Join a supported Alps 2 Ocean cycle tour from Christchurch. 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 six fantastic days, with the sixth day being a rest day. 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.
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 33 km to the shores of the glacial blue Lake Pukaki.
Biking Distance 33 km Grade 1
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 38 km, Grade 1-2
After another great breakfast we start from Omarama. Bus back to Quailburn and bike to the turn off to Clay cliffs. Cycle to carpark 6 kms. Have a look around then cycle back to Quailburn road through to Omarama for a café lunch. Afternoon cycle is to Otematata sidling round the shores of Lake Benmore. There is a pub in Otematata.
Overnight Otematata. Inclusions Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Biking Distance 38 kms Grade 1-2
Cycle to Benmore Dam stop have a look around. Keep cycling round Lake Avimore to Waitaki Dam.
Continue cycling through Kurow then to Duntroon stopping off to view the Maori Arts.
Get picked up from Duntroon and taken back to Kurow for a wine tasting at Ostler cellar door.
Overnight Kurow. Inclusions Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Biking Distance 44 kms Grade 1-2
Bus to Duntroon. Some people might like a bus trip up Elephant Rocks can be a bit steep. The days ride includes limestone outcrops a tunnel [you need to bring a torch]. There is a toilet and picnic area by the tunnel. Carry on through to Windsor, then Weston through the Oamaru gardens to the old precinct to Friendly Bay for a photo opportunity and a coffee.
Staying in Oamaru. Inclusions Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Biking Distance 54 kms. Grade 1-3
Breakfast at a local café and time to explore the Victorian precinct of Oamaru (buildings and shops still in the original historic Victorian style) visit to Whitestone Cheese, optional tour available, there is a charge for the tour, pay on the day. We can also call into Riverstone shop. There is a vast array of goods for sale. Arriving Christchurch by 5.30pm