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Around the Mountains

Biking Packages

From lakeside, high country, small towns, retired rail lines, national parks and operating farms the trail circumnavigates the Eyre Mountains. The commute across Lake Wakatipu can be made on historic TSS Earnslaw or the Spirit of Queenstown after enjoying Queenstown, then enter a different world around the Eyre Mountains.

Our Packages

This 180 km, 3 -5 day cycle trail, begins and ends in Queenstown and sees you travel through Northern Southland, around the show stopping valleys of the Eyre Mountains and Von Valley, and through secluded back country.

The cycle trail is constructed on 56 km of old railway line, 64 km of easy new cycle trail, and 53 km along the wilderness of a no exit road (for cars).

The trail is open all year around, but mainly ridden in the warmer months between 01 October to 30 April.

Multi Day Rides

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  • Bike Hire
  • Helmet
  • Pannier Hire
  • TSS Earnslaw Lake Crossing
  • Sherpa Shuttle
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers

Multi Day Rides

3 days / 2 nights

Shuttle / Cycle / Stay / Cruise

Queenstown – Kingston – Garston – Athol – Lumsden – Mossburn – Mavora Lakes – Walter Peak – Queenstown

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Bike Hire & Helmet
  • Pannier Bag
  • Sherpa Shuttle
  • TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers

This suggested ride is a 3 day 2 night ride which allows you to explore  from Queenstown through Southland around the base of the Eyre mountains, Mavora Lakes, Walter Peak and back to Queenstown all on New Zealand’s premium cycle trail.

The trail will take you on a journey of breathtaking discovery from Queenstown to the quaint little town of Kingstown on the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu before returning to Queenstown on the 102 year old TSS Earnslaw.

The trail is open all year round, however most people ride the trail from 1 October to 30 April.

DAY 1
Ride from Kingston to Lumsden
Start from Queenstown and drive or take the shuttle bus for 47 kms to the little lakeside township of Kingston.

Kingston
Kingston has a café/bar, camping ground accommodation and a number of B&Bs.

From there you will cycle 17 kms to Athol, over old glacier moraine by the foot of the Eyre mountains, past old stone homestead ruins, through gently rolling farm land past Fairlight Station and on to Garston a small rural town your, lunch stop. From Garston the cycle trail is on an old disused railway line. The trail crosses the Matura River on two large suspension bridges, named by the locals as Athol’s Golden Gates.

Athol

Athol offers accommodation in the form of a camping ground, B&B’s, lodge and two café’s. Note that your accommodation could be further along the valley depending on availability as there is limited accommodation in the area.

From Athol you ride over the Eyre creek suspension bridge up a gentle incline over Jollies Pass to Fiver Rivers, a distance of 17 kms. At Five Rivers there is a café, you will then ride 15 kms gently downhill where the Oreti River comes alongside the cycle trail and on to Lumsden. Nestled in a picturesque and tranquil basin this small town revels in its role as the crossroads for travellers who choose to venture to this peaceful and restful part of Southland. You have an option of staying in Lumsden or Mossburn on your second night.

Lumsden

Two hotels, motel, B&B, camping ground, supermarket, bakery, two café’s, dairy and a self-service fuel pumps.

DAY 2 

Shuttle to Centre Hill and Ride to Lumsden / Mossburn

Take the shuttle to Centre Hill and cycle back from to your accommodation at Mossburn 25 km or Lumsden 43 km.

DAY 3

Shuttle to Mavora Lakes, Ride to Walter Peak / Mt Nicholas and Cruise the lake to Queenstown

At Mavora Lakes there are Lord of the Rings locations, depending upon your fitness you can be dropped off to ride from Mavora Lakes or further along the trail towards the Von Hill (ride down the Von Hill). You can decide this on the morning of this days ride.

Along the Mt Nicholas/Von Road red deer, fallow deer, chamois and himalaya tahi can been spotted on the slopes of Mt Nicholas. This provides some stunning photographic opportunities. Mt Nicholas Station is a family operated high country sheep and cattle station. At over 100,000 acres Mt Nicholas is the largest station on the Lake. The 27,000 merino sheep produce fine wool used in the production of the iconic “Icebreaker” range of high quality natural fiber garments.

