World-famous cycling trail, situated in the South Island of New Zealand
World-famous cycling trail, situated in the South Island of New Zealand
World-famous cycling trail, situated in the South Island of New Zealand
World-famous cycling trail, situated in the South Island of New Zealand
World-famous cycling trail, situated in the South Island of New Zealand
World-famous cycling trail, situated in the South Island of New Zealand
World-famous cycling trail, situated in the South Island of New Zealand
World-famous cycling trail, situated in the South Island of New Zealand
World-famous cycling trail, situated in the South Island of New Zealand
World-famous cycling trail, situated in the South Island of New Zealand
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Welcome to New Zealand's Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is New Zealand in all its colour and beauty - from our highest mountains, past great lakes and rivers, and down to the ocean. Suitable for all ages, the 9 section bike trail is an easy to intermediate grade, linking the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.

Allow 4-6 days for the entire ride, or simply try a day excursion. Whichever option you choose, the A2O Cycle Trail is sure to be a memorable experience.

 

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Trail Sections

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35km

Aoraki/Mt Cook to Braemar Road [35km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Moderate Traffic: Low Grade: 2
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42km

Braemar Road to Twizel [42km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2
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38km

Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge [38km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2
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45km

Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama [45km]

Fitness: Intermediate Skill: Intermediate Traffic: Low Grade: 3
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24km

Omarama to Otematata [24km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Moderate Grade: 3
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44km

Otematata to Kurow [44km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: High Grade: 3
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28km

Kurow to Duntroon [28km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2
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54km

Duntroon to Oamaru [54km]

Fitness: Intermediate Skill: Easy Traffic: Medium Grade: 3
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54km

Lake Tekapo to Twizel [54km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2
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FAQs

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a grade 2-3 (easy to intermediate) cycle trail. There are a variety of trail surfaces. Riders are advised to take certain essentials with them (e.g. first aid, repair kit, water, food). Parts of the trail pass through alpine environments, where conditions can change.

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Choose your ride

Ride the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail YOUR way. Whether you're an advanced cyclist or a family who are looking for a family-friendly adventure, choose a way that works best for you.

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Plan your ride

Cycling one of New Zealand's best cycle trails is both fun and easy to organise! You can plan your adventure down to the smallest detail, including your accommodation, cycle hire and luggage transport along the trail.

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Getting Here

Located in the South Island of New Zealand, halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown, is the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. It is recommended that you start your ride from Aoraki/Mt Cook - though there are numerous access points along the trail from which to start or end your ride.

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