Alps to Ocean Cycle

Alps to Ocean Cycle

Trip Highlights

  • Cycle the spectacular trails of the Alps to Ocean from Tekapo.
  • Take in the stunning views of Lakes Pukaki, Ohau, Benmore and Aviemore
  • Soak in the hot pools at Lake Tekapo (optional)
  • Hike beneath Mt Cook in the World Heritage National Park
  • Cycle through the golden tussock lands of the Mackenzie Country
  • Enjoy a delicious platter lunch at Lake Ohau Lodge
  • Spend a night at the historic Burnside Homestead and elegant Waitaki Braids Lodge
  • Discover the ancient Elephant Rock formations
  • Explore the charming Victorian Precinct in Oamaru

Trip Summary

Explore some of the most scenic landscapes in New Zealand's South Island by bike on our fully supported Alps to Ocean Cycle tour. Encounter the majesty of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki, Mt Cook, the sweeping tussocklands of the Mackenzie Country, and the flowing rivers, vineyards and farmland of the Waitaki Valley as you cycle towards the historic and vibrant coastal town of Oamaru on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. With superb mountain scenery as your backdrop, you'll be enchanted by the picturesque canal rides from the alternate trail start at Lake Tekapo. We then follow the trail along the dramatic turquoise Lake Pukaki through to the alpine retreat of Twizel. Our journey continues on ancient Maori trading and food gathering routes, past the historic hydro-schemes and through one of NZ's newest wine growing regions in the Waitaki Valley. You'll enjoy more than just cycling on this trip as we have the chance to soak in thermal hotpools, discover ancient Maori rock art, dramatic limestone landscapes, and explore the small local communities along the trail.

Trip Grading

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the terrain, the altitude, the amount of climbing, the types of trails and the length of the trip. The Alps to Ocean is graded introductory to moderate. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and we suggest 90 minutes of cycling three to five times a week for the three months leading up to your trip. Some of the trail is on hard packed gravel, some is loose gravel which can be rough and uneven in places and there are plenty of hills. We recommend practise cycling up hills and on gravel before your tour, it will make the experience a lot more fun.

Itinerary

Early this morning you will be collected from a central Christchurch location around 08:00am and taken to our depot for a bike fitting and tour briefing. We then drive south to Geraldine for a refreshment break before starting our first ride. We cycle quiet sealed roads through picturesque countryside, before stopping for lunch in Fairlie. After lunch we drive to Lake Tekapo Village. Its picturesque lake is the first of the storage lakes which feed the hydro schemes in the basin and down the Waitaki Valley. Here we take our first ride from the alternate start on the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail, on the quiet roads that follow the turquoise blue waters of the canal system. On return to Tekapo we have the option to visit the local hot pools to ease any first day muscle aches (own expense). The famous Church of the Good Shepherd and nearby statue standing as a tribute to the sheepdogs that make farming the Mackenzie Basin possible are local icons. Cycle Distance: Up to 35 kms

Meals:  L,D

After breakfast this morning we drive to our next cycling point on the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail alongside the Tekapo hydro canal. We enjoy some flat easy riding past salmon farms to the edge of Lake Pukaki, joining the lakeside cycle trail and with spectacular mountain vistas. From the road end, Mt Cook beckons so we load up and drive to The Hermitage where we have the option to enjoy a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre (own expense) or the informative Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park visitor centre (free of charge). Stunning views of the 26 km long Tasman Glacier and Mt Cook are our reward for a short walk, before we drive back to Lake Pukaki for a final ride on the trail across the extensive tussock-lands of Pukaki flats to Twizel, where we stay tonight. Twizel was built for the Hydro project in the 1970’s and in recent years has been rejuvenated as a holiday and rowing destination, surrounded by rolling tussock hillsides. Cycle Distance: Tekapo to Pukaki - 30 km Pukaki to Twizel - 11 km

Meals:  B,L

This morning we cycle past Lakes Ruataniwha and Ohau, mostly on cycle trail, to Lake Ohau Lodge for lunch. After we've refuelled our bodies, those who would like a challenge can continue on the trail, which starts its steady climb up to the Tarnbrae Saddle. At 900m this is the highpoint of the whole Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail and your efforts are rewarded with stunning views across the Mackenzie Basin. The rough shingle Tarnbrae track is steep and narrow and is suited to the more confident and fitter riders. Alternatively for those who want a relaxing afternoon there is the option to transfer by coach and enjoy a final, mostly downhill and flat ride on the trail from the historic wool shed at Quailburn into Omarama, our stop for the night. Omarama is called "Place of Light" in Maori terminology, a reference to its extraordinarily pure and clear sky. This region is also famous for gliding due to some unique air wave systems and feisty thermals. This evening enjoy an optional soak in a private hot tub of fresh mountain water (own expense). Cycle Distance: Twizel to Lake Ohau - 38 km Lake Ohau to Omarama via Tarnbrae Saddle - 41 km Short option: Quailburn to Omarama - 23 km

