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    Guided Cycling, Walter Peak
    Guided Cycling, Walter Peak
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    Walter Peak, Queenstown

Walter Peak Guided Cycling

Join a guided small group cycling tour with stunning views, including Cecil Peak, Walter Peak, Mount Earnslaw and Mavora Lakes.

First you’ll be fitted out with a high quality mountain bike in Queenstown. From there you’ll board the historic TSS Earnslaw for a spectacular cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak. After arriving you’ll join your guide and be driven by van along the magnificent shoreline of Lake Wakatipu before turning inland. Along the way you’ll hear intriguing stories about the area, and there’ll be plenty of photo stop opportunities.

Once on your bike, you’ll cycle the quiet country road through open tussock grasslands. Along the way enjoy stunning views of the Von River, surrounding mountains and snow-covered Mount Earnslaw at the head of Lake Wakatipu. The scenery changes again as you reach the rainforest fringed Mavora Lakes where several Lord of the Rings scenes were filmed. The surroundings are stunning, and while the trails are on public road, the area is very remote.

A support vehicle allows you to ride as little or as much as you want (we don’t mind if you jump in for the uphill bits).  There are many stops on the tour that provide welcome breaks, including when you break for a picnic lunch at a traditional musterer’s hut. Your return to the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant is in time for a well-deserved afternoon tea.

Things you should know

  • Experienced guide and van transport with cycle trailer so you can take a break when you want to
  • Personalised small group cycle tour (9 per guide)
  • Picnic lunch, hot drinks and afternoon tea included
  • Quiet back country road through mostly gently rolling terrain

More information

  • Moderate fitness is required
  • Minimum numbers apply (2 passengers). Please provide your details so that we can contact you in the event of a cancellation
  • The cycle tour is suitable for children 10 years and over

Departure Location

Real Journeys Visitor Centre on Steamer Wharf, Queenstown Bay


What to bring

  • Day pack
  • Drink/snacks
  • Walking shoes
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm sweater/fleece jacket
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses/sunhat
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera

About the TSS Earnslaw

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TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship, 1912


The TSS Earnslaw is an integral part of Queenstown’s pioneering history and to this day a Queenstown icon. 

She was commissioned by New Zealand Railways to service the communities around Lake Wakatipu. Launched in the same year as the Titanic, the TSS Earnslaw’s maiden voyage was on 18 October 1912. 

Soon known as The Lady of the Lake, she provided an essential link between the isolated farming communities along the lake and the outside world.  At 48 metres long, she was the biggest boat on the Lake and carried passengers, sheep, cattle, mail and supplies. 

Nearly scrapped in 1968, she was rescued and purchased by Real Journeys and put to work once again carrying passengers around the Lake. Since then the TSS Earnslaw has been painstakingly restored to its original condition – everything you see is pretty much like it was a 100 years ago. Today, the TSS Earnslaw is the only coal fired steamship in operation in the southern hemisphere, making her one of the most unique experiences in the world.  

The TSS Earnslaw has featured in several movies including a cameo in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as an Amazon River Boat. Parts of the trawler SS Venture in Peter Jackson’s King Kong were inspired by the TSS Earnslaw. Famous composer Ron Goodwin composed a piece of music inspired by the rhythm of the TSS Earnslaw’s engines.

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