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The Wansbeck

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0275828983| [email protected]| 24 Wansbeck St Oamaru
Point of difference

An historic home and an easy walk to the Victorian Precinct, Penguin Colony, cafe's, restaurants and bars. Safe and secure garaging for cycles. All rooms have sea views. Outdoor living area and large garden for guests to enjoy.

Directions from nearest town

Within the town centre, only a few minutes walk from the completion of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail.

True Coastal Romance.

This historic home is over 100 years old and only walking distance from the famous Victorian Precinct and the sea. In the evenings, from your balcony in the Monterey Room you can look over the beautiful lights of the town and hear the sigh of the waves on the shore. The Precinct invites you to experience the Victorian atmosphere of the 1860s, amazing food and fine wines and creative Steampunk art forms. This is a time to store your bikes safely at The Wansbeck, relax and enjoy the town after your superb journey from the Alps to the ocean.

The vision from all three rooms available for guests is reminiscent of Monterey Bay in California. Experience the vast sweep of coast of Oamaru Bay rimmed in white surf from Cape Wanbrow, sheltering Friendly Bay where boats ride at anchor and heading north as far as the eye can see.

Our three rooms, the Monterey Room which is our premiere room with your own fridge stocked with local delights, TV and coffee bar, the Steinbeck Room in honour of the famous author and the Garden room provide comfort and relaxation. All three rooms are upstairs. We only accommodate one party of up to five people at a time. Wake up refreshed to a complimentary breakfast cooked or continental in the hospitality of our dining room. Our upstairs bathroom recently renovated, provides to the weary traveller a modern shower. All our rooms have queen sized beds with the Steinbeck Room having an extra single bed. After your journey from the Alps to the ocean this is an opportunity to spoil yourself with true coastal romance.

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Aoraki/Mt Cook to Braemar Road [35km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Moderate Traffic: Low Grade: 2
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Braemar Road to Twizel [40km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2
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Lake Tekapo to Twizel [55km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2
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Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge [38km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2
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Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama [43km]

Fitness: Intermediate Skill: Intermediate Traffic: Low Grade: 3
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Omarama to Otematata [35km]

Fitness: Intermediate Skill: Intermediate Traffic: Low Grade: 3
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Otematata to Kurow [44km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: High Grade: 3
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Kurow to Duntroon [27km]

Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2
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Duntroon to Oamaru [54km]

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