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Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail


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8 November 2020-(sorry now full)

22 November 2020-last 2 spaces

5 December 2020 -last 2 spaces


Explore the new Alps 2 Ocean Cycle trail which is regarded as one of the best New Zealand cycle trails, giving cyclists access to some of the South Island’s most dramatic scenery and legendary country hospitality, food and accommodation.

See the stunning tussock alpine region of the Southern Alps with its snow-capped peaks, breathtaking views of Aoraki/Mt Cook – New Zealand’s highest mountain – golden highlands, stunning turquoise lakes, glacier-carved valleys and the Waitaki Valley with its hydro-lakes – Benmore, Aviemore and Waitaki.

The Alps 2 Ocean cycling tour meets increasingly lush farmland as it reaches the lower Waitaki Valley, dotted with vineyards, a lavender farm, Māori rock art and oddly shaped Elephant Rocks, as well as a tunnel which the cycle tour passes through as it follows the path of an old railway line through to Oamaru and the harbour park alongside the town’s magnificent Victorian Precinct right on the Pacific Ocean.

The spectacular Alps 2 Ocean cycling tour descends 780 metres on a ride with a moderate grade. The terrain varies, with easy riding on canal paths, quiet country roads, old railway lines and expertly cut cross-country tracks.

Alps 2 Ocean has been picked as one of the world’s top 16 attractions by Frommer’s Travel Guides. The reputed travel publisher describes the trail as “stunning and cheerfully hospitable”, and setting the “perfect standard for awesome”.

 

 

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Tour Type

Cycling Tour

Duration

5 days / 4 nights

Fitness

Price

NZ$1,995

Book now for Next Season!

Secure your places now for next summer!

  • Sunday 8 November 2020-FULL
  • Sunday 22 November 2020- last 2 spaces
  • Saturday 5 December 2020-last 2 spaces
  • Saturday 9 January 2021
  • Friday 5 February 2021-last 4 spaces
  • Sunday 14 February 2021-FULL
  • Thursday 18 February 2021-FULL
  • Sunday 14 March 2021-FULL
  • Saturday 20 March 2021-last 2 spaces
  • Sunday 28 March 2021
  • Saturday 10 April 2021-last 2 spaces
  • Sunday 25 April 2021-FULL
  • Saturday 8 May 2021
  • Saturday 22 May 2021

Do you have another date in mind?
We can build a tour especially for your group, please enquire for dates available.

Tour Itinerary

Price: NZ$1,995

Day 1

Christchurch - Lake Pukaki

42km

Twizel Hotel/ Motel stay

Welcome! We leave Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city and drive to the iconic Mackenzie Country, a rugged mountain valley basin, which includes two turquoise alpine lakes: Tekapo and Pukaki.

You’ll start your cycling along the Tekapo Canal to Lake Pukaki. You are on the edge of the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, with close-up views of New Zealand’s highest mountain.

You’ll follow the Lake Pukaki shoreline on a new purpose-built track, finishing at the Lake Pukaki Information Centre. It’s flat and mostly downhill, through tussock grasslands with beautiful lake and mountain views.

Day 2

Lake Pukaki - Lake Ohau

48.5km

Lakeside Alpine Lodge

This morning we’ll cycle 10 km on a flat trail to the former hydroelectric town of Twizel, now a water sports and winter sports mecca. En route: amazing views over the Mackenzie basin and the dramatic Benmore Range. 

From here you’ll follow an undulating trail to todays destination: beautiful, glacial Lake Ohau, in the Mackenzie High Country. You’ll stay at the lovely Lake Ohau Lodge.

Tonight be sure to head outside after dinner for some of the most spectacular star gazing on earth.

The Mackenzie Basin has recently been named an international dark sky reserve, as its night skies are amongst the world’s cleanest, driest and darkest.

Day 3

Lake Ohau - Otematata

70.6km

Comfortable Country Hotel/ Motel

An undulating path today, with some short, steep sections. We’ll follow a newly built off road trail traversing the lower slopes of the Ruataniwha Conservation Park, enjoying views back over the Benmore Range.

