Tour Itinerary

Select Your Adventure Tour

  • Starting Christchurch

    Total 5 Days starting from Christchurch including Lake Tekapo & Mt John observatory visits. 3 days cycling from Mt Cook area to Twizel and Twizel to Lake Ohau and then Lake Ohau to Omarama.

  • 11 yrs and above / beginners / families / Easy Grade 2 on a small River / Scenic Gorge / 2 hrs Kayaking. Adult & Child Pricing.

  • Starting Twizel

    Total 4 Days starting from Twizel, 3 days cycling from Mt Cook area to Twizel, Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge & Lake Ohau to Omarama.

  • Escape the crowds as we take you on a journey up the glacial carved Rangitata Valley to visit the historic Mesopotamia sheep station. Travelling by 4WD vehicles your guide will describe the areas farming practices, rich history and point out the natural features en-route.

  • Starting Christchurch

    Totoal 4 days starting from Christchurch including Lake Tekapo & Mt John observatory visits, 2 days cycling from Mt Cook Station to Twizel & Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge.

  • 15 yrs and above. Some experience and reasonable fitness required / Grade 2 on a larger river / Waves and rapids / 2.5 hrs kayaking

  • Starting Twizel

    Total 3 Days starting from Twizel, 2 days cycling from Mt Cook area to Twizel and Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge.

  • Perfect if you’re short on time. Visit an historic sheep, cattle and deer farm, explore glacial carved river valleys and native forest with an experienced local guide.

  • This exclusive tour takes you deep into the heart of the Southern Alps to ride hidden high country trails.

  • If you want the option of choosing a section of A2O trail to add on to one of our set tours, or want the flexibility of choosing your own adventure even just for a day, Alps 2 Ocean are able to help you.

  • All ages / Great for young families/ Pristine High country stream / Easy Grade 1 / scenic. Relaxing / 1-2 hrs floating. Adult & Child Pricing.

  • Alps 2 Ocean provide a driver, guide, comfortable vehicle and all the local knowledge for your holiday tour.

Alpine Classic Tour

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For those who want to experience the breath-taking alpine highlights, of the A20 Trail from Mt Cook Station through to Omarama. With this tour you don’t have to worry about packing and transferring your luggage each morning as your accommodation is based centrally in Twizel and we provide a transfer back to your home each day.

4 Days

Distance: 139 kms

Inclusions:

  • 4 nights’ accommodation at a private holiday lodge/home. No need to repack and transfer clothing each day.
  • 3 Days hire of a modern comfortable bike, helmet and bike bag included. (Own bike and gear is an option.)
  • Transfers at the end of each section as required back to your accommodation.
  • 3 continental breakfasts
  • 3 packed lunches

Exclusions:

  • Own dinner arrangements. We can help with wine and dine options and advice 
  • Own lunches/refreshments –Christchurch to Twizel to Christchurch transfer days

Optional at time of booking:

  • BBQ meal on last night with home grown organic meats and locally sourced salmon
  • 1 extra nights’ accommodation at Lake Tekapo
  • Tekapo Springs pools and spa voucher
  • Hot pools voucher at Omarama

 

Tour Intinerary

Daily Itinerary

Day 1.

Arrive in Twizel late afternoon either by our transfer service or own vehicle where our team will fit out your bike to make you as comfortable as possible and talk through the exciting days to come.

You’ll then be taken to your accommodation and settled in to your house/s and it’s a time to ask our local Alps 2 Ocean staff about the numerous wine and dine opportunities available.

Day 2.

Option a. Mt Cook Station to Twizel

Option b. Braemar Station to Twizel

Option c. Tekapo Canal to Twizel

You will be picked up after breakfast at a pre-arranged time, given a yummy packed lunch and transported to Mt Cook Station for the start of your cycling adventure (58 km to Twizel). For a slightly less strenuous day you can start from Braemar station (40 km to Twizel). You meander your way down the eastern flanks of Lake Pukaki to the information centre where you can enjoy spectacular views up the lake to Aoraki Mount Cook before the final cycle 10km across the flats to Twizel.

If you want a gentler alternative (30 kms) then we can drop you on the Lake Tekapo Canal road, cycle on this quiet road past the Mt Cook salmon farm with magnificent views of Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki. You will enjoy a fun downhill to meet the trail around the shores of Lake Pukaki, stop at the info centre at the lake end for a time before continuing on to your Twizel accommodation.

Day 3.

Twizel - Lake Ohau Lodge (39kms)

Time for a leisurely breakfast and again with freshly made lunch loaded it’s time to cycle through the streets of Twizel to join the Lake Ruataniwha road heading to the Ohau sub station. From there on flat sealed roads you will cycle to the weir at the bottom of Lake Ohau, a total distance of approx.

21kms. After crossing the weir, riders join the 9kms of dedicated cycle way, this weaves along the lake edge and eventually joins the sealed road. Cycling from here via Lake Middleton and the Lake Ohau Village you arrive at Lake Ohau Lodge. Enjoy a refreshing drink and perhaps a platter of nibbles with fantastic lake views before our Alps 2 Ocean transfer take you back to your accommodation.

With only 39kms to cycle this day, it may be an opportunity for you to cycle down and join a guided tour to the endangered Black Stilt Colony Recovery Centre on the outskirts of Twizel.

Day 4.

Lake Ohau Lodge - Quail burn - Omarama or Twizel (42kms)

With lunch and refreshments packed you start from Lake Ohau Lodge and join the cycle trail heading east back along the face of the range that rises to the ski field. The trail weaves across farm and conservation land for 18kms, crossing Freehold Creek with its bush track and then onwards to eventually arrive at the Quail burn stream complex. Here an historic shearing shed has been restored and this provides a picture of early shearing methods and sheep handling.

The next section of the valley road is unsealed for the first 13kms, before providing a beautiful 7km sealed down valley ride past Clay Cliffs on the right and out to the Highway. On a dedicated trail around the Ahuriri river, cyclists cross the bridge and follow the road 4kms into Omarama.

Cyclists can then enjoy a soak in the Omarama Hot tubs and in the late afternoon be taken back to Twizel for the last night of your adventure.

 

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Sections 

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