Take an optional swim with the dolphins, whalewatch or pelagic bird (albatross) tour in Kaikoura
Rental of our Trek 7500 hybrid bikes is available at NZD $130, these bikes are perfectly suited to the varying road surfaces you will encounter.
All accommodation provided
One of our newest tours, the Molesworth starts out of Christchurch, with five days of cycling in the Northern Canterbury & Marlborough districts. We visit the emerging wine growing district of Waipara Valley and travel via Hanmer Hot Springs onto the isolated road through the Molesworth Station, New Zealand’s largest farm. After a night in the shearer’s quarters of a back country Merino sheep ranch, we follow the river down the beautiful Awatere valley to emerge amongst vineyards alongside the Pacific Ocean. We overnight in Kaikoura with options to view whales, dolphins and albatross before returning to Christchurch via the spectacular Inland Kaikoura road.
Christchurch to Waipara Valley - Waipara to Hanmer Hot Springs - Hanmer to Upcot Station via the Molesworth Valley - Upcot Station to Kaikoura via the Awatere Valley - Kaikoura to Christchurch via the Inland Kaikoura Road
We meet at our depot at 8.30 a.m. for a bike fitting & test ride before driving out of town. Today’s cycling itinerary is flexible depending on the prevailing wind along the quiet back road from Loburn to Oxford. During the day we will visit the scenic Ashlley River gorge & the Jo Seager’s famous café in the village of Oxford. Late afternoon we drive to our homestay accommodation amongst the vineyards of the Waipara Valley, tonight we enjoy a home cooked meal & sample local wines alongside the pool in the beautifully converted barn at the The Old Glenmark Vicarge Lodge.
Cycling Distance: up to 50kms/31 miles
Waipara to Hanmer Hot Springs – After a relaxed start we cycle the quiet back roads to the historic Hurunui Pub before driving to Hanmer. The rest of the afternoon you have the option to explore the local cycle trails or soak in the thermal hot pools. Tonight you are free to enjoy one of the several excellent local restaurants.
Cycling Distance: up to 50 kms / 31 miles
Hanmer to Upcot Station via the Molesworth Valley – An early start sees us drive to the top of Jacks Pass before cycling into the Molesworth valley. Flanked by mountain ranges the road follows the Acheron River to the historic Acheron House, built in 1863 it was an overnight stopover in the early stock droving days. We cycle & drive our way along the spectacular valley. just after Ward’s Pass we pass the Molesworth Station settlement before meeting up at the Molesworth Cob Cottage built in 1866. Strong riders will enjoy the beautiful road to Upcot Station, while for the rest we load up and drive to our shearer’s quarters lodging nestled under Mt. Tapuaeouenuku , NZ’s highest mountain outside of the Southern Alps. We dine on local produce tonight with our hosts whose family have farmed this land for three generations.
Cycling Distance: up to 86 kms / 53 miles
Best Cycling: Jacks Pass to Acheron House – 27 kms / 17 miles
Guide River to Isolated Flat: – 30 kms / 19 miles
Upcot Station to Kaikoura via the Awatere Valley – A relaxed start this morning allows us to enjoy this high country Merino sheep farm. After saying farewell to our hosts we set off along the beautiful Awatere river valley, the scenery is spectacular & the road undulating at first before we encounter a long flat section as the valley opens out into the terraced vineyards that produce award winning Sauvignon Blancs. We picnic on Yealand’s Estate, a modern vineyard following sustainable horticultural practices, before driving along the scenic coastline to Kaikoura. If time allows your guides will take you on a dusk walk around the Kaikoura Peninsula.
Cycling Distance: up to 63 kms / 40 miles
Best Cycling: Awatere Valley Vineyard Ride – 32 kms / 20 miles
Kaikoura to Christchurch via the Inland Kaikoura Road – Early morning you have the option of taking a Whalewatch tour, or going on an Encounter with dolphins or albatross. Our guides will deliver those that want to ride to the Inland Kaikoura Road before returning to collect the rest of the group from their marine wildlife experience. We meet up with the cyclists before enjoying an easy downhill run into the village of Waiau for a picnic lunch. There is a final option for one more back country ride before we load up & return to Christchurch where you will be delivered to your local lodging.
Cycling Distance: up to 110 kms 68 miles
Best Cycling: Mt Lyford to Waiau – 28 kms
Waiau to SH1 via Leader Road: 31 kms/ 19 miles
Tour Prices 2019/2020
|Single Supplement ( extra ) NZ$360
Departure Dates 2019/2020
|Nov 23rd 2019 Christchurch A
|Dec 30th 2019 Christchurch A
|Jan 18th 2020 Christchurch A
|Feb 15th 2020 Christchurch A
|Mar 8th 2020 Christchurch A
|Apr 5th 2020 Christchurch A
A: Available G: Guaranteed Departure C: Closed