Inland on New Zealand’s South Island, Central Otago boasts a stunning landscape from ancient mountains to alpine fields and rushing rivers. Central Otago is home to three iconic cycling trails, an ideal climate for wine and local produce as well as an intriguing gold mining history waiting to be uncovered.

Top Things to do in Central Otago
- Explore the heritage towns of Central Otago including Ophir, Bannockburn, Clyde and Naseby and uncover their gold mining heritage featuring historic building sand the remains of gold mining tunnels, shafts and water races

- Cycle New Zealand’s original Great Ride on the ...

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  1. Queenstown Trail Luxury Bike, Vine & Dine 3D2N (Self Guided Cycling with Support)

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    Discover the stunning natural beauty of New Zealand’s most popular 'Great Ride' - the Queenstown Trail on this full-supported, luxury cycling holiday that includes one of the country’s best wine regions: the Gibbston Valley.

    On the shores of Lake Wakatipu starts a great journey, over 130kms of off-road trails taking you from Queenstown to Gibbston via historic Arrowtown.

    Departing from Queenstown, ease into your adventure along the Frankton Track and Kelvin Peninsula Trail, taking in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wakatipu and the Frankton Arm. Breathe in the thyme-scented air along the Twin Rivers Trail and enjoy a lazy circuit of Lake Hayes, where the Remarkables mountain range can be seen above and reflected in the near-perfect mirror of the lake. Cycle to Gibbston via Arrowtown and discover a historic goldrush town lined with tiny miners’ cottages, house shops, galleries, bars and restaurants – not one from an international chain. Immerse yourself in New Zealand’s “Valley of the Vines” and indulge in a 5-star culinary experience complete with world-class wines.

    In the evenings, relax and unwind in your handpicked, 5-star accommodation at one of the Gibbston Valley’s best lodge and spas. Retreat to your gorgeous villa and sip world-class local wines overlooking the vineyards. Pamper yourself with body treatments, luxury facials and signature spa packages such as “vinotherapy”, which uses different parts of the grape and vine to benefit the skin.

    Included in this 3-day, fully catered cycling adventure is 2 nights’ in 5-star accommodation on a twin share basis. All cycling equipment – trail bike, helmet, panniers repair kit and odometer – is provided along with a supporting vehicle for on road support. Return transfers from Queenstown are also included.

    Vine and dine your way across Queenstown on this luxury cycling holiday and tick off one of New Zealand’s best rides.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Discover the stunning natural beauty of New Zealand’s most popular 'Great Ride' - the Queenstown Trail on this full-supported, luxury cycling holiday that ...
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    From A$2,650.00 Per Person, Twin Share
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  2. South Island Bike 'n' Hike 12D11N, Self-Drive

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    Bike and hike the best of the South Island on this action-packed 12-day self-drive road trip including the Alps To Ocean, Roxburgh Gorge, Otago Central Rail Trail, Routeburn Track, Queenstown Trail, Rob Roy Glacier and Hooker Valley.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: snow-capped mountains, sparkling fiords, shimmering lakes, lush rainforests, fast-moving glaciers and more. For the outdoor enthusiast, keen on hiking and biking, the North Island New Zealand has no shortage of things to see and do. Home of the Great Walks and Rides (known to be some of the best hikes and rides in the world) and many other exciting activities, you could spend months trying to see it all. Luckily for you, this road trip offers the best of the South Island on two feet – and two wheels! 

    Departing from Christchurch, hit the road to see and experience the splendor of the South Island. Stretch the laces on your hiking boots in Mount Aspiring National Park and the Mount Cook region, home to unforgettable walks including the Routeburn, Rob Roy Glacier and Hooker Valley Tracks. Cycle the South Island’s Great Rides including the Alps To Ocean, Roxburgh Gorge, Otago Central Rail Trail and Queenstown Trail. Along the way, you will also have the opportunity to explore vibrant cities and towns, and learn about New Zealand’s fascinating pioneering and gold mining history.

