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Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

1 Meek Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 702 1213
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Cycle journeys did a great job suggesting Accommodation, transporting gear, and supplying bikes

Great Trip - hard work work - wish I had trained more - sore butt- get to see a magnificent part of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Evan P
Tips & our experiences after riding the A2O .

In own humble opinion , here our tips for riding the A20 ( an yes it is a great trail and well... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Danny S
Auckland, 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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1 Meek Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great Trip - hard work work - wish I had trained more - sore butt- get to see a magnificent part of the "Real NZ" great to have done and the photos remind me of the magnificent scenery

Thank Evan P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

In own humble opinion , here our tips for riding the A20 ( an yes it is a great trail and well worth the effort). If your planning to ride the whole trail (300+ km's) over 6 days or less and your comfortable riding averages...More

Thank Danny S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow, wow, wow. This cycle trail is absolutely amazing. My friend and I did this trip early December after seeing reviews on trip advisor, and it was even better than I had expected. We booked our trip thru Shell and Stu at the Jolly Biker...More

Thank Matt_Mountaingoat
Reviewed 7 December 2017

this can be done by the whole family, but a great way to see the area/ back roads. the track is in good condition and there were a few people on there. you can get off at different points if you dont want to do...More

Thank Marisa T
Reviewed 1 December 2017

A group of 8 retirees spent 5 days cycling from Lake Tekapo to Oamaru. The trail is great, but the signage was very bad and non-existent in some places. Some parts are currently on road which calls for riders to be aware of big trucks.

1  Thank johnC4806NT
Reviewed 22 November 2017

We rode the trail from Tasman Point to Oamaru last week over 6 days - great work by the A2O team to get this trail up and running - stunning that we can ride this amazing journey from the heart of the Southern Alps to...More

Thank Joe H
Reviewed 10 October 2017

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
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8 December 2017|
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☺
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
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