The A2O Helibike Alternative, Twizel To Lake Ohau!
Our apologies, ALL Helibike tours are currently on hold for this season due to land access issues. We apologise for the inconvenience.
Grade: 3 – Intermediate (Intermediate fitness required)
Duration: Allow 6 Hours, October to May
Price: $1895 for up to 5 people* plus bike hire, if required
For those who want a bit more variety or excitement on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycleway, our Grand Greta Helibike Trip is an amazing off-road alternative to riding the Twizel Canal Roads, the first half of the 3rd section of the trail. This Helibike Adventure starts from Twizel and ends at the Ohau Weir, about half way along the Twizel to Ohau Village section of the cycle trail. From this half way point, you can either continue cycling along to the official Cycleway through to Ohau Village, or we can pick you up and take you back to Twizel.
The adventure starts with a scenic helicopter flight over Twizel, the canals and along the Ben Ohau Mountain Range. A short but worthwhile walk from the landing site takes you up to the summit of Ben Ohau with its amazing 360-degree views over glacial lakes, mountains and an overview of the alpine sections of the A2O trail. Look down on the canal roads where everyone else is riding!
Then, mountain bike down constantly changing scenery, along farm track, through a mountain gorge, a remnant beech forest, down a flowing grassy downhill and, finally, you end up on the shores of the beautiful Lake Ohau. We ride on a mix of surfaces and types of trails, it’s mostly downhill and, depending on the amount of rain, and there may be a few stream crossings. You get to appreciate some of the most varied scenery and terrain you’ll find on any single Helibike trip in New Zealand.
Although it’s a very different experience compared to riding alongside the canal roads far below, this ride is suitable for anyone who is comfortable riding a mountain bike off road on a variety of surfaces and/or is prepared to have a go. This is a real back-country adventure, with plenty of stops to admire the amazing views. It is not particularly technical but it is for the adventurous! We have had many couples on this trip with differing abilities and we make sure everyone gets to enjoy it at their own pace and riding comfort level.
To book direct, click on the [Book Now] button, choose the Grand Greta Group deal and specify it’s for the A2O Cycle trail.
Contact Helibike, the local Mountain Bike Experts for this and other Helibike options for alternative routes on the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail.