Section 1: Aoraki/Mt Cook to Braemar Road [35km]

Overview

35km Fitness: Easy Skill: Moderate Traffic: Low Grade: 2

 

Section 1 Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail starts at the White Horse Hill Campground, which is 2km north of Mt Cook Village. From here, a 7.2km off-road trail takes you to Mount Cook Airport [8km], where riders will need to make a short helicopter flight across the Tasman River to Tasman Point. Travelling in a helicopter across a glacially-fed braided river with New Zealand’s highest mountain in view is a must do. The helicopter can carry up to 6 passengers at a time (depending on weight limits).

Heliworks: 0800 666 668 [Mt Cook Airport]

Mt Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters: 0800 800 702 [Mt Cook Airport]

Helicopter Line: 0800 650 651 [Glentanner Park Centre]

From Tasman Point it’s 10.6km to the Jollie Car Park at the top of Hayman Rd [18km]. This track is rough in places and includes several creek crossings. On a clear day this section of trail offers views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, which at 3,754 metres towers above a range of snow washed peaks in the Aoraki/ Mt Cook National Park. From the car park, it’s 16.8km on gravel road to Braemar Road.

Alternative Routes:

Lake Tekapo
Follow the Tekapo Canal Road to Lake Pukaki. More info here.

Tekapo B Power Station
Located near the bottom of Lake Pukaki, close to the start of the off-road section of trail.

Jollie Carpark
You can ride up to Tasman Point and back [21.2km return].

Highlights Include

  • Aoraki/Mt Cook
  • Tasman River
  • Lake Pukaki
  • DOC Visitor Centre
  • Glacier Landings
  • High Country Stations
  • Walking Tracks – Hooker Glacier Terminal Lake, Red Tarns, Governor’s Bush, Blue Lakes, Mueller Hut

Section Map

Section 1: Aoraki/Mt Cook to Braemar Road [35km]

Trail Status

Section 1 Trail Status

Sometimes there are quarry/logging trucks on Hayman Road. Cyclists are advised to ride single file, and to keep left.

Trail route and weather conditions subject to change. Please check weather before daily departure.

Accommodation

Dine & Drink

Glentanner Park

Glentanner Park is the holiday park and activity centre for the Aoraki/Mt Cook region. Conveniently located just 18km from Mt Cook National Park, Glentanner offers motel style units, standard and...

Hermitage Hotel

The Hermitage Hotel offers some of the finest dining options in New Zealand. Choose from a la Carte or Buffet style, all offering the freshest and finest in New Zealand produce.

To Do

Glentanner Park

Glentanner Park is the holiday park and activity centre for the Aoraki/Mt Cook region. Conveniently located just 18km from Mt Cook National Park, Glentanner offers motel style units, standard and...

H2Explore

We give you a new experience that you will not find anywhere else in New Zealand! H2Explore is a new and exciting way to start your Alps 2 Ocean cycle trip. Imagine starting your cycle trip at...

Helicopter Line

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail starts from Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Cycle out to our helicopter base at Glentanner Park. We will take you and your bike for a short but exciting helicopter...

Heliworks

Make us an integral part of your Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail journey! Cycle the A2O trail from the official start at Aoraki Mount Cook Village to our base at Aoraki Mount Cook Airport. Check in for a...

Mt Cook Skiplanes & Helicopters

Treat yourself and a special someone to a scenic flight up the stunning Tasman Valley, fly in and hike or climb on a glacier in New Zealand's big mountain country, or experience the ultimate in...

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Overview

Section one, from Aoraki/Mt Cook to Braemar Rd is an easy 35km section. Highlights while you cycle include stunning views of Lake Pukaki, the Glacier Landings & the Tasman River.

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Weather

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Trail Status

Some parts of the track are under construction or are undergoing improvements to keep riders safe and the tracks enjoyable. Keep up to date with the trail status of each trail section here.

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Accommodation

Need to book accommodation during your adventure? We have a range of accommodation options available on each section of the trail that can be booked today.

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Dine & Drink

If you're looking for the best recommendations of places to eat and drink while cycling the trail you've come to the right place. Read more on our best dining recommendations on Section 1 of the trail

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To Do

Each section has a range of activities and attractions for you to experience and see while cycling the trail. Find the best things to do on Section 1 of the trail.

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Photos

See some of the best photos taken by other trail riders through Section 1 of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail.

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