Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Tour
Enjoy our Alps 2 Ocean cycle tour from Tekapo to Oamaru over 5 fantastic days.
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Join a supported Alps 2 Ocean cycle tour and enjoy cycling from Tekapo and the Southern Alps of New Zealand to Oamaru on the Pacific Ocean. Our Alps-2-Ocean cycle tour runs over five fantastic days, with the fifth day being a rest day, and with bike hire available.
The Alps 2 Ocean cycle tour is an intermediate cycle tour that is suitable for nearly all ages. The Alps to Ocean cycle trail is exhilarating and highlights New Zealand in all its natural magnificence.
Your Alps 2 Ocean cycle tour will start in Christchurch before moving from Tekapo along the beautiful Lake Pukaki to Twizel. From there the cycle tour meanders from Twizel to Omarama before heading to Kurow. Your last biking day of the tour will see you heading to Oamaru, for a more detailed programme have a look at our Alps to Ocean cycle itinerary.
Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Christchurch to Twizel
Pick-up from Christchurch 8.30am. Enjoy being driven through the Canterbury Plains to Tekapo village in the heart of the MacKenzie Country. After lunch start your cycle tour across the Tekapo Dam on a flat sealed road for 55 km to the shores of the glacial blue Lake Pukaki.
Biking Distance 55km Grade 1
Day 2: Twizel to Omarama
Cycle from Twizel following canal roads to the stunning Lake Ohau Track, enjoy lunch at the Lodge overlooking Lake Ohau and the mountain scenery, stunning views and flat biking. Either traverse the hill track after lunch or enjoy being driven to the Clay Cliffs and ride the Quailburn track for an easy bike ride to Omarama for your night's stay. Optional hot pool experience a short distance across the road from your accommodation.
Biking Distance 38km up to 61kms Grade 1-2
Day 3: Omarama to Kurow
8.30 am start from Omarama with a lovely ride around Lake Benmore and a stop for coffee and to enjoy the scenery. A short ride to Otautau settlement before the thrilling ride over Benmore hydroelectric dam, and along the shore of Lake Aviemore and across the dam, and stop to enjoy the views. Cycle past Lake Waitaki then onto Kurow for a wine tasting experience and a grand night's stay in a unique historic complex.
Biking Distance 24km up to 68km Grade 1-2
Day 4: Kurow to Oamaru
8.30 am Enjoy a guided tour of an historic complex before starting your ride alongside the Waitaki River with stops to see the Maori rock art and amazing limestone outcrops of North Otago near Duntroon. After lunch you have the chance to visit the Vanished World fossil display, see 70 million year old fossils as you bike along the formed cycleway. Cycle through a railway tunnel with pickups and drop offs so you can cycle into the Oamaru Victorian Historic precinct for a beer, staying the night in Oamaru.
Biking Distance 23kms up to 53 km Grade 1-2
Day 5: Oamaru to Christchurch
No biking today. Time for a bit of sightseeing around Oamaru before driving back to Christchurch arriving late afternoon.
Bike hire is available on our Alps to Ocean Cycle Tours.
Tour dates: Contact us
Bike hire is additional