Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, Oamaru: Hours, Address, Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a 306km journey from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean. This is New Zealand - in all its splendor and beauty - from the highest mountain, past great lakes and rivers to the ocean. , the 9 section trail is an easy to intermediate graded trail, 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. 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 or simply quietly soaking in alfresco hot tubs. It's no wonder people come from all over the world to enjoy the Trail's stunning vistas, wide open spaces and expansive landscapes. The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is internationally recognised and a great way to experience the diversity of the South Island.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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adiegel
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Awesome ride
May 2021
Absolutely fantastic ride. Self organised and rode with panniers over 6 days; accommodation on way was great- highly recommend duntroon hotel service abs food were impeccable)

Trail is mostly off road and when on the road on extremely quiet roads along fabulous canals etc. when on tracks-the track is fantastic and in good condition- a few stony bits but I am not a highly experienced technical mountain biker and managed easily (was on a hard tail bike not electric bike).

This trail is so varied in scenery and absolutely stunning. We did it end of April / may ; cold fingers/feet in the morning but a great time of year to do it.
Written 2 May 2021
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nzp0ppy
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand14,218 contributions
Average
Mar 2021
Average compared to other cycle trails we have done. So much on the road, four wheel drive tracks and really boneshaker rocky parts.
It can be real windy and is exposed.
.didnt enjoy many parts of this trail. Lake Pukaki the exception which is stunning.
Written 1 April 2021
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Camda
Wellington, New Zealand561 contributions
Well worth doing but recommend ebike
Feb 2021 • Family
Long wanted to do this trail. We took six days and used ebikes which I would highly sure recommend. Some legs are definitely more fun and/or more scenic than other legs. We liked Omarama to Otematata leg best thanks to the newly opened off road portion allowing access to stunning scenery. This part only opened December 2020. Second best leg was Lake Tekapo to Twizel for us and lastly Duntroon to Oamaru leg. You could easily skip Otematata to Duntroon part as we found this quite boring. The Lake Ohau to Omarama leg was very tough due to the trail condition of so many big rocks. We averaged 5-8 km an hour on this part. Some signage poor along the trail and some of the conditions of the trail poor. Not easy for all, a certain level of experience would be beneficial. Found the official A2O brochure not detailed enough. Also some of the trail still on road which is a real detraction.
Written 22 February 2021
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Hi Camda, Thanks so much for sharing your Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail experiences and observations. The newly opened 16km section you mention between Omarama and Otematata has indeed opened up some great scenery and of course avoids having to ride on the busy SH83 over the Otematata Saddle (which was previously our least loved section!). The reviews and feedback on this new section have been extremely positive. We had a big rain event in the district early in the new year (3&4th Jan 2021) which resulted in some sections having to be closed due to flooding and slips - by the sound of it you missed that action but the trail surfaces obviously has suffered as a result and while emergency repairs were swiftly undertaken, the funding application and more permanent repairs will take more time yet. With over 300km of Trail to manage and maintain it is a big task (and cost - the new 16 km off-road section was built at a cost of more than $1.2m) and that task and cost continues to grow as we get more and more of the Trail off-road. With the completion of the newly opened section that you enjoyed so much, we now have pretty much all of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail off the busy State Highways which is quite a milestone. The Trail is graded 2 easy, and some sections are grade 3 intermediate, so you are absolutely correct in that to enjoy it fully you do need a certain level of experience, skill and of course fitness! Six days on a bike seat is not to be taken lightly... LOL We really appreciate your feedback on the other aspects of the Trail too and if you have a few minutes to complete the online feedback (found at the top of banner of the Official Website) and that feedback will be seen by those that can make a difference for all those that follow! Very best regards and safe travels...
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Challispoint
Dunedin, New Zealand14 contributions
Wonderful 72nd birthday challenge
Nov 2020 • Friends
Been dreaming of this trip for a while and delighted to have experienced all it has to offer. Stunning views, great biking, wonderful accommodation and superb meals. We self organised but enjoyed meeting so many other people on the trail. Highly recommended, even without an ebike.
Written 20 November 2020
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Hi Challospoint, Big congratulations to you and your group for being equal to the challenge! If you have not done so already, we'd love your feedback and there is a link at the top menu bar of the Trail's website that will allow you to share the thoughts and experiences of your brilliant achievement. Hopefully you will inspire others to the Trail (with or without ebikes!) ... Well done. We wish you all the best for your next trip and hope to see you and your friends back on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail in a few more years to do it all again. There are plans afoot to extend the Alps 2 Ocean Trail down the coast from Oamaru to at least Palmerston (in the direction of Dunedin), so keep an eye out for those developments once we have all of this one 100% off-road. Thanks for sharing. Keep on biking! :-)
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harvey
Northland Region, New Zealand7 contributions
Great 6 day cycle
Nov 2020 • Couples
We started our self organized 6 day itinerary from Lake Tekapo. Stayed in the lovely Lake Tekapo cottages and the manager allowed us to leave our car there. We plan to rent a car in Oamaru when finished and return for the car making the trip in same day. About 60$ with local Oamaru company. Bus schedules too inconvenient and paying for car relocation too expensive. Quoted $250.
We have our own ebikes and panniers and both 70 years old. One mire say to Oamaru and all good!
We had discussed possible assistance from cycle journey company in case of bad weather or unexpected event as they offer a shuttle service along the trail.
Great staff there and after a great first 2 days Tekapo to Twizel then Twizel to Lake Ohau we did take the shuttle on day 3 to Omamara due to rain cold and wind! Worked really well for us.
