Admiring the view on this New Zealand Alps to Ocean Bike Tour. Photo via TO

Capturing the moment on this New Zealand Alps to Ocean Bike Tour. Photo via TO

New Zealand Alps to the Ocean Bike Tour

New Zealand Bike Tours

Bike this world famous cycling trail in New Zealand

  • This scenic bike tour in New Zealand leads along the world famous Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail linking the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean. Your ride will be one of beauty and color, from the highest mountains, past great lakes and rivers, down to the ocean. You will journey past snow-capped peaks, glaciers, azure glacial lakes, stunning braided rivers, varied and dramatic vistas, and boutique vineyards.

    Highlights: (On the day to day description, you can read highlights for each day)

    • Wonderful dedicated bike trail
    • Unsurpassed scenery
    • Helicopter flight over the Tasman river
    • Guide and support...all you need to do is arrive!
  • Twin/double: £ 1745 $ 3,869 2054 $ 3095 NOK 19344 kr 17856 $ 2,321 Single supplement, from: £ 226 $ 500 265 $ 400 NOK 2500 kr 2308 $ 300

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 197 $ 438 232 $ 350 NOK 2188 kr 2019 $ 263

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Christchurch International Airport (CHC), located just 11 km from the center of Christchurch.

    Local Travel

    We suggest that you fly into Christchurch one or two days earlier than your tour start. An overnight here is not included in the itinerary, but you will want to explore!
    Public transportation
    Regular Metro Red Bus services connect the airport to the city center and many other locations in Christchurch. Both the Purple Line and the Number 29 buses go via the city center. You can buy your tickets from the driver. Tickets cost $8.50 one way. Both buses depart from the northern end of the International Arrivals Hall, between the terminal and the Long Stay car park (exit through Door 9 past the Vodafone counter).
    Taxi
    Taxi stands are located outside arrivals.
    Shuttle service
    Super Shuttleprovides airport transfers.

    Climate

    Due to its location in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand has a reversed order of seasons. Christchurch has a temperate oceanic climate with a mild summer, cool winter, and regular moderate rainfall. Please check local conditions before you travel. There are many good websites to use for researching regional weather conditions including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.

    Optional Excursions

    Scenic flights/gliding:  These vary in price.  Most popular is mountain soaring in Omarama, the costs are from $368 for 30 mins in the air.  This can be booked during the start of the week as it is weather dependent. 
    SteamPunk HQ:  Based in Oamaru at the end of the trail. Cost is $10 p/p
    Penguin tour in Oamaru. Cost is $35 p/p.  Booking needs to be arranged during the tour as it can clash with evening dining times.

     


Where You’ll Stay

You will stay in handpicked accommodations to provide you with quality and variety. Due to the limited accommodation on the trail, there are evenings where there are shared bathrooms, specifically in Braemer Station Lodge, and based on availability, perhaps on other nights as well. It is not always possible to provide en-suite facilities for groups. You will be informed of any changes to the accommodation listed below once your final hotel list is confirmed.

  • Braemar high country station – Shared bathroom facilities
  • Twizel – High-quality Lodge B and B with private bathroom
  • Ohau – Lake Ohau Lodge with private bathroom
  • Omarama – High-Quality Motel with private bathroom
  • Kurow – High-quality B and B with private bathroom
  • Burnside – Historic Homestead with private bathroom
  • Oamaru – Historic house B and B with private bathroom
  • What’s Included

    • 8 days / 7 nights in lodges, B & Bs, Farmstays, and Homestead
    • All food from evening meal on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8
    • Return transfer from airport
    • Bike and helmet hire
    • Helicopter flight over the Tasman river
    • Vehicle support with a local tour guide
    • Luggage transfer
    • Omarama Hot Tubs
    • Wine tasting in Kurow

    What’s Not Included

    • Arrival airport transfer
    • Scenic flights/gliding
    • SteamPunk HQ
    • Penguin tour in Oamaru
    • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From$3095 Rates
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Tour Dates

April 12 and May 26, 2020

Skill Level

This tour is rated easy to moderate. On each day’s itinerary, you will find details regarding the difficulty level and skill required. Distances range from 19 to 34 mi. (31 to 54 km).

Day-To-Day Itinerary

New Zealand Alps to the Ocean Map

Day 1: Christchurch to Braemar Station
Day 2: Braemar to Twizel, 19 mi. (31 km)
Day 3: Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge, 24 mi. (38 km)
Day 4: Ohau to Omarama, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Omarama to Kurow, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Kurow to Burnside Homestead, 17 mi. (28 km)
Day 7: Burnside to Oamaru, 34 mi. (54 km)
Day 8: Oamaru to Christchurch

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Christchurch to Braemar Station
Departure from Christchurch is at  8.00 am for the drive to Mt Cook. Hotel accommodations are not included in Christchurch.  You will arrive at the start of the trail in the early afternoon.  A short ride to the airport allows you to test the bikes out before you fly by helicopter over to the remote part of the section and ride along Lake Pukaki to Braemar Station.

Day 2: Braemar to Twizel, 19 mi. (31 km)
Following the turquoise blue Lake Pukaki, along gravel roads and a smooth cycle trail, you head away from Aoraki, Mt Cook. You can stop to soak up the magnificence of the scenery around you. Once you leave the lake, you head directly to Twizel across the Pukaki Flats.

