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7 Day Alps 2 Ocean Express Self Guided

Days
7

Pricing From
$1198

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Overview

This trail will take 7 days, with 6 days of cycling, to complete from start to finish. Enjoy the full package from the magnificent Southern Alps to the seaside town of Oamaru. There are other options for 5, 6 and 8 days on the full trail. Please contact us for rates.

A helicopter flight needs to be booked when starting in Mt. Cook.

Accommodation Types

Standard

Exceeds minimum requirements, with a wider range of facilities and service. Motels, B&B, Backpackers, Camping Grounds, Holiday Parks, Farmstay, Homestay, Holiday Home

  • Own room, with shared / private / ensuite bathroom
  • Self catering facilities
  • Breakfast included if B & B

Superior

Better than average with good to very good range of facilties and service. Motels, B&B, Hotel, Inns, Lodge, Holiday Parks, Farmstay, Homestay, Holiday Home

  • Own room, with a private/ensuite bathroom
  • Breakfast and dinner available in house or cooking facilites in room
  • Breakfast included if B & B (may have in-house liquor licence)

E-Bike Upgrade

Our E-bikes are equipped with the latest technology with a smooth and powerful electric motor to provide extra assistance whenever needed. The riding position is upright and comfortable. Riding an E-bike is a great way to enjoy the Alps to Ocean experience.

Yoga Lessons at Elephant Rock

Picnic Stop on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Picnic Stop on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Cycle way around Lake Pukaki on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Historic Shearing Shed on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Arrive Twizel

We recommend allowing a day of travel to get to Twizel from Christchurch or Queenstown. Take the afternoon to explore this rural township before spending the night in Twizel.

Day 2Twizel - Tekapo - Twizel55kms

Our morning shuttle will take you to your chosen starting point on the trail. Cycle the golden tussock and lakeside trails through the Mackenzie Country to Twizel.

Cycling options:

55km cycle from Tekapo to Twizel
61km cycle from Jollie River to Twizel
80km cycle from Mt Cook to Twizel
Spend the night in Twizel.

Day 3Twizel - Lake Ohau Lodge38kms

Cycle the sealed canal roads from Twizel to the edge of Lake Ohau before following the dedicated lakeside cycle trail around to Lake Ohau Lodge.

Spend the night at Lake Ohau.

Day 4Lake Ohau Lodge - Quailburn - Omarama42kms

Cycle to the top of the Tarnbrae highpoint, overlooking Lake Ohau and the Mackenzie plains before heading downhill through the Quailburn. Take a 7km detour to the Clay Cliff rock formations if you have time, or relax in the wood fired Omarama Hot Tubs in town.

Spend the night in Omarama.

Day 5Omarama - Otematata - Lake Aviemore - Kurow68kms

One of the most scenic days on the trail, todays ride takes you along stunning backcountry roads of Lake Benmore, and Lake Aviemore. Take in the spectacular views of the Waitaki Valley from the top of the Benmore Dam and cycle through to Kurow.

Spend the night in Kurow.

Day 6Kurow - Duntroon40kms

Follow the trail along the Waitaki River, passing through the vineyard just out of Kurow’s township (a great spot for a coffee stop!). After about 23km you will come to the Maori Rock art site before continuing on through the wetlands into Duntroon.

Depending on the accommodation available – spend the night in Duntroon or Rural Duntroon.

Day 7Duntroon (or Windsor) - Weston - Oamaru50kms

The final day on the trail will take you through sweeping farmlands, past the Elephant Rock formations and Rakis Railway Tunnel, and into the seaside town of Oamaru where the trail ends at Friendly Bay at the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a celebratory drink at Scott’s Brewery or explore Oamaru’s unique Victorian precinct.

Finish your journey here, or add an extra night’s accommodation in Oamaru.

Cost per person (Twin share)

October 2021 - Jan 2022

Tekapo to Oamaru

  • Economy: NZ$1,198
  • Standard level: NZ$1,459
  • Superior level*: NZ$1,715

Mt Cook to Oamaru

(Inc. helicopter over Tasman River)

  • Economy: NZ$1,358
  • Standard level: NZ$1,619
  • Superior level*: NZ$1,875

Feb - Jan 2022

Tekapo to Oamaru

  • Economy: NZ$1,298
  • Standard level: NZ$1,559
  • Superior level*: NZ$1,815

Mt Cook to Oamaru

(Inc. helicopter over Tasman River)

  • Economy: NZ$1,458
  • Standard level: NZ$1,719
  • Superior level*: NZ$1,975

*Superior Level Trip: The Alps 2 Ocean is situated in a remote area of New Zealand, and with that comes limited accommodation choices. Our Superior Upgrade offers a higher level of lodgings at locations where available. This is typically for 4 of the 6 nights of the trip.

Upgrades

  • E-bike Upgrade: N$300 per person
  • Oamaru to Twizel Shuttle*: NZ$$45 per person (min. of 2pax)

* You are welcome to park your car at our depot in Twizel and catch our return shuttle from Oamaru on your last day. The shuttle departs Oamaru at 2:45pm and arrives in Twizel at 4:45pm. Available on Day 1 or Day 7

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Arrive Twizel

We recommend allowing a day of travel to get to Twizel from Christchurch or Queenstown. Take the afternoon to explore this rural township before spending the night in Twizel.

Day 2Twizel - Tekapo - Twizel55kms

Our morning shuttle will take you to your chosen starting point on the trail. Cycle the golden tussock and lakeside trails through the Mackenzie Country to Twizel.

Cycling options:

55km cycle from Tekapo to Twizel
61km cycle from Jollie River to Twizel
80km cycle from Mt Cook to Twizel
Spend the night in Twizel.

Day 3Twizel - Lake Ohau Lodge38kms

Cycle the sealed canal roads from Twizel to the edge of Lake Ohau before following the dedicated lakeside cycle trail around to Lake Ohau Lodge.

Spend the night at Lake Ohau.

Day 4Lake Ohau Lodge - Quailburn - Omarama42kms

Cycle to the top of the Tarnbrae highpoint, overlooking Lake Ohau and the Mackenzie plains before heading downhill through the Quailburn. Take a 7km detour to the Clay Cliff rock formations if you have time, or relax in the wood fired Omarama Hot Tubs in town.

Spend the night in Omarama.

Day 5Omarama - Otematata - Lake Aviemore - Kurow68kms

One of the most scenic days on the trail, todays ride takes you along stunning backcountry roads of Lake Benmore, and Lake Aviemore. Take in the spectacular views of the Waitaki Valley from the top of the Benmore Dam and cycle through to Kurow.

Spend the night in Kurow.

Day 6Kurow - Duntroon40kms

Follow the trail along the Waitaki River, passing through the vineyard just out of Kurow’s township (a great spot for a coffee stop!). After about 23km you will come to the Maori Rock art site before continuing on through the wetlands into Duntroon.

Depending on the accommodation available – spend the night in Duntroon or Rural Duntroon.

Day 7Duntroon (or Windsor) - Weston - Oamaru50kms

The final day on the trail will take you through sweeping farmlands, past the Elephant Rock formations and Rakis Railway Tunnel, and into the seaside town of Oamaru where the trail ends at Friendly Bay at the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a celebratory drink at Scott’s Brewery or explore Oamaru’s unique Victorian precinct.

Finish your journey here, or add an extra night’s accommodation in Oamaru.

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