The Alps 2 Ocean is New Zealand’s longest continuous cycle trail. Starting out from the foot of Aoraki/Mount Cook, it traverses through some of the South Island’s most spectacular scenery all the way to the coastal town of Oamaru.
It’s a trail you’ll definitely want to complete in its entirety – and we’ve got guided tours that allow you to do just that.
New for summer 2018/19 is the 7 day Alps 2 Ocean End to End tour. This epic cycling adventure allows you to experience the full 320km of the trail, as well as some additional highlights along the way.
The tour kicks off with a heli flight across the Tasman River to the official start point of the trail. From there, you’ll cycle through the vast tussock-lands of Mackenzie Country, taking in the beautiful blue waters of Lake Pukaki and the braided rivers and vineyards of the Waitaki Valley, before emerging into the sea air at Oamaru.
Handpicked accommodation is a key highlight of this tour – along the way you’ll stay at a mix of lodges, premium backcountry farmstays, motels and luxurious glamping tents. And because it’s fully supported, you won’t have to ride with your luggage – we’ll ensure this is safely delivered to your next overnight stop.
Wondering if you’re fit enough? You’ll cover an average daily distance of 60km, but you’ll need to be comfortable riding up to 80km per day if you’re planning to cycle the entire trail. You will, however, be able to ride at your own pace and the support vehicle will always be nearby to offer weary legs a rest.
Two departure dates for summer 2018/19 are available: 20 November 2018 and 6 March 2019. These are guaranteed departures and spaces are limited, so get in touch today to assure your place. We also offer a shorter, 6 day Alps 2 Ocean tour – click here for details.
Have a great week,
P.S. This tour can include the use of a pedal-assist electric bike. These handle just like a regular bike, while giving you extra power to tackle hills, headwinds and longer distances. If you’d like to find out more about e-bike hire, send us an email.