Introductory to Moderate
  • 6 day cycle trail
  • 4 nights hotel/motel
  • 1 night historic homestead
  • 3 Dinners
  • 3 Lunches
  • 3 Breakfasts

6 Days$NZD

Trip Code: SOG6709

Alps to Ocean Trip highlights

  • Cycle the spectacular trails of the Alps to Ocean from Tekapo
  • Hike in Aoraki/Mt Cook World Heritage National Park
  • Cycle the shoreline of surreal turquoise hydro lakes
  • Enjoy an incredible overnight at a high country sheep station on the shores of Lake Pukaki
  • Spend a night at the historic Burnside Homestead and elegant Waitaki Braids Lodge
  • Enjoy good company, & eat delicious food
  • Discover the ancient Elephant Rock formations
  • Explore Oamaru’s charming Victorian Precinct

Why Book With Us

  • Pioneers in group cycle tours since 1992
  • Stay at the charming Waitaki Braids Lodge and Burnside Homestead
  • Choose from a large selection of dates
  • Our support vehicle is always nearby if you are feeling tired
  • Flexibility to change the itinerary on tour if effected by weather or trail closures

Explore some of the most scenic landscapes in New Zealand’s South Island by bike on your fully supported, private 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.

We will meet at 9:00am in the reception of our hotel or at the airport, and then drive to our depot close by for a bike fitting and tour briefing. We then set away southwards to Geraldine for lunch before continuing towards Mackenzie Country and the beautiful Lake Tekapo Village. There will be time to visit the famous Church of the Good Shepherd and then we embark on our first ride along the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail, on the quiet roads that follow the turquoise blue waters of the hydro canal system. In the late afternoon we will cycle northwards along the edge of Lake Pukaki, giving us panoramic views of Aoraki/Mt Cook. In the early evening we will settle into our comfortable accommodation on a high country sheep station where we can relax, rewarded with a spectacular sunset over Lake Pukaki, and treated to a delicious home cooked dinner. Cycle Distance: Lake Tekapo to Tekapo B Power Station - 30km Tekapo B Power Station to Braemar Station - 18km Accommodation: Braemar Station

Meals:  D

After a hearty breakfast, we leave Braemar Station and drive back to Tekapo B Power Station to start our ride for the day (keen riders can set away from Braemar Station). The trail winds around the edge of Lake Pukaki to the visitors centre before crossing the extensive tussock-lands of Pukaki flats to Twizel. We can admire the impressive views of Aoraki/Mt Cook in the distance. After lunch we’ll take the fabulous drive to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park to spend the afternoon enjoying some of the many activities available. We suggest a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre (own expense) or the excellent national park visitor centre (free of charge) before we embark on a short but memorable walk to the Tasman Glacier Viewpoint. Returning to Twizel, a friendly wee town that’s our stopping point for the night where there are several local restaurants to choose from for your evening meal. Cycle Distance: Braemar Station to Twizel - 42km Accommodation: Mountain Chalets

Meals:  B

The stunning scenery keeps coming as we ride alongside the Pukaki and Ohau canals before the trail winds around the edge of Lake Ohau and up a quiet road to Lake Ohau Lodge where we stop for lunch. Confident riders can continue on the trail to Tarnbrae Saddle (900m), the highpoint of the A2O. The vast Mackenzie Country views are just reward for the climb but the trail is narrow and rough in places so not suitable for less experienced riders. Alternatively, riders can transfer to the historic woolshed at Quailburn for a much easier ride down to Omarama – our stop for the night. Translating as ‘place of light’, Omarama is known for its extraordinarily clear skies. They are best appreciated at the local hot pools where you can soak in fresh, mountain water (own expense). Cycle Distance : Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge : 38km Lake Ohau Lodge to Quailburn Woolshed : 18km Quailburn Woolshed to Omarama : 23km Accommodation: Sierra Motels

Meals:  L

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 suggest skipping the 11km section on the Highway and restarting at Otematata. We’re back on lakeside trail before tackling a wee climb up onto Benmore Dam and from there it’s a delightful ride on a quiet country road to Aviemore Dam. The newest section of trail takes us from there through to Kurow where we head to a boutique winery for a relaxed late lunch. We’ll stay overnight in an elegant lodge serving dinner showcasing local produce. Cycle distance: 58km Accommodation: Waitaki Braids

Meals:  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. In the early afternoon we will be greeted by our hosts at the historic Victorian Burnside Homestead for afternoon tea. We have time to relax, enjoy the heritage gardens and spend our last evening together. Cycle distance Kurow–Duntroon : 28km Duntroon–Burnside Homestead : 35km Accommodation: 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 roll through more picturesque rural countryside. We pass Oamaru Stone quarry, where stone has been extracted since the nineteenth century and where 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. There’ll be time to explore the shops and galleries or visit the mind-boggling Steampunk HQ museum and have a final group meal before our journey north across the Canterbury Plains, arriving in central Christchurch early evening. Cycle distance: Burnside to Oamaru : 20km

Meals:  B


  • Tasty breakfasts (x3), lunches (x3), dinners (x3) catered to all dietary requirements
  • 5 nights hotel/motel ensuite accommodation on twin share basis
  • 1 professional leader/driver
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats
  • Bike hire of 5 x Avanti Discovery MTB and 2 x Merida e-bike (with helmets)
  • Pick up/drop off from/to either Christchurch airport or a central city hotel
  • 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

  • Domestic flights and taxes
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than those included in breakfasts and lunches
  • 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

About Your Leader

Our people are one of our biggest assets and we pride ourselves on their level of quality and high standards. Sue Clark is one of Adventure South’s most experienced team members and also a personal friend of Hugh’s and she will strive to maximise your fun, enjoyment and overall experience. You’ll be sure to go home with amazing memories of your Alps to Ocean adventure.


Bike information

Trail Surface


Introductory to Moderate  

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.

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Essential information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Hugh Burrows & Friends Alps to Ocean Cycle Adventure 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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