Set in the deep south of New Zealand, the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail circles the picturesque Eyre Mountains, cuts through remote valleys and truly gets you off the beaten track. Through the agriculture areas Southland is know for, to towering mountains on either side of you, the Around The Mountains Cycle Trail has a bit of everything to bring a smile to your face.
The 186km journey can be ridden in either direction, starting at Kingston or Walter Peak. A 3 to 5 day ride lets you set your own pace, with a highly recommended option of spending a night in Te Anau and riding the Lake 2 Lake Cycle Trail to bring some epic Fiordland National Park scenery in to your bike adventure.
Immerse yourself in true southern hospitality, pedal through historic towns and rural farmland. Explore the world famous Mavora Lakes, the towering mountains and crystal clear lakes, streams and rivers. Take a picture at one of the awe inspiring Lord of the Rings film locations at the North Mavora Lake, stop for a snack and spot trout playing in the remote Oreti and Mataura rivers. Cycle through Mt Nicholas and Walter Peak high country stations.
At the start or the finish of your trip, a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw will help the Around The Mountains Cycle Trail be a bike trip to remember.