guide adds to the enjoyment."

Joy and Derek, Auckland, January 2017






The Queenstown Cycle Trail


Accommodation

Double or twin share.If single room accommodation is requested, an additional fee per person is payable to cover this requirement for the duration of the tour. For this tour the single room supplement is $350.00.

Night 1: Comfortable Motel, double or twin units with your own shower and toilet. shower and toilet.

Night 2: A charming turn of the century hotel converted into bed and breakfast accommodation with either ensuite or shared facility rooms.

Night 3: Modern Lodge with bar and restaurant. Double or twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Night 4: Modern Hotel with double or twin rooms and ensuite bathrooms.

 
 

Cycle Hire


We have cycles for hire and recommend you use them as they are tried and true in the areas we operate. All of our cycles are fully maintained and serviced before they leave. Included in the cost of your cycle hire is a cycle helmet and safety vest. You may use your own cycle, but please ensure it is well maintained and fully serviced before your tour starts.

*Cost of bike hire for The Queenstown Cycle Trail is NZ$180

*Cost of electric bike hire for The Queenstown Cycle Trail is NZ$425
 
 

Food


You will enjoy great local cuisine; continental breakfasts and hearty packed lunches during the day, and either restaurant meals or wholesome home-cooked fare prepared by your host/hostess in the evenings.

If you have any dietary issues or food allergies, we are happy to cater for these, please advise the office of details when you make your booking.

All meals are included in your tour cost. Wine and other beverages are available to be purchased during dinners.



Queenstown Cycle Trail Tour
 
 

Fully Guided


Our guides are very experienced, friendly walkers and bikers who love to share their knowledge of New Zealand’s flora and fauna and local history. They all hold current first aid certificates, passenger driving licences and are the very best people to ensure your experience will be one to remember.


 
Queenstown Cycle Trail Tour Guides

Staff induction day


 
Queenstown Cycle Trail Tour Guides

End of season staff function
 
 

Exclusive to Tuatara Tours - Tour Kit Bag

To ensure you get the very best out of your journey with the least of fuss, we provide you with a calico kit bag full of useful goodies on the morning of your tour departure.

Queenstown Cycle Trail Tour Guides kit




Queenstown Cycle Trail Tour History
      Free Field and History Guide
 
Your Tour Kit Bag Contains the Following
Contents may vary from time to time!
  • Tuatara Tours cap
  • Tuatara Tours cup
  • Tuatara Tours drink bottle
  • Tuatara Tours hand sanitiser
  • Tuatara Tours tissues

Contents may vary from time to time!
  • Tuatara Tours lip balm and sunblock
  • Tuatara Tours emergency whistle
  • Tuatara Tours brochures
  • Field & History Guide of the area
  • Bag of Tuatara scroggin
  • Bag of Tuatara energy plus confectionary
 


Luggage


Tuatara Tours transports all your luggage for the duration of the tour.
All you carry is a small day pack with your personal gear, drink and lunch.

We do the Rest

 


We Supply the following equipment

 
  • fully equipped tour kit as above
  • fitted bike helmet
  • hi viz safety vest
  • full hire bike repairs as necessary
You may bring your own bike or we can hire you one for the duration of the trip.
   

What Do I Bring


For your own safety there are a few things that you must bring yourself:
  • Comfortable cycling and or walking shoes
  • Thermal top - wool or polypro
  • Thermal bottom - wool or polypro
  • Waterproof parka with hood
  • Fleece jacket or woollen jersey
  • Woollen or fleece hat
  • Gloves
  • Medium size day pack
Other things we recommend you bring are:  
  • Cycle shorts
  • Cycle gloves
  • Hat, sunglasses
  • Drink bottle - at least one litre capacity (we supply you with one bottle, but you may wish to bring another)
  • Swimwear
  • Your sense of humour
  • Camera
  • Small personal first aid kit including blister block or similar
  • Casual attire for the evenings
  • Any other personal items
   


Safety and Risk Management


To ensure maximum safety for all, our guides are certified first aiders and fully qualified drivers. Tuatara Tours operate under a Safety and Risk Management Plan which is regularly audited and approved by a qualified and independent auditor.
 

