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7 Day Alps to Ocean End to End Guided Cycle Trail

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7

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$2895

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Overview

This 7-day cycling adventure allows you to appreciate and cycle the full length of the Alps to Ocean trail. Covering 320km of breathtaking and diverse country, this Alps to Ocean End to End Guided Cycle Trail trip starts in Queenstown where you will meet your guide. You will be driven to the trail start where your cycle begins at the foot of Aoraki/Mt. Cook to the Pacific Ocean. There are plenty of highlights along the way including a helicopter flight across the Tasman river. Cycle through vast tussock lands, vineyards, and braided rivers.

Your accommodation is hand-picked where you stay at a mix of lodges, motels, premium backcountry farm stays, and luxury glamping tents.

Looking for a shorter ride? Try the 6 day Alps to Ocean itinerary starting at Lake Tekapo.    

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the adventure capital of the world in Queenstown
  • Cycle the full length of the Alps to Ocean trail from end to end
  • Enjoy a breathtaking heli-flight over the Tasman River from Aoraki/Mt Cook Village
  • Hike beneath Aoraki/Mt Cook in the World Heritage National Park
  • Stay in premium backcountry accommodation with uninterrupted views of Lake Pukaki
  • Cycle along the edges of Lakes Ohau, Benmore and Aviemore
  • Soak in the hot tubs at Lake Ohau
  • Spend a night in a luxurious Glamping tent
  • Explore the Victorian Precinct in Oamaru

Tour Grading:  Medium      

This trip is ideal for recreational cyclists. All tours can be adapted by the guides for recreational or stronger cyclists wanting to cover more ground.

Alps to Ocean End to End Cycle Trail

Alps to Ocean End to End Cycle Trail

Alps to Ocean End to End Cycle Trail

Alps to Ocean End to End Cycle Trail

Alps to Ocean End to End Cycle Trail

Alps to Ocean End to End Cycle Trail

Itinerary

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Day 1Queenstownt to Aoraki/Mt. Cook

You will be collected by your guide from a central location in Queenstown around 10.30am and we will have a tour briefing and then a bike fitting. We then drive to Aoraki/Mt Cook Village which is the official start to the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail.

We have the option to visit the famous Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre (own expense) or the informative Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park visitor centre (free of charge). You'll also have the chance to put your walking shoes on and take in the stunning glacier and mountain views from the Hooker Valley Track or Tasman Glacier Track. Hiking Distance: up to 10km (Dinner)

Day 2Aoraki Village to Braemar StationCycle Distance: 38km

After breakfast this morning we have time to explore the village some more. We then hop on our bikes and cycle the first 7km to the airport where we take a short (but breath-taking) heli-flight with our bikes to meet up with the trail on the other side of the Tasman River. We then cycle along the edge of Lake Pukaki, taking in views of Aoraki/Mt Cook. After a picnic lunch we continue cycling to Braemar Road and on to the backcountry farmstay, Braemar Station. This is a trip highlight for many as we are rewarded with fantastic views over Lake Pukaki and treated to a delicious home cooked dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 3Braemar Station to Lake OhauCycle Distance: 38km

After a hearty breakfast, we leave Braemar Station and start our ride for the day. The trail winds around the edge of Lake Pukaki to the visitors centre before crossing the extensive tussock-lands of Pukaki flats to Twizel. After lunch we cycle past lakes Ruataniwha and Ohau to Lake Ohau Lodge, where we stay tonight. This evening there is time to unwind and soak in the onsite hot tubs while overlooking the lake. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4Lake Ohau to OmaramaCycle Distance: 41km (Short Option 23km)

After we've refuelled our bodies with breakfast, those who would like a challenge can continue on the trail, which starts as a steady climb up to the Tambrae Saddle. At 900m this is the highpoint of the whole Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail and your efforts are rewarded with stunning views across the Mackenzie Basin. Alternatively for those who want a relaxing afternoon there is the option to transfer by coach and enjoy a mostly downhill and flat ride on the trail into Omarama, our stop for the night. Omarama is called "Place of Light" in Maori terminology, a reference to its extraordinarily pure and clear sky. This region is also famous for gliding due to some unique air wave systems and feisty thermals. This evening enjoy an optional soak in a private hot tub of fresh mountain water (own expense). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Omarama to KurowCycle Distance: 68km (Shorter option: 13km)

We set off on our bikes from our accommodation this morning, following the trail to Sailors Cutting, along the shores of Lake Benmore. From here, there is the option to climb to the Otematata saddle or to take the support van to the top and enjoy a fabulous downhill cycle towards Aviemore Dam, where we will enjoy a lakeside picnic. We then cycle into Kurow before riding along the banks of the Waitaki River and through the Kurow vineyard to tonight's accommodation. We stay at the luxurious Valley Views Glamping where your own private tent awaits. Don't be fooled by the word 'tent' as you'll enjoy all your creature comforts. Each tent has a king size bed or 2 single beds with luxury down duvets, lighting, cell phone charger, an ensuite toilet and a private balcony. This is the perfect place to relax whilst recovering from a great days biking. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Kurow to OamaruCycle Distance: 74km