Meals:  B,L,D

We set off on our bikes from our accommodation this morning, following the trail to Sailors Cutting, along the shores of Lake Benmore. From here there is the option to climb to the Otematata saddle or to take the support van to the top and enjoy a fabulous downhill cycle towards Aviemore Dam, where we will enjoy a lakeside picnic. From here we avoid the very busy main road by driving a short distance to our accommodation in Kurow. The tiny village of Kurow can be explored by bike. An interesting option is to ride from the bridge over the Waitaki River to the beautifully restored St. Albans Church, then to the local Pasquale vineyards to taste award winning wines. Tonights accommodation is at the Waitaki Braids Lodge where elegant ensuite rooms, open onto their own small conservatory and local art adorn the walls. Dinner is served in the comfortable onsite restaurant by an award winning chef serving local produce and wines. This is the perfect place to relax whilst recovering from a days biking. Cycle Distance: 47 kms (optional climb to Otematata saddle - 5km)

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning the cycle trail takes us along the banks of the Waitaki River and through Kurow vineyards. We pass by a Maori rock art site before reaching Duntroon where we turn inland to cycle on a mixture of trail and quiet rural roads. A walk amongst the unusual rock formations known locally as Elephant Rocks is a must on the way past. Following a short section of an old branch railway line we cycle through Raki's tunnel before a downhill ride into the settlement of Windsor. We spend our last evening together at the historic Victorian Burnside Homestead and have a delicious dinner to celebrate. Cycle Distance: Kurow to Duntroon - 28 km Duntroon to Burnside Homestead - 35km

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we are bound for Christchurch but not before we finish our Alps to Ocean journey with a final ride. Cycling from our accommodation we ride through picturesque rolling rural countryside and pass the Oamaru Stone quarry. Oamaru Stone has been extracted from the district since the 19th Century and its influence on local architecture is clearly seen as we ride our final section into the harbourside town of Oamaru. Here there is time to explore the old Victorian Precinct with its many galleries, shops and cafes. There may also be time for an optional visit to the fascinating Steampunk Museum (own expense). After a late lunch we will travel back to Christchurch, passing through some of the rich agricultural regions of the Canterbury Plains, arriving at our destination around 6:00pm. Cycle Distance: Burnside to Oamaru - 25 km

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 5 nights hotel/motel ensuite accommodation on twin share basis
  • Professional qualified driver/guide
  • 2 professional guides/drivers on trips with 8 or more people
  • Private vehicle transport/support vehicle
  • Water and snacks while cycling
  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

What's Not Included

  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Bike hire (including helmet)
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Optional activities (eg. Tekapo hot pools, Omarama hot tubs, Steampunk Gallery)
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)
  • Tips

Bikes used for Adventure South Cycleways tours, Avanti Discovery MTB (top), low step version (middle) and e-Bike (bottom)

MOUNTAIN BIKE (Additional Charge)

Our new fleet of Avanti Discovery hybrid mountain bikes combines the best characteristics of a hybrid bike and a mountain bike to give you a great ride and comfort on gravel cycle trails. This bike has a more upright riding style meaning you can still take in the amazing scenery you'll encounter along the way.

These bikes have 29" wheels, suspension forks and suspension seat posts to iron out the bumps and hydraulic disc brakes give responsive braking.

They are also available in a low rise, also known as a step though bike frame, please specify on your booking form.

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ELECTRIC BIKE (Additional Charge)

Our Avanti or Merida e-Bikes are perfect for cyclists that may require a little assistance on their travels. Pedalling our e-Bikes is easier on knees and joints than riding a traditional bike. They provide up to 80kms of pedal assistance before requiring recharging. Very simple to operate and they provide people with varying levels of cycling experience, health and fitness levels the opportunity to enjoy our cycling holidays.

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ACCESSORIES

A bicycle helmet will be included with your bike rental, along with a 15L saddle bag for personal items you might need in the day.

Reviews

Thank you for a fantastic family trip - we all thoroughly enjoyed it. We travelled with 2 teenage girls who had a great time. The accomodation was great and the guides very knowledgeable. The scenery was stunning. About the right distance and climbing for the whole family.

Natasha E, Sydney Australia, 31 Jan 2019


Really enjoyed the whole experience especially as it was a smaller group, guides were very helpful, if i could make a suggestion, a drinks cage on the bike rather than on the bike rack and getting to accommodation earlier rather than later so we could look around the towns

Tania R, Australia, 31 Jan 2019


A very enjoyable ride. Well paced with plenty of stops to take in the views. A few uphills along the way. Plenty of down hills to enjoy. Enthusiastic guides who went out of their way to assist at all times. Comfortable accommodation, plenty of food & well maintained bikes. It ticked all the boxes for a first time multi day ride. We rode in January. An ideal time to ride A2O.

