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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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Hello Sophie,

Thank you for your lovely Christmas greeting! Great to see you on the scooter!

I had intended to write to you after my return to Melbourne. I came back yesterday evening after two interesting days in Wellington.

I will be happy to recommend your services at any time. You are doing a great job and I want to give you a big THANK YOU for your arrangements for my travel to NZ. It was indeed a fantastic tour! I had so many exciting and magic experiences and they really showed a lot of contrasts of your country. The added, special arrangements made by you also worked out perfectly. The bus tour from Queenstown to Christchurch was a very pleasant addition and included some new sights, especially of Mount Cook during the lunch break at Hermitage.

The group from AATKings/Trafalgar that I joined in Auckland was very nice and the Travel Director, Marty Paranihi, was just outstanding, as were also the coach drivers. The various optional tours on some of the days were well explained by Marty so it made it easy to choose among them. For instance I went on a Jet Boat tour for the first time in my life, a great experience!

There is only one thing that I can think of that was a little unlucky: I was the only one on the later flight from Rotorua to Christchurch. The rest of the group went on an earlier flight. But this was handled perfectly also by Marty Paranihi, who arranged a private pick-up for me at the arrival in Christchurch. And, since I stayed there for several hours on Saturday, I got the opportunity to visit the Canterbury Museum and the Botanic Garden, that the other participants had recommended. So it turned out very well in the end!

And above all: we were extremely lucky with the weather! It only rained once, and that was during the short walk to watch the Franz Josef Glacier. After all, we were in the Rain Forest!

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