Adventure South NZ - Alps to Ocean Classic

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Travel Dates

Departures year round

Sale Ends

Dec 31, 2021

Priced From

$2,495 per person

Alps to Ocean Classic


Explore one of New Zealand’s most popular cycle trails from the mighty Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean at Oamaru. You’ll cycle alongside turquoise lakes fed straight from glaciers, through the sweeping tussock lands of the Mackenzie Country and the flowing rivers, vineyards and farmland of the Waitaki Valley.

Christchurch to Christchurch or Queenstown to Christchurch

6 or 7 day options

E-Bike only departures available

Alps to Ocean Trip highlights

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Cycle the spectacular trails of the Alps to Ocean from Tekapo
Hike in Aoraki/Mt Cook World Heritage National Park
Cycle the shoreline of surreal turquoise hydro lakes
Explore Oamaru’s charming Victorian Precinct
Stargaze across world renown night skies
Enjoy good company, & eat delicious food
Soak in the hot pools at Lake Tekapo (optional)

Whats Included

Tasty breakfasts (x5), lunches (x5), dinners (x4) catered to all dietary requirements
5 nights comfortable motel/lodge ensuite accommodation on twin share basis
Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories
Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats
Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
Transport from Christchurch (return)
Pre departure information kit to help you plan and prepare
Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation



Day 1:Travel Christchurch to Tekapo - 35km Cycle
Your Alps to Ocean (A2O) adventure begins with the drive across the picturesque Canterbury Plains. After refreshments in the country town of Geraldine, we’ll continue through rolling farmland to reach Fairlie where we’ll stop for lunch. The scenic journey over Burke’s Pass is a fitting introduction to the famous Mackenzie Country, where Lake Tekapo soon appears as a bright blue jewel. From here, we'll warm the legs up with a ride on quiet backroads to Lake Alexandrina, a serene high country lake. Back at Tekapo Village, there's time to wander along the lakeside to see the Church of the Good Shepherd, then soak away any first-day aches in Tekapo Springs outdoor hot pools or take a night-sky tour. Cycling distance: up to 44km

Meals:  L,D

Day 2: Tekapo to Twizel - 40km Cycle
Our second day marks the start of our Alps to Ocean journey with a ride along the hydro canals to reach a high terrace overlooking Lake Pukaki and the surrounding mountains. The A2O then dips down to meet the lakeshore and across expansive tussockland to reach Twizel. From here we drive to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park where there is the chance to visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre (own expense) or the excellent national park visitor centre (free of charge) before we embark on a short but memorable walk. We'll then head back to Twizel, the friendly wee town that’s our stopping point for the night. Cycling distance: Tekapo to Lake Pukaki: 35km. Lake Pukaki to Twizel: 20km

Meals:  B,L

Day 3: Twizel to Omarama - 64 or 82km Cycle
The stunning scenery keeps coming as we ride alongside the Pukaki and Ohau canals, then Lake Ohau where we stop for lunch. Confident riders can continue on the trail to Tarnbrae Saddle (900m), the highpoint of the A2O. The vast Mackenzie Country views are just reward for the climb. Alternatively, riders can transfer to the historic woolshed at Quailburn for a much easier ride down to Omarama – our stop for the night. Translating as ‘place of light’, Omarama is known for its extraordinarily clear skies. They are best appreciated at the local hot pools where you can soak in fresh, mountain water (own expense). Cycle distance: 38km (Twizel–Lake Ohau); 44km Lake Ohau–Omarama via Tarnbrae Saddle or 26km (Quailburn–Omarama (short option)

Meals:  B,L,D

Day 4: Omarama to Kurow - 67km
Today’s ride takes us down the Waitaki Valley, known for its hydro lakes and dams. First, we follow the trail along the shores of Lake Benmore to Sailors Cutting. From there, we join the lakeshore to traverse around the shoreline of rocky outcrops, little beaches and even tree covered islands. The trail then drops us down from above the Benmore Dam to rejoin the quiet lakeside road. Regrouped, it’s a fun downhill cycle towards Aviemore Dam, where we’ll enjoy a picnic by the lake. We’ll arrive at Kurow with plenty of time to explore the town’s surrounds. Highlights include beautifully restored St Albans Church and wine-tasting at local vineyards. We’ll stay overnight in Kurow in an elegant lodge serving dinner showcasing local produce. Cycle distance: 67km

Meals:  B,L,D

Day 5: Kurow to Burnside - 68km Cycle
This morning the cycle trail takes us along the banks of the Waitaki River, past vineyards and a Maori rock art site to reach the small town of Duntroon. From there, we head inland into rolling country and wander around the unique Elephant Rocks, huge formations strewn across a field. Picking up the old railway line, we’ll ride through Raki's tunnel before rolling downhill to the settlement of Windsor. The historic Burnside Homestead is a fitting place for our final dinner together and a well-deserved night’s sleep. Cycle distance: 28km (Kurow–Duntroon) & 40km (Duntroon–Burnside Homestead)

Meals:  B,L,D

Day 6: Windsor to Christchurch, via Oamaru - 19km Cycle
We get to enjoy one more ride on the A2O before we begin our road trip back to Christchurch. Setting off from our accommodation, we keep on rolling through picturesque rural countryside. We pass Oamaru Stone quarry, where stone has been extracted since the nineteenth century. We’ll see its influence on local architecture once we reach Oamaru. After riding through the town’s delightful municipal gardens, we’ll reach the Victorian Precinct and harbourside park where the A2O finish-line sign offers the perfect photo-op. If time allows, explore the shops and galleries or visit the mind-boggling Steampunk HQ museum. After a late lunch, we’ll begin our journey north across the Canterbury Plains, arriving in central Christchurch early evening. Cycle distance: 19km (Burnside–Oamaru)

Meals:  B

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