Omarama to Kurow then Kurow to Duntroon great trail. Well described on web page. Staying mostly in motels and all good. Booked entire route before leaving in order to make sure we had a place each night.
Lake Ohau lodge definitely a highlight and worth the costly price. Fantastic ski lodge atmosphere.
Duntroon hotel newly refurbished. Lovely old pub and the only place to eat in town.
Ebikes have opened up this experience for us and good to see small towns benefiting from alps to ocean cyclists.
Written 9 November 2020
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Hi homeNorthland, Thanks so much for your review and knowledge sharing. Well done also for accepting that conditions were not to your liking and making alternative arrangements - the Tarnbrae section you skipped around is the highest section of this Trail and can be really uncomfortable (even dangerous) if you are not prepared or properly equipped, as it can be super cold up there even over summer. Perhaps you'll bringing some more friends back with you another time to tick this Section 4 off?!? :-) There is no doubt that the Trail has breathed new life into the many towns and villages that the Trail touches from it's official starting points at Aoraki Mt Cook or Tekapo, through to Oamaru and we are especially grateful to the many kiwis that have made that journey this year. We know that in the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, we have a national treasure, and it is great to be able to share that with the country. Very Best Regards, and we hope to see you back here again some time.
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Jocelyn P
Christchurch, New Zealand80 contributions
Excellent cycle journey
Nov 2019
Great riding experience over a range of country. The route off road is nearly complete and when done it will be perfectly safe across the whole route. Great campgrounds along the way but if you'd like a bit more luxury there are motels & B&Bs that can be booked.
We appreciated the information signs along the way as we learnt new things as we travelled. Particularly loved Duntroon & the Vanished World Centre. Campground there was well stocked, too.
Written 29 June 2020
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Hi Jocelyn, We're glad that you enjoyed your cycling through the Mackenzie and Waitaki Districts. Indeed there is ever changing scenery to enjoy at almost every turn and the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is very well serviced with lots of camping grounds along the way. And for every new vista there are many more stories to be told! Duntroon is a gem of a village and it is strongly supported by the great work of the many volunteers that look after the Vanished World Centre, as well as the historic gaol, Nichols Blacksmiths and the Duntroon Wetlands. The Maori rock drawings on either side of the town are worth a look, as is the Brewery Hole, an underground stream that runs under the village. A glimpse of this can be viewed just behind the Nichols Blacksmiths. The Maori name for these waters is "Waikoakoa" which translates as ' happy waters' and was seen as a source of pure, clean water. The local agreed, and for a time in the 1970 & 80's was also the source of the town's water supply. We hope that you'll come back with friends and family to discover more stories (and camping grounds!) that the two districts have to offer... Kind regards...
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Ruth D
1 contribution
Yet to ride but so impressed with this company.
Mar 2020
One week out and Air NZ bring 14 day isolation when you arrive there, out trip is off and we are so disappointed. A2O have been amazing since the time we booked our trip it started with 4 then 6 and ended up with 10 of us and with every change the company have been awesome. Communication is spot on and reply to questions was very prompt, I can't wait to do this ride and would recommend A2O to anyone wanting a well organised friendly company, Thanks to you all.
Written 17 March 2020
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Sorry to hear of your cancelled trip and can appreciate your disappointment that you and tour group must be experiencing right now. Rightly the number one priority is for everyone to be safe and well. Thank you for the glowing recommendation. We very much look forward to welcoming you on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail at some point in the future and am sure it will live up to your expectations. Stay safe and very best wishes...
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Toni and Mal
3 contributions
Excellent Service
Mar 2020 • Friends
I would like to thank the staff from the Alps to Ocean trail ride, as they have worked tirelessly to help us sort out our trip,due to the COVID19 situation.
I highly recommend this organisation and hopefully we can get back over there to complete this bike trail.
Written 16 March 2020
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Hi 709malm, Thanks for your kind words and appreciation. That means a lot to all those involved. We look forward to welcoming you and your group back when ever you are able to make it. Stay safe and well. Very best regards from us all.
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nickwillemse60@gmail.com
Hamilton, New Zealand45 contributions
Behind the climb's lie's the great down hill rush!!!
Dec 2019
Beautiful country, beautiful views in a great countryside. The ride each day was worth waiting for!!. This ride had been on our bucket list for a number of years and now we are looking forward to do it again. An exhiliterating ride showing a new landscape each day made this one of the most exciting rides to date. Even being wet and cold the second day from Ohau Lodge with the creeks and rivers brimming over, just made for a more interesting ride.(track was closed next day due to weather)
Written 6 December 2019
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Hi Nick W, Thanks for sharing your experiences and we look forward to seeing you (and your friends) doing it all again! The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail definitely warrants 'bucket list' status and we are pleased that it lived up to and possibly exeeded that expectation. Very best regards and safe travels...
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Sarah M
Adelaide, Australia49 contributions
Phenomenal scenery and adventurous tracks
Nov 2019 • Friends
We did the 6 day ride starting at Lake Tekapo. We booked the bikes and acommodation through a local company and they also transferred our bags each day. The scenery changed daily if not twice daily from mountain ranges to lakes and countryside.

We had two days of strong headwinds which is apparently normal for this time of year which is why you average at about 15km per hour. The surface changes all the time from crushed gravel, large gravel and road. So I quickly learnt a lot of mountain bike skills!

The accommodation was excellent particularly the B&B in Kurow and the farm stay in Duntroon.
Written 30 November 2019
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Hi Sarah M, Thanks for your helpful review. Indeed the phenominal scenery changes like the wind! ;-) So much easier when you can arrange to get your bags moved for you too... less weight and wind resistance without any paniers. Wishing you a favourable wind and more great cycle trail outings. Safe travels...
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