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Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

1 Meek Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 702 1213
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Fabulous trail. Scenery amazing

We were a group of 8. Four of us were nurses that trained together back in the late 70s! Cycle... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
rubez
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Auckland, New Zealand
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A Must Do

We have finished this epic journey. We did a 6 night /7 day organised trip via Trail Adventures... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ShortyHJ
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Cambridge, New Zealand
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The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a 301km journey from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean. This is New Zealand, in all its colour and beauty - from the highest mountain, past great lakes and rivers, down to the ocean. Suitable for all ages, the 9 section trail is an easy to intermediate grade, offering a pleasing mix of on and off-road trails. Allow 4-6 days for the entire ride, or simply try out a day excursion. Whichever option you choose, the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is sure to be a memorable experience. Amidst the grandeur of braided rivers, glacier-carved valleys, turquoise hydro-lakes, tussock highlands and rural plains are a host of tantalising off-the-bike activities including wine-tasting, penguin-spotting, glider flights and just quietly soaking in alfresco hot tubs. It's no wonder people come from all over the world to enjoy its stunning vistas, wide open spaces and expansive landscapes. The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is an internationally recognised activity, a great way to experience the diversity of the South Island in less than a week. It's an achievable adventure for almost anyone - from grandchildren to grandparents. With over 150 Official Partner businesses offering trail services, accommodation, dining, activities and more you'll find everything you need to create memories that will last a lifetime.
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  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lake ohau lodge” (16 reviews)
“off road” (10 reviews)
“mt cook” (25 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
1 Meek Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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+64 27 702 1213
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"lake ohau lodge"
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"high point"
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"alps ocean"
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"great ride"
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"five days"
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"head wind"
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"stunning scenery"
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"average fitness"
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"moderate level of fitness"
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"bike trip"
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"luggage transfer"
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"easy ride"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were a group of 8. Four of us were nurses that trained together back in the late 70s! Cycle journeys organised our trip starting in Mt Cook. We had "standard" accommodation as the superior was booked out for our dates. All the accommodation was...More

Thank rubez
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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Rubez, We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with Cycle Journeys. We are continuously working away at getting the trail off road where possible so we hope to fix those parts very soon! Thank you :)

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have finished this epic journey. We did a 6 night /7 day organised trip via Trail Adventures who were excellent to deal with. Took all the hassle out of the logistics of organising this trip re accommodation, bike hire, luggage transferring. We had a...More

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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, Trail Adventures are a great company to deal with. That last section from Duntroon to Oamaru tends to catch a lot of people on those hills, great job pushing through it! We are continuously working to get the trail offroad...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful trail, but someone will get killed cycling on the road sections. For those who know New Zealand, the roads are packed with inexperienced tourist drivers and large trucks and motor homes. There are no/very few dedicated bike lanes.More

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Alps_2_Ocean, Manager at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello there, we are very glad to hear that you enjoyed the trail, but sorry to hear you had a negative experience regarding the on road sections. We are continuously working to get the trail off road, there is quite a bit of work happening...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2018

This is an amazing cycle ride through some of the most beautiful parts of NZ. Scott from Trail Adventures was a fantastic host, looking after all our needs without being too obtrusive. I couldn't recommend him enough.

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Alps_2_Ocean, Director of Sales at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Thank you for your review, we are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your ride with Trail Adventures. We are very lucky to be working in such a beautiful part of the world, that's for sure!

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

A wonderful experience really helped by the friendly and professional way Trail Adventures managed our trip - well done guys!!

Thank DianaSwann22
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Alps_2_Ocean, Director of Sales at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Diana, thank you very much for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed your trip with Scott and Dee-Ann from Trail Adventures

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

A group of circa 60yo's with varying riding experiences, were organised into a 8 day bike ride trail adventure. Well run support with Scott, Dee & the bus hopping between daily sight seeing rides. Great to finish the day's trail in terrific accommodation stays along...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

A friend invited me to join him and 9 other friends from Aus and NZ who have done a rail trail in NZ several years ago. It was a great experience with the weather adding some extra chalenges along the way. A couple of sections...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We took our bikes across the ditch and cycled the full length of the A2O - it was an unforgettable experience! I'm not especially fit (and pride precludes me riding an e-bike!), so we took it easy and did the trail in 8 days. Some...More

1  Thank Abarao
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

My husband and I did 3 legs of this trail absolutely beautiful and you see so much that you miss when driving. If you can only do 1 or 2 or the whole trail so worth it

Thank Karen H
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

A friend who had recently moved to Twizel decided to celebrate her 50th birthday by doing the A2O tour. We did the “fast 4 day” version. As an avid road cyclist, I was fairly well prepared. The ride was made easier by our group frequent...More

1  Thank Sheldon5150
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susielou67
8 December 2017|
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Response from Linda H | Reviewed this property |
Hi Sue , I would recommend you get in touch with A2O who are qualified in answering your questions and would be able to give advice On varying fitness trails☺
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PatFrances
20 June 2017|
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Response from JSNMitchell | Reviewed this property |
Contact The Jollie Biker and talk to them about what you need If they can't do it they'll point you in the right direction Other contact the official A2O website
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Response from JSNMitchell | Reviewed this property |
Hi, December is good but in nz at any time just be prepared for any weather so ensure you have gear to suit warm, cold, wet or all of the above We used The Jollie biker at at about $2,000 nz dollars they will organise an... More
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