Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail section of the NZ Cycleway is a 300km cycle trail from Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, that descends 780m, with a prevailing tail wind, down to Oamaru. The trail starts at Mount Cook, passes through the Mackenzie basin then down the Waitaki Valley through to Oamaru, with multiple access points at Twizel, Lake Ohau and Omarama to begin or end the ride. The latter part of the trail goes through an area few people visit now and will introduce cyclists to the beauty of North Otago’s downlands. We now run a variety of Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Tours under our specialist brand, A2O Cycle Tours.
A2O Cycle Tours, completed the first ever official A2O Cycle Tour in December 2012 and our group was welcomed into Oamaru with a champagne reception by the Waitaki Mayor, Alex Familton. Be amongst the first people in the world to experience this amazingly diverse cycleway.
Our apologies, both Helibike tours (the Grand Greta and the Omahau Helibike) are currently on hold for this season due to land access issues. We apologise for the inconvenience. This does NOT affect the helicopter flight to the start of our A2O Cycle Tours.
Twizel To Ohau Village – The Helibike Alternative!
For those who want a bit more variety or excitement on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycleway, our Grand Greta Helibike Trip is an amazing alternative adventure to riding the Twizel to Ohau 3rd day section of the trail. Our 3rd day alternate Helibike Adventure starts from Twizel and ends at the head of the Ohau River at the side of Lake Ohau, about half way along the Twizel to Ohau Village section of the cycle trail. From here you can either continue cycling along to the official Cycleway through to Ohau Village, or we can pick you up and either take you back to Twizel.
Read more about our A2O Helibike Alternative…
A2O Alpine Adventure – Fully inclusive, 4 days/3 nights
The A2O Alpine Adventure is designed for the mountain biker who wants to ride the Alpine half of the trail but stay off sealed roads. Starting and finishing in Queenstown or Omarama (other pick up/drop off points by agreement), we take you through the magnificent alpine section of the A2O trail from Mt Cook to Omarama and include our Grand Greta Helibike Adventure to keep you off the sealed canal roads.
Read more about our A2O Alpine Adventure…
Contact Helibike, the local Mountain Bike Experts for this and other Helibike options for alternative routes on the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail.
For complete information on the A2O Cycle trail, visit the website Alps2OceanCycleway.co.nz