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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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We did this in March

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Virginia P
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Rode the trail totally from Mt Cook to Oamaru in January 2017 on my Giant Defy road touring bike and found it so rewarding. I used 28mm Continental Tour Ride tyres on my road bike and only got 2 pinch flats - no punctures. Admittedly it would have been better with 32mm tyres like Swabble marathons or similar. You could... More 

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

Thanks for your informative review! We're glad you enjoyed your A2O adventure. Yes, the flood route out of Twizel is pretty rough going, much more suited to a mountain bike. Cool views of Lake Ruataniwha and the Ohau River from that route. Feel free to post some pics to our Facebook page, would be great to see your bike in... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

This is a must do if you are up to cycling all or part of the trail. Big raps to all those involved in creating the off road trails and how they are maintained. What a great way to see the countryside, the lakes and the hydro scheme. Great places to stay along the way as well. Just do it!

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

Thank you for your positive review. "Just do it" is absolutely right - to anyone reading this and considering the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail we say JUST DO IT! We're glad you had such a wonderful time. Please feel free to share any of your photos on our Facebook page. Cheers! More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

My husband and I did this trail in January 2017 We are both in our sixties and not very fit but we managed to get from Lake Tepako to Oamaru in 7 days (7 sections) and and I would recommend it to everyone who can bike ride except maybe young children. The trail was well sign posted except for going... More 

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

Thank you for such an informative review - we enjoyed reading it! You certainly stayed and dined at some great places. The hospitality of providers along the trail is second to none, they love sharing their slice of paradise with others. Walking those last 10km up the hill near Ohau is a good idea. It gives your bum a break... More 

Toowoomba, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

The scenery is outstanding, the trail offers challenges and the services that support the trail were all sensational. What an adventure!

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

Thank you for your great review! We agree, the scenery is outstanding - and it never gets old. Every day a different look depending on the light and weather. Mountains beyond mountains...what a lovely thing to have in your backyard. Please feel free to share your photos on our Facebook page. Cheers! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Did the A2O with Vertical Ventures and 6 other riders - strangers to start with but not by the time we left - and so well looked after by Rob. Accommodation varied from high country station cottages through to heritage homesteads (owners dressed in period costume) and everything in between. Rob's support was always there if needed and on one... More 

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

Thank you for your glowing review! Rob from Vertical Ventures is a legend, and rightly so. He always makes sure everyone is comfortable and that nothing is lacking. A class act from start to finish! Looks like you had a mixed bag with the weather, but that seems to be the case with several days riding over such varied terrain.... More 

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