Mark E, Wollongong, Australia, 29 Jan 2019


I had a great holiday! I chose to hire an e- bike, and it was a great decision to have made. Although a fit and active person, it was delightful to be able to boost my leg power on the uphill sections, and at the end of the day when tireder. It certainly reduces fatigue on the longer sections, the 70+ km days, which I really appreciated. I ride a normal bike at home, so this was my first foray into assisted biking and I found it easy to adjust to - used the gears as with a normal bike, but just added the echo/ normal/ heavy boost as required. The guides, Wayne and Will were very different characters, but worked well together and we were looked after very efficiently. The accommodation was always good. The night at Waitaki Braids in Kurow was exceptional. The rooms were just beautiful and the meals provided, D, B and L, all gourmet! The meals in other venues were all extremely individual, often in small cafes, and really enjoyed. The bike trails took us through some stunningly beautiful scenery which I so enjoyed. I had expected gravel trails and some quiet road riding. However the section between the vineyard at Kurow and Duntroon was extremely rough, with good sized rocks and flowing water to negotiate, - wet shoes all around! We needed to take the alternate flood route as the water was above wheel height in depth. We kept together as a group and helped each other to negotiate bush bashing around a fallen tree, and the guys provided the strength to lift the bikes over 4 electric fences. I was very grateful for the menfolk lifting my e-bike over- it was too heavy for me.

Nicola F, Australia, 23 Feb 2019


Lead guide was excellent. Knowledgeable, intelligent, concerned, went out of her way to ensure you were enjoying the experience. Also pre-trip communication was excellent.

Wendy P, USA, 22 Jan 2019


Lead guide was excellent. Knowledgeable, intelligent, concerned, went out of her way to ensure you were enjoying the experience. Also pre-trip communication was excellent.

Wendy P, USA, 22 Jan 2019


An absolutely top experience, led by Wonder-Guide Sue, and her sidekick Johnno. Great bikes, great support, wonderful scenery, excellent accommodation and absolutely fabulous food, especially at Ohau Lodge and Waitaki Braids. Totally blew the cobwebs out after a hard-working 2018.

Marie-Louise A, Canberra, Australia, 22 Jan 2019


Delightful staff, well planned process - accommodation and great meals. Train before, come with a sense of fun and adventure

Jane M, 22 Jan 2019


This was the ideal way to start our holiday: a very well supported and well-led ride through some of the most beautiful and interesting countryside on the planet. Be prepared to let the ride leader make the decisions. They know the trails, the terrain and the weather.

, 22 Jan 2019


Having participated in many hiking expeditions, we found this one outstanding. Reason #1: the guides! Wayne and Howie were not only great organizers but had answers to so many questions. A few feedback remarks: most accommodations were excellent (except for the one with flimsy curtains _ you need to sleep early after a day of biking!); and we would say it is best to have dinner reserved every single night as restaurants tend to be fully booked at this time of the year.

Marie & Peter D, USA, 22 Jan 2019


A very enjoyable not too strenuous trip. Dave was fantastic, very flexible always thinking of the best way to approach the day. At Kurow we heard that the track was washed out in part so Dave changed the route and we spent a very enjoyable day sightseeing , visiting Omaru plus an obligatory ride down the coast in the afternoon. Similarly from Burnside the tracks were washed out so we went by quiet country roads until we could rejoin the track.Very relaxing holiday great venues and good company.

Kate G, 11 Jan 2019


It was a great trip! As we expected and more. Research the track, know that, due to weather it might change, be prepared for hills or book an E-bike (no shame and you can enjoy the whole trip without stress)

Beryl K, Casuarina, Australia, 09 Jan 2019


The standard of the tour was fantastic, the accommodation, the food, the leaders, the support etc. It was a fantastic tour which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Rod F, Boronia, Australia, 01 Jan 2019


The trip was very well organised. Rich and Howie took excellent care of all of us. Make sure your bottom is ready to spend 6 days on a bike seat :)

Belinda R, 19 Dec 2018


A relatively short, but visually stunning expedition into the South Island highlands. Challenging at times. Decent gear and well-organised, safety-conscious, engaging guide. Recommended.

Tom F, Northcote, Australia, 12 Dec 2018


If you wish to be totally looked after in every way then this is the trip for you. No need to worry about the cycle route, where to stay or what to eat because its all done for you by the fabulous team at Adventure South.

Gill H, 07 Dec 2018


Can't speak highly enough of our Alps to Ocean trip . Blessed with favourable weather made the scenery more spectacular. The organisation of the tour was exceptional and we had two fantastic guides in Sue and Alex . Food and accommodation was great , especially the morning and afternoon teas set up by our guides on the road . Nothing was too much trouble for them and they were always available for advice. The whole trip was exceptional, but visiting Lake Ohau was a hidden gem. Lunch at the lodge was lovely with great views. Will look to tour with Adventure South again.

