With our international tours on hold due to Covid-19, our guides are excited to have teamed up with local New Zealand company Adventure South to offer ‘Our Beautiful Back Yard’ Collection. Our Southern Coast Cycle tour takes us from Queenstown, down to the Southern Coast and back up the Eastern Coast of the South Island. This quiet South East corner of NZ delivers everything we love about cycle tours – remote, rugged, beautiful, spectacular and challenging – it ticks all the boxes.
We have chosen to partner up with Adventure South as they are a very well run local company that shares similar values to Kiwi Style Bike Tours. Like us, Adventure South strive to deliver challenging and fun cycle tours, set in the most beautiful places that are safely accessible by bike. Some of our Kiwi Style guides have experience with regular guiding duties for Adventure South during our European off season.
This tour is operated by Adventure South, using your familiar Kiwi Style guides to showcase ‘Our Beautiful Back Yard’ Collection.
A $200 deposit is required to secure your place on this tour – fully refundable under Adventure South Covid-19 T & C’s. Full terms and conditions can be found here:https://www.adventuresouth.co.nz/Terms-and-conditions
The benefit of being on a guided and supported tour means this fantastic Southern loop can be completed by riding the full daily distances, or picking from various shorter ride options each day. You have the comfort of knowing that you will be arriving at your scheduled destination each day, irrespective of the daily ride distance or weather conditions.
Pre-Tour – An optional extra transfer (drive) with us from Christchurch and an extra nights accommodation is available on 16th February (additional cost of $125.00pp).
Day One – Queenstown – Te Anau. We meet up in central Queenstown and transfer in the bus through the busier roads to get us out of town. The beauty of being on a guided and supported tour with us, is that you are free to choose how much or how little of this scenic 160km journey from Queenstown to Te Anau you would like to tackle on the bike. We wind our way along the beautiful lower section of Lake Wakatipu to Kingston, where the landscape changes to the rolling lands of upper Southland.
Full distance 160km. Various shorter ride options available. Lunch and Dinner included.
Day Two – Te Anau to Invercargill. We head out today from the shores of Lake Te Anau to the shores of Lake Manapouri and then over the Blackmount Climb (famed and feared from Tour of Southland). The backdrop of towering peaks gives way to the farm lands and the small communities. As we hit the dramatic windswept coastline we head eastward to Riverton and then transfer to our stop for the night in Invercargill.
Full distance 140km. Various shorter ride options along the way. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Day Three – Invercargill to McLeans Falls. Heading out of Invercargill, the lush flat farmlands slowly give way to rolling terrain, winding roads and fantastic coastal views, as we make our way to the North-Eastern corner of the Southland District at Curio Bay for a lunch stop. After lunch we continue into the Otago District and the internationally renowned Catlins Forest Park. We head to McLean Falls for our evening accommodation.
Full distance 116km. Various shorter ride options. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day Four – McLeans Falls to Owaka. With a few big days in the legs, today we take time to appreciate this special forgotten corner of the world that is The Catlins. A relaxed morning gives the chance grab the walking shoes to explore McLean Falls and/or Cathedral Caves. The 38km bike ride we have in store today is an incredible snapshot of New Zealand’s beauty. Lush forests, long sandy beaches, river valleys, quiet roads and small close-knit community towns. Today is 38km of punchy, winding, Kiwi Style fun. We’ll also have time late afternoon to visit one of the remote local beaches and their resident Sea Lions.
Full distance 38km. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day Five – Owaka to Dunedin. This morning we have got 52km of riding in our sites including the iconic ‘must see’ location in this area – the Nugget Point lighthouse (it’s well worth the change of footwear to see this remote point). Then it’s off through Kaka Point and on towards Balclutha. We transfer to Milton for lunch before we have a short transfer drive down SH1 to begin riding again from Waihola. The toil of a very nuggety climb out of Waihola is rewarded with fantastic views across the Tairei Plains and the fun of the descent down to the coastline. The more sparse vegetation along this coast offer frequent glimpses of this long sandy beach and rolling breakers as we make our way up to Brighton. From here we will drive into Dunedin, our home for the evening.
Full distance 90km (52km + 38km). Breakfast and lunch included.
Day Six – Dunedin to Oamaru. We start the day with a ride out on the Peninsula that makes up the deep water inlet of Port Chalmers. You have the choice of a flat cycle path ride or climbers ride out to the peninsula, both giving incredible views across the hills and harbour and out to the Pacific Ocean. After linch in Dunedin we have got a challenging afternoon of riding on offer. The long climb up Mount Cargill pushes the legs but rewards with a magnificent descent down to Waitati. Then we kick into 15km of steep, punchy and challenging power climbs (a sadistic favourite of ours) to one of the best views in the area, overlooking Karitane. The day concludes with a transfer to Oamaru.
Full distance 90km (60km + 30km). Breakfast and dinner included.
Day Seven – Oamaru to Christchurch. Today we are Christchurch bound – but not before sneaking in more awesome coastal cycling miles this morning. We head south out of Oamaru and hug this coastal road for a 50km out and back finale ride. We’ve picked a great way to finish this tour, with a final lunch stop at the iconic Riverstone Kitchen. After lunch the recovery starts – sit back and snooze as we start the transfer across the flat Canterbury Plains, back to Christchurch. We aim to be back into Christchurch by around 6pm.
Full distance 50km. Breakfast included.
Final drop off is in Iverson Terrace, Christchurch City (Adventure South base).
We can also offer a transfer (drive) with us from Christchurch with accommodation in Queenstown for the night. Extra cost of $150.00pp.
OwnerJake Rowse is the owner of Kiwi Style Bike Tours, having taken over the reigns from company founder Richard Scott in 2017. Jakes first year guiding for Kiwi Style was 2012, while he and his wife and two daughters were living in France. Jake has been a keen cyclist, racing...
Sue Clark has been guiding for the past 5 years (mainly in New Zealand) and joined Kiwi Style in 2019 to guide the newest kid on the Kiwistyle block – Croatia. Sue isn’t new to Kiwistyle – she joined the France/Italy trip in 2013 and then gathered a group of...