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Riding on the Alps 2 Ocean: Environmental Considerations

Cycling the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is not only a thrilling adventure but also an opportunity to connect with and appreciate the natural beauty of New Zealand's South Island. As stewards of these pristine landscapes, it's essential for cyclists to consider the environmental impact of their journey and take steps to minimise their footprint along the way.

Here are some environmental considerations to keep in mind while riding on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail:

  1. Leave No Trace: Follow the principles of Leave No Trace to minimise your impact on the environment. Pack out all rubbish, including food wrappers, energy bar wrappers, and any other waste generated during your ride. Leave campsites, rest areas, and the Trail cleaner than you found them, and avoid disturbing natural habitats.
  2. Respect Animals: The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail traversesthrough breathtaking landscapes including working farms with livestock. While landowners take care to ensure the Trail is clear, there might be instances when cyclists encounter animals such as cattle and sheep. It is always good to approach them with caution and respect. If you are uncertain about how to handle the situation, it might be best to wait until they move away. Click here for more tips.
  3. Minimise Resource Consumption: Reduce your resource consumption by using reusable water bottles or hydration systems instead of disposable plastic bottles. Choose biodegradable soap and toiletries to minimise water pollution when washing up at campsites or rest areas. Conserve water by taking shorter showers and turning off taps when not in use.
  4. Practice Sustainable Travel: Choose eco-friendly transportation options when travelling to and from the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, such as shuttles, car-pooling or using public transport. Consider offsetting your carbon footprint by participating in carbon offset programmes.
  5. Support Conservation Efforts: Get involved in conservation efforts aimed at protecting the natural beauty and biodiversity of the areas surrounding the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. Consider volunteering with locals or conservation organisations, participating in habitat restoration projects. Kurow Wetlands Planting Day is an example of such efforts. Support our Trail Partners that are supporting our Trail with conservation and plantings.
  6. Raise Awareness: Raise awareness about the importance of environmental conservation and inspire fellow cyclists to adopt sustainable practices both on and off the Trail.

By incorporating these environmental considerations into your cycling journey on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, you can help ensure that these stunning landscapes remain intact for future generations of cyclists to enjoy.