The station lies at the foot of the spectacular clear waters of Lake Wakatipu and for the final afternoon you ride along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to finish the trail at Walter Peak Homestead there you can have a wine or a beer to celebrate a successful ride before boarding the TSS Earnslaw Steamship from Walter Peak to downtown Queenstown.

multi Day Rides

4 days / 3 nights

Shuttle / Cycle / Stay / Cruise

Queenstown – Kingston – Garston – Athol – Lumsden – Mossburn – Mavora Lakes – Walter Peak – Queenstown

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Bike Hire & Helmet
  • Pannier Bag
  • Sherpa Shuttle
  • TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers

This suggested ride is a 4 day 3 night ride which allows you to explore  from Queenstown through Southland around the base of the Eyre mountains, Mavora Lakes, Walter Peak and back to Queenstown all on New Zealand’s premium cycle trail.

The trail will take you on a journey of breathtaking discovery from Queenstown to the quaint little town of Kingstown on the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu before returning to Queenstown on the 102 year old TSS Earnslaw.

The trail is open all year round, however most people ride the trail from 1 October to 30 April.

DAY 1
Ride from Kingston to Athol or Garston
Start from Queenstown and drive or take the shuttle bus for 47 kms to the little lakeside township of Kingston.

Kingston
Kingston has a café/bar, camping ground accommodation and a number of B&Bs.

From there you will cycle 17 kms to Athol, over old glacier moraine by the foot of the Eyre mountains, past old stone homestead ruins, through gently rolling farm land past Fairlight Station and on to Garston a small rural town your, lunch stop. From Garston the cycle trail is on an old disused railway line. The trail crosses the Matura River on two large suspension bridges, named by the locals as Athol’s Golden Gates.

Athol

Athol offers accommodation in the form of a camping ground, B&B’s, lodge and two café’s. Note that your accommodation could be further along the valley depending on availability as there is limited accommodation in the area.

DAY 2
Ride from Athol to Lumsden

From Athol you ride over the Eyre creek suspension bridge up a gentle incline over Jollies Pass to Fiver Rivers, a distance of 17 kms. At Five Rivers there is a café, you will then ride 15 kms gently downhill where the Oreti River comes alongside the cycle trail and on to Lumsden. Nestled in a picturesque and tranquil basin this small town revels in its role as the crossroads for travellers who choose to venture to this peaceful and restful part of Southland. You have an option of staying in Lumsden or Mossburn on your second night.

Lumsden

Two hotels, motel, B&B, camping ground, supermarket, bakery, two café’s, dairy and a self-service fuel pumps.

DAY 3 

Shuttle to Centre Hill and Ride to Lumsden / Mossburn

Take the shuttle to Centre Hill and cycle back from to your accommodation at Mossburn 25 km or Lumsden 43 km.

DAY 4

Shuttle to Mavora Lakes, Ride to Walter Peak / Mt Nicholas and Cruise the lake to Queenstown

At Mavora Lakes there are Lord of the Rings locations, depending upon your fitness you can be dropped off to ride from Mavora Lakes or further along the trail towards the Von Hill (ride down the Von Hill). You can decide this on the morning of this days ride.

Along the Mt Nicholas/Von Road red deer, fallow deer, chamois and himalaya tahi can been spotted on the slopes of Mt Nicholas. This provides some stunning photographic opportunities. Mt Nicholas Station is a family operated high country sheep and cattle station. At over 100,000 acres Mt Nicholas is the largest station on the Lake. The 27,000 merino sheep produce fine wool used in the production of the iconic “Icebreaker” range of high quality natural fiber garments.

The station lies at the foot of the spectacular clear waters of Lake Wakatipu and for the final afternoon you ride along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to finish the trail at Walter Peak Homestead there you can have a wine or a beer to celebrate a successful ride before boarding the TSS Earnslaw Steamship from Walter Peak to downtown Queenstown.

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Whether you want to hire a bike, get a shuttle to your starting point, organise a multi-day ride or anything inbetween we have the options for you.

Sherpa
Shuttle

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The Around the Mountains Sherpa Shuttle offers a full range of support with shuttle transfers along the trail.

Bike
Hire

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We have a range of bikes to suit your needs – start with the right bike for the trail and for you.