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

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 5-6 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.

 

Please check the Trail Status page for the latest updates on the amenities that are currently open along the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle trail.

Important Update : New Zealand is at Level 2 restrictions

The Governments Guidelines at Alert Level 2 allow everyone to return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with no more than 100 people at one time.

As we unite to recover from the effects of COVID-19, it's still important that we keep the basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow. 

We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required.

Remember to follow the government’s recommended hygiene guidelines... https://covid19.govt.nz/.

Here are some tips to help you protect yourself and others:

The Golden Rules for everyone at Alert Level 2

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  • Don’t use any trails if you have symptoms (e.g. fever, coughing, shortness of breath etc). Please stay at home!
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  • If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • If you’re concerned about your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  • Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  • Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  • Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  • People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. 

Be calm, be kind and be courteous and thanks for doing your part in getting use here.

Most of all, please enjoy the Trail being fully available once again...

 

Finally, in these troubling and confusing times, as we watch a worldwide pandemic unfold, more than ever, it is important to reach out to friends and family if you are feeling down or depressed and to find a safe and supportive environment. Please find here a useful guide about improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and understanding all aspects of dealing with the stress of the lockdown and bereavement.

 

Kia Kaha, take care.

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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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54km

Lake Tekapo to Twizel [54km]

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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45km

Otematata to Kurow [45km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low-moderate Grade: 2
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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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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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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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Trail Status

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