Our Recommendation: Day 1/Night 1
The Intercity bus from Queenstown drops you in Clyde at 9.15am to be greeted and briefed by a representative of your bike hire company. With this earlyish start and, of course, depending on fitness and cycling skills, it’s not overstretching or overreaching to book your first night’s accommodation at Omakau/Ophir or even Lauder.
With the Alpine Connexions/Atomic Travel bus service scheduled to arrive in Clyde from Queenstown at 10.40am, and taking into account your bike hire company’s ‘meet and brief’, it will be late morning before hitting the trail, hence our recommendation you make Chatto Creek or Omakau/Ophir your first night’s stop. When booking Omakau or Ophir accommodation, do ask hosts that should you arrive at Chatto Creek too exhausted or saddle sore for the Tiger Hill climb, would they collect and return you in the morning. Almost certainly the response will be ‘not a problem’.