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The extraordinary landscape of Milford Sound Combine the Round the Mountains trail with a visit to the majestic Milford Sound Kayak to Pidgeon Island on the majestic Lake Wakatipu Hike part of the Kepler, Routeburn and Milford Tracks, three of New Zealand's great walks. Bike to the remote Humboldt Falls (3rd tallest in NZ) in the Hollyford Valley Hike to Key Summit and take in the impressive scenery and huge mountains of Fiordland National Park Overnight on a floating hotel amidst spectacular Milford Sound, a once in a lifetime experience! Stay the night in comfortable lodge accommodation amongst tussock covered hill country and mountain fed lakes Cycle to the Mavora Lakes and Von Valley on remote backcountry roads Travel on the historic Earnslaw steamer across shimmering Lake Wakatipu Trip Summary This spectacular cycling adventure provides an ideal opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Fiordland and the enchanting Milford Sound. Nowhere else in New Zealand do the mountains rise up out of the water, rich rain-forests cling to sheer rock faces or waterfalls crash hundreds of metres to the sea below than in our gorgeous Sound. Your journey begins in Queenstown, where you will embark on this amazing journey towards Milford Sound with a morning Kayak on the crystal blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, enjoy walking along the famous Kepler, Milford and Routeburn tracks and cycle through Fiordland National Parks' iconic beech forests and superb mountain scenery along the way. In Milford Sound you will board your comfortable floating hotel to explore the magic of this area, with options to swim or kayak, before pedalling around Te Anau and the hidden Mavora Lakes site featured in the Lord of the Rings. This sensational cycle journey concludes with a tour of a high country sheep station, afternoon tea and a boat transfer across Lake Wakatipu back to Queenstown. Trip Grading To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the terrain, the altitude, the number of pass crossings and the length of the trip. The Milford Sound Cycle is graded moderate. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and we suggest 60 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for the three months leading up to your trip. The tour is fully supported and if at any stage you feel like having a rest from cycling you will be able to ride in the support vehicle.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) Tips
Day 1 : Queenstown
Your guide will collect the group from a central city location around 8:00am and we will have a tour briefing and then a bike fitting. Then it’s time to drive to Glenorchy where we take an easy 45 minute kayak on Lake Wakatipu to Pidgeon Island, a wildlife paradise. The scenic mountain landscapes towering over the lake make this a highlight of the trip. After paddling back from the island, we then head back to Queenstown where we have the chance to explore the nearby Queenstown Trails by bike. After some time to refresh we then head out to dinner to talk over plans for the next few days! Cycling Distance: Up to 20km
Day 2 : Queenstown to Te Anau
From Queenstown we drive the narrow lakeside road alongside Lake Wakitipu to Kingston. From here we can connect with the Around The Mountains cycle trail, a dedicated cycle path that allows you to enjoy the scenery of sheep & cattle country surrounded by spectacular mountains free from traffic. We stop for lunch at the remote Five Rivers station cafe, passing through rich farm lands by the banks of the Oreti River, to the town of Mossburn. Here we load up and drive through to Te Anau, our stop for the night and the gateway to our coming adventures exploring Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. Cycling Distance: 35 to 65km / 15 to 40miles Note: Tonight you will need to pack an overnight bag for the next night of the tour. When staying overnight in Milford Sound you will be able to take a small bag and the majority of your luggage will be secured in the vehicle.
Day 3 : Te Anau to Milford Sound
This morning we drive into the Fiordland National Park amid the beech forests and mountains, that the region is famous for. The beautiful Milford road tracks through the wilderness and we stop to enjoy some of the short walks and views on the way, before arriving at The Divide. From here we walk to Key Summit, a 3 hour return hike that gives spectacular views of the Hollyford Valley and Humboldt and Earl mountain ranges. We coach through the Homer Tunnel and onto Milford Sound, stopping en-route to explore the famous Chasm walkway before arriving at our accommodation for the night, our very own floating hotel! This boat takes us out of the Milford Sound and into the open seas beyond before returning to a sheltered spot for the night. Note to solo travellers: All cabins on the Milford Sound Cruise are shared.
Day 4 : Milford Sound to Te Anau
By 9am the next morning after a hearty breakfast and further exploring of the fiord, we return to shore and we bid a sad farewell to the majestic Milford Sound as we travel back to the Divide by coach, before stretching our legs with a wonderful cycle down to the Humboldt Falls at the end of the very quiet & scenic Hollyford road. After another transfer by coach back to Te Anau, we enjoy the option of a late afternoon cycle on the quiet roads and trails that connect Te Anau with Lake Manapouri, another of the regions large, glacial formed Lakes. Cycling Distance: Up to 51km / 31miles
Day 5 : Te Anau to Queenstown
Out of Te Anau we journey into the hidden Mavora Lakes, a site of scenes from Lord of the Rings. We cycle by the lakeside and through the beech forest before continuing on to the isolated Von Valley for lunch. We farewell our supporting coach as we cycle on to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and down to Mount Nicholas station. Here we enjoy a guided tour of this remote high country sheep station, along with a hearty ploughman's afternoon tea, before we board our boat to cruise across the waters to Queenstown. Its time to say a sad goodbye as we pick you up from the wharf and drop you off in downtown Queenstown. Cycling Distance: Up to 46km / 28miles
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