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Around The Mountains Cycle Trail Day Tour

Queenstown, New Zealand
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dicke-nz wrote a review Feb 2021
new zealand182 contributions60 helpful votes
My wife and I completed a number of bike rides and this one is right up there. We started from Kingston and biked to Mossburn. It’s quite an easy ride, mainly flat and some great views of the area. The last 15 km was really tough going into a howling westerly wind. We stayed at the Mossburn hotel which we fully recommend to anyone wanting to do this ride. The second day was a very early start at 5:15 am, as we had a 1-15 sailing back to Queenstown. The first part to Centre Hill is very easy slightly downhill all the way. But from Centre hill to the mavora Lakes turn off has to be one of the hardest we have done. It was raining and into a wind all the way. The second 50 km, is slightly uphill with a good downhill going into Walter Peak. I always check reviews, feedback for any info I can find on any bike rides that we are looking at doing. Our experience on the service provider is no different. My suggestion, if you want a hassle free, helpful service contact the Publican/owner of the Mossburn hotel.I cannot recommend him enough on his helpfulness and how he went out of his way to help us.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Tony D wrote a review Mar 2020
Papamoa, New Zealand61 contributions10 helpful votes
A group of 11 friends out to enjoy Around the Mountains. We enjoyed the experience of the ride. Weather was great. Mike stuffed our Accommodation up. Had to book 2 nights ourselves in Te Anua because Lumsden Hotel was booked out. We have paid twice for 2 nights. He doesn't care about clients. Even people running the Bed and Breakfast accomodation. Certainly needs a Secretary. We are hoping we get our Money back but not holding our breath.. The bikes some of our group hired were in need of a good service.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Martin_JOrme wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia9 contributions6 helpful votes
We were a group of 7 cyclists who used ATM Mike Barnett for two day rides out of Queenstown and a four day ATM self guided tour starting in Kingston and ending at Walter Peak. Mike was simply outstanding in everything he did - advice on ride content, securing clean well run accommodation, reliable shuttle and bag transfers for our group and was able to deliver reliable bikes and deal with last minute requests such as changing to e-bikes to enhance our overall enjoyment . The 58kms ride from Mavora Lakes to Walter Peak is simply stunning as was our day ride out to Jacks Point. If you’re planning rides out of Queenstown or plan on doing the Around The Mountain Trail there is only one person to go to and that is Mike Barnett!
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Date of experience: February 2020
Annabelle Barry B wrote a review Nov 2019
Tauranga, New Zealand12 contributions4 helpful votes
Mike Barnett is excellent flexible coordinator -handled complications well when some of our party were majorily delayed by wind preventing planes landing, He came up with alternatives. He worked hard to get us on and off the track and gave plenty of advice re suitable accomodation and eating spots. Very pleasant chap . Great 3 day bike , awesome varied scenery. All off main roads ,ie coarse gravel bike tracks or barely used unsealed roads. includes ride on Earnslaw . took advice to skip mavora to central hill.worth taking into account dominant wind directions. no cellphone coverage in mavora, advice adequate clothing and bike repair kit.
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Date of experience: November 2019
Alferd wrote a review Apr 2019
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Mike Barnett is a wonderful outfitter. He is one of the original architects of the entire Great Rides of NZ and his attention to detail, timely, flexible approach to our quasi-supported ride was outstanding. He thought of everything, accommodated our change to an E-Bike, and was extremely customer oriented (he offered me a cushy gel seat for Day 4 after hearing of my sore bum; what a relief). The ride itself is spectacular (we did it in 4 days/3 nights but if we repeat, may drop to 2 nights (Athol and Mossburn) as the first two days were really short rides). We wish we could go back again next year. Thank you, Mike - we wish you continued success!
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Date of experience: March 2019