10 Day Pedal the West Coast & Central Lakes

Join us on this 10 day cycle tour as you pedal your way through fairy tail forests and romantic lakesides on the West Coast and Central Lakes regions.

10 Day Pedal the West Coast & Central Lakes

Get the wheels rolling as you cycle along the beautiful West Coast Wilderness Trail and be as daring or relaxed as you like at the Cardrona Bike Park. A great 10 day tour with plenty of stunning scenery along the way.

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Christchurch to Queenstown
Departs: Daily
Duration: 10 days
Tour Code: SD10PWC

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Greymouth, Hokitika, Franz Josef, Fox Glacier, Haast, Wanaka, Queenstown

Tour Inclusions

  • Christchurch transfers
  • 10 day car hire
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Superior & Premium accommodation includes breakfast
  • TranzAlpine train journey
  • West Coast Wilderness Trail
  • Mountain bike hire, Franz Josef
  • Mountain bike hire & lift pass, Cardrona Bike Park
  • Station2Station Cycle Trail, Queenstown

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH

Welcome to Christchurch.

Collect your rental car at the airport on arrival. After checking in to your accommodation, depending on your flight, there may be time for you to explore the “Garden City”. Perhaps take a relaxing tram ride through the city and enjoy the interesting commentary of past and present, wander through the beautiful Botanical Gardens and alongside the Avon River.

Stay: Christchurch

DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / HOKITIKA

Climb aboard one of the world’s great train journeys – the TranzAlpine train.

Crossing fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. Traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. Descend through thick stands of native beech forest to your destination – Greymouth.

Collect your rental car, then it’s just a short drive to the heritage town of Hokitika, renowned for its magnificent greenstone and multitude of shops, galleries and cafes right on the beach. Nearby the Hokitika Walkway offers extraordinary mountain and ocean views.

Stay: Hokitika

DAY 3: WEST COAST WILDERNESS TRAIL

Immerse yourself in some of the most spectacular landscapes along the West Coast Wilderness Trail.

Ride amidst majestic native forest, pedal through a stunning mountain-ringed valley, cross crystal-clear rivers and then discover one of New Zealand’s most picturesque lakes Lake Kaniere.

The trail then plunges back into the bush for a fun cruise along an historic water race and then down the sweeping tree-lined pathway known as the Pipeline. Take a breath while you meander down peaceful Kaniere Road towards Hokitika before the final leg along the historic Kaniere Tramway and the banks of the Hokitika River.

Stay: Hokitika

DAY 4: HOKITIKA / FRANZ JOSEF

Today leaving Hokitika, the beautiful green native forests thicken as you continue south and into the glacier region, crossing blue flowing rivers and passing scenic lakes of Ianthe and Wahapo – which also make for great lunch spots!

The small township of Franz Josef is home to the Franz Josef Glacier – a huge river of ice that has squeezed down the valleys to just 250m above sea level. Enjoy a scenic flight, glacier walk, one of the many short walks around the village or relax in the hot pools complex set within the rainforest.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 5: FRANZ JOSEF AT LEISURE

Part of the Te Wahipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, the Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as its gem. The village has a busy cafe scene and provides the hub to the region’s many exciting outdoor activities such as guided glacier hikes. We have included a full day Mountain Bike Hire for you to enjoy at your own leisure.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 6: FRANZ JOSEF / WANAKA

Pass through the alpine village of Fox Glacier, perhaps take to visit the glacier or nearby Lake Mathieson, famous for reflecting a near-perfect image of Aoraki Mount Cook.

Through the Gates of Haast, follow the Haast River into the extraordinary, remote beauty of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Skirt the shores of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea to the resort town of Wanaka with its mirror lake shores and rugged mountainous backdrop. The perfect destination for outdoor adventure.

Stay: Wanaka

DAY 7: WANAKA AT LEISURE

From jet boating up the Matukituki River, outback 4WD adventure safaris, mountain biking, wild wire and tandem paragliding for those who want a bit of adventure, to more leisurely attractions such as Puzzling World, a round of golf with stunning lake views, a scenic lake cruise with a guided island walk or an escorted small group tour of local vineyards.

A lakeside stroll offers impressive views up the lake towards the remote Mt Aspiring National Park. We can include optional extras, just ask us at the time of booking.

Stay: Wanaka

DAY 8: WANAKA / CARDRONA BIKE PARK / QUEENSTOWN

Today departing Wanaka to the historic village of Cardrona, just a 20-minutes drive.

Ready for action! The Cardrona Bike Park features a variety of lift-accessed downhill mountain bike trails for all levels of rider to enjoy. With some of the longest vertical descents in the country, explore this alpine playground. Included is mountain bike rental and lift pass.

