Milford MOUNTAIN CLASSIC - Short & Sweet

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Te Anau, Milford Sound & Queenstown

4-Day Mini-Beak 17 - 20 February 2022

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. This event will not exist once tourism is back up and running. 2022 could just be your last chance.

There's also the option of riding the absolutely stunning 'Around the Mountain' bike trail which takes us 90km on gravel roads through the beautiful Mavora Lake region (mountain bikes are included in the cost) all the way to Walter Peak Station where a BBQ is waiting for us. We then catch the evening Earnslaw to Queenstown.

Look forward to riding with you,

Karl and the RH team

Tour Details

Tour Inclusions & Highlights

  • 3 nights Te Anau. 
  • You can extend to include the Around Mountain Trail on Sunday 20 Feb.
  • Entry into the Milford Mountain Classic.
  • 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 $220.00 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 NZD1350.00 per person twin share.  
      • Single supplement - NZD280.00 Te Anau. (3 nights) 
      • Non-riders - Please deduct $300.00 (cycle jersey and event entry)

      Optional extension  

      Around Mountain Trail, bike hire, and a night in Queenstown making it 5 days / 4 night

      • Extra cost per person $650.00 twin share. Single supplement is an extra $150.00     

      Terms and Conditions

      Deposit & Balance terms and conditions. The initial deposit is $0 with a $250.00 per person to be paid 60 days prior to departure. Full payment will be due 30 days prior to departure. Our Covid guarantee - The most you will lose (including inside 30 days) is $250.00 which covers our fixed costs like the clothing etc. (which you would still receive)

        Milford Sound Classic - Short & Sweet Tour Itinerary

        Day 1 - Thursday 17 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 (superior rooms)
        / Meals - Welcome Dinner

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

        Day 2 - Friday 18 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 (or the RH boat – you choose)
        / Meals - Breakfast and Dinner (Lunch own arrangements)

        Day 3 - Saturday 19 February

        Milford Mountain Classic

        Milford Sound is located within Fiordland National Park, an area that has held UNESCO World Heritage status since 1986. It's also the start of the Milford Mountain Classic and in my humble opinion - the most beautiful cycling event on the planet.

        You can choose between the 120km Milford Classic, 100km Homer Hundred or the 65km Eglinton Challenge. Whatever you choose - you're in for a treat. Today it will be pink and blue lycra on display.

        Let's talk you through the day. While you are eating breakfast the RH team will load all the bikes. We invite you to grab a takeaway coffee for the scenic journey through to Milford Sound. We'll also provide lunch. It's a 2-hour drive so we have plenty of time. Our actual ride doesn't start until 12pm. That gives all the domestic traffic the chance to get off the road and our guides time to tune your bikes prior to the event start.

        Here's a pretty good description of what you can expect for those going the whole way. 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.

        This evening we've booked a local restaurant. We've also employed a professional to put together a short video on today's festival of cycling. We'll play it on the big screen while the RH gang of 100 has a few beers or a glass of wine together.

        / Accommodation - Te Anau Distinction (superior room)
        / Meals included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

        Day 4 - Sunday 20 February

        Home James or join us for a day of gravel

        After breakfast we'll transfer those of you who are departing early to Queenstown airport for your flight home. Please don't book morning flights. Ideally 1pm or later which means we don't need to rush when leaving Te Anau.

        For those who want a bit more time in the saddle - you are welcome to join our other groups as they ride the 'Around the Mountains' Cycle Trail. Set in the remote wilderness of southern New Zealand, the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail offers a truly unique experience for those seeking to venture off the beaten track. Total trail distance is 186km however we plan to ride 90 of the best.

        Starting near the pristine waters of the Mavora Lakes - one of the awe-inspiring locations featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. We then cycle alongside the Oreti and Mataura rivers and through the native tussock lands of Walter Peak and Mt Nicholas stations - both authentic high-country farms. When you arrive at Walter Peak there's a late afternoon high station BBQ waiting. Our uber back to Queenstown is none other than the reasonably well known Earnslaw. (8pm expected back at the hotel)

        Whatever you choose - thank you for joining us. We look forward to travelling with you overseas one day.

        Ride safe,

        Karl & the RH team


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