From here you climb to the high point on the trail, then it’s a steady downhill through the Quailburn, a historic sheep-farming area where early musterers lived a harsh life with many hardships.

Next, we’ll follow State Highway 8 passing through Omarama township, at the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin , for the final stretch to the village of Otematata, set between two hydro dam lakes. 

With today’s cycling completed, it’s on board your coach for a short journey back to Omarama and your night’s accommodation.

Day 4

Otematata - Duntroon

73km

Country Hotel / Motel

We’ll leave tiny Otematata behind with a short, steep climb and follow the Benmore Dam, past the power station. We’ll skirt the shores of Lake Aviemore and follow the Waitaki River to Kurow in the Waitaki Valley.

After lunch, it’s off to Duntroon, another quiet inland country town that harbours big surprises: geological formations that interest researchers worldwide, and fossils of sea creatures which lived here millions of years ago, including two extinct penguin species.

Nearby are fossilised whale bones, and Maori rock drawings, hundreds of years old. There may be time to visit the Vanished World Museum.   

Day 5

Duntroon - Oamaru

54km

Today, it’s into the home stretch through the North Otago countryside to historic Oamaru.

The ride today is over rolling hills on the trail proper, we can offer a ride on an easier route directly to the small town of Windsor where we pick up the trail again and ride to the completion of the trail in Oamaru.

Both routes pass unusual limestone plateaux or ‘tables’, including the unusual Elephant Rocks, well-known as one of the locations used in filming the movie “The Chronicles of Narnia”. Our route takes us through the Awamoko Valley to Ngapara (Maori for ‘the tables’) and tiny Enfield.

Our journey ends in Oamaru, the largest town in the district. We’ll cycle right up to the heart of Oamaru: the picturesque harbour in the middle of its remarkably preserved Victorian precinct, featuring beautiful 19th century buildings carved in the local white Oamaru stone.

We’ve made it… we’ve cycled almost 300 km from the Alps to the Ocean!  After a celebration, we’ll drive you back to Christchurch, or you may wish to continue your adventures from Oamaru.

What's included?

Accommodation

  • We use a combination of comfortable country hotels and motels, lodges and bed and breakfast accommodation for the 4 nights on this tour.
  • All rooms are either queen or twin share with ensuite bathrooms.

If single room accommodation is requested, an additional fee per person is payable to cover this requirement for the duration of the walk.

Bike Hire

We have bikes for hire and recommend you use them as they are tried and true in the areas we operate.

All of our bikes are fully maintained and serviced before they leave. Included in the cost of your cycle hire is a cycle helmet and safety vest.

You may use your own bike, but please ensure it is well maintained and fully serviced before your tour starts.

 

Food

You will enjoy great local cuisine; continental breakfasts and hearty packed lunches during the day,  and either restaurant meals or wholesome home-cooked fare prepared by your host/hostess in the evenings. If you have any dietary issues or food allergies, we are happy to cater for these, please advise the office of details when you make your booking. Alcohol is not included in the tour cost, but is available for purchase most nights.

 

Luggage

Tuatara Tours transports all your luggage for the duration of the tour

 

Tour Kit Bag – Exclusive to Tuatara Tours

To ensure you get the very best out of your journey with the least of fuss, we provide you with a kit bag full of useful goodies.

This will be given to you at the start of your tour.

 

An experienced guide

Our guides are very experienced, friendly walkers and bikers who love to share their knowledge of New Zealand’s flora and fauna and local history. They all hold current first aid certificates, passenger driving licences and are the very best people to ensure your experience will be one to remember.

 

All transport

 

Access and Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

 

NZ Goods and Service Tax (GST)

 

Safety and Risk Management

To ensure maximum safety for all, our guides are certified first aiders and fully qualified drivers. Tuatara Tours operate under a Safety and Risk Management Plan which is regularly audited and approved by a qualified and independent auditor.

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