Active Adventures

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+64 3 450 0414| [email protected]| 11- 16 Church Street, Queenstown
Point of difference

We’re all about exploring the incredible landscapes of New Zealand by the steam of your own 2 feet. Pair that with our expert guides, attention to detail and local knowledge and you have yourself a holiday you’ll remember for years to come.

Active Adventures offers fully-guided, supported, and all-inclusive small group trips that will get you out biking the entire length of the Alps to Ocean trail.

Who we are: Active Adventures is a small company based in Queenstown, so we know our country really well and have been running and refining our trips around New Zealand for over 20 years! We take small groups (usually of around 7 - 10 people), off the beaten tourist track and right into the heart of the landscape, but without having to give up your creature comforts.
‘Whanui’ trip: Our 6-day ‘Whanui’ Alps to Ocean trip starts and finishes in Christchurch, making it easy to experience the full length of the Alps to Ocean Track without having to worry about any of the logistics.
You’ll hop on a small bus and make your way to Mount Cook Village, from here you'll grab your bike and enjoy riding under the towering mountains of the National Park. This adventure continues with a helicopter ride across the Tasman River, cycling alongside Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau, enjoying views along the sweeping Waitiaki valley and ending at the Pacific Ocean in Oamaru. With 2 guides and plenty of picnic breaks along the way, you'll finish every day happy and exhausted!

How it works: The way it works is that we have 2 very experienced guides to look after each group (generally no more than 14 people, we like to keep our groups small), and the trip is fully vehicle supported to give us heaps of flexibility. Everyone is free to go at their own pace, so if you are keen for a challenge and want to really push yourself then you can certainly do that - alternatively, if you wake up one day feeling like you need to take things easy, well then that's fine too. Basically, it's your holiday so we'll always do our best to fit in with what you'd like to do!
What’s included: Our trips do include absolutely everything; from the moment you join us to the moment you leave. From yummy local food, to comfortable accommodations, activities, equipment, permits, travel - even right down to a snack basket on the bus. And a course a bike if you’d rather not to bring your own!

E-Bike’s: Prefer to concur this challenge with an E-Bike? No problem, for $350 you can hire an E-Bike from us that’s yours to use for the duration of this adventure.

Cancellation Policy: We want you to feel confident that your money is in good hands so we've introduced Active Adventures Assurance, which includes the following and more:
• Deposits good for life
• Transferable deposits between trips
• Transferable travellers

Additional Assurance for Kiwis
If you are unable to travel due to restrictions which are a result of government-imposed Covid-19 levels and your departure is within 30 days from departure, Active Adventures will re-book you onto an alternative trip departure date or will offer you a future trip credit valid on any Active Adventures departure in New Zealand or overseas until 31 December 2022. The inability to travel must be for reasons outside of your control.

Dates & How to Book: We run this adventure from October through April each year and securing your spot is easy. Simply get in touch with us and we’ll help get your planning started!

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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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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.

Trail Details & Maps view details

Trail Details & Maps

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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