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Te Anau, Milford Sound & Queenstown

17 - 21 February (5 Days / 4 Nights) | Sold Out - Waitlist Welcome

The best of the best. 5 fantastic days in arguably New Zealand's most beautiful region. A true combination of paved and gravel roads. It's not all just about the bike. We’re lucky enough to have our own private launch waiting for us on Milford Sound. Wow.

The absolute cycling highlight for 2022 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.

You also ride 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.

Ride Holidays will take the hassle out of this short holiday. We've included pretty much everything. Transfers, guides, mechanics, meals and of course the standard RH friendliness.

Tour Details

Tour Inclusions & Highlights

  • 2 nights Te Anau, 1-night Milford Sound overnight cruise and 1 night in Queenstown.
  • Entry into the Milford Mountain Classic (value $150.00)
  • Hire bikes for the Around Mountain day. (either electric or mountain)
  • Meals - All meals
  • Full support from 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

      The Tour Cost

      • 5 days / 4 nights NZD2425.00 per person twin share
      • NZD700.00 extra for your own room, cabin. (4 nights)


      If you would like an extra night in Queenstown at the end of the trip and join us on the guided, supported Glenorchy ride (on 21 Feb so your tour would effectively end on 22 Feb) then the extra cost including meals, support, accommodation is $340.00 per person twin share. Or $470.00 for single.

      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)

        The Best of The Best -  Milford Sound & Around the Mountain Cycle Tour Itinerary

        Day 1 - Thursday 17 February

        Queenstown to Te Anau

        Welcome to Queenstown - New Zealand's premier year-round holiday destination. Famous for its beautiful scenery and most importantly - adventure activities and that certainly includes cycling.

        Thank you for booking on Ride Holidays Milford Mountain the best of the best trip.

        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 restaurants - it's important we start appropriately. We introduce the team and run through the plan for tomorrow. Fiordland National Park awaits.

        / 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

        Milford Sound on the MV RH Navigator

        Sleep in. There is no rush. The best place for coffee is the Sandfly Café.

        It's about a 2-hour drive to Milford Sound. However, we see this as an ideal opportunity to ride your bike rather than hop in a van. So, mid-morning we ride towards Fiordland National Park. Given that, tomorrow is a big day we won't make you ride the whole way. How about a gentle 70km ride from our hotel to Knobs Flat. We'll drive from there. We don’t board our accommodation for this evening until 4pm so we have plenty of time.

        Please note – to make things easy and comfortable for you. You can keep your Te Anau room while you are staying tonight on Milford Sound. All you need to do is pack a day bag (and cycling gear of course) and leave everything else in your Te Anau hotel room. This will make things a lot easier for you after you finish tomorrows Milford Mountain Classic.   

        Waiting for us in Milford Sound is our very own boat. That would be the MV RH Navigator. Our chartered vessel for this evening and home to about 60 RH whanau. What a night it will be. There is no better way to soak up the majesty of Milford Sound than aboard the Navigator. Which features spacious viewing decks, a dining room and an observation lounge. There are plenty of kayaks for use, and two tender craft for exploring the waterways of what is widely regarded as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

        Our plan this evening is to slowly cruise the length of Milford Sound (16km) out to the open sea. Depending upon the swell and the weather we see this as the ideal spot for popping open the odd bottle of champagne. We’ll then find somewhere sheltered to moor up for dinner. We’ve asked the chef for a high carb menu. Our final resting place for this evening will be back deep in the Sound which means there’s zero risk for those who aren’t 100% seaworthy. It's extremely calm.   

        Spending the night in this very special part of the world means truly taking in its splendour. We are incredibly fortunate to have this part of the world all to ourselves. Let’s make the most of it.

        / Accommodation - MV RH Navigator
        / Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

        Day 3 - Saturday 19 February

        Milford Mountain Classic

        Well - today is that day. Very exciting. It is without doubt one of the most scenic sportive's in the world. Can't wait to get back there.

        By now you would have trained and mentally prepared for either the Meridian Milford Mountain Classic which involves 122km and 1760 VM. Or the Ricoh Homer Hundred - 100km starting at the Homer tunnel. There's also the Fiordland Lobster Eglinton Challenge which offers 65km of picture paradise cycling. (we will run the 65km and 100km riders to the start at about 11am)

        Let's talk you through the day. After breakfast you can relax. We'll spend the morning cruising Milford Sound. Yoga? Fishing? There's nothing to be done right up until the 12noon start time. That gives all the domestic traffic the chance to get off the road.

        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.

        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


        After breakfast we'll say goodbye to our luggage. Please make sure bags are clearly named with your RH luggage labels - that way they'll find their way to your Queenstown room by the time we arrive.

        Just looking at my timesheet and I see no reason to depart really early, so please head off to Sandfly (where the locals go) for a coffee. Let's jump in the vehicles at 10am. Today we are accompanied by Wild Rides Fiordland. They're providing Mountain (or electric) bikes, support for today's adventure.

        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 80 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. Our 1% experience for today - when you arrive at Walter Peak there's a late afternoon high station BBQ waiting. I suspect the guest of honour for this afternoon's proceedings will be locally sourced. Can't wait.

        Our uber back to Queenstown is none other than the reasonably well known Earnslaw. (8pm expected back at the hotel)

        / Accommodation - Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
        / Meals included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

        Day 5 - Monday 21 February

        Home James

        After breakfast we'll take you back to Queenstown Airport or you can choose to stay a few additional nights. In fact - have a chat to Karl as they're organising a ride to Glenorchy and back with the bigger group.

        Otherwise - thank you for joining us. We really appreciate your loyalty.

        Safe travels home,

        Karl & the RH team


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