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Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

1 Meek Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 702 1213
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Very fun

We did two days of the trail, from Twizel to Lake Ohau and Lake Ohau to Omarama, renting e-bikes... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lkv718
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Pewaukee, Wisconsin
See the best views in the world

One of the best ways to meet new friends and experience what we have to offer in New Zealand by way... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2017
Linda H
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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
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The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a 301km journey from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean. This is New Zealand, in all its colour and beauty - from the highest mountain, past great lakes and rivers, down to the ocean. Suitable for all ages, the 9 section trail is an easy to intermediate grade, offering a pleasing mix of on and off-road trails. Allow 4-6 days for the entire ride, or simply try out a day excursion. Whichever option you choose, the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is sure to be a memorable experience. Amidst the grandeur of braided rivers, glacier-carved valleys, turquoise hydro-lakes, tussock highlands and rural plains are a host of tantalising off-the-bike activities including wine-tasting, penguin-spotting, glider flights and just quietly soaking in alfresco hot tubs. It's no wonder people come from all over the world to enjoy its stunning vistas, wide open spaces and expansive landscapes. The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is an internationally recognised activity, a great way to experience the diversity of the South Island in less than a week. It's an achievable adventure for almost anyone - from grandchildren to grandparents. With over 150 Official Partner businesses offering trail services, accommodation, dining, activities and more you'll find everything you need to create memories that will last a lifetime.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1 Meek Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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+64 27 702 1213
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did two days of the trail, from Twizel to Lake Ohau and Lake Ohau to Omarama, renting e-bikes from Cycle Journeys in Twizel. The scenery was unbelievably spectacular. The first day was easy biking. We were concerned about the long uphill on day 2...More

Thank lkv718
Reviewed 26 August 2017

One of the best ways to meet new friends and experience what we have to offer in New Zealand by way of seeing the beautiful scenery, experiencing nature no better way than on a bike.More

Thank Linda H
Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Thanks for the great review! We agree they are some of the best views in the world. So cool riding into these valleys and seeing them open up to mountains beyond mountains. The pace of a bike allows you to really absorb the beauty at...More

Reviewed 30 May 2017

An awesome ride and definitely lived up to expectations with trees starting to turn, mid March, and brilliant blue skys. Our guides said if we were thinking of losing weight during this ride we would be disappointed. Our lunch stops along the way were great,...More

Thank ktgnz
Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Thanks for your positive review! We agree, no one loses weight on the A2O - there's just so much great food along the way. Sara and Not A Rail Trail are total pros, you're in good hands with them! Glad the weather worked out for...More

Reviewed 3 May 2017

excellent varied trip - take 5 days or 7 days. The more days you have the more time you have to visit all the sights along the trail. We left from Mt Cook which was worth while feeling like we travelled from Alps to Ocean....More

1  Thank MastertonTripper
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Wow what an incredible five day 300km trip by bike. Book now, you won't regret it. The scenery was stunning from Tasman point ( near Mt Cook) cycling along Lake Pukaki, Twizel, the gorgeous Lake Ohau (stay at Lake Ohau Lodge in room with views),...More

2  Thank Ed C
Reviewed 18 April 2017

What a wonderful, awesome experience we all had with Vertical Ventures NZ Ltd on the A2O leaving 19 March 2017. The tour was well planned with top accommodation & food. Challenges on the trail made memories even greater. The company was great with lots of...More

Thank suej0y
Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Thank you for your reply. We're pleased you had an awesome experience. We agree, the challenges make the A2O something more memorable than simply a day ride on the flats. You've got to earn this adventure! Vertical Ventures are consummate pros, so glad you were...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017

A wonderful South Island bike riding adventure! Was a great five days riding. Our only wish would have been to have had a few more markers to advise us of the way in certain parts.More

Thank vicki_morkel
Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Thank you for your reply. We are currently installing more signs along the trail, especially on the Kurow to Duntroon section where floods have washed over the trail, making it difficult to see where the trail goes. As more trail guardians are signed up we...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017

17 riders set out just over a week ago to complete this epic journey in 5 days , some experienced mountain bikers and a few not, so we were quite a bunch of mixed abilities and all bar one in our 50s and 60s. What...More

3  Thank kiwimacs
Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Thank you for your well-written review. We're so pleased your group had a wonderful time. Sometimes those moments in the rain and mud can be the most fun! Cycle Journeys are certainly a great company to deal with, I'm sure they got your bikes sparkly...More

Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

JUST finished the tour today and thoroughly enjoyed it. Scott and Dee from Trail Adventures did a wonderful job. Accommodation great - food excellent - bikes very good. Turning 60 this year I was a bit apprehensive and was challenged but only had to walk...More

Thank DSandLD
Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2017

That's great you had such an enjoyable trip! Scott & Dee-Ann from Trail Adventures are really such a nice couple - very helpful. Yes, sometimes it helps to get out and walk if the trail is rough in places. It's always a good chance to...More

Reviewed 24 March 2017

This is a wonderful ride with a selection of starting points in the southern alps region of New Zealand and ending at the Pacific coast in Oamaru. The trip generally takes 6 days and runs through a wide variety of scenery from alpine lakes through...More

Thank Kupe L
Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2017

Thank you for your positive review! We're very pleased you enjoyed your A2O adventure so much. Yes, the E-Bikes are certainly a good option as well. We hope you can come back someday and ride the trail again. It will be different when those sections...More

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PatFrances
20 June 2017|
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Contact The Jollie Biker and talk to them about what you need If they can't do it they'll point you in the right direction Other contact the official A2O website
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Daphne S
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Hi, December is good but in nz at any time just be prepared for any weather so ensure you have gear to suit warm, cold, wet or all of the above We used The Jollie biker at at about $2,000 nz dollars they will organise an... More
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Organise through the Jollie biker and they will sort it out for you
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