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Activities
  • 6 day e-bike
Accommodation
  • 4 nights hotel/motel
  • 1 night historic homestead
Meals
  • 4 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

6 Days$2495NZD

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Trip Code: EAO

E-Bike Alps to Ocean Trip highlights


  • Ride the full Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail on this e-bike only tour
  • Go that little bit further and experience the luxury of an e-bike on the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail
  • Take in the stunning views of Lakes Pukaki, Ohau, Benmore and Aviemore
  • 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 elegant Waitaki Braids Lodge and the historic Burnside Homestead
  • Discover the ancient Elephant Rock formations
  • Explore the charming Victorian Precinct in Oamaru

Re-charge, and explore New Zealand's Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail by electric bike. This 6 day cycle tour is only for you e-bike folk - so you're guaranteed to be in good company! Go at your own pace as you wind your way through some of New Zealand's most scenic and diverse landscapes. From Aoraki, Mt Cook and the sweeping tussocklands of the Mackenzie Country to the flowing rivers, vineyards and farmland of the Waitaki Valley, this trail has so much to offer. Our ride finishes at the vibrant coastal town of Oamaru at the Pacific Ocean. 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, stay in historic homesteads and explore the small local communities along the trail. Talk to us about e-bike hire, or bring your own.

NOTE: We've got plenty more dates on our standard Alps to Ocean Cycle trips. You can bring an e-bike but there may be others on standard bikes.


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. From here, we'll warm the legs up with a ride on quiet backroads to Lake Alexandrina, a serene high country lake. 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. Cycling distance: up to 44km

Meals:  L,D

Our second day marks the start of our Alps to Ocean journey with a ride along the hydro canals to reach a high terrace overlooking Lake Pukaki and the surrounding mountains. The A2O then dips down to meet the lakeshore with spectacular mountain vistas where we continue cycling to the look out point. 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. Cycling distance: Tekapo to Lake Pukaki: 35km. Lake Pukaki to Twizel: 20km

Meals:  B,L

The stunning scenery keeps coming as we ride alongside the Pukaki and Ohau canals, then Lake Ohau where we stop 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: 38km (Twizel–Lake Ohau); 44km Lake Ohau–Omarama via Tarnbrae Saddle or 26km (Quailburn–Omarama (short option)

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. Today’s ride takes us down the Waitaki Valley, known for its hydro lakes and dams. First, we follow the trail along the shores of Lake Benmore to Sailors Cutting. From there, we join the lakeshore to traverse around the shoreline of rocky outcrops, little beaches and even tree covered islands. The trail then drops us down from above the Benmore Dam to rejoin the quiet lakeside road. Regrouped, it’s a fun downhill cycle towards Aviemore Dam, where we’ll enjoy a picnic by the lake. We’ll arrive at Kurow with plenty of time to explore the town’s surrounds. Highlights include beautifully restored St Albans Church and wine-tasting at local vineyards. We’ll stay overnight in Kurow in an elegant lodge serving dinner showcasing local produce. Cycle distance: 67km

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning the cycle trail takes us along the banks of the Waitaki River, past vineyards and a Maori rock art site to reach the small town of Duntroon. From there, we head inland into rolling country and wander around the unique Elephant Rocks, huge formations strewn across a field. Picking up the old railway line, we’ll ride through Raki's tunnel before rolling downhill to the settlement of Windsor. The historic Burnside Homestead is a fitting place for our final dinner together and a well-deserved night’s sleep. Cycle distance: 28km (Kurow–Duntroon) & 40km (Duntroon–Burnside Homestead)

Meals:  B,L,D

We get to enjoy one more ride on the A2O before we begin our road trip back to Christchurch. Setting off from our accommodation, we keep on rolling through picturesque rural countryside. We pass Oamaru Stone quarry, where stone has been extracted since the nineteenth century. We’ll see its influence on local architecture once we reach Oamaru. After riding through the town’s delightful municipal gardens, we’ll reach the Victorian Precinct and harbourside park where the A2O finish-line sign offers the perfect photo-op. If time allows, explore the shops and galleries or visit the mind-boggling Steampunk HQ museum. After a late lunch, we’ll begin our journey north across the Canterbury Plains, arriving in central Christchurch early evening. Cycle distance: 19km (Burnside–Oamaru)

Meals:  B

Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.



Inclusions

  • Tasty breakfasts (x5), lunches (x5), dinners (x4) catered to all dietary requirements
  • 5 nights comfortable motel/lodge ensuite accommodation on twin share basis
  • Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats
  • Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
  • Transport from Christchurch (return)
  • Pre departure information kit to help you plan and prepare
  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • Rider fees paid to the A2O Trail Trust for ongoing maintenance and improvements

  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • e-Bike hire (with helmet) - $600 rental or bring your own e-Bike
  • 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)

About Your Leader

Our guides are one of our biggest assets and we pride ourselves on their level of quality and high standards. Once the trip reaches 8 people, we provide you with two of our expert guides to maximise your enjoyment and overall experience. You’ll know you’re in safe hands as all of our guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many of them are trained bike mechanics. They come from all walks of life but our guides have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you.


Accommodation


Bike information


Trail Surface


Grading

introductory to moderate  
2

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 more enjoyable.


Departure dates


Notes

HS
Holiday Season
NB:
See more dates on our other Alps to Ocean departures. E-bikes welcome, although there may be cyclists on regular bikes.

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Total Priceper person from

$2495NZD

Options & Supplements*
  • e-Bike Rental (subject to availability)NZD$600
  • Single Supplement - Limited to 2 per departureNZD$645
*Prices listed are per person

Essential information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed E-Bike Alps to Ocean trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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