    This thrilling 12-day hiking- and biking-focused self-drive package includes 11-nights’ boutique hotel accommodation on a twin share basis. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools and spas. Twelve days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeing as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast and some meals provided.

    Embrace the great outdoors on this exhilarating 12-day self-drive road trip. This package is perfect for active couples and families seeking the South Island’s ultimate hiking and biking experiences .

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Bike and hike the best of the South Island on this action-packed 12-day self-drive road trip including the Alps To Ocean, Roxburgh Gorge, Otago ...
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  3. New Zealand’s South Island Walking (Christchurch to Queenstown) 9D8N, Full Guided

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    Experience the unmatched wonders of nature as you explore New Zealand from Christchurch to Queenstown on this 9-day walking adventure. From striking mountains, picturesque lakes and lush beech forest to enchanting towns; prepare to be astounded at every turn.

    Your adventure begins at the George Hotel in downtown Christchurch, where you travel to the Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area, a spectacular geological treasure. Hike to the historic sheep station hut. Bask in the beauty of this breathtaking land as you make our way to the summit of Arthur’s Pass, then after head south to Franz Josef. Tour the bustling town of Franz Josef, and go for a stroll along the peaceful and scenic Lake Matheson. Explore Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area at your leisure. Journey into Hawea Town with spectacular views, and experience the astonishing Milford Sound. Come across Rob Roy often referred to as the “Matterhorn of the South''. Delight in local wine tasting at the Gibbston Valley, home to several wineries. Come upon the charming Queenstown, New Zealand’s “Adventure Capital”. Bring an end to this wonderful exploit with an early-morning walk along Lake Wakatipu before shuttling to the Queenstown airport.

    Relax and unwind at picturesque hotels. Marvel at the heavenly views the Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass National Park offers. Book a therapeutic session at the luxurious Te Waonui Forest Retreat spa. Relax at the lounge of the Wilderness Lodge, Lake Moeraki while embracing the glorious views around you. Take a dip in the hot tub of the Edgewater Resort Hotel. Unwind at the sauna of the Sherwood Queenstown Hotel.

    This luxury package includes 8 nights’ accommodation in hotels on a twin share basis. All luggage transfers will be provided. You will be escorted by two support vans and three tour leaders on each departure for an average 6:1 guest-to-leader ratio. With multiple walking options to choose from each day accommodating varied activity levels and giving you the freedom to enjoy the best of a region at your own pace. An experience tailored to suit your priorities and personal style; walk in true comfort.

    Journey into the paradisiacal side of New Zealand and feel its mesmerizing essence with every step on this 9-day adventure that will forever leave you spellbound.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit? We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys to Red Centre. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

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    Christchurch
    Experience the unmatched wonders of nature as you explore New Zealand from Christchurch to Queenstown on this 9-day walking adventure. From striking mountains, picturesque ...
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    From A$9,899.00 Per Person, Twin Share
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  4. Otago Central Rail Trail Cycling 4D3N, Self-Guided

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    Pedal the full 152km of New Zealand’s great Otago Central Rail Trail at a leisurely pace on this 4 day cycle self-guided adventure of the South Island from Clyde to Middlemarch. Venture on a scenic and historic journey into the Central Otago heartland following an old railway on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient, offering a blend of scenic splendour, fascinating history, friendly towns and delicious local cuisine and wines.

    Your adventure begins in Clyde where you will soon understand why Otago Central Rail Trail is favoured by so many cyclists. You can get a Rail Trail Passport, which can be stamped at every historic station you pass through. During the 4 days, you'll cycle through the iconic tunnels and viaducts of the Poolburn Gorge and Ida Valley, admire the stunning Maniototo Plains and enjoy local hospitality as you weave your way along the old railway line. Enjoy a pleasurable and easy riding experience from Clyde to Middlemarch traversing ever-changing Central Otago scenery with plenty of diverting sights both on and near the trail, including beautiful tunnels and bridges, abandoned gold diggings, and an array of historic buildings. Traverse rocky gorges, various railway relics, and small towns with huge historic value such as Alexandra, Omakau, Oturehua and Middlemarch. The Otago Central Rail Trail is mostly flat and smooth, ideal for riders wishing to just sit back and take it easy.

