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Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

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Address: Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a 301km journey from the Southern Alps to...

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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A2O Alps to Ocean - awsome bike ride

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... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Papamoa, New Zealand
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Papamoa, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 fun & laughter. Jess, (our host), you did a fantastic job, coping well, with some... More 

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Thank suej0y
Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this review

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 in good hands. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this review

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 then install kilometre distance marker signs as well. Onwards and upwards with A2O! More 

Auckland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 an experience it was, as the one of the inexperienced it was the most challenging... More 

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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this review

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 clean. The views from Braemar Station are so rewarding on a clear day, what a... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 a couple of places. I highly recommend the trail and Trail Adventures.

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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this review

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 hop off the saddle and take it at a slower pace. Great achievement for your... More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 to rolling farmland and finally the Pacific coast. Anyone with moderate fitness could do this... More 

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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this review

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 are off the highway. Cheers! More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

We have just finished this ride today. Loved it. There were however some parts that were definitely more level 3 than Level 2 as stated. We have done quite a bit of riding so it was a great ride with its challengs but less active riders would have found some parts quite a challenge

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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're pleased you loved the trail - that's what it's all about! We're curious though - where did you see it stated the Alps 2 Ocean was level 2? We cannot control what others write about the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. Our official brochures and website clearly state that the trail ranges from grades... More 

Kerikeri, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

My wife and I had used Adventure South to cycle the Otago Rail Trail a couple of years ago so decided to undertake the A20 to help keep our fitness up. We are both in our seventies so saw this ride as a challenge. We used e-bikes for this ride and did not regret one minute of it. They were... More 

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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed Adventure South - they are definitely pros at this business. The E-Bikes sure do make for an enjoyable ride. We like your end sentence - "don't think about, do it". Couldn't agree more! If you have any photos you'd like to share please share them on our Alps 2 Ocean... More 

Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

First of all: We would definitely recommend to ride the trail on a mountain bike (even if the rental guys tell you otherwise). There were parts in almost each section where we were really happy to have wide tires with good traction and suspension. We started at Jolly Carpark and went to Tasman Point and then back and carried on... More 

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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We too love the portion around the Lake Ohau foreshore - as long as it's not a windy day! Some cyclists certainly do combine sections - it all depends on your level of fitness and what you're comfortable with. We have toyed with the idea of a light in the Rakis Tunnel, but find that... More 

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

This route is marketed as easy/medium suitable for all. We disagree. The terrain ranges from smooth sealed roads, unsealed shingle, soft gravel resembling sand and rocks. Hence no one bike suits all the terrain. We were forced onto the highway particularly in the Kurow-Duntroon section because of the unsuitable surface on the offroad track then had to endure drivers overtaking... More 

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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Promoting the trail as one grade is not possible, as various sections range in difficulty from very easy (cycling on paved canal roads), to more intermediate (Ohau high point). This is why we have created different grades for each of the nine sections. Our trail maps show the trail surfaces, fitness, skill, difficulty levels, and... More 

Twizel
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Strongly reccomended. Awesome!!! Mountains, plains, rivers, landmarks like the elephant stones. We got a perfect support by cycle journeys who picked the cycles up in Oamaru to bring them back to Twisel.

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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed your adventure! Cycle Journeys are wonderful at providing dependable and professional trail services. Please feel free to share your photos on our Facebook page, or email us your A2O story. We love to share cyclist stories with others, particularly in our monthly newsletter. These stories help inspire others to... More 

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