Introductory to Moderate
  • 7 day self-guided cycle
  • 6 nights hotel/motel
  • 1 night farm stay
  • 3 Dinners
  • 3 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts


8 daysfrom


Trip Code: TAQ

A2O Traverse Trip highlights

  • Cycle the full length of the Alps 2 Ocean trail from end to end
  • Enjoy a breathtaking heli-flight over the Tasman River from Aoraki/Mt Cook Village
  • Night at Braemar Station
  • Cycle along the edges of Lakes Ohau, Benmore and Aviemore
  • Explore the Victorian Precinct in Oamaru

The Traverse has 7 cycling days and includes a stay at the popular Braemar Station, a working station, farming perendale sheep, beef cattle and deer with vast and spectacular views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Pukaki.

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

There is no cycling today. We will meet you at our depot in Omarama at 16 Chain Hills Highway at 11:00 am. You’ll be fitted on your bike and will have some time to meet other people on the tour with you (if relevant). We will then transport you through some fantastic scenery to Mt Cook Village, where you’ll stay the night in a Premium room at The Hermitage. You’ll have the option to come with us to the Tasman Glacier moraine wall, where you can walk up to the lookout and view the glacier lake in the afternoon. You are welcome to leave your vehicle 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 across the Tasman River to the Rotten Tommy landing area. After the transfer, you'll continue riding down the side of Lake Pukaki to Braemar Station. Accommodation: Braemar Station

Meals:  B,D

Today, you'll cycle further down the side of Lake Pukaki, enjoying the fantastic views before heading across the Pukaki Flats to Twizel.

Meals:  B,L

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

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 Benmore Station woolshed and consider a side excursion to the Clay Cliffs along the way. Accommodation: Omarama

Meals:  B,L

NB: riding distance today varies depending on where you choose to stay the night Leaving Omarama, you 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 riding through to Otematata. If you choose to ride through to Kurow, at Benmore Dam, you continue to follow the trail, riding around the edge of hydro lakes Aviemore and Waitaki, finishing the day's riding in Kurow. Accommodation: Otematata or Kurow.

Meals:  B

NB: Today's riding distance may vary depending on accommodation availability and where you stayed last night. Otematata to Duntroon, via Kurow: Today's ride will take you around the edge of hydro lakes Benmore, Aviemore, and Waitaki as you pass through Kurow. Kurow to Duntroon: You will continue riding 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.

Meals:  B,D

NB: riding distance today may vary depending on accommodation availability. Today, you'll follow the trail through several farms to the unique rock formations known as 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,L


  • Standard bike hire for eight (8) days, including helmet, repair kit, odometer and carrier bag or panniers
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 7 night accommodation of an excellent standard in double or twin share
  • 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



Introductory to Moderate  

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.

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Options & Supplements*
  • eBike Upgrade (subject to availability)NZD$640
*Prices listed are per person and also from

A2O Traverse 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.


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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