Things to see and do...

At over 300km the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail delivers awesome scenery on every Section and no two sections are the same.  Once you have decided to set a little holiday time aside to cycle some or all of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, you may also like to consider what else you can do with your time to get the most of your trip.  

Whether you are scheduling to tick off a section or two of the Trail at a time over long weekends, or you are planning to cycle the whole thing in one go with family and friends, we strongly recommend building some R&R (Rest and Recreation) time into your schedule.   

Whether you are starting from the foot of New Zealand's highest peak Aoraki Mt Cook, with the National Park's host of alpine walks, glacier fed lakes and native fauna and flora or from Tekapo, located in the largest Dark Sky Reserve in the world and perfect for observing out of this world celestial bodies, there is surely something to write home about (or rather, post on socail media!). 

You will be immersed in the movie lands of Narnia, Lord of the Rings and the forthcoming Mulan, so you know the scenery is cinematic in both beauty and proportion.  

The geology too has quite a story to tell, with Zealandia's 'drowned continent' status being a hot topic for debate as recently as 2017.  The great divide of the Southern Alps has its highest at Aoraki Mt cook at 3,724m. Due to tectonic forces, the peak is rising about 7mm each year but has lost 40m in height in the last 30 years - such is interplay of thrust and erosion that continues to place.  Maori folklore describes the Waitaki River as the the tears of Aoraki and the cycle trail essentially follows these tears to the coast. 

As you approach Oamaru you get to ride through and over what would have been the sea floor about 25m years ago.  Fossils of giant 1.6m tall penguins, shark toothed dolphins and ancient whales are all there to be discovered in the limestone deposits.  At the end of your Alps 2 Ocean Journey spend a little time discovering your own limestone gems in the well preserved Victorian architecture that is Oamaru, at the coast of the great Pacific Ocean.  

To help you with planning your itinerary, here is a list of Official Partners that can help with some ideas to make your time in the area even more memorable...

 

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Wrinkly Rams

TIRED AND HUNGRY? The Wrinkly Rams cafe is the place to stop for weary travellers seeking refreshment. With clean toilets, espresso coffee, and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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