The Perfect January Pick-Me Up: Summer in the South Island

south islandLife can sometimes feel a bit flat once all the merriment of the Christmas season is done and dusted. And if you’re prone to overindulging at this time of year, getting back on your bike can be a tough prospect (and even tougher if you’re battling the cold and wet in the northern hemisphere).

So here’s a tonic that might just soothe those January blues: book yourself onto our brand new Twin Trails Tour, which incorporates two of New Zealand’s hottest cycle trails: the Alps to Ocean and the Otago Rail Trail.

Departing from Christchurch on the 28 January, you’ll experience nine days of adventure amidst some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery. Drink in the turquoise blue waters of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki, breathe in the crisp air and high peaks of Mount Cook, and gaze in awe at the crystal-clear night skies of the Mackenzie Basin.

After a day in Oamaru checking out the yellow eyed penguins or wandering the historic precinct, you’ll head to Dunedin for a train journey through the spectacular Taieri Gorge, before saddling up to ride the famed Otago Rail Trail.

Along the way, you’ll also get the opportunity to sample local restaurants, try your hand at curling, soak in scenic hot pools and experience a vista-filled helicopter flight high above Lake Pukaki. The tour ends in the adventure hot-spot of Queenstown, where all manner of fun awaits.

This tour packs in a lot, but one thing that isn’t overly strenuous is the riding. Daily distances average 40-50km, with one 82km day. Some of the riding is along unpaved trails and you’ll encounter hills and undulating terrain. But fear not, our support vehicle will always be close at hand to give you a break from the saddle. As with all our guided tours, accommodation and most meals are included, and you’ll be accompanied at all times by your friendly, experienced tour guide.

Sunny skies, breathtaking views and invigorating riding – we can’t think of a better way to kick start 2017. Check out the full itinerary here, and if you have any questions, get in touch.

Have a great week,