Section 1: Aoraki/Mt Cook to Braemar Road [35km]


35km Fitness: Easy Skill: Moderate Traffic: Low Grade: 2


Section 1 Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail starts at the White Horse Hill Campground, which is 2km north of Mt Cook Village. From here, a 7.2km off-road trail takes you to Mount Cook Airport [8km], where riders will need to make a short helicopter flight (at your own expense) across the Tasman River to Jollie River Carpark. Travelling in a helicopter across a glacially-fed braided river with New Zealand’s highest mountain in view is a must do. The helicopter can carry up to 6 passengers at a time (depending on weight limits).


INFLITE Mt Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters0800 800 702 [Mt Cook Airport] - Inflite are Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Guardians

Heliworks: 0800 666 668 [Mt Cook Airport]

Helicopter Line: 0800 650 651 

For more information, please contact A2O bookings on 0211955572 or [email protected]


From the helipad landing point at Rotten Tommy it’s 9.6km to the Jollie Car Park at the top of Hayman Rd [18km]. This track is rough in places and includes several creek crossings. On a clear day this section of trail offers views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, which at 3,754 metres towers above a range of snow washed peaks in the Aoraki/ Mt Cook National Park. From the car park, it’s 16.8km on gravel road to Braemar Road.

Alternative Routes:

Lake Tekapo
Follow the Tekapo Canal Road to Lake Pukaki. More info here.

Tekapo B Power Station
Located near the bottom of Lake Pukaki, close to the start of the off-road section of trail.

Jollie Carpark
You can ride up to the Rotten Tommy helipad and back [19.2km return].

Highlights Include

  • Aoraki/Mt Cook
  • Tasman River
  • Lake Pukaki
  • DOC Visitor Centre
  • Glacier Landings
  • High Country Stations
  • Walking Tracks – Hooker Glacier Terminal Lake, Red Tarns, Governor’s Bush, Blue Lakes, Mueller Hut

Section Map

Section 1: Aoraki/Mt Cook to Braemar Road [35km]

Trail Status

Section 1 Trail Status

Sometimes there are quarry/logging trucks on Hayman Road. Cyclists are advised to ride single file, and to keep left.

Trail route and weather conditions subject to change. Please check the weather reports before your departure.


To Do

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 your bike for a short but exciting helicopter...


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 base at Aoraki Mount Cook Airport. Check in for a...

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 mountain country, or experience the ultimate in...

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Section one, from Aoraki/Mt Cook to Braemar Rd is an easy 35km section. Highlights while you cycle include stunning views of Lake Pukaki, the Glacier Landings & the Tasman River.

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Need to book accommodation during your adventure? We have a range of accommodation options available on each section of the trail that can be booked today.

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Dine & Drink

If you're looking for the best recommendations of places to eat and drink while cycling the trail you've come to the right place. Read more on our best dining recommendations on Section 1 of the trail

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Each section has a range of activities and attractions for you to experience and see while cycling the trail. Find the best things to do on Section 1 of the trail.

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