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Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

1 Meek Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 702 1213
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A must for oldies with attitude

My husband and I decided we wanted to ride A2O after Easter because we had cycled the Otago Rail... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
William W
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Wow what a ride.

We completed this trail over 6 days in late April self guided but well supported by Cycle Journeys... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2018
GizzySue
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Gisborne, 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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“lake ohau lodge” (17 reviews)
“off road” (11 reviews)
“mt cook” (26 reviews)
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 via mobile

My husband and I decided we wanted to ride A2O after Easter because we had cycled the Otago Rail Trail the previous Easter and the autumn colours in that part of NZ are stunning at that time of year. Then as soon as friends heard...More

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Alps_2_Ocean, Director of Sales at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, we agree that Scott and Dee are great to deal with and those E-Bikes certainly make the trip lovely and relaxing! We are always working to improve the trail and your support certainly helps us to keep that going. We...More

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

We completed this trail over 6 days in late April self guided but well supported by Cycle Journeys who arranged shuttle to Mt Cook start point, helicopter flight across the head of lake Pukaki, hire bikes, luggage transfer, accomodation and comprehensive info package and at...More

Thank GizzySue
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Alps_2_Ocean, Director of Sales at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, I am glad to hear you had such a fantastic cycling experience with Cycle Journeys arranging your itinerary. We are always working on the trail and appreciate your support to keep this trail going :) Thank you

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We rode from Jollie to Omarama over 4 days last week with bikes, transfers and accom organised by Cycle Journeys. We were very lucky with the weather and had a superb experience. The scenery is simply stunning!! The autumn colours made it extra special in...More

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Alps_2_Ocean, Director of Sales at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for such an excellent review about your trip. Cycle Journeys are indeed a great option when you are looking to do a tour and they make sure you are very well accommodated. We are very lucky to work along the trail with such...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

We did one day of the trail due to time. There are lots of operators that offer this service. We cycled from tekapo power station 2 ( along lake Pukaki ) to Twizel. Very scenic with Autumn colours and Mt Cook was in the background...More

Thank holidaynz77
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Alps_2_Ocean, Director of Sales at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, we are very lucky to have so many excellent operators along the trail whom offer a range of short and long trips. Maybe one day you can come back and do the whole thing! :)

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Reviewed 23 April 2018

We were a group of 13 riders mostly from a weekend social cycling group. We did the easy version starting at Twizel instead of the hermitage. We had horrific head winds on the second day where we were struggling to get to 7 ks per...More

Thank ADJW16
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Alps_2_Ocean, Director of Sales at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Gel covers are certainly a life saver when cycling long distances. Thank you for your review

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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

We were a group of 8. Four of us were nurses that trained together back in the late 70s! Cycle journeys organised our trip starting in Mt Cook. We had "standard" accommodation as the superior was booked out for our dates. All the accommodation was...More

Thank rubez
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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Hello Rubez, We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with Cycle Journeys. We are continuously working away at getting the trail off road where possible so we hope to fix those parts very soon! Thank you :)

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

We have finished this epic journey. We did a 6 night /7 day organised trip via Trail Adventures who were excellent to deal with. Took all the hassle out of the logistics of organising this trip re accommodation, bike hire, luggage transferring. We had a...More

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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Thank you for your review, Trail Adventures are a great company to deal with. That last section from Duntroon to Oamaru tends to catch a lot of people on those hills, great job pushing through it! We are continuously working to get the trail offroad...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful trail, but someone will get killed cycling on the road sections. For those who know New Zealand, the roads are packed with inexperienced tourist drivers and large trucks and motor homes. There are no/very few dedicated bike lanes.More

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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Hello there, we are very glad to hear that you enjoyed the trail, but sorry to hear you had a negative experience regarding the on road sections. We are continuously working to get the trail off road, there is quite a bit of work happening...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

This is an amazing cycle ride through some of the most beautiful parts of NZ. Scott from Trail Adventures was a fantastic host, looking after all our needs without being too obtrusive. I couldn't recommend him enough.

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Alps_2_Ocean, Director of Sales at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Hello, Thank you for your review, we are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your ride with Trail Adventures. We are very lucky to be working in such a beautiful part of the world, that's for sure!

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

A wonderful experience really helped by the friendly and professional way Trail Adventures managed our trip - well done guys!!

Thank DianaSwann22
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Alps_2_Ocean, Director of Sales at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Hello Diana, thank you very much for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed your trip with Scott and Dee-Ann from Trail Adventures

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susielou67
8 December 2017|
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Response from Linda H | Reviewed this property |
Hi Sue , I would recommend you get in touch with A2O who are qualified in answering your questions and would be able to give advice On varying fitness trails☺
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PatFrances
20 June 2017|
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Response from JSNMitchell | Reviewed this property |
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
26 January 2017|
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Response from JSNMitchell | Reviewed this property |
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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