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Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

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Address: Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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64277021213
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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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A dream

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Twizel
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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Twizel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

My partner and I did the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail over 6 days from 24-29 December. We had to improvise the first few days as the helicopters from Mount Cook don't run on Christmas day and the Lake Ohau lodge also wasn't open on Christmas day. So our cycling was as follows: Day 1 - arrive in Twizel by... 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! Sounds like Cycle Journeys and Kristin really helped out with your trip. Yes, the climb at Ohau is pretty steep, such an awesome view at the top though. Please feel free to share your photos on our Facebook page. Cheers! More 

Sydney Olympic Park, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

We have ridden in both road and hybrid bike tours throughout Australia,the Northern Hemisphere and in South Island New Zealand before, so were looking forward to the Alps 2 Ocean trail. We noted it was 'Introductory/Easy' level, so were unprepared to find the tracks to be so rocky, the paths so very narrow, and the route to be so unmarked.... More 

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

Thank you for posting your review. We're sorry to hear about your experience being less than ideal. The first section from Tasman Point to Jollie Carpark is quite rough, as indicated on our official maps which show the trail surfaces, include fitness/skill levels required, and show the route to be taken. We have aimed to have enough signs to find... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

The Alps2Ocean Cycle Trail was I amazing!! I definitely recommend this for all fitness types and all ages. There are a few little harder bits but these are more uphill and distance related (there's nothing stopping you pushing the bike on the uphill and the great thing about this trail is that you can do as much or as little... More 

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

Hello Kelly P - thank you so much for your super positive review! We're pleased you had such a wonderful experience on the Alps 2 Ocean. It really is an amazing journey isn't it? Stopping to push the bike up a steep hill is a very good idea at times - it gives you a bit of a break and... More 

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