After a day of fun continue enroute to Queenstown, a short drive over the famous Crown Range Road, arriving in the resort town, hugging the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 9: STATION 2 STATION CYCLE TRAIL

Today includes a Scenic Cruise from Queenstown to Mt Nicholas where you set course for one of New Zealand’s most remote high-country farms.

Cycle between Mt Nicholas and Walter Peak high country farms along the far shores of Lake Wakatipu. Explore at your own pace and enjoy an unforgettable cycle ride with spectacular views at every turn.

Cruise from Walter Peak on the historic TSS Earnslaw back to Queenstown.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 10: FAREWELL FROM QUEENSTOWN
Skyline Gondola, Queenstown

Today your day is at leisure until you drop off your rental car at Queenstown airport on departure.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Double/Twin Single Triple
Standard $2,624 NZD $4,212 NZD $2,279 NZD Enquire / Book
Superior $3,570 NZD $5,905 NZD $3,120 NZD Enquire / Book
Premium $4,220 NZD $7,053 NZD $3,672 NZD Enquire / Book
Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Tour Type: Self Drive Tour
A Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.
 
Frequently Asked Questions – Self Drive Tours

What is a Self Drive tour?
A Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.

What is required to hire a vehicle within New Zealand?
A valid driver’s licence in English is required to hire a rental vehicle within New Zealand.  Please note drivers must be over 21 years to hire a vehicle, between 21 – 25 years a young driver surcharge is applicable. We recommend all clients have a credit card for car rental, the card number is then held for a bond. All vehicles are automatic transmission, we do not offer manual transmissions.

What is driving in New Zealand like?
We drive on the right in New Zealand, all rental vehicles are set up for right hand drive. Within the cities, roads are busy, there are motorways and highways. Once out of town most of our roads two lanes, there are some divided carriage ways, however most driving will be on 2 lane paved/sealed roads. It will take you a lot longer than you think looking at the map to get from point A to point B.

What dates do your tours depart?
Our self drive tours depart daily, driving times do vary each day so please consider this when booking departure flights.

What is included in the tour cost?
All tours include accommodation and rental car. Some tours include activities listed in the itineraries. Car hire is quoted including basic insurance, with the option to upgrade to fully comprehensive insurance.  A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers will be sent to your arrival accommodation, a comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you prior to your departure. Your personal travel consultant will contact you on arrival, allowing ease of communication whilst you are traveling.

What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, fuel, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.

How many people can I include in a self-drive tour?
Our largest hire vehicle is 9 passengers and a driver. You can travel in a group, with a number of vehicles but each vehicle must have a licenced driver.

I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.

Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior and Premium tour rates include breakfast.  There are exceptions where some activities will include lunch or dinner. We are more than happy to make recommendations, please advise if there are any dietary requirements so we can recommend accordingly. .

Is Halal and other speciality food available in New Zealand? 
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country, let us now if you require this and we will compile a list for you. We can also offer advice in regards to Vegan and other special requirements.

How will I navigate my way around New Zealand?
You will be supplied with a map in your travel wallet. If you require a GPS, this can be arranged with your car hire, if you are wishing to use your own navigational device, SIM cards can be purchased at the airport. Our comprehensive itinerary will guide you, especially with our personal touches just for you. We are only a phone call away. Most pre booked optional activities will have an informative guide giving you an insight into the activity you have chosen.

Can I add in additional days to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible – we will gladly work with you to make our tours suit your requirements. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra day rates.

What is the difference between the three tour types Quality, Superior and Premium Tours?
Standard:  Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms. Your rental car is a small compact car.
Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast. Your rental car is a mid-size car.
Premium: 5 star hotel accommodation, including breakfast. Your rental car is an SUV.
Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers.

What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we will be delighted to plan a customised tour to suit your requirements, using our 30 years of experience. Our local knowledge will come up with many pleasant surprises for you. 

How much luggage can I take on my tour?
You can bring as much luggage as you require, we recommend 1 piece of luggage (max 25kg each), for ease of travel. We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.

How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 45 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 45 days prior to travel. For bookings made 45 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.

What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 31 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit plus a further 10% of the total package price.
Cancellations 15 – 30 days prior to travel: Deposit + a further 20% of the total package price.
Cancellations 0-14 days prior to travel: 100% of total fare (no refund).
Booking amendments made by you: an amendment fee of 10% of total package price will be charged to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.

Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.

Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday. It is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights.

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated, but not a requirement. It is certainly not expected, nobody will be offended should you wish to.

Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia.

What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase. The above currency conversion page is to be used as a guide only.

10 Day Pedal the West Coast & Central Lakes

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours Tour Code: SD10PWC From $2,279 Per Person Departs: Daily Join us on this 10 day cycle tour as you pedal your way through fairy tail forests and romantic lakesides on the West Coast and Central Lakes regions. Enquire about this tour

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