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Activities
  • 6 day cycle trail
Accommodation
  • 5 nights hotel/motel
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

6 Days$1999USD

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COVID safety measures
are in place with extra cleaning and hygiene protocols

Remote adventures
means social distancing comes naturally

Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: WATC

Alps to Ocean Trip highlights


  • Cycle the spectacular trails of the Alps to Ocean from Tekapo
  • Nestle up by a cosy fire and enjoy the hospitality at Lake Ohau Lodge
  • Soak in the hot pools at Tekapo Springs
  • Indulge in mulled wine and hearty food at local wineries and restaurants
  • Visit Omarama's Clay Cliff formations (optional)
  • Enjoy the wood fired hot tubs in Omarama (optional)
  • Star gazing tour at Tekapo Springs or St John Observatiry (optional)

Cycle, cosy up and relax on our special winter version of our popular 6 day Alps to Ocean Cycle.

Fresh, sunny days in winter are delight with snow capped mountain ranges and crisp blue skies contrasting against the turquoise lakes as we pedal our way from Tekapo to Oamaru.

This trip is as much about the comfort as it is about cycling. Should the weather change at any stage of the day, our support vehicle is there to take you to the comfort of a hot pool, mulled wine or warm fire. Hot water bottles and hand-warmers are never far away. Regular morning tea and afternoon tea stops provide a much welcomed 'pick-me-up' with all you can drink tea and coffee and plentiful snacks.

So why save cycling for summer? Keep going all year round and join us on this epic cycling adventure.

In the words of our guides, there's no such thing as cold weather, just bad gear.


Your Alps to Ocean (A2O) adventure begins with the drive across the picturesque Canterbury Plains. After refreshments in the country town of Geraldine, we’ll continue through rolling farmland to reach Fairlie where we’ll stop for lunch. The scenic journey over Burke’s Pass is a fitting introduction to the famous Mackenzie Country, where Lake Tekapo soon appears as a bright blue jewel. From here, we'll warm the legs up with a ride on quiet backroads to Lake Alexandrina, a serene high country lake. Back at Tekapo Village, we enjoy a dinner by the fire at Blue Lake Eatery. After dinner we head to Tekapo Springs hot pools for a relaxing soak. The star gazing tour at Tekapo Springs is also a great option. Talk to us about upgrading your entry (own expense). Cycling distance: up to 44km

Meals:  L,D

Our second day marks the start of our Alps to Ocean journey with a ride along the hydro canals to reach a high terrace overlooking Lake Pukaki and the surrounding mountains. The A2O then dips down to meet the lakeshore and across expansive tussockland to reach Twizel. From here we drive to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park where there is the chance to visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre (own expense) or the excellent national park visitor centre (free of charge) before we embark on a short but memorable walk. We then drive to our accommodation at Lake Ohau Lodge where dinner awaits next to a roaring fire. The spas on the deck are a great way to relax after dinner. Cycling distance: Tekapo to Lake Pukaki: 35km. Lake Pukaki to Twizel: 20km

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we take the short drive back to Twizel. Stunning scenery keeps coming as we ride alongside the Pukaki and Ohau canals, then along Lake Ohau and back to Lake Ohau Lodge where we stop for lunch. Confident riders can continue on the trail to Tarnbrae Saddle (900m), the highpoint of the A2O. The vast Mackenzie Country views are just reward for the climb. Alternatively, riders can transfer to the historic woolshed at Quailburn for a much easier ride down to Omarama – our stop for the night. Translating as ‘place of light’, Omarama is known for its extraordinarily clear skies. They are best appreciated at the local hot pools where you can soak in fresh, mountain water (own expense) or explore the Clay Cliff formations. Cycle distance: 38km (Twizel–Lake Ohau); 45km Lake Ohau–Omarama via Tarnbrae Saddle or 21km (Quailburn–Omarama (short option)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today’s ride takes us down the Waitaki Valley, known for its hydro lakes and dams. First, we follow the trail along the shores of Lake Benmore to Sailors Cutting. From there, we join the lakeshore to traverse around the shoreline of rocky outcrops, little beaches and even tree covered islands. The trail then drops us down from above the Benmore Dam to rejoin the quiet lakeside road. Regrouped, it’s a fun downhill cycle towards Aviemore Dam, where we’ll enjoy a picnic by the lake. We’ll arrive at Kurow with plenty of time to explore the town’s surrounds. Highlights include beautifully restored St Albans Church and wine-tasting at local vineyards. We’ll stay overnight in Kurow in an elegant lodge serving dinner showcasing local produce. Cycle distance: 67km

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning the cycle trail takes us along the banks of the Waitaki River, past vineyards and a Maori rock art site to reach the small town of Duntroon. From there, we head inland into rolling country and wander around the unique Elephant Rocks, huge formations strewn across a field. Picking up the old railway line, we’ll ride through Raki's tunnel before rolling downhill to the settlement of Windsor. The Old School at Enfield is a fitting place for our final night together and a well-deserved night’s sleep after dinner at the Enfield pub. Cycle distance: 28km (Kurow–Duntroon) & 38km (Duntroon–Enfield)

Meals:  B,L,D

We get to enjoy one more ride on the A2O before we begin our road trip back to Christchurch. Setting off from our accommodation, we keep on rolling through picturesque rural countryside. We pass Oamaru Stone quarry, where stone has been extracted since the nineteenth century. We’ll see its influence on local architecture once we reach Oamaru. After riding through the town’s delightful municipal gardens, we’ll reach the Victorian Precinct and harbourside park where the A2O finish-line sign offers the perfect photo-op. If time allows, explore the shops and galleries or visit the mind-boggling Steampunk HQ museum. After a late lunch, we’ll begin our journey north across the Canterbury Plains, arriving in central Christchurch early evening. Cycle distance: 15km (Enfield–Oamaru)

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • Tasty breakfasts (x5), lunches (x5), dinners (x5) catered to all dietary requirements
  • E-bike hire
  • 1 x mulled wine (or wine of choice)
  • 5 nights comfortable motel/lodge ensuite accommodation on twin share basis
  • Tekapo Springs hotpool entry
  • Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, coffee, tea, cold drinks and treats
  • Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
  • Hot water bottles and hand-warmers (for the duration of the trip)
  • Transport from Christchurch (return)
  • Pre departure information kit to help you plan and prepare
  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast and those mentioned in inclusions
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Optional activities (eg. Omarama Hot Tubs)
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance

About Your Leader

Our guides are one of our biggest assets and we pride ourselves on their level of quality and high standards. Once the trip reaches 8 people, we provide you with two of our expert guides to maximise your enjoyment and overall experience. You’ll know you’re in safe hands as all of our guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many of them are trained bike mechanics. They come from all walks of life but our guides have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you.


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Total Priceper person from

$1999USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single Supplement - Limited to 2 per departureUSD$480
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Winter Alps to Ocean Cycle trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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