Arrive Christchurch and transfer to Aoraki/Mt Cook by road (4 hrs approx.). If time permits walk along the Hooker Valley for splendid views of Aoraki.
Day 2 Aoraki/Mt Cook – Tekapo – Braemar (53 kms, +35m, -190m)
This morning take an unforgettable flight by helicopter to the start of today’s ride. From Braemar Road ride to Tekapo B Power Station then on to Braemar in McKenzie country to spend the night on a working sheep station.
Day 3 Lake Pukaki – Lake Ohau (62 kms, +73m, -150m)
Follow the east side of Lake Pukaki to a lookout point where you will capture one of the most famous scenes in New Zealand - looking across the cobalt blue water of the lake to Aoraki Mt Cook. Pass through the town of Twizel then on a trail up to Lake Ohau for more panoramic vistas.
Day 4 Lake Ohau to Otematata (69 kms, +460m, -705m)
Start the day with a steep climb up from the lodge of 560m to the highest point on the whole trail, Tarnbrae at 900m. Once you’re over the top, it's a glorious uninterrupted descent almost all the way to Omarama, a flat plain surrounded by peaks and a favourite with gliders. Continue on, with vistas all the way, to Otematata then return by bus to Omarama for overnight.
Day 5 Otematata – Duntroon – Kurow (73 kms, + 134m, - 200m)
Travel by bike on a tar sealed road with low traffic this morning passing NZ’s second largest hydro station, the Benmore Hydro Dam. Continue along the shores of Lake Aviemore to reach Kurow, one of NZ’s most up-and-coming pinot noir regions. The second part of the day follows a gravel trail alongside the Waitaki River. Pass vineyards, rivers, and the Takiroa Maori rock art site before arriving Duntroon. Return by vehicle to Kurow for overnight.
Day 6 Duntroon – Oamaru (54 kms, +330m, - 450m)
Most of our ride today is on smooth shingle and away from traffic. We'll pass through irrigated farmland, as well as Elephant Rocks, so-called because of their likeness to elephants. Follow an old railway for part of the way. The Pacific Ocean comes into sight reaching Oamaru where we make a short tour of the Victorian Historic Precinct which is the charm of this town. Finally ride to the harbour where the trail ends. Transfer back to Christchurch and say our goodbyes.
GRADE / TERRAIN
Moderate to energetic on mountain bike trails with good widths and some low traffic tar sealed roads. Expect uphills and downhills and distances between 53 and 73 kms per day. Electric bikes are available.
Regular departures 19 September – 8 April – see trip notes
Share twin NZ$2899
A splendid view of Mt Cook is the reward of a walk along the Hooker Valley
From the foot of New Zealand’s tallest mountain to the blue Pacific Ocean, bike through typical rolling countryside. Descend over 1,000 metres on 300 kms of trail and quiet country roads making this the longest continuous ride in NZ.
- Aoraki Mt Cook at 3724m
- Stunning helicopter flight from Aoraki over the thundering Tasman River
- Spend a night on a working sheep station
- Marvel at the cobalt blue of Lake Pukaki
- Benmore Hydro Dam
- Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct
- Best Pinot Noirs in the world
Start and finish in Christchurch.