Alpine Classic Tour - Starting Christchurch
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.
Distance: 139 kms
- 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
- Transfers from Christchurch/Ashburton/via Lake tekapo
- Return Transfers from Twizel /Lake Tekapo/Christchurch
- Own dinner arrangements. We can help with wine and dine options and advice
- Own lunches/refreshments – CHCH to Twizel / Twizel to CHCH
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christchurch to Twizel
Alps 2 Ocean will meet you in Christchurch at a prearranged time in the morning before travelling south through the farming towns of Geraldine, and Fairlie. The spectacular Mackenzie country with its stunning glacial blue lakes and Southern Alps is our next stop and we enjoy the views with a visit to the Church of the Good Shepherd, and coffee with spectacular vistas at the Mt John Observatory café. You will then continue on to Twizel for your cycle fit out and briefing and be taken to your accommodation.
Twizel to Christchurch
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure, before the Alps 2 Ocean guide picks you up at 11am for the return to Christchurch. We again visit Lake Tekapo with the option for you to enjoy a visit to Tekapo Springs, soak in the hot pools or spa and a chance to massage those tired legs before continuing on to Christchurch. Our guide will make sure you have an enjoyable trip back taking the inland scenic route that runs alongside the southern alps, through diverse farmland and passing over the spectacular Rakaia Gorge before dropping you back in Christchurch early evening.
Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Sections