Te Araroa Trail

Te Araroa is New Zealand's trail - taking in spectacular New Zealand landscapes from beaches to volcanoes to forests to cities.

Te Araroa cycle Lake Ohau2

logoAlps 2 Ocean provide a range of  transfers, inflatable kayak and cycle options between Arthurs Pass and Lake Ohau in Canterbury.

Freephone Wayne 0800 425 772

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With Alps 2 Ocean you will get :

 Transfers around the Rangitata River(bookings required) and options to transfer to or around the Rakaia River.

UPDATE for 21/22 summer .

Numbers of trampers are variable now so we have reduced our points of pick up and drop offs and times have altered for this season.

Where possible we try and schedule so we can do sobos and nobos and in some cases give the option of  going around a river without staying in towns.Shopping possible enroute.

 If you are using our services you can arrange to send a food parcel.$10 charge

New Transfer times. 2021/22

Going South bound

4 30 pm   Pickup at Potts bridge {SOBO} carpark then we stop in Geraldine overnite or at a free camp site enroute

9 00 am depart Geraldine {SOBO} to Forest creek or Bush stream 

Going Northbound

1030 am pickup at forest creek or bush stream {NOBO}

on to Geraldine or around to north side of Rangitata {NOBO}

other transfers by arrangement in the afternoons eg Rakaia rides ,Methven 

Rakaia River,basically on demand with prior bookings ,we would prefer to do the transfer between Coleridge village and Glenrock in the same trip.


Transfer costings.

Are so dependant on numbers for each transfer .Please respect that we have to pay a driver and run a van on rough bumpy valley roads .We have a set price we need to charge for each part of a transfer,just to cover costs .The more we have the better the price pp can be.

NOTE Some trail apps or notes seem to still have pricing that is years out of date.Please do not give us a lecture using old information .Everything including fuel and vehicle costs are increasing rapidly ,we do our best but are not a charity .



Mountain Bikes


Many hikers are using mountain bikes as a way of breaking the monotony of those longer gravel road sections.We either meet you with the cycles, helmet, repair kit, and lightweight cycle trailers or leave it locked at a prearranged point.With the trailers, you are able to carry your own pack easily be independent and not as tied to gear pickups from transfer vehicles.The bikes can then be locked up again at your destination for us to pick up when we can. Increasingly more TA hikers are cycling the Alps 2 Ocean trail between Lake Tekapo and Lake Ohau (100 kms)which also is the route for some of the Te Araroa trail.  Cycles can be used by SOBO and NOBO  walkers.

Cycle hire is on a daily basis per person.We provide the bike lock combination when booking is confirmed.Cost from $95 pp,for 2 days hire.

Cycle Options are :

  • Lake Tekapo to Twizel via canal route 60 kms or Braemar Road 
  • Lake Tekapo to Lake Ohau Lodge 35 kms
  • Bush Stream trailhead to Geraldine 72 kms

 cycle trailer

Inflatable kayak

Harper Village /Wilberforce River to Glenrock stream trailhead.

Freedom Hire of boats, paddles and paddling gear.

We meet you at the Harper village campsite where you change into our river gear and take, dry bags for lunch and personal items. We then meet about 3 hours later with your pack at the Glenrock Stream trailhead.
This is a lovely grade 2  wilderness kayak for about 18 kms. It saves you a big shuttle or walk around the Rakaia and you get a real added adventure.
Min Charge 2 people.eg $205 pp then $100 pp for each extra

Kayak experience required as its self- guided. We can help with food pickup on the day if you need some fresh supplies.