Lakes Explorer Tour
Let Alps 2 Ocean take you on a cycle tour that includes the spectacular glacial blue alpine Lakes Tekapo, Pukaki and Ohau. We provide modern accommodation in Twizel holiday homes, sumptuous breakfast and packed lunches on your cycling days. All this and our partner cycle provider makes sure you have a cycle experience to remember with modern comfortable bikes and gear complete with daily shuttle transfers to your start points for each of the 2 great days on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.
Total 3 Days starting Twizel
2 days cycling distance –up to 97 kms
- 3 nights’ accommodation in a private holiday home
- 2 Days hire of a modern comfortable bike. Helmet and bike bag included.
- Transfers at the end of each section as required back to your accommodation. Flexibility of shortening a section if desired or weather is unsuitable.
- 3 continental breakfasts
- 2 packed lunches on cycle days
- Own dinner arrangements. We can help with wine and dine options and advice
- Own lunches/refreshments on arrival & departure dates
Additions available by choice when booking:
- BBQ meal on last night with home grown organic meats and locally sourced salmon
- Tekapo Springs pools and spa voucher
Late afternoon on our arrival in Twizel we meet at our cycle depot 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 our 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 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.
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure before departing on your travels.
Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Sections