22 Sep 23 1000 Wild fire at head of Lake Pukaki is under control.
Live Severe weather warnings and watches in place
Sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 - Lake Ōhau Lodge to Quailburn Road remain CLOSED.
Section 7 - River T Wines to Otekaieki CLOSED
Section 6/7 - Large event taking place 5-10km either side of Kurow on 23 September 2023 .
Contractors are working to repair the Trail, and Trail surface is poor in some areas. See Trail conditions for details.
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is the longest of the 23 Ngā Haerenga Great Rides of New Zealand serving up epic vistas from Aoraki Mount Cook all the way to arty Ōamaru beside the Pacific Ocean. It is one of New Zealand’s truly Great Rides; the crème de la crème of multi-day cycling experiences in NZ for the iconic southern landscapes traversed and easily navigated by a wide demographic.
The Trail is broken into nine sections. Ride the full length over five to seven days for the depth of experience and huge sense of accomplishment, or pick one or two sections and ride them as day trips from local towns. The variety of terrain means there is a mix of easy to intermediate trail riding.
The Cycle Trail starts at the base of the majestic Aoraki Mt Cook in the National Park or alternatively at Takapō, 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 Ōhau before climbing to the highest point on the Trail where you view the magnificence of the Mackenzie basin before dropping down to Ōmarama. 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 Ōamaru, a town famous for its neo classical 'Ōamaru 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.
Ride from the Southern Alps at Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park, alongside the stunning Lake Pukaki.
Distance: 35km | Fitness: Easy | Skill: Moderate | Traffic: Low | Grade: 2
Ride the lower reaches of Lake Pukaki, and across the Pukaki Flats.
Distance: 40km | Fitness: Easy | Skill: Easy | Traffic: Low | Grade: 2
Scenic views of the Southern Alps and across the Mackenzie Basin, riding alongside the Takapō Canal.
Distance: 55km | Fitness: Easy | Skill: Easy | Traffic: Low | Grade: 2
Ride alongside canals and Lake Ōhau foreshore, taking in scenic views of the Southern Alps.
Distance: 38km | Fitness: Easy | Skill: Easy | Traffic: Low | Grade: 2
Traverse the lower slopes of the Ōhau Range.
Distance: 43km | Fitness: Intermediate | Skill: Intermediate | Traffic: Low | Grade: 3
Ride from Ōmarama, on the hills and alongside the foreshore of Lake Benmore.
Distance: 35km | Fitness: Intermediate | Skill: Intermediate | Traffic: Low | Grade: 3
Ride alongside the scenic foreshores of Lake Aviemore and Lake Waitaki.
Distance: 44km | Fitness: Easy | Skill: Easy | Traffic: High | Grade: 3
Follow the Waitaki River and environs between Kurow and Duntroon.
Distance: 27km | Fitness: Easy | Skill: Easy | Traffic: Low | Grade: 2
Ride through rock formations, valleys and former railway routes to Ōamaru.
Distance: 54km | Fitness: Intermediate | Skill: Easy | Traffic: Medium | Grade: 3
Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Partner Hui 2023
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Hui, hosted at picturesque Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat’s Moraine Lodge on Wednesday, 23rd of August, proved to be an enjoyable gathering. A highlight of the event was the guest speaker, renowned adventurer and motivational speaker, Mark Inglis.
James Noble - A solo adventure
International traveler James Noble's three day solo adventure on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, from Aoraki Mt Cook, to Oamaru.
Alps 2 Ocean Competition - Winner Announcement
We are excited to announce the winners of the #A2OTenYears photo competition that closed on 31 May 2023! Thank you to everyone who shared their fantastic images showcasing the wonderful experiences and memories created on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail over the last 10 years.
The A2O experience - Sarah Bartlett
Spontaneity creates adventure - I am a firm believer in the art of throwing oneself headfirst into any available deep end, so when a friend asked over beer and good food, “Would you be interested in doing the Alps to Ocean with me?” I quickly responded with a hearty “YES! Absolutely”.
Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail survey reveals positive economic impact
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, one of Ngā Haerenga Great Rides of New Zealand, has received the highest number of survey responses from Trail users compared to the other Great Rides, according to a recent report.
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