Things to See and Do

A2O Cycle Tours

WEEK LONG FULLY SUPPORTED TOURS with the A2O Cycle Trail experts. Small group, fully inclusive and fully supported tours along the entire A2O...

Adventure South NZ

For the past 25 years, Adventure South NZ has provided an unrivalled range of active holidays across the North and South Islands – taking...

Air Safaris

Air Safaris have been flying aircraft in and around the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks since 1970. Over that period, Air Safaris has grown...

Braided River Jet Boating

Rest your legs a while and take in the Waitaki from the water. Catch up with the Braided River team and let them show you why the Waitaki River...

Glide Omarama

Omarama, with its clear air, spectacular Southern Alps and all four forms of lift, is arguably the best mountain soaring site in the world. Every...

Helicopter Line

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail starts from Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Cycle out to our helicopter base at Glentanner Park. We will take you and...

Heliventures

Whether you're strapped for time or just want to travel in style, Heliventures can transfer riders and luggage to the track from any location, or...

Heliworks

Make us an integral part of your Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail journey! Cycle the A2O trail from the official start at Aoraki Mount Cook Village to our...

High Country Salmon

Established in 2000 by the Logan family, High Country Salmon are one of three farms raising salmon on the hydro canals surrounding Twizel....

Hot Tubs Omarama

After a day cycling through the awesome Mackenzie Country, or beside the beautiful hydro lakes – Waitaki, Aviemore and Benmore – you have...

Jake's Hardware

Jake's Hardware is one of the last independent, family-run hardware stores in the country – and we're as excited about the Alps 2 Ocean cycle...

Kiwi Treasures & Info Centre

Welcome to Kiwi Treasures and Info Centre, Lake Tekapo. Located right in the centre of the township, we are your source for info, souvenirs, post...

Kurow Museum & Info Centre

A2O runs past our front door. We welcome all visitors to our quirky museum which provides a snapshot of early European life and features tools...

Merino Country Cafe & Gifts

Merino Country Cafe & Gifts is conveniently located in the Omarama town centre beside the public toilets. Our cafe is open from 8-30am to 5pm in...

Mt Cook Skiplanes & Helicopters

Treat yourself and a special someone to a scenic flight up the stunning Tasman Valley, fly in and hike or climb on a glacier in New Zealand's big...

Musterers Hut

CAFE Enjoy our fabulous fresh home made fare made daily, along with our incredible Organic, Fair Trade Switch Espresso Coffee. Enjoy the relaxed...

Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is located just minutes from the centre of Oamaru. Since its establishment in 1993, and because of its...

Oamaru i-SITE

Welcome to the Oamaru i-SITE - we've got you covered for everything you need in the area. We're also Alps 2 Ocean booking agents - we can create...

Ostler Vineyards

Ostler Vineyards is a boutique producer of wines of distinction in the South Island’s Waitaki Valley. From select and hand-tended vineyards we...

Presence On Harbour

Groovy stuff for groovy people. Merino Possum Knitwear. Quality gifts. New Zealand art and gifts. Kiwiana, A2O gifts and heaps more........ Open 7...

River-T Estate Wines

Cellar Door open 7 days a week 9am to 6pm. Enjoy a wine tasting , or glass of our local wine or beer in a relaxed informal setting. On cold...

Totara Estate & Clarks Mill

TOTARA ESTATE Located only 8km south of Oamaru, at Totara Estate you can step back in time to New Zealand's pioneer past. Explore the Oamaru...

Whitestone Cheese

Whitestone Cheese was founded in 1987 as a diversification during the 1980's rural downturn and a series of crippling droughts. Founder Bob...

Whitestone City

Set in an original grain store that was built in 1882, and located within New Zealand’s most complete streetscape of Victorian commercial...

Wrinkly Rams

CAFE The Wrinkly Rams Cafeteria prides itself on good wholesome food and quality service. The coffee is fantastic, and stopping could mean...

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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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Accommodation

Need a place to say during your ride from the Alps to the Ocean? Book all your accommodation through the website and plan your ride.

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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 Details & Map

Each of the 9 maps show the elevation, trail surfaces, fitness, skill, traffic, safety notes, and highlights. Please consult the maps to ensure you are prepared for what you'll encounter on each section. Some sections are easy, others more difficult.

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See & Do

Want to know what you can do while visiting the South Island of New Zealand during your ride?

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