Dates For Next Summer

2017 

  • Nov 24: 2 places left

2018

  • Jan 22: On sale $100 off
  • Feb 12: enquire now
  • Mar 12: 4 places left
  • April 4: enquire now
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Photos

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New Zealand Cycling Tours

Queenstown Trail cyclists said...

"This trip far exceeded expectations and was most enjoyable"

Peter and Anne, Upper Hutt, March 2017
 

"Great Challenge. Enjoyed the scenery, fellow cyclists good fun! See you next year for a new experience!"

Christine, New Plymouth, March 2017
 

“We always enjoy the challenge and great feeling of achievement. Excellent accommodation, great lunches and dinners and a great guide adds to the enjoyment."

Joy and Derek, Auckland, January 2017







 

Dates For Next Summer

2017 

  • Nov 24: 2 places left

2018

  • Jan 22: On sale $100 off
  • Feb 12: enquire now
  • Mar 12: 4 places left
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History

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New Zealand Cycling Tours

Queenstown Trail cyclists said...

"This trip far exceeded expectations and was most enjoyable"

Peter and Anne, Upper Hutt, March 2017
 

"Great Challenge. Enjoyed the scenery, fellow cyclists good fun! See you next year for a new experience!"

Christine, New Plymouth, March 2017
 

“We always enjoy the challenge and great feeling of achievement. Excellent accommodation, great lunches and dinners and a great guide adds to the enjoyment."

Joy and Derek, Auckland, January 2017







The Queenstown Cycle Trail

Free Field and History Guide

On the Queenstown Cycle Trail we provide you a comprehensive field and history summary of the area.
Queenstown Cycle Trail Tour History  
  • History
  • Fauna
  • Flora
  • Geology
  • Did You Know?
  • Free Rail Trail Passport
  • And more...

People


Human occupation can be dated back 800 years.

Polynesians found their way to the plains and basins of the eastern and southern South Island, where the flightless moa were found.

Much of Otago was burnt in the moa hunts, and the forest was replaced by tussock.

Too cold to grow kumara (sweet potato), there was no horticulture.

Settlement was focused on the coast, where ocean fish, seabirds and seals were plentiful. People journeyed inland to harvest eels, forest birds such as weka and wood pigeons, and cabbage trees.

Maori also travelled to sources of highly-valued pounamu (greenstone) in the headwaters of rivers draining into Lakes Wakatipu and Wanaka, and on the South Island’s West Coast.

The discovery of gold brought a huge influx of Europeans and Chinese . The influx of Irish alongside Scots and English made the goldfields districts more Catholic and less Presbyterian than the rest of Otago.
 


Flora and Fauna


Flora: When humans first arrived in Otago, it was probably covered in forests of matai and totara.

Maori burnt much of the forest, which was unable to regenerate in the dry climate, and tussock took its place. Today tussock is most common on the heights. The lower-lying parts of Central Otago are planted in pasture with stands of orchard and shelter trees. These, particularly poplars, display dramatic colour changes in late autumn.

Beech forest grows on the Otago section of the Southern Alps, between 800 and 1,200 metres. Higher up this gives way to tussock, then subalpine plants, and then bare rock and snow.

Fauna: Otago today is known for its smaller animals, notably skinks. The rare Cromwell chafer beetle is found only in a small area near Cromwell.

There are also huge wetland areas where populations of water birds thrive.

Deer and pigs are present and are hunted recreationally.

 
Queenstown Cycle Trail Tour Wildlife
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Queenstown Cycle Trail Tour Wildlife
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Queenstown Cycle Trail Tour Gold
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Industry


Gold was the making of the area when discovered in 1861 however the gold was soon worked out and with the climate being so harsh the area was only sparsely settled by hardy farming stock.

Today gold is scarce with only the big mining companies able to extract it in any quantity.

Farming and tourism is the backbone of the area, but in recent years tourism has taken over with the huge growth of Queenstown turning into one of the premium outdoor recreation centres for  the international adventure seekers.
 

Dates For Next Summer

2017 

  • Nov 24: 2 places left

2018

  • Jan 22: On sale $100 off
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  • Mar 12: 4 places left
  • April 4: enquire now
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