The Alps To Ocean is New Zealand’s longest cycle trail, it serves up epic vistas on its way from the foot of the Southern Alps all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
New Zealand’s highest mountain – Aoraki/Mt Cook – is just one of many stunning sights on this unforgettable journey to the sea. Amidst the grandeur of braided rivers, glacier-carved valleys, turquoise hydro-lakes, tussock-covered highlands and rural plains are plenty of off-the-bike activities including wine-tasting, penguin-spotting, glider flights and soaking in alfresco hot tubs.
With Ventouro's signature trail support you will be able to enjoy each moment of the ride. Your every need is catered for, whether it be a homemade snack while on the bike, tailored tips and information from your local guide or a perfectly selected meal to complete your day.
Non-riding partners are also very welcome, at a discounted price you will get to explore South Canterbury just as much as the riders, and have time to delve deeper into historic towns such as Oamaru and enjoy other local activities.
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Trip Highlights The scenery from the sky to sea Surreal turquoise lakes Backcountry trails
Details of the trip 6 nights Rides between 39 to 77km Max group size of 14 Non-riding partners welcome Guided rides most days Couples or shared rooms Single supplement applies Airport transfers All food included Sports nutrition Daily laundry Ventouro goodie bag Ventouro T-shirt Bike hire included
Arrival Direct flights into Queenstown from both Auckland and Australia mean there will be time to explore the town.
Transfer from Queenstown to Mt Cook Village via Tarrus and Pukaki 4h drive The drive to Mt Cook will really get you excited for the days ahead. We will stop for lunch, along the way and see the beautiful turquoise water of Lake Pukaki. From here we have a short 1hr drive onto our accommodation for the night at Mt Cook Village. Depending on time and daylight, we recommend one of the stunning short walks (1hr) up the glacial valleys towards the base of Mt Cook itself or just enjoy some time browsing the museum and information centre in the village. Lodging: The Hermitage
Day 1 Mt Cook - Twizel Distance 77km, Grade 2 Easy A short warm-up ride from The Hermitage takes you down to Mt Cook Airport. Here a helicopter awaits to fly you a short 10min trip over the Tasman River with spectacular views of the mountains. From here the trail heads towards Braemar Rd on the edge of Lake Pukaki to the Pakaki Flats into Twizel. Lodging: Twizel
Day 2 Twizel - Lake Ohau Distance 38km, Grade 2 Easy As we leave the town centre private canal roads take us towards the shores of Lake Ohau. From here, the trail runs along the lake edge up to the iconic Lake Oahu Lodge for a delicious home-cooked meal. Lodging: Lake Ohau Lodge
Day 3 Lake Ohau - Omarama Distance 41km, Grade 3 Intermediate The trail starts at the base of the road up to the Lake Ohau Ski Field. From here we climb up the highest point on the trail as it traverses the lower slopes of the Ruataniwha Conservation Park. A small detour gives us the option to visit the naturally formed ‘Clay Cliffs’ before a flat run into Omarama. Lodging: Omarama
Day 4 Omarama - Campbell Park via Otematata Distance 70km, Grade 2 - 3 Easy/Intermediate Here the trail follows the highway towards Chain Hill. A purpose made shingle track provides views of Lake Benmore before we rejoin the road at Sailors Cutting and head towards the top of Benmore Dam. As we descend the other side we skirt around the edge of Lake Aviemore towards Kurow. Lodging: Campbell Park
Day 5 Campbell Park - Oamaru Distance 65km, Grade 2 - 3 Easy/Intermediate Our final day on the trails has a little bit of everything. We leave our accommodation on the road and head past the mysterious elephant rocks. Then it is on to a combination of trails, road and farmland before the historic Rakis Railway Tunnel and a beautiful shingle path all the way into Oamaru. Lodging: Oamaru
Day 6 Transfer from Oamaru - Queenstown Today is the end of our tour, after spending a lovely evening in the historic town of Oamaru we will have a relaxed departure before starting our drive back to Queenstown. You will be back in Queenstown by 1pm Lodging: n/a
Total Distance 301km, Grade 2 - 3 Easy/Intermediate