Jo D, Melbourne, Australia, 05 Dec 2018


Enjoyed the experience very much. Had a few closed sections due to past weather. Our guides Richard & Howie did a great job with providing alternatives routes.. and measured or guessed the weather perfectly. The guides were well organised pleasant & cheerful, and very helpful. I think that overall some instruction on mountain biking at the beginning of the tour may have been useful, as there were some mountain biking components along the trail and some cyclists who were not experienced mountain bikers. Safety was the primary consideration, as it should be.

Julie-Ann K, Brisbane, Australia, 04 Dec 2018


The Alps to Ocean cycle trip was awesome and led by two wonderful guides Richard and Howie. They really managed the group's expectations extremely well. The route was perfect and appropriate for my level of fitness! Can't wait to come back do another one! The technical support was great. Thank you for everything!

Adriana M, Australia, 04 Dec 2018


Great location, weather, company (both guides and fellow travellers), food, accommodation...….. what else can I say? Nothing was too much trouble for our guides (Sue and Alex) The places chosen to have our meals at were mostly fantastic. (The only exception was dinner at the motel in Omarama, which was OK, but nowhere near as good as at the other places). Good range of different types of accommodation, boutique and motels.

Brenda F, 30 Nov 2018


Everything about the trip was fabulous. The guides, fellow travelers, lodging, food and even the weather. The trip exceeded our expectations.

Sheila C, Cohasset, United States, 21 Nov 2018


First cycling trip so enjoyed challenge of consecutive days riding. Spectacular scenery form aqua lakes to snow capped Alps. Great way to see NZ and spend time with friends. Great accommodation and meals. Guides fantastic.

Genevieve McClure, Geelong, Australia, 13 Nov 2018


We have done a previous one in Motueka by another company. This A2O trip has left the other one for dead. Main positives are professionalism and attention to detail. Clear and easily heard instructions and commentary. Fantastic attention/assistance with bikes etc. But above all our guides Sue and Bas were phenomenal. Never let these two go - no matter what the cost!!

, 20 Apr 2018


I had a fantastic time, met a whole new group of friends and felt very safe and looked after and entertained by our guides Bas and Sue. It was the first time I had ever been on a guided biking trip, where my gear was carried for me - we usually carry our own gear. I had great rooms to stay in and heaps to eat.

Ali W, Christchurch, New Zealand, 20 Apr 2018


A well constructed plan and perfectly executed by our guides Bas and Sue.

Tom and Sue R, Tauaranga, New Zealand, 20 Apr 2018


Wonderful staff made this trip a life highlight. Excellent service, commentary, safety prevention, driving, caring, joke telling, story telling etc etc. Will highly recommend Bas and Sue to guide any group. Great mechanical service.

David and Jane C, Tauranga, New Zealand, 20 Apr 2018


Fantastic trip enjoyed by all of our group. Highlight (Bruce) was the downhill from Tarnbrae High Point. Highlight (Jenni) dinner in Kurow.

Jenni and Bruce C, Mt Maunganui, New Zealand, 20 Apr 2018


Jo and Steve B, Taupo, New Zealand, 20 Apr 2018


Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Bas and Chris were very professional, helpful and so friendly. Scenery was amazing. Lunch at Lake Ohau Lodge was yummy. Thanks also to Sandra (in office) always helpful and responded to my emails/questions!!

Maria B, Melbourne Australia, 02 Apr 2018


This has to be the most brilliant cycling experience available in New Zealand. Faultless!!

Roz C, Hamilton, NZ


A great trip made superb by excellent organisation, great choice of accommodation, excellent restaurants, great insight from John Gooding, great stories from Bas and unrivaled support from Chris.

Dick P, Auckland, NZ, 02 Apr 2018


Loved the experience. Pushed my limits. Great guides, so knowledgeable, always willing. Accommodation very good and so was the food. Track mostly very good - struggled over rough terrain. E-bike brilliant.

Robyn P, 02 Apr 2018


Scenery, weather, accommodation etc all top class. But! The game changer! What made this trip an adventure? The guides Baz and Chris.

Tim A, Auckland, NZ, 02 Apr 2018


The trip was well planned and executed. Bas and Chris kept us moving and laughing throughout. The choice of ride segments ensured beautiful scenery and great opportunities to see the country. The accommodations were all the we hoped for and we weren't allowed to go long without opportunities for good food. All in all it was a fantastic trip for us and one that we look forward to recommending to all our friends. Thank you.

Steve and Jill F, Washington D.C., USA, 02 Apr 2018


All great! An excellent experience. Very, very special time.

Yvette M, Sydney, Australia, 02 Apr 2018


The admin service by phone/email was very friendly and efficient. The guides on this A2O tour were first class. (thanks Bas and Chris). The route is ideal, every half day different, superb scenery etc. Accommodation first class all places. All places booked for lunch, dinner excellent.

