Stuff - Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail: Is this New Zealand's Most Scenic Bike Ride?

They look at me like I’m crazy, clueless or a particularly ill-fated combination of both.

“You’ve chosen New Zealand’s longest continuous cycle trail for your first multi-day bike ride?,” they ask. “And you’re not doing it on an e-bike like the rest of us?”.

The truth is I chose the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, which stretches for more than 300 kilometres between the Southern Alps and Oamaru, because it is often touted as one of the most scenic multi-day bike rides in the country. Lonely Planet describes it as “one of the best Great Rides within the New Zealand Cycle Trail” offering “epic vistas” all the way.

In addition to New Zealand’s highest mountain, riders are treated to glass-clear glacial lakes, braided rivers, basins of golden tussock, bizarre fossilised rock formations, cute country towns and the boutique vineyards of one of New Zealand’s newest wine regions. I’m willing to overexert myself to experience it, but I have done my research....

on 23 May 2021 read more
ODT - Bike Trail a Beacon in Bleak Times

In the same way the Otago Central Rail Trail revitalised rural Otago, the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is becoming a beacon of hope for the Waitaki district, writes Kayla Hodge.

Since international tourism came to a grinding halt last year, there has been one shining star in a bleak sky — cycling.

Cycle tourism has been booming in Waitaki, as domestic tourists dusted off their bikes and put their foot down to try out the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, which has recorded its biggest season yet...

on 22 May 2021 read more
The Goldfields Cavalcade 2021

The horses trekked across the Otago goldfields and the cyclists pedalled.
The high country ahead was a long stretch, rugged, and beautiful.
Early in March, the Goldfields Cavalcade transported horse riders, walkers, runners, and 51 cyclists back to the days of damper and mutton for lunch, saloons, and gold pans slung over luggage.

on 15 April 2021 read more
WDC News: Funding a Bridge to Safety and Further A2O Amenities

Otago Community Trust have approved funding of $177,297 to the Friends of Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. These funds will be used to construct the long awaited clip-on bridge for Awahokomo Stream and to provide a permanent toilet on the new section of trail between Sailors Cutting and Benmore Dam.

This funding will improve safety and complete the task of taking the trail off SH83 as well as make the ride more enjoyable. Adair Craik from the Friends of Alps 2 Ocean said, "We are so pleased to have reached this milestone and wish to thank Otago Community Trust and all our funders. The new section of trail has proven very popular since it opened and we continue to receive fantastic comments about this section with domestic tourism continuing to make a significant contribution to our local communities. Many businesses along the trail have benefitted economically, in what would have been a difficult trading period due to Covid 19.

on 19 March 2021 read more
These fun cycle trails will make you want to jump on your bike

Jump on a bike for health, happiness and an adventurous way to explore our own backyard. Here are some cycle trails for both beginners and experts.

on 2 March 2021 read more
Alps 2 Ocean: Seven spectacular days through the heart of the South Island

You can discover the Mackenzie Basin and Waitaki Valley in the Canterbury and Otago regions in depth on the Alps 2 Ocean, or A2O, Cycle Trail.

Taking riders from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, it’s a scenic, predominantly off-road trail of between 301 and 325 kilometres. Along the way, you’ll find quaint townships, great swimming spots, walking tracks and learn local history.

on 9 February 2021 read more
Alps 2 Ocean - NZ Cycling Journal Trail Notes Pt. 1

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a 300km, mostly-off-road, cycling route which travels from the slopes of our highest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook, right down to the Pacific Ocean at Ōamaru. It passes through myriad dramatic landscapes, traverses a few of the most iconic southern locations and calls into some of the finest gems our country has to offer – where the people are also a real highlight. As the seasons switched from winter to spring, we headed south for this journey, but the grip of winter hadn’t left yet.

on 20 January 2021 read more
New Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail leg opens to rave reviews

A new $1.2 million section of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail has proved a hit with holidaymakers as they discover rarely seen South Island scenery.

The 16-kilometre section from Sailors Cutting to the top of the Benmore Dam in the Waitaki Lakes region follows the Ahuriri arm of Lake Benmore serving up sights that users have raved about since it opened on December 18.

on 20 January 2021 read more
Omarama Clay Cliffs: The little slice of Mars

New Zealand has no shortage of stunningly beautiful drives, and one of the best is between Queenstown and Aoraki Mt/Cook. This route weaves through some of our most spectacular mountain scenery, with a few hidden gems in between.

on 20 January 2021 read more

Santa made a surprise appearance at the Press Day of the Sailors Cutting to Lake Benmore section of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail just ahead of the Christmas holidays.

The Alps 2 Ocean Joint Committee, elected officials, and official trail partners celebrated the opening of the new off-road section today. They gathered at Sailors Cutting campground to watch mayor of Waitaki, Gary Kircher, mayor of Mackenzie, Graham Smith, and Chair of the Alps 2 Ocean Joint Committee, Sally Jones officially cut the ribbon. Following this, over 150 cyclists took to the trail for the first time.

on 21 December 2020 read more
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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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