Queenstown & The Milford Mountain Classic

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Queenstown, Milford Sound & Te Anau Minibreak

06 - 09 February 2021 (4 Days / 3 Nights) | SOLD OUT

New Zealand's Southern region is without doubt spectacular. And, COVID gives us the unique chance to ride roads that are normally filled with campervans and tourist buses. Every cloud offers a silver lining and this opportunity is one that we plan to take advantage of.

The absolute sporting highlight for the whole of 2021 will be the one-off sportive from Milford Sound to Te Anau. The Milford Mountain Classic. We'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 be sold out and we've secured 20 entries for this group.

Ride Holidays will take the hassle out of this short minibreak. We've included return transfers from Queenstown, accommodation, meals and of course the standard RH friendliness. Your host will be Jon Bridges.

Queenstown Minibreak | Tour Details

Tour Inclusions & Highlights

  • 3 nights Te Anau staying at the Distinction Hotel
  • Entry into the Milford Mountain Classic (value $150.00)
  • Airport transfers and transfer from Te Anau to Milford on game day
  • Meals - All breakfasts and Dinners
  • Host - Jon Bridges
  • Mechanical support while in Te Anau
  • RIDE Holidays cycle jersey

The Tour Price Excludes

  • Airfares and extra accommodation
  • Meals (lunches) not indicated in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Sports bars, gels etc. We will supply bananas, electrolyte powder etc

    The Tour Cost

    • 4 days / 3 nights NZD1200.00 per person twin share
    • NZD300.00 extra for your own room
    • Non-rider cost NZD800.00 (includes hotels, meals, transfers)


    Bike Hire - Please contact Karl.

    Deposit & Balance terms and conditions. The initial deposit is $250.00 per person with the balance to be paid 4 weeks prior to departure. In terms of a COVID related cancellation (closer to departure) you will be refunded in full less the $250.00 which purely covers the cost of the clothes and other non-refundable costs.

      Queenstown Minibreak 2021 Cycle Tour Itinerary

      Day 1 - Saturday 06 February

      Arrive Queenstown - drive to Te Anau

      Our vehicles depart Queenstown downtown at 12.30pm and the airport at 1.30pm. Please let us know if those times are a problem and we'll re-gig things.

      It's about a 2-hour drive to Te Anau. This picturesque town is the main visitor base for the glacier-carved wilderness that is the UNESCO Fiordland National Park and our home for the next 3 nights.

      Our host - Jon Bridges will make sure you settle in and we'll have mechanical assistance on standby in case you have any Air NZ issues. At some stage today you'll need to pick up your event registrations and no doubt there will be press interviews for athletes like Bridges, Gibson, Kinley etc.

      We've booked Italian this evening as there are a few logistics to talk through. And, you will need to fuel up.

      / Accommodation - Te Anau Distinction
      / Meals - Welcome dinner

      Day 2 - Sunday 07 February

      Milford Mountain Classic

      Well - today is that day. Very exciting. Who would have thought 12 months ago that we'd riding one of the busiest tourist traffic roads in the country. Can't wait.

      You can choose between the 120km Milford Classic, 100km Homer Hundred or the 65km Eglinton Challenge.

      Let's talk you through the day. After breakfast we all (including Team Mac) pile in the vans and drive the 120km to Milford Sound. This morning is your best chance to discover this NZ highlight which normally attracts thousands and thousands of visitors daily. Today it will be pink and blue lycra on display.

      Our actual ride doesn't start until 3pmish. That gives all the domestic traffic the chance to get off the road. Keep in mind that it doesn't get dark until after 11pm. Given that it's a late start, late finish - prize giving isn't until tomorrow morning so tonight we'll organise our own special inhouse celebrations where we join the other group of 30 RH clients. Jon Bridges will entertain us.

      There are a few major bike events around the world.. Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and the Vuelta a España but I doubt none are as scenic as what you'll ride today. Bring it on. I can't wait. See you at the start line.

      / Accommodation - Te Anau Distinction
      / Meals - Breakfast and Dinner

      Day 3 - Monday 08 February

      UNESCO Rest day

      Today is designed around rest and relaxation. Yes - it's a holiday. (kind of)

      We start with the official event breakfast where we watch many RH clients collect their gongs. Well-deserved one would say.

      It's then a gentle recovery coffee ride. There's a good chance a few local legends will join us.

      Or…. we can arrange a 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. This would be my suggestion for Team Mac.

      There are a huge number of walks which we can recommend - including the challenging Kepler track.

      Tonight, is our farewell dinner & RH partaay.

      / Accommodation - Te Anau Distinction
      / Meals included - Breakfast and Dinner (lunch is own arrangements)

      Day 4 - Tuesday 09 February

      Home James

      After breakfast we'll take you back to Queenstown. Please don't book flights before midday. We are more than happy to run you in to town if you'd like to extend your stay.

      Thank you for joining us. Let's do it again next year.

      Safe travels home,

      Karl & Jon,


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