Alps 2 Ocean: One of the World’s Most Epic Rides

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It’s official: the Alps 2 Ocean Trail is one of the world’s most epic rides!

The 301km trail has just has earned a place in Lonely Planet’s newest publication Epic Bike Rides of the World. The guide spotlights 200 of the world’s best rides, with destinations ranging from France, Spain and Italy, to the wilds of Mongolia and Patagonia.

Running from Aoraki/Mount Cook to the cool little coastal town of Oamaru, the Alps 2 Ocean is the longest continuous ride in New Zealand and serves up a dazzling array of scenery, from sweeping mountain vistas to beautiful blue lakes and golden grasslands.

It’s an epic adventure on its own, but we can offer you something even better! We’ve paired the Alps 2 Ocean with another classic ride, the Otago Rail Trail, to create the ultimate South Island adventure. The Twin Trails Tour is our newest offering for summer 2016/17. It’s a nine-day, fully-guided tour that encompasses the Alps 2 Ocean Trail, the Otago Rail Trail and buzzing Queenstown.

What will you experience along the way? Intriguing Maori rock art, interesting townships, old railway tunnels, great vineyards, scenic hot pools – and a helicopter ride across dazzling Lake Pukaki. Click here for a full overview of the itinerary.

The tour is fully-supported and suitable for riders of all abilities. You’ll be accompanied at all times by an experienced guide and support vehicle and have all your accommodation and most meals taken care of. Plus you’ll be able to ride without luggage, since this will be transferred daily to your next overnight stop. For departure dates and to download an itinerary, check out the Twin Trail page.

Have a great week,

P.S. Wondering whether any other NZ rides made the Lonely Planet guide? Auckland to Piha, the Forgotten World Highway, the Great Lake Trail, the Heaphy Track, Mountains to Sea, Queenstown and Whakarewarewa and the Old Ghost Road are also included.