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Majestic rugged mountains, spectacular glaciers, wild coastlines, emerald blue lakes ‑ it’s all here and within reach.
New Zealand boasts an amazing variety of landscapes and equally amazing biking. This ultimate 8 day adventure offers the perfect opportunity to ride along 3 of the famous cycle trails of the South Island. Our cycle tour leaves the garden city of Christchurch, heads south towards the Southern Alps and Central Otago before arriving in the beautiful lake district town of Queenstown.
We begin with the Alps to Ocean trail near Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. We cycle past the snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps, turquoise glacier‑fed lakes and lush green pasture. We then join the second of the great rides, the Otago Central Rail Trail following the old Central Otago branch railway line from Clyde to Middlemarch. Our route takes us through many historic towns, crossing viaducts, bridges and through railway tunnels dating back to the gold mining era of the 1880’s. We travel to the Scottish settlement of Dunedin on the Taieri Gorge Railway, reputedly one of the world’s greatest train journeys before embarking on our third and final trail, the Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge. Our final day sees us cycling through the fabulous Roxborough Gorge and enjoying a scenic jet boat ride before transferring to Queenstown and the end of this amazing adventure.
|Dates:||14 March – 21 March 2020|
|Trip duration:||8 days|
|Days cycling:||6 days|
|Challenge grade:||Introductory to Moderate|
|Accommodation:||A mix of 4 star hotels and some historic character lodgings|
|Cost:||$4,490 (plus $1,500 in fundraising)|
|Beneficiaries:||Patients at Epworth HealthCare|
Day 1 Depart Melbourne to Christchurch
Day 2 Alps to Ocean to Lake Ohau
Day 3 Alps to Ocean to Clyde
Day 4 Otago Central Rail Trail to Lauder
Day 5 Otago Central Rail Trail to Ranfurly
Day 6 Otago Central Rail Trail to Dunedin
Day 7 Roxburgh Gorge Trail to Queenstown, Scenic Jet Boat Ride
Day 8 Depart Queenstown to Melbourne
Georgia Innes-Irons, Epworth Medical Foundation 03 9426 6132
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