Milford MOUNTAIN CLASSIC - Short & Sweet

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Te Anau, Milford Sound & Queenstown

4-Day Mini-Beak 16-19 February 2023

This tour has been created for those who want a short holiday without spending a fortune. That doesn't mean that Ride Holidays standards will drop. You will well and truly be looked after.

We'll take the hassle out of this short minibreak. We've included transfers, guides, mechanics, meals and of course the standard RH friendliness.

There's plenty of spare time to either walk the Kepler or visit Doubtful Sound. We're happy to organise anything you want to do.

The absolute cycling highlight will be the sportive from Milford Sound to Te Anau. The Milford Mountain Classic. You'll join hundreds of lycra clad friends for a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride this very special (but hilly) road as it journeys through the UNESCO Fiordland National Park.

You also get to spend a couple of hours on Milford Sound on the private Ride Holidays chartered vessel.

Seriously, what more can you pack in to 4 days. Not much!!

Look forward to riding with you,

Karl and the RH team

Tour Details

Tour Inclusions & Highlights

  • 3 nights Te Anau in villa rooms at the Distinction Luxmore.
  • Entry into the Milford Mountain Classic.
  • Milford Sound cruising on the Saturday morning.
  • Meals - All meals except for lunch on the Friday.
  • Fully supported - airport to airport.
  • RIDE Holidays cycle jersey

The Tour Price Excludes

  • Airfares and extra accommodation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Sports bars, gels etc. We will supply bananas, electrolyte powder etc
  • Doubtful Sound full day excursion $240.00 per person (includes lunch)
  • Kepler 5 hours (jet boat and walk) $240.00 per person

      The Tour Cost

      • 4 day / 3-night Te Anau package NZD1850.00 per person twin share.
      • Single supplement – NZD400.00 Te Anau. (3 nights)
      • Non-riders - NZD1250.00 (transport, accommodation, food and Milford Sound)

      Terms and Conditions

      Deposit & Balance terms and conditions. The initial deposit is $300.00 per person. Full payment will be due 60 days prior to departure. Our Covid guarantee - The most you will lose (including inside 60 days) is $300.00 which covers our fixed costs like the clothing etc. (which you would still receive)

      Milford Sound Classic - Short & Sweet Tour Itinerary

      Day 1 - Thursday 16 February

      Queenstown to Te Anau

      Thank you for considering Ride Holidays on our Milford Mountain Classic 4-day mini break. We promise a hassle-free holiday showcasing the beautiful Fiordland National Park.

      We suggest you arrive mid to late morning. We will have multiple midday transfers departing for Te Anau. Both from the airport as well as Queenstown downtown. Please make sure that you have lunch, coffee before we depart as the plan is to drive non-stop to Te Anau (2hrs) if possible. That allows us plenty of time to put the bikes together and head out for a short spin this afternoon.

      Our Te Anau hotel is centrally located. This picturesque town is the main visitor base for the glacier-carved wilderness that is the UNESCO Fiordland National Park and the finish line for Saturdays Milford Mountain Classic.

      Tonight, we've picked one of Te Anau's best restaurants - it's important we start appropriately. We introduce the team and run through the plan for the next couple of days.

      Accommodation - Te Anau Distinction (villa rooms)
      Meals - Welcome Dinner

      Ps, we are happy to arrange accommodation for those wanting to arrive in Queenstown early.

      Day 2 - Friday 17 February

      UNESCO Rest day

      Tomorrow is D-day. Today is designed around rest and relaxation. Yes - it's a holiday. (Kind of)

      Here is what we suggest.

      1, a guided gentle coffee ride after breakfast down Lake Manapouri. Maximum mileage is 60km. You then have the remainder of the day to rest up. We could even try and arrange massage for those who are keen.

      2, we expect the majority of you to book the day trip to Doubtful Sound. Cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri and over Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove where you will board our catamaran for a three-hour cruise taking in the dramatic scenery of Doubtful Sound.

      3, there are a huge number of walks which we can recommend - including the challenging Kepler track. At 1pm we'll be guiding a 5 hour jet boat, 6km walk on the Kepler. It's the perfect opportunity to ride in the morning and then tick off something constructive in the afternoon.

      At some stage today you'll need to pick up your event registrations and no doubt there will be press interviews for some of you…

      This evening we all eat (carbo load) together as there are logistics to talk through for tomorrow. Some of you will be nervous. Others excited. We will answer all your questions and try and dampen down those hills for you.

      Accommodation - Te Anau Distinction (villa rooms)
      Meals - Breakfast and Dinner (Lunch own arrangements)

      Day 3 - Saturday 18 February

      Milford Sound and the Milford Mountain Classic

      Early breakfast. All you need to do is eat and then hop in the bus. It's about a 2-hour drive to Milford Sound. You simply can’t come to this part of the world without seeing the Sound via the water. Waiting for us in Milford Sound is our very own boat. Let’s call it a morning tea, early lunch cruise.

      While you are marvelling at the 8th wonder of the world – our team will bring your bikes from Te Anau. They’ll be waiting for you when you get back on to land. Ready to go. Up, up and away!!

      Today is that day. The Milford Mountain Classic. Very exciting. It is without doubt one of the most scenic sportive's in the world. Can't wait.

      There are 3 options.

      1pm - Meridian Milford Mountain Classic which involves 122km and 1760 VM.

      1.30pm – Ride Holidays Homer Hundred - 100km starting on the Southern side of the Homer tunnel.

      2pm - Fiordland Lobster Eglinton Challenge which offers 65km od relatively flat roads.

      Here's a pretty good description of what you can expect. The 122km ride starts at sea level and for the first 5km it is not much more than a false flat (climbing about 100m) before the road rises sharply. Over the next 14km you climb constantly to about 900m above sea level followed by a 12km decent to the foot of the Divide. The Divide is about a 200VM climb over 2kms. The remaining 85-90km is mainly flat or a gentle decent. Ride Holidays will be at the halfway point with a full selection of fuel, epo and anything else you require.

      It is one of the best days on a bike you will have. Promise. .

      This evening we've booked a local restaurant. Which is right on the finish line. Let’s support our riders as they cross the finish line. Some of you may be late so we’ll save the official celebrations until tomorrow morning.

      Accommodation - Te Anau
      Meals included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      Day 4 - Sunday 19 February

      Home James 

      It’s the official event prize-giving breakfast this morning.

      Please don't book morning flights. Ideally 1pm or later which means we don't need to rush when leaving Te Anau. We are happy to drop you at the airport or Queenstown downtown.

      Thank you for joining us. We look forward to travelling with you again in the near future.

      Ride safe,

      Karl & the RH team


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