Be prepared

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure on two wheels! Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a newcomer to the sport, a journey on a bike is the perfect way to experience the stunning scenery and diverse landscapes of New Zealand. When you’re a long way from the nearest road with no mobile phone coverage, it pays to be prepared.

With a little preparation and some simple tips, you’ll be ready to tackle any terrain and make the most of your journey. While every effort is taken to ensure that the surface and condition of the trail is described this is an unsealed trail in remote areas.  Weather, spring growth and other events may affect the quality and difficulty of the trail, including river crossings.  Users of the trail should be aware of and take into consideration the forecast weather and the possibility that the trail may not be in the condition described.

So, put on your helmet, pump up your tires, and let’s hit the road!”

Any questions? Get in touch!

River crossing safety

An automated telephone message service is available for up to date information on river levels, rainfall and water quality at a number of sites across Southland. Each site has its own phone number, however all the information can be accessed through the main number 03 211 5010.

McKellar Flat weather station is close to Gorge Burn (south river crossing near Mavora lakes) the direct phone number for automated information is: 03 211 5081

Contact technical support or our flood duty officer – 03 211 5244
Environment Southland after hours – 03 211 5225

10 things to take on a back country ride

rain jacket in use at Around the Mountains Cycle Trail
Rain Jacket
bike toolkit
Basic Toolkit
first aid kit
Emergency Bag
sandwich snacks for Cycle Trail
bike protection
Hat and Gloves
personal location devices
Personal Location Beacon
Spare Tube
strapping tape
Strapping Tape
thermal clothing
Thermal Clothing

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A detailed look at the trail and all of the stops along the way.


Find everything you need for your adventure along the trail.


There are several stops along the way for supplies.


From camping to motel to luxury stays, find all you need here.


Prepare to pitch your tent amidst picturesque campsites.

Eat and drink

The fuel to keep you pedalling, we’ve got it covered.

Bike hire

The most important piece of equipment, hire available here.

Things to do

There is plenty to explore off the proverbial beaten track.

Tour operators

We partner with the best of the best and have everything covered.

Transport providers

Assistance with getting yourself from one point to another.