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Welcome to New Zealand's Alps 2 Ocean Cycle TrailĀ®

 

 

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

 

The Cycle Trail starts at the base of the majestic Aoraki Mt Cook in the National Park or alternatively at Tekapo, with both routes meeting on the shores of the turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki.  From there the Trail takes in Twizel and the shoreline of Lake Ohau before climbing to the highest point on the Trail where you view the magnificence of the Mackenzie basin before dropping down to Omarama.  The Waitaki Valley delivers a geo-park of wonders, you meander past more lakes and rivers, ride through vineyards and experience ever changing vistas on you way towards the Pacific coast.  Your final destination is Oamaru, a town famous for its neo classical 'Oamaru Stone' Victorian buildings, art galleries and the little blue penguins.

Allow 5-7 days to cycle the entire trail and remember to add some time to investigate the region while you are here.  Alternatively, if time is at a premium, simply make a day excursion or tick off a section or two over a long weekend...  What better way to reconnect friends and family or simply get away from it all, either way, you will be enjoying genuine hospitality in some of the best scenery that the South Island of New Zealand has to offer.

Whichever option you choose, the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is sure to be a great destination and a most memorable experience.

 

Trail Altitude overview

Please check the Trail Status page for the latest updates on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail conditions.

 

 

 

 

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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40km

Braemar Road to Twizel [40km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2
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55km

Lake Tekapo to Twizel [55km]

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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43km

Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama [43km]

Fitness: Intermediate Skill: Intermediate Traffic: Low Grade: 3
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35km

Omarama to Otematata [35km]

Fitness: Intermediate Skill: Intermediate Traffic: Low Grade: 3
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44km

Otematata to Kurow [44km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: High Grade: 3
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27km

Kurow to Duntroon [27km]

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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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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Itinerary Ideas

Ride the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail YOUR way. If you're an advanced cyclist or a family who are looking for a family-friendly adventure, have a look here for some ideas on possible itineraries and things to see and do along the way...

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Trail Status

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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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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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