David M, Auckland, NZ, 02 Apr 2018


This trip surpassed my expectations and I loved it! Unquestionably our guides Bas and Chris made the bike experience even greater as they gave us their all. They always went over and above - so caring. So special. I appreciated how professional and efficient getting us set up with our equipment was. The bus is comfortable and bike well maintained. I recommend that the Tarnbrae Track not be cycled by casual 'city' cyclists until the surface is less rough due to boulders. Go do it!!

Linda D, Vancouver, Canada, 02 Apr 2018


Our trip leaders were great - very patient and attentive to our needs an very dependable! The areas we rode in were beautiful, the meals were good and the accommodation were all very good. The terrain was at times more challenging than we anticipated and so that might be better described in the literature. Bikes were fine and well maintained.

Wendy and Grove N, 19 Mar 2018


The overall trip was well put together and great fun. Some sections were over rated in difficulty, and length while other sections were under rated. The food and accommodation were all good and the guides were great!

Royce S, USA, 19 Apr 2018


Our guides Sue and Wayne were outstanding. Very helpful and knowledgeable. It was great to have options on our cycling days if you didn't feel up to a challenging ride. The tracks were amazing, the bikes were fantastic and well maintained. Meals great. Pack for all weather conditions (as advised). Bring a spare pair of socks in your day pack (after wading through rivers!).

Bernadette and Kerry, Perth, Australia, 19 Mar 2018


Apart from one wet and miserable day (character building), the whole tour went very well. Our guides put in 100% to ensure we got the best out of our cycle and kept our chins up when the going got tough. We enjoyed the variation of accommodation and their proprietors giving us their story on their ventures which they were very passionate about.

Bruce and Jan R, New Zealand, 09 Mar 2018


I loved the trip. It was fantastic. The guides all looked after us really well, yet they were also relaxed and low-key which was great. I can't believe how hard these guys work. They had everything timed perfectly and were extremely efficient. Thanks to them, we had a great trip. The only thing that wasn't so great was that my bikes suspension had almost zero travel.

Sandra P, Sydney, Australia, 09 Mar 2018


Great group, fabulous company and made great friends. Accommodation and food exceptional. Apart from one wet day, other days fantastic. Leaders were extremely helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. Don't be afraid to hire an e-bike. You still do the same amount of biking, just have a helping hand on the hills!

Jan and Ron I, New Zealand, 09 Mar 2018


Apart from some grunty hills, the whole trip was excellent! Our guides were so helpful and personable and the accommodation and meals were way beyond expectation. We appreciated having free time after the day's ride to relax and explore before dinner, and eating places within walking distance. We have enjoyed two other tours with Adventure South and the Alps to Ocean has been on our bucket list.

Phil and Sue Y, Auckland, New Zealand, 09 Mar 2018


We completely enjoyed our Alps to Ocean bike trip. Beautiful, constantly changing landscapes. We were lucky to be travelling with the nicest people. However what made our trip so wonderful was our guides. Peter and Rich are a great team and looked out for us. Even though it was their first time working together everything about our trip was smooth and flawless. Peter and Rich really made this trip memorable.

Teresa and Rohit K, USA, 02 Mar 2018


The bikes, guides, accommodation and food well exceeded all expectations. Book this tour!

Sheila D, Australia, 02 Mar 2018


Fantastic trip, guides were brilliant. Food and accommodation terrific, especially Burnside. E-bikes worked perfectly. Would happily recommend this tour to anyone.

Ross, Australia, 02 Mar 2018


No complaints, both our driver Pete and guide Richard were very accommodating to our needs. Accommodation generally was of a high standard, and meals were excellent.

Helena G, Australia, 02 Mar 2018


Despite the challenging weather conditions, the guides Rachel and Fiona made sure we were safe and had a ride, checked our alternate routes and kept us busy and entertained. Top guides! We have experienced Adventure South tours before, been impressed and were happy to come again.

Michael and Chris D, Australia, 23 Feb 2018


Guides were excellent considering the adverse weather conditions. Accommodation was very good. Shingle trails were challenging. E-bikes made the trip much easier.

, Australia, 23 Feb 2018


Area we travelled was very scenic. Guides ensured the trip was very comfortable despite the weather. They were informative, thoughtful and very thorough. All accommodation excellent.

John and Caroline V, Australia, 23 Feb 2018


This is our third Adventure South trip. Had a wonderful time despite the cyclone. Amazed at how hard Rachel and Fiona worked to make the tour run smoothly. Highlights were the Kurow accommodation and the Burnside experience. Make sure you pack for all types of weather!

Susan G, Melbourne, Australia, 23 Feb 2018


Despite some flooding, the guides always came up with suitable alternatives. All accommodation very different but always excellent. Very good guides.

John and Sally R, Australia, 23 Feb 2018


Excellent organisation and professionalism. Superb guides. Good, reliable bikes. Excellent food, good accommodation. Trail a bit more challenging than expected. A top group of fellow travellers. A big thank you to guides Rachel and Brett.

