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  • Grant T
    25 contributions
    We are on the wrong side of the 60s and 70s age bracket and rode the full A2O from the Whitehorse Campground after riding from the Hermitage to the start sign. Our destination was Twizel. We had bought our own emtbs from the North Island. We rode to Mt Cook airport where we caught the chopper across the Tasman river. This was a oncer so why skimp. Awesome until we got onto Braymar / Hayman road which was badly corrugated for 30-40 kms and we had a head wind which didnt help but glad of full suspension which took a hammering. This was the worst part of the whole trail with this and dust from passing vehicles and 25c temps. Arrived in Twizel after 82.06kms and 5.5hrs. Mileage boards need correcting on this leg. At Whitehorse campground the start board states Oamaru is 301kms, after riding 8kms to the airport and crossing the river the board at Rotten Tommy says Oamaru is 300kms away. We seem to be going backwards.
    Day 2 to Lake Ohau was mainly an easy on road ride but also so pleasant single track. This was 40.31kms and 2.50hrs. Awesome Ohau Lodge, well worth it.
    Day 3 to Omarama was over the Tarnbrae summit in heavy fog, no views at all, the track was very rocky and would be a challenge to some bikes but we throughly enjoyed this section as our bikes are built for this sort of riding. At the far end was Quailburn Road which was a long unsealed road but easier than day 1 with a nice bit of single track at the end. We didn't detour to the Clay Cliffs but returned after we finished the A2O as our car was based at Twizel. We are glad we did it this way after seeing the road. We arrived in Omarama after 46.62km and 3.20hrs. The Ahuriri motels are a great base and right next to the trail
    Day 4 to rural Kurow was the day we felt would challenge our batteries so leaving Omarama we rode economically for the first 15kms in using our batteries which paid dividends later in the day. Our destination was rural Kurow. We absolutely loved the Benmore section and as experienced mountain bikers it's a must do. The weather turned on us before we got to the dam so we had to kit up with wet weather gear.
    After the dam we had 40kph+ ( we were told later) head winds for 30+ kms around the back of the lake . Obviously it would have been more enjoyable without the wind but the sealed road was quiet and the 3 dams were awesome. We arrived at our accomodation at Settlement View which was an awesome and highly recommended place to stay and after doing 74.2km and 7.15hrs later. My battery was down to its last 15%.
    Day 5 from Kurow to Rural Duntroon. Started with steady rain and and 6kms of muddy unsealed road, we crossed some creeks and one was too deep to ride so carried our bikes over. We crossed several muddy cow races covered in excrement, visited Elephant rocks and so that's how we were when arriving at our final accomodationm the Tokorahi Huts some 14kms from Duntroon after 46.6kms and 3.5hrs. The last 50mtrs of driveway also covered in excrement. Unfortunately this accomodation was not geared for cyclists wet, cold and muddy. No laundry or drying facilities other than one centralized fireplace with a broken clothes rack. The temps were around 9-11c at one point and although there was a hose for cleaning mud off bikes, and undercover storage, there was very little opportunity to clean and dry gear although we did manage this. This is probably a great place in warm dry weather.
    Day 6 to Oamaru dawned wet and foggy and we were relying on Fort Enfield for a food and drink break only to find it closed. Again take nothing for granted. We arrived in Oamaru off an unsealed trail onto a main road to find no directional signage. A passing motorist was kind enough to point us in the right direction. Signage through town was good. We arrived after 47kms and 3.45hrs at the A2O frame on the beach front. And 337km total on one of the most awesome bike adventures you could wish for. Five of the six night had excellent accommodation, Weather ranged from 9c to 25c, fog, rain, sun, strong headwinds, flooded creeks, and dust. The trail conditions were great with some challenges for less experienced riders.
    No injuries, no break downs, tender butts and big smiles. A must do for anybody who has an interest in off road biking(there is plenty of on road) especially mountain biking. Would we do it again. If we were younger "hell yes"
    Written 1 April 2022
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  • Naina-Damani
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    Bushy Beach is a perfect place to admire the scenery and the playful seals and even native wildlife.
    Written 9 January 2021
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  • 422iana
    Dunedin, New Zealand3,072 contributions
    We did the one hour trek and all four of us are not experinced both our children had someone guiding them. They only do one trip a day to keep their horses fresh and make it the best experience. I can't speak more highly about the trip and would highly recomend booking up. Waiding through streams and through a forest. I had not ridden a horse ever and teally enjoyed it.
    Written 17 February 2021
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  • Naina-Damani
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    We were driven in a group with AATKings around the Bushy Beach Track to enjoy the scenery at the look out point over the bay.
    Written 9 January 2021
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  • Camda
    Wellington, New Zealand629 contributions
    Lovely that these penguins have been protected and encouraged to nest in man made boxes on the shoreline. You have to go late at night and a lot of waiting and patience is required. We were there at 8.30 but had to wait over an hour from memory to see the penguins come ashore. The commentary was too hard to hear which was disappointing as we waited. Maybe the guides could ask if everyone can hear them ok? Was a oncer but a little pricey.
    Written 7 March 2021
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  • Phil G
    1 contribution
    Just completed A2O with Vertical Ventures. Great trip in every respect - food, accomodation, bikes and support could not be faulted. Rob is a superb guide.
    Written 20 February 2019
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  • kakapo76
    Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
    I rented two Wee Stroms off Ralph from RBM for a three day Easter ride with a Canadian cousin who was visiting at the time. Ralph was extremely personable to deal with and the bikes were immaculately presented when I arrived to pick them up. His rates were reasonable and he was happy to meet me after hours to facilitate my timing. We took the bikes on a pretty hectic tour from Oamaru to Queenstown, over the Skippers Canyon, Lindis Pass, Holden Arm and the Pylon road, Dansey's Pass and the pig route back to Queenstown. The bikes behaved faultlessly and were well equipped with Scott Oilers, heated grips and top box luggage (side luggage was offered but not needed). I would totally recommend Ralph and his company. He is very particular as to damage and appreciates care taken with his machines. I would make sure that your travel insurance covers any deductible on your rental insurance. We had a great wee ride and it would make an excellent whistle stop tour of Central Otago or part of a bigger South Island ride- save yourself some cash and get the bus to Oamaru and rent from Ralph on your next adventure!
    Written 25 May 2017
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