After breakfast, we hop back on the bike for our last ride towards the Pacific Ocean. We pass by a Maori rock art site before reaching Duntroon where we turn inland to cycle on a mixture of trail and quiet rural roads. A walk among the unusual rock formations known locally as Elephant Rocks is a must-do on the way past. Following a short section of an old branch railway line we cycle through Raki's tunnel before a downhill ride into the settlement of Windsor. After lunch we cycle through picturesque rolling rural countryside, past the Oamaru stone quarry to Friendly Bay and the end of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail. We celebrate our cycling achievements with a group photo at the famous picture frame and a final group dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Oamaru to Christchurch

Today we are bound for Christchurch but not before exploring the white-stone township of Oamaru. Here there is time to browse around the old Victorian Precinct with its many galleries, shops and cafes. There may also be time for an optional visit to the fascinating Steampunk Museum (own expense). We then travel back to Christchurch, passing through some of the rich agricultural regions of the Canterbury Plains, arriving at our destination around 3pm, where the tour concludes. No cycling today

Cost per person

October 2019 - March 2020

  • Twin: NZ$2,895
  • Single Supplement: NZ$775

Bike Rental: NZ$180
E-Bike Rental: NZ$480

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Queenstownt to Aoraki/Mt. Cook

You will be collected by your guide from a central location in Queenstown around 10.30am and we will have a tour briefing and then a bike fitting. We then drive to Aoraki/Mt Cook Village which is the official start to the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail.

We have the option to visit the famous Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre (own expense) or the informative Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park visitor centre (free of charge). You'll also have the chance to put your walking shoes on and take in the stunning glacier and mountain views from the Hooker Valley Track or Tasman Glacier Track. Hiking Distance: up to 10km (Dinner)

Day 2Aoraki Village to Braemar StationCycle Distance: 38km

After breakfast this morning we have time to explore the village some more. We then hop on our bikes and cycle the first 7km to the airport where we take a short (but breath-taking) heli-flight with our bikes to meet up with the trail on the other side of the Tasman River. We then cycle along the edge of Lake Pukaki, taking in views of Aoraki/Mt Cook. After a picnic lunch we continue cycling to Braemar Road and on to the backcountry farmstay, Braemar Station. This is a trip highlight for many as we are rewarded with fantastic views over Lake Pukaki and treated to a delicious home cooked dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 3Braemar Station to Lake OhauCycle Distance: 38km

After a hearty breakfast, we leave Braemar Station and start our ride for the day. The trail winds around the edge of Lake Pukaki to the visitors centre before crossing the extensive tussock-lands of Pukaki flats to Twizel. After lunch we cycle past lakes Ruataniwha and Ohau to Lake Ohau Lodge, where we stay tonight. This evening there is time to unwind and soak in the onsite hot tubs while overlooking the lake. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4Lake Ohau to OmaramaCycle Distance: 41km (Short Option 23km)

After we've refuelled our bodies with breakfast, those who would like a challenge can continue on the trail, which starts as a steady climb up to the Tambrae Saddle. At 900m this is the highpoint of the whole Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail and your efforts are rewarded with stunning views across the Mackenzie Basin. Alternatively for those who want a relaxing afternoon there is the option to transfer by coach and enjoy a mostly downhill and flat ride on the trail into Omarama, our stop for the night. Omarama is called "Place of Light" in Maori terminology, a reference to its extraordinarily pure and clear sky. This region is also famous for gliding due to some unique air wave systems and feisty thermals. This evening enjoy an optional soak in a private hot tub of fresh mountain water (own expense). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Omarama to KurowCycle Distance: 68km (Shorter option: 13km)

We set off on our bikes from our accommodation this morning, following the trail to Sailors Cutting, along the shores of Lake Benmore. From here, there is the option to climb to the Otematata saddle or to take the support van to the top and enjoy a fabulous downhill cycle towards Aviemore Dam, where we will enjoy a lakeside picnic. We then cycle into Kurow before riding along the banks of the Waitaki River and through the Kurow vineyard to tonight's accommodation. We stay at the luxurious Valley Views Glamping where your own private tent awaits. Don't be fooled by the word 'tent' as you'll enjoy all your creature comforts. Each tent has a king size bed or 2 single beds with luxury down duvets, lighting, cell phone charger, an ensuite toilet and a private balcony. This is the perfect place to relax whilst recovering from a great days biking. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Kurow to OamaruCycle Distance: 74km

After breakfast, we hop back on the bike for our last ride towards the Pacific Ocean. We pass by a Maori rock art site before reaching Duntroon where we turn inland to cycle on a mixture of trail and quiet rural roads. A walk among the unusual rock formations known locally as Elephant Rocks is a must-do on the way past. Following a short section of an old branch railway line we cycle through Raki's tunnel before a downhill ride into the settlement of Windsor. After lunch we cycle through picturesque rolling rural countryside, past the Oamaru stone quarry to Friendly Bay and the end of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail. We celebrate our cycling achievements with a group photo at the famous picture frame and a final group dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Oamaru to Christchurch

Today we are bound for Christchurch but not before exploring the white-stone township of Oamaru. Here there is time to browse around the old Victorian Precinct with its many galleries, shops and cafes. There may also be time for an optional visit to the fascinating Steampunk Museum (own expense). We then travel back to Christchurch, passing through some of the rich agricultural regions of the Canterbury Plains, arriving at our destination around 3pm, where the tour concludes. No cycling today

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