Tyrone P, Australia, 09 Feb 2018


Fabulous trip! Beautiful scenery. Challenging train in parts. The guides made everything feel fun, loose and easy. Great senses of humour and helpful on all aspects of NZ and the tour.

Meg H, USA, 09 Feb 2018


Guides were fantastic, well-organised, professional, upbeat and managed the group really well. Kept us informed. Accommodation choices were excellent. Not so keen on having to choose meals a long time in advance. Trip was quite a bit harder than expected due to steep climbs and rough tracks, but since it was easy to opt out of the difficult sections still enjoyed the ride.

Glenda and Mike R, Sydney, Australia, 08 Feb 2018


Very professional guides and a fun group of like-minded 60+ people.

Marion L, 09 Feb 2018


Fantastic trip. Great accommodation with good variety and good food. We were never hungry. The guides were excellent - well prepared, thorough with excellent customer service!

Paul, L, 09 Feb 2018


Fabulous guides! Every aspect was well organised without being regimented. They catered very well for all levels of ability - challenging the most competent while providing reassurance for the less experienced. Accommodation fine with extravagance at the end! Food including snacks were high quality and plentiful. No negatives really. No need to bring your own bike or parts as equipment is excellent. Need to be more than moderately fit to complete all 300km. Some tough bits for >60 year olds.

Jacqui M, Sydney, Australia, 09 Feb 2018


This was a great experience in every way. Each day presented a new challenge. The guides were brilliant and catered for all ability levels. The camaraderie that developed was another positive feature.

, 09 Feb 2018


Good cycling trip! Offered some beautiful routes. Each day was different. Some of the most picturesque views and landscapes. Off-road tracks were particularly lovely! Lake Ohau was one of the highlights. Accommodation varied. Terrific guides! -Supportive encouraging and gave us space! Not too controlling. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy the trip.

Judith C, USA, 09 Feb 2018


Beautiful trip, the scenery was stunning. The guides were knowledgeable, helpful, kind and full of good fun. We always wanted to visit New Zealand and the bike was a great way to slow down and see the country. I loved having the e-bike for this ride.

Mary H, Catonsville, USA, 02 Feb 2018


My trip began nervously and got better and better each day. My riding confidence grew throughout our adventure. The guides were excellent - very experienced, encouraging and empathetic for all levels of ability.

, 09 Feb 2018


Excellent itinerary, variety and flexibility. Fantastic guides. Good and accommodation. First class.

Christine and Ian C, Canberra Australia, 02 Feb 2018


Well organised, great fun, camaraderie between the group. Food and drink plentiful. Be prepared for very varied weather conditions.

John T, Melbourne, Australia, 02 Feb 2018


It was all Great. Largely due to the excellent tour leaders; Sue and Alice and partly due to an excellent tour group. Suggestions would be bells for the bikes and the option of a mirror.

Geoff G, Canberra, Australia, 02 Feb 2018


We absolutely loved every bit of this trip. From the magnificent views at Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Ohau, Mount Cook and Benmore Dam to the Canterbury Plains, canals and river crossings. The accommodation was excellent and our stay at Burnside was truly special and a rare privilege to glimpse the past of early NZ settlement. The food throughout was exceptional and the dinner in Kurow the best I have experienced anywhere. Our guides and the rides were fantastic, we have totally been spoilt!

Alex and Kevin R, Calwell, Australia, 02 Feb 2018


Loved the trip. Great accommodation and food stops. Meals were excellent

Tanya M, Australia, 02 Feb 2018


Trip was great. Excellent food, lovely guides, nothing was too much trouble for them. Many opportunities were provided to choose to not ride some sections. Overall just great. Recommend bells and mirrors for extra safety. Just do it. But trail beforehand on unsealed trails.

Yvonne G, Canberra Australia, 02 Feb 2018


Accommodation and food selection was very good. Guides excellent, very enthusiastic, fun and professional. Bikes good but not fantastic.

Sydney R, Australia, 02 Feb 2018


The most fun i've had on an organised tour. The bikes that my son and I hired from Adventure South were in excellent condition and well-suited to the A2O trail. Our guides, Ian & Jo were friendly and knowledgeable. A tremendous asset. The food and accommodation was just as described. best of all, however was the breathtaking South Island scenery. The trip of a lifetime. Highly recommended.

Tim M, Melbourne, Australia


I am extremely proud that I completed the ride and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I think the grade of the tour should be upgraded from beginner and I feel the average person would need to do more than 3 aerobic 30 min training sessions per week in preparation for this tour. Our guides were fabulous.

Lindy V, Sydney, 19 Jan 2018


Leaders were excellent, informative, fun, caving, entertaining. Scenery was AMAZING. Lots of variety in the ride and terrain. Food and accommodation excellent. Just loved all of it. Make sure you are reasonably fit and if you don't want to exert yourself too much get on an E-bike. Most of all, definitely do it!

