Lakes Explorer Tour - ex CHCH
Let Alps 2 Ocean take you on a cycle tour that includes the spectacular glacial blue alpine Lakes Tekapo, Pukaki and Ohau. We provide personally guided transfers from Christchurch and return, 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 for 2 great days on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.
Additionally, our Alps 2 Ocean guide makes your transfer days more enjoyable with time to relax and visit Lake Tekapos iconic church and coffee with a stunning vista at Mt John observatory on the journey south to Twizel. And on your return home you can enjoy an optional visit to the Tekapo Springs for a soak in the hot pools, a spa, or massage those tired legs before continuing on to Christchurch.
Total 4 Days starting Christchurch including Transfers
2 days cycling distance –up to 97 kms
- Alps 2 ocean ltd transfers ex Christchurch to Twizel and return to Christchurch
- 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
- Transfers ex Christchurch/Ashburton/via Lake tekapo
- Return Transfers Twizel /Lake Tekapo/Christchurch
- Own dinner arrangements. We can help with wine and dine options and advice
- Own lunches/refreshments on transfer dates - CHCH to Twizel / Twizel to CHCH
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
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.
On our arrival in Twizel we stop 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 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