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Wednesday 01 March, 2017

Get on your bike in Queenstown

Panoramic alpine & views and easy biking make this remote Queenstown cycle ride a "must".

Here is an easy, remote half day bike ride with a big difference.  It’s the Station to Station Cycle Trail operated by Southern Discoveries from Queenstown.  You get kitted out with your bike and helmet at the Southern Discoveries office before boarding their sparkling Spirit of Queenstown vessel for the outstandingly scenic cruise to Mt Nicholas Farm.

Arriving at Mt Nicholas

When you arrive, there is an optional guided farm tour, before heading off on the 14km (9 mile) quiet back country road to Walter Peak Station.

Station to Station cycle trail

The bike ride is unguided and even though it follows a public road, traffic is next to nothing, just a few farm vehicles.

Station to Station cycle trail views of Lake Wakatipu

Views are breathtaking!  Take in the Southern Alps, Glenorchy and the Remarkables mountain range.  When you arrive at Walter Peak, there is an optional BBQ lunch on offer before boarding the historic TSS Earnslaw back to Queenstown. Ride time is approx 1 hour 30 mins.

We’re adding it to our 19 day New Zealand cycle self drive itinerary for next 17/18 summer.  Good idea!

Views of Lake Wakatipu

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Dear Monique,

Wow! What an amazing experience! EVERYTHING went smoothly, and was as promised or better. For example, our car had a built in GPS (and I would strongly encourage everyone to get one as the road names were not well marked). Our hotels were gorgeous-from Quest Parnell which let us check in early (thank you!) to the hotel in Wellington which upgraded us to a Penthouse suite with a view of the harbor(unfortunately the fireworks were cancelled). All the hotels were amazingly comfortable, some modern, some more rustic-but great amenities, views, locations, etc. The tours were fantastic, too, with fascinating guides, wonderful locations, timely pick-ups, etc. It could not have been better! The estimated drive times were spot on, and the are so lucky to live in such a beautiful country!

I will be writing reviews on TripAdvisor(but I just finally got back from vacation Friday night) -and you are more than welcome to have people contact me with questions. We appreciate all your efforts! I thought the trip itself was well-laid out-good to rest in Queenstown after that white knuckle driving over the pass-enough time everywhere to whet the appetite-and we all want to come back someday, now that the driving fear is lessened.

Thank you so much!

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