4
Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • 4 day self-guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 4 nights hotel/motel
Meals
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Lunch
  • 4 Breakfasts

Price

5 daysfrom

$1765NZD

Trip Code: TAS

A2O Top Half Plus: Aoraki to Otematata Trip highlights


  • Cycle the top half of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail
  • Enjoy a breathtaking heli-flight over the Tasman River from Aoraki/Mt Cook Village
  • Cycle along the edges of Lakes Ohau, Benmore and Aviemore

Enjoy an Alps 2 Ocean adventure from the official start point at Aoraki/Mount Cook (191km) through to Otematata with 4 cycling days. This incorporates the newest and most spectacular off-road section of the trail from Sailors Cutting through to Benmore Dam.

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

At 12:00 pm, we will meet you at our depot at 16 Chain Hills Highway in Omarama for a bike fitting (if required) before transferring you through some fantastic scenery to Mt Cook Village, 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

You will cycle roughly 2km from Mt Cook Village to the trail start point at White Horse Hill Campground. From here, it's approximately an 8km cycle down to Mt Cook Airfield, where you'll board a helicopter for a short transfer provided by Southern Lakes Helicopters (scenic flights can be added) across the Tasman River to the Rotten Tommy landing area. After the transfer, you'll continue riding alongside Lake Pukaki, enjoying the amazing view before heading across the Pukaki Flats to Twizel, where you'll spend the night. Accommodation: Twizel

Meals:  B

NB: riding distance today may vary depending on accommodation availability. Today, you'll cycle along a beautiful trail along the edge of stunning, turquoise-coloured canals and the southern edge of Lake Ohau. Accommodation: Lake Ohau u

Meals:  B,D

NB: riding distance today may vary depending on accommodation availability. It's a steady climb from Ohau to the high point of the A2O trail at 900m above sea level. The destination is Omarama, but look at the Historic Quailburn Woolshed and consider a side excursion to the Clay Cliffs along the way. Accommodation: Omarama

Meals:  B,L

Leaving Omarama, you'll ride down the Waitaki Valley, following the edge of Lake Benmore to Sailors Cutting – a popular boating, fishing and camping destination. You will then experience the newest part of the trail, which continues to follow Lake Benmore across local farmland before arriving at Benmore Dam and then riding through to Otematata. Our afternoon shuttle can pick you up from Otematata at 4:30 pm and transfer you back to our depot in Omarama.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • Standard bike hire for five (5) days, including helmet, repair kit, odometer and carrier bag or panniers
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • 4 nights comfortable accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Heli-flight across the Tasman River with bikes to the official start point
  • Daily luggage transfers (one bag 15kg max)
  • Transport from Omarama to Aoraki / Mt Cook
  • 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

Introductory to Moderate  
4

The Alps 2 Ocean is graded introductory to moderate. You will need a reasonable level of fitness with an average daily distance of 45km and the longest day up to 67km. 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

$1765NZD

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

A2O Top Half Plus: Aoraki to Otematata 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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