    This package includes 3 night’s in comfortable accommodation on a twin share basis (upgrade to Superior Accommodation is available on request at an additional cost. Please contact us). Some meals and transport throughout the trail are included as specified in the itinerary. This is a self-guided adventure offering a pleasurable riding experience where daily luggage and vehicle transportation is included so that all you need to do is pedal and unwind from everyday life (e-bikes are available at an additional cost).

    Discover a new perspective of New Zealand; beautiful, historic, scenic and without the crowds! Tick off one of New Zealand’s great rides and uncover the country's natural beauty at an easy and relaxed pace on the back of a bike.

    3 Day and 5 Day Programs are also available. Please contact us if you are interested

    Dates or itinerary don't fit? We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Queenstown
    Pedal the full 152km of New Zealand’s great Otago Central Rail Trail at a leisurely pace on this 4 day cycle self-guided adventure of ...
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    From A$950.00 Per Person, Twin Share
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  5. Luxury Queenstown & Beyond - Great Bike & Walk 8D7N

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    This luxury cycling package incorporates 3 Great Rides of NZ - Queenstown Trail, Otago Central Rail Trail, and Alps to Ocean Trail, and a guided Hooker Valley walk in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Explore South Island's ever-changing mountains, tunnels, river gorges, valleys, lakes, glaciers and more by bike and by foot. Stay at three 5 star luxury boutique accommodation. This is the ultimate combination of relaxation and adventure.

    Your cycling journey starts with a full day supported ride on the Queenstown Trails. The cycling route includes riding along the shore of Lake Wakatipu, in the scenic country-side, around historic Arrowtown, along the beautiful Arrow and Kawarau Rivers to the Historic Kawarau Suspension Bridge - home of the world famous Bungy Jumping, and finish with a short ride through to Gibbston Valley and enjoy a relaxing wine tasting.

    Then set off on a scenic and historic journey into the Central Otago heartland for 2 days. You'll cycle 4 to 5 hours per day on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient. Traverse ever-changing mountainous, rugged landscapes, tunnels, viaducts, spectacular river gorges, old historic gold-mining villages and more.

    After a luxury hilltop private villa retreat and take in the best vistas of Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables in Queenstown, embark on a hiking adventure to Mount Cook National Park's Hooker Valley to wonder at dazzling iceberg lakes, sky-scraping peaks and spectacular glaciers.

    Continue your cycling adventure and ride on the Alps 2 Ocean (A2O) Cycle Trail and fully immerse in New Zealand's symbolic colour and beauty - the high peaks and distinctive blue lakes. Spend another two nights on the edge of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, taking in the stunning views of the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki and the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook.

    No Mackenzie Basin visit is complete without stargazing. So your finale will be in a private cellar observatory to explore one of the darkest skies in the world with a 6" refractor telescope while you are treated with refreshments and nibbles.

    You'll be supported with a local experienced tour guide and support vehicle while you are on the trail.

    You luggage will be transferred to your next accommodation. You only need to carry a daypack.

    The trip starts and concludes in Queenstown.

    Combining the best New Zealand cycling trails with luxury boutique accommodation, fine food and wine, this is the ultimate luxury cycling adventure in Queenstown.

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    Departs daily on request

    E-bike Upgrade: Extra per person $220 per person

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Queenstown, New Zealand
    This luxury cycling package incorporates 3 Great Rides of NZ - Queenstown Trail, Otago Central Rail Trail, and Alps to Ocean Trail, and a guided ...
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    From A$9,440.00 Per Person, Twin Share
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