Highlights

  • Lake Pukaki
  • Tekapo B Power Station
  • Pukaki Dam & Spillway
  • Links With Te Araroa Trail
  • Pukaki Flats
  • Mountain Bike Trails – Pukaki Kettle Holes, Dusky Trail, Twizel River Trail, Baikie Hut, Darts Bush Stream
  • Mountains – Benmore Range, Ben Ohau Range

Difficulty level: Easy
Skill level: Easy
Traffic: Low
Track surface:

  • 43% gravel road
  • 12% sealed road
  • 45% smooth shingle

Day 3: Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge, 24 mi. (38 km)
Departing from Twizel, you will enjoy the sealed road to Ohau Canal below Ben Ohau to join Lake Ohau. The cycle trail around the Lake is stunning and smooth. Be careful not to leave the trail as the local Matagouri is renowned for puncturing tires! Head up to the side of Lake Ohau to the Lodge for the evening.

Highlights

  • Canal Fishing
  • Kaki/Black Stilt Visitor Hide
  • Loch Cameron (swimming spot)
  • Pukaki & Ohau Canals
  • Lake Ohau Foreshore
  • Ohau Weir
  • Maori Swamp

Difficulty level: Easy
Skill level: Easy
Traffic: Low
Track surface:

  • 1% grass or dirt road
  • 72% sealed road
  • 28% smooth shingle

Day 4: Ohau to Omarama, 28 mi. (45 km)
After breakfast, you will ride to the highest point of the trail, Tambrae point. The gentle gradient gains you 350 m and provides amazing vistas over the Mackenzie basin. The expression goes ‘What goes up must come down’, but please be careful with your speed as you whizz down to Quailburn. Once you are there a quiet gravel road and cycle trail takes you to Omarama, halfway at 152 km. Omarama Hot Tubs is the key to relaxing any sore muscles and is included in your tour.

Highlights

  • Ruataniwha Conservation Park
  • Native Beech Forests
  • Quailburn Historic Woolshed
  • Clay Cliffs (side trip)
  • Freehold Creek Track

Difficulty level: Moderate
Skill level: Intermediate
Traffic: Low

Track surface:

  • 26% gravel road
  • 19% sealed road
  • 27% smooth shingle
  • 17% Rough shingle

Day 5: Omarama to Kurow, 25 mi. (40 km)
From Omarama, the scenery changes and brings to light how the region and its water catchment were used for the Waitaki Hydro-Electric Scheme. Heading for your next stop at Kurow you cycle pass Lakes Benmore, Aviemore, and Waitaki. The trail varies from smooth shingle to sealed road. 

Highlights

  • Benmore Dam
  • Te Akatarawa Road
  • Lake Aviemore
  • Deep Stream Walking Track
  • Aviemore Dam
  • Waitaki Dam

Difficulty level: Easy
Skill level: Easy
Traffic: High
Track surface:

  • 90% sealed road
  • 10% smooth shingle

Day 6: Kurow to Burnside Homestead, 17 mi. (28 km)
Departing from Kurow toward Duntroon you are provided a few glances of the mighty Waitaki River. This part of the trail goes past the wetlands, an interesting community project that has rejuvenated the area. You exit into the small settlement of Duntroon and head on to quiet roads and cycle trail, passing Elephant Rocks, film locations and through The Rakis Tunnel. Your evening stop is at the historic Burnside Homestead.

Highlights

  • Kurow Island
  • Waitaki River
  • Vineyards
  • Maori Rock Art
  • Kurow Museum
  • Duntroon Wetlands
  • Vanished World Centre
  • Nicols Forge Blacksmith
  • Brewery Hole
  • St. Martins Church

Difficulty level: Easy
Skill level: Easy
Traffic: Low
Track surface:

  • 2% gravel road
  • 1% sealed road
  • 97% smooth shingle

Day 7: Burnside to Oamaru, 34 mi. (54 km)
Today after your grand stay at Burnside you ride the short section to Oamaru (22 km). Cycling through the town you will see many of the Victorian buildings and get a feel for its history. Ride to the end of the trail at the harbor and celebrate the end of your journey! Go back 300 m and locate the Brewery and the bike shop. A celebratory lunch and beer are called for before you leave your bikes and get taken to your accommodation. The rest of the afternoon, you are free to explore the unique and special character of Oamaru. You can book an optional massage or spa? The tour ends with a flavor extravaganza at the Riverstone Kitchen, an award-winning restaurant. Take a tour of the gardens and enjoy views of one of New Zealand’s only castles!

Highlights

  • Elephant Rocks
  • Vanished World Fossil Sites
  • Historic Tokarahi Branch Rail Line
  • Maori Rock Art Sites
  • Oamaru Historic Victorian Precinct
  • Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
  • Oamaru Botanical Gardens
  • Historic Rakis Railway Tunnel
  • Elderslie Estate

Difficulty level: Moderate
Skill level: Easy
Traffic: Moderate

Track surface:

  • 13% gravel road
  • 17% sealed road
  • 65% smooth shingle
  • 5% sealed track

Day 8: Oamaru to Christchurch
You are transferred to your departure airport.  Departure time from Oamaru will depend on your flight times.  An 8 am departure will get you to Christchurch airport for 11:30 am.

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