Gayle C, Melbourne, Australia, 19 Jan 2018


Awesome trip, well planned. Great service especially from the B&B places. Much better than if I was traveling alone. Loved the mountain climb.

Dom, Brisbane, Australia, 19 Jan 2018


Accommodation and meals were on the whole better than expected. Guides (Jo and Ian) were informative and remained calm in a potentially difficult situation with group up a steep hill after missing the turn off. Route was wonderful and scenery was ever changing. Terrain was varied and challenging but manageable. Appropriate difficulty to travel with my 15 year old son.

Mark S, Australia, 19 Jan 2018


This trip was a first for us in many ways; first time in New Zealand, first cycle trip and first time with Adventure South and I can confidently say that the trip has superseded all our expectations. The level of organization, care and compassion demonstrated by our guides, Sue and Alice, was exemplary and they made us feel super comfortable and looked after at all times. The option for sitting out some difficult parts of the trail and the availability of a support vehicle throughout the trip gave everyone a peace of mind. The selection of motels and B&Bs we stayed at were all nice and comfortable while some of them were exceptional and will be hard to forget. As for culinary highlights dinner in Twizel, lunch at Lake Ohau and breakfast and dinner in in Kurow were just out of this world but also. In general the food was very high quality, made of local produce in all places we happened to stop by. All in all, we had the time of our life which we were very fortunate to share with a bunch of amazing people with whom we will definitely want to keep in touch. Thank you very much for this wonderful experience. We can't wait to be back to New Zealand for yet another trip organized by Adventure South.

Agnes, London, 12 Jan 2018


Sue & Alice our guides were fantastic in every way. Trip was well planned for 6 day duration although I think I would have preferred another day to spread the cycling out more. We covered a lot of km in the time we had, but I'm a slow rider. Next time I do this trip (I really hope to come back) I will train more beforehand so that my body can handle 60km rides with hills easily! I particularly loved the last two nights in Kurow and the Burnside Homestead accommodation. Food throughout the trip was excellent bar 1 or 2 meals which is always important. Inside local knowledge of good cafes and bakeries a real bonus! The bike track itself was stunning with not too many boring bits. We had 2-3 days of rain showers and still enjoyed the ride. Our group (14 guests) were all really nice. Well done Adventure South on delivering a great trip, one to remember for a lifetime.

Madie B, Australia, 12 Jan 2018


Better than what I expected. While I concentrated on riding, everything else was taken care of, and that was a huge relief! I could not imagine completing Alps 2 Ocean without Adventure South. My tour mates were like minded people, which made it even better. Thank you for all the fruit!

Jelena S, Australia, 12 Jan 2018


Small group of people very supportive and attentive guide's helped to make it very enjoyable. A reminder to lower the tyre pressure on the day we cycled up from lake ohau lodge to the woolshed would be helpful for the future.The front suspension on the bikes was negligible and could be improved. The lodgings at Waitaki and the heritage homestead were exceptional. Whereas Pukaki whilst adequate was poor. Overalls very enjoyable and fun few days in the great NZ outdoors

Adam, Australia, 12 Jan 2018


This experience was both challenging and rewarding. Being my first cycling tour I could not have chosen a better group. Rudy and Ian are champions and there is nothing more they could have done for each one. Thank you guys.

Loretta and Chris, Australia, 01 Jan 2018


Loved every minute. Loved the chilled guides Ian and Rudy. Thank you for making our trip safe, fun and challenging.

Helen, Auckland, NZ


Absolutely fantastic guides could not have been more professional good fun and attentive. The itinerary was really well thought out so we always traveled in the best direction for the conditions. Meals absolutely fantastic, accommodation was really comfortable. So much fun. easy to challenge yourself but the guides considered ALL Abilities not one negative in the whole trip. Fantastic memories to take on the rest of life's journeys.

John, Bunbury, Australia, 15 Dec 2017


Loved the unique accommodation offerings. The guides were excellent. Friendly, attentive and fun. Food everywhere was awesome. Would highly recommend.

Bruce S, Australia, 15 Dec 2017


Chris and Rachael were wonderful tour guides and they made the tour very comfortable and enjoyable . The bus was a little tired. Bikes were in excellent order. The food and accommodation was very good - especially last two nights at Kurow and Burnside. The route is quite challenging, so trail in advance of trip. E-bike worked well for me on hills

H Baldwin, Australia, 15 Dec 2017


Great trip, great guides! Only quibble is old diesel van w/broken sound system otherwise perfection. Part of my 4 week vacation - wanted something active. got good online reviews.

Bradley S, USA, 15 Dec 2017


The overall experience was FAB. The guides were GREAT. Wouldn't change a thing.

Ian M, Australia, 15 Dec 2017


Trip was excellent, very helpful and obliging guides who rarely got lost and who always encouraged. We had the best time. Join and enjoy.

