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5
Moderate
Activities
  • 4 day self-guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 4 nights hotel/motel
Meals
  • 4 Breakfasts

Price

SPECIAL OFFER

5 daysfrom

$1460NZD

Trip Code: TAI

A2O 5 Days Tekapo to Oamaru Trip highlights


  • Cycle the Alps 2 Ocean trail from Tekapo
  • Cycle along the edges of Lakes Ohau, Benmore and Aviemore
  • Explore the Victorian Precinct in Oamaru

Enjoy the Alps 2 Ocean adventure with 4 nights on the trail. This allows for a faster-paced ride, combining sections of the trail into each day – ideal for more experienced riders or those keen for a harder challenge. There is still plenty of time to appreciate and experience the varied landscapes and sights that the Mackenzie Basin and Waitaki District have to offer.

All of this with friendly support provided along the way, should you need it. Begin your adventure from the alternate start point at Tekapo. This experience has flexible start dates to suit your needs.

There is no cycling today. At 12:00 pm, we will meet you at our depot at 16 Chain Hills Highway in Omarama for a bike fitting and briefing before transferring you through some amazing scenery to Tekapo, where you'll stay the night. If you have a vehicle, you are welcome to leave it at our depot while you ride the trail.

Meals:  Nil

Your ride today begins just outside Tekapo township and follows the canals. Upon reaching Lake Pukaki, you’ll cycle along the side of the lake, enjoying the amazing view before heading across the Pukaki Flats to Twizel, where you’ll spend the night. Accommodation: Twizel

Meals:  B

Today, you'll cycle along the edge of stunning, turquoise-coloured canals and the southern edge of Lake Ohau along a beautiful trail to Lake Ohau Lodge. It's then a steady climb out of Ohau to the high point of the A2O trail at 900m above sea level. The destination is Omarama, but take a look at the Historic Quailburn Woolshed and consider a side excursion to The Clay Cliffs along the way. Accommodation: Omarama

Meals:  B

Today's ride will take you around the edge of hydro lakes Benmore, Aviemore and Waitaki, with you finishing your day's ride in the quaint little town of Kurow. Accommodation: Kurow

Meals:  B

After breakfast, you will ride through Pasquale Vineyard and alongside the mighty Waitaki River. Take a look at the ancient Maori rock drawings before arriving at the historic town of Duntroon. The Vanished World Museum is located in Duntroon, where you can gather information about the geology of the next stage of your ride ahead. You'll follow the trail through several farms to the unique rock formations called Elephant Rocks. You'll continue riding surrounded by limestone escarpments before riding through to Oamaru, taking in the beautifully manicured Oamaru Public Gardens along the way to the trail finishing point at Oamaru Harbour. We will meet you here by 2:45 pm for luggage collection and bike return, and shuttle back to Omarama (if booked), departing at 3:00 pm.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • Standard bike hire for five (5) days, including helmet, repair kit, odometer and carrier bag or panniers
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 nights comfortable accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Daily luggage transfers (one bag 15kg max)
  • Transport from Omarama to Tekapo
  • Pre departure information kit to help you plan and prepare
  • Cycle breakdown and rider support service

  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)

Bike information


Trail Surface


Accommodation


Grading

Moderate  
5

The Alps to Ocean is graded moderate. You will need a reasonable level of fitness with an average daily distance of 60km and the longest day up to 80km. We suggest 90 minutes of cycling three to five times a week for the three months leading up to your trip. Some of the sections are on seal or hard packed gravel and are relatively easy to ride. Other sections are on looser gravel which can be rough and uneven in places. The moderate sections over the Tarnbrae Saddle and from Sailors Cutting to the Benmore Dam include narrower tracks with some switchbacks and exposure in places. There are also plenty of hills so cycling up hills and on gravel and rougher terrain before your tour will enable you to really enjoy the fantastic riding and diverse scenery.


Departure dates

Departs daily year round

Want to organise a customised tour?

School groups, friends, family trips, corporate events and even making the trail accessible for everyone. Learn how you can organise a Customised Tour with Trail Journeys.

Priceper person from

$1460NZD

Options & Supplements*
  • eBike Upgrade (subject to availability)NZD$400
*Prices listed are per person and also from

A2O 5 Days Tekapo to Oamaru Trip reviews


Why travel with us

First On The Trail

Trail Journeys is the largest and longest serving bike hire business on the Otago Central Rail Trail. We have helped more cyclists explore our region since the trail opened in 2000 than any other company.

EXPERT LOCAL ADVICE

Our team is passionate about the Central Otago Region and their extensive knowledge and experience means you get the very best advice - every time. We will help you tailor the right cycling itinerary for your needs.

Quality services

Expect first-class and flexible support both on and off the trail. With regular bag, passenger and bike transport services, expert cycle mechanics and experienced consultants, enjoy a stress free cycling trip with Trail Journeys.

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