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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 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 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.
You will be immersed in the movie lands of Narnia, Lord of the Rings and 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, below is a list of Official Partners that can help with some ideas to make your time in the area even better.
Aoraki Mount Cook
Southern Lakes Helicopters
Make us an integral part of your Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail journey. Cycle the trail from the official start at Aoraki Mount Cook Village to our base at Aoraki Mount Cook Airport. Check in for a short but fun flight across the fast flowing Tasman River for continuation of the trail at Tasman Point.
We fly on demand, please contact us to arrange your flight time.
Inflite - Mt Cook Skiplanes & Helicopters
Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters have over 65 years experience flying around Aoraki/Mt Cook and Westland/Tai Poutini National Parks and landing on the iconic Tasman, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.
We proudly support the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail as Trail Sponsors from your starting point on the Trail at the White Horse Hill Camping Ground through to Braemar Road. Let us fly you and your bikes over the Tasman River to continue your journey. A fantastic way to see the Trail from the sky, the beautiful landscape and Aoraki Mount Cook in the distance.
The Helicopter Line is New Zealand's leading helicopter company, operating with a fleet of AS350 squirrel helicopters based at Mt Cook, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Queenstown and Fiordland.
For the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail transfer from Glentanner, options are available for 5 passengers + 5 standard bikes or up to 4 passengers + 4 Ebikes. Bike racks are purpose built for the helicopters, securing bikes within rather than underneath.
Mt Cook Alpine Salmon
The Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Shop is on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail at the southern end of Lake Pukaki. Stop by to enjoy the iconic views, picnic tables, ice cold drinks and the range of salmon products on offer.
Our Freshwater King Salmon has been raised in nearby canals, the water flowing straight from the Southern Alps. This glacial, highly oxygenated water and the distinctive touch of the seasons, creates a special salmon delicacy.
Star gazing at Pukaki Observatory
Stargazing at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to look into the universe and experience in the beauty and wonder of one of the world’s purest skies.
Among the great joys of our location is its place at the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. The Dark Sky Reserve is world-renowned for its lack of light pollution, creating a spectacular and immense night sky brimming with stars.
To celebrate this beauty and share it with our guests, we constructed the purpose-built Pukaki Wine Cellar and Observatory. We welcome guests to this inviting, intimate and elegant space with a glass of wine or tot of whisky from our carefully curated cellar. Then we step into the adjoining observatory, equipped with a retractable roof and telescope for the perfect exploration of the Southern stars. Photography enthusiasts should be sure to bring your DSLR camera for some amazing astrophotography opportunities.
We are 10 kms from Twizel, and can help to arrange transport so you can all enjoy the experience.
The Musterers Hut Cafe and Gift Shop
Enjoy our fabulous fresh home made fare made daily, along with our incredible Organic, Fair Trade Switch Espresso Coffee. Enjoy the relaxed retro atmosphere with genuine original retro formica tables and chairs. Or relax in the lounge chairs in front of the roaring fire on the cooler days.
We also have a boutique gift shop offering locally made arts and crafts, and alongside, an 18-hole Mini-Golf course, the holes themed to locations in the Twizel area.
Ministry of Works Bar & Eatery (MOW Bar)
Kick back, relax and enjoy a great selection of craft beers, New Zealand wines, dishes inspired from street-food worldwide all within a casual dining setting, at Twizel's Market Place.
Family friendly, with an awesome playground opposite our beer garden.
High Country Salmon
We are a 100% New Zealand family owned salmon farm, operating within the glacial waters of Ohau hydro canal, 3km south of Twizel.
We grow and sell glacial mountain salmon (chinook), processed on site and for sale in our shop, floating cafe and online.
Embark on a transformative journey with Tig Payne, "The Soigneur," and indulge in a specialized cycling-specific recovery detox leg massage. Designed exclusively for cyclists, this unique massage therapy focuses on revitalizing your legs, rejuvenating your body, and promoting optimal recovery.
With Tig's expertise and deep understanding of the cycling world, this tailored experience will invigorate your muscles, enhance your cycling performance, and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to conquer new horizons on the saddle. Step into a realm where the art of massage merges seamlessly with cycling, offering you a revitalizing experience.
The Wrinkly Rams cafe at Ōmarama is the place to stop for weary travellers seeking refreshment.
Offering fresh homemade food, teas and espresso coffee, you can enjoy a break from your travels, preparing for your journey ahead on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.
The adjoining gift shop has a wide choice of gift, clothing and souvenir items available.
River-T Estate Wines
River-T Wines is a small boutique vineyard with a mix of grape varieties, on the banks of the Waitaki River near Kurow.
Enjoy top Waitaki wine and food while overlooking the beautiful views of the vineyard and beyond to the mountains.
Kurow Museum & Info Centre
First opened in 1970, Kurow Museum has attracted visitors both domestically and internationally.
Our displays include Waitaki life since the arrival of Waitaha people, arrival of Europeans, the construction of Waitaki, Aviemore and Benmore Dams and the development of agriculture in both the Waitaki and Hakataramea Valleys. Through photographs, written stories and visual displays, our stories reflect us all.
Ōamaru Blue Penguin Colony
Come and discover the world of the little blue penguin. Your visit contributes to our long-term conservation and research programmes where for care for and learn about the penguins' lives.
The Ōamaru Blue Penguin Colony is located just minutes from the centre of Ōamaru. Visitors to the Colony, in the evening, can experience a fascinating eco-tourism environment, gain insight into the lives of the blue penguin, and be part of the Colony's world-leading conservation efforts.