Stewart M, Australian, 15 Dec 2017


My 15 year old son and I just completed the Alps to Ocean tour with Adventure South. Our guides were awesome, the ride spectacular, our fellow cyclists brilliant, accomodation and food really good and weather simply superb. I highly recommend this ride of you are keen to see some of the south islands amazing scenery whilst doing a bit of exercise and being well looked after at the same time. We both thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to our next NZ biking tour.

Jamie A (Trip Advisor), Sydney Australia, 02 Dec 2017


Our two guides were fantastic. Attentive, helpful, and most enjoyable company. The track and the terrain it traverses are wonderful assets for NZ. Food and accommodation exceeded expectations.

Ian, 15 Dec 2017


Thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. It was well planned; guides were friendly, approachable, patient, encouraging and supportive; enjoyed the unique accommodation and food in certain places; loved the challenge and enjoyed the riding though I did have an electric bike which I was very grateful for.

Jenny, Sydney, Australia, 01 Dec 2017


Accommodation was excellent and final night at Burnside was really an experience. Trail surface was varied and mostly in great condition. The two guides Chris & David performed very well keeping us well informed, on track and safe. As a newcomer to mountain bikes I would have liked a few more tips/instruction at the beginning. Of course the scenery was outstanding. Start training six months out, if you don't cycle regularly. Concentrate on core and leg strength. Practice on unsealed surfaces of different grades.

Philip, Brisbane, Australia, 01 Dec 2017


We had an amazing time with spectacular views. The two guides Chris and Dave were excellent. Very supportive, knowledgeable and helped make the trip a lot of fun. It was a little more difficult in some sections than we expected. The quail burn section would have been better if some basic training on managing the rough track before we set out. Overall we loved it and would recommend the trip.

Louise and Peter, Sydney, Australia, 01 Dec 2017


Really liked the size of the group and how we all got on together. Accommodation was good and it was nice having a variety of places. Ranging from motels to old homestead. Guides were excellent, lots of fun and very encouraging to those less experienced in cycling. Cycling was more difficult than I imagined...Trails quite rough in parts. It was really good to have bus support! Make sure you have done some cycle training on gravel and dirt road surfaces...definitely need to be Cycle fit.

Louise, Sydney, Australia


Really clever planning of the itinerary to reflect a representative and diverse range of the South islands geography and spectacular scenery. Eclectic mix of accommodation and food venues. Some sections of the route were much harder than reflected in the initial information. Post 55 year olds definitely require some training beforehand in order to fully experience the route. Initial information says 30 minutes of airobic exercise three times a week. This not adequate for older people, they need some cycling. Really great friendly staff, a feature of the adventure.

Tim, 01 Dec 2017


Burnside homestead, Rolling hills and climb through farms and valleys. Tasman Glacier, Lake Tekapo, snow capped mountains. Wind Tunnel on day 2. Beautiful trail that takes you through valleys, suburbia, countryside, mountains, railway tunnels, wetlands and farms. Only thing missing was a desert! Incredible scenic variety and picturesque. Very well organised and run tour.

Davian, Australia


Bicycle Mechanic 1st Class. Bike reliable, rugged and suited for all terrain encountered. Chris & Dave Crew Leaders: professional; attentive; supportive; well humoured; encouraging; great ambassadors for Adventure South. Cannot speak too highly of their attention to us having a really good experience. he extra challenges offered by the crew leaders, ended up achieving more than I expected of my ability. Every day was a highlight for many reasons; the scenery, the knowledge of the crew leaders, the group interaction and bonding... our whole group was buzzing and interacting within hours of getting to know each other... we all clicked. Bring light gear for all weather conditions. Awareness of four track grades likely to be encountered: sealed; fine gravel; loose gravel; and rugged terrain. Lots of sunscreen. Expect to have a lot of fun.

Robert, Melbourne, Australia, 01 Dec 2017


Fab trip, excellent food, guides and lots of laughter- excellent company and exercise.

Tricia Smith, New Zealand


I really enjoyed having the electric bike. I ride regularly (have one at home) but do not have a lot of stamina. Having an electric bike meant I could ride with my super fit husband (and beat him up hills!). The bike performed well. On road I could maintain 22km/h up hill if i worked it. It charged in 2-3 hours each night. It is heavier than the other bikes but handled the trail well.

Clare Dyer, Australia


Thank you for selecting all the best parts of the A2O for us. I will definitely be recommending your company to friends.

Margaret McCrostie, New Zealand

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:6 Days
Starting Point:Christchurch
Activities:Cycling
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:ATC
Prices From:NZD$2195
Public Holiday Supplement:NZD$50 
New Year's Supplement:NZD$100 
Bike Rental:NZD$180 
E-Bike Rental:NZD$480 
Single Supplement - Limited to 2 per departure:NZD$645 



 

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