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Alps to Ocean Biking Adventure

  • 6 Days
  • 10 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity Level 4
    • Activity Level 4

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      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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  • Trip Start: Christchurch
  • Trip End: Christchurch
Alps to Ocean Biking Adventure

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There's no shortage of breath-taking views on our 6-day Alps to Ocean biking adventure tour. After driving from Christchurch to the cosy Mount Cook Village, you'll hop on a bike and enjoy riding under the towering mountains of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. This adventure continues with a helicopter ride across the Tasman River, cycling alongside Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau, enjoying views along the sweeping Waitaki valley and ending at the Pacific Ocean in Oamaru. With two guides and plenty of picnic breaks along the way, you'll finish every day of your Alps 2 Ocean bike ride happy and exhausted!

Alps to Ocean ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Christchurch Trip End: Christchurch
  • Day 1Arrive, drive to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, bike fitting

  • Day 2Helicopter flight, ride Braemar Road to Twizel

  • Day 3Bike from Twizel to Quailburn Road, via Lake Ohau Lodge

  • Day 4Bike Quailburn Road to Otematata

  • Day 5Bike Otematata to Duntroon via Benmore Hydro Dam and Kurow

  • Day 6Bike the final leg of the A2O trail, Duntroon to Oamaru, depart

  • Day 1

    Arrive, drive to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, bike fitting

    Whether you’re combining the Alps 2 Ocean trip with a longer South Island adventure or simply taking a well-deserved week out of your day-to-day life, Christchurch is just a short journey from any other New Zealand airport. We recommend arriving the day before we start our trip. If that’s not possible, you’ll just need to make sure you arrive into Christchurch before 10am. Once we’ve met you at the pick-up hotel or Christchurch Airport, we’ll head south to the magnificent Aoraki Mount Cook. Along the way we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Once we arrive in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, we'll be fitted with bikes for our trip. These are lightweight, cross-terrain touring bikes, perfect for the backcountry gravel roads and trails we’ll be travelling on. Once fitted, we’ll embark on a scenic 8km (5 miles) ride to White Horse Campground. If there's time today we'll take a popular walk along Hooker Valley, around 2-3 hours return.To wrap up an adventure-packed day we’ll be spending the night at lodgings in Aoraki Mount Cook Village. Get a good sleep tonight, tomorrow our ride to the ocean begins!
    Aoraki Mt Cook Lodgings, Mt Cook Village (Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking Distance (time permitting): 9 kilometres (5.6 miles), 2-3 hours
    Biking Distance: 4 kilometres (2.5 miles)

  • Day 2

    Helicopter flight, ride Braemar Road to Twizel

    After breakfast at our accommodation this morning, it's a short ride from the start of our trail at White Horse Hill Campground, to the helipad, where comes an experience you won't soon forget - a helicopter flight over the Tasman River to 'Rotten Tommy', the next section of the Alps to Ocean trail. Our pilot will fly us and our bikes over the thundering waters of the river, flowing out of New Zealand's longest glacier, the Tasman Glacier. Be sure to stock up your day pack with snacks from the basket on the bus before we head off! Our ride today takes us from the end of Braemar road to Tekapo B Power Station, one of the hydroelectric stations on this network. The system transfers water from Lakes Tekapo and Ohau to lakes Pukaki, Benmore, and Aviemore, and finally along the Waitaki River to the Pacific on the East Coast, and is responsible for generating a vast amount of New Zealand's annual energy requirement. From Tekapo B Power Station, we'll skirt the rest of the east side of Lake Pukaki, but before we leave this lake behind, we'll pause at the lookout point for a water break (around 13 kilometres / 8 miles into today's ride). This is your opportunity to capture one of the most famous scenes in New Zealand - looking across the cobalt blue water of the lake to Aoraki Mt Cook, where our ride started yesterday. Today is our biggest day in the saddle, but the mixture of ups and downs, plus views unlike anywhere you've ridden before, make it a day you won't want to end, even when your bum gets sore! Tonight we’ll stay in the Mackenzie Country basin, with stunning views stretching across the Southern Alps. The area is known for the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, with light pollution strictly controlled, so it’s the ideal spot to stargaze! 
    Lodgings, Mackenzie Country (All meals)

    Biking Distance: 73.5kilometres (45.6 miles)


  • Day 3

    Bike from Twizel to Quailburn Road, via Lake Ohau Lodge

    Today, under our own steam, we'll travel along the winding canal to the shores of Lake Ohau. We’ll leave behind us the town of Twizel, built initially as a settlement for construction workers working on the hydroelectric scheme, these days Twizel has a character all of its own! Our ride today winds mostly along quiet, sealed roads, though towards the end of our pedal we'll negotiate smooth shingle on the wide biking trail leading up to Ohau Lodge. You can be forgiven for being distracted by the views along this stretch, looking across to Lake Ohau and the surrounding peaks. If we’re up for it, we’ll conquer the grunty climb up from the Lodge at 560 (1837 feet) metres to the highest point on the whole trail, Tarnbrae, at 900 metres (2953 feet). Along the way we'll cross Parsons, Sawyers, and Freehold Creek, and be able to look across to the route we rode today. Once we hop over the top, it's a glorious uninterrupted downhill to Quailburn Road where we'll hop on the bus and drive back to Ohau Lodge for the night – if we’re lucky we may be able to relax in the hot tub in the deck! We'll dine together tonight in the Lodge restaurant.
    Lake Ohau Lodge, Ohau (All meals)

    Biking Distance: 58.5 kilometres (36.3 miles)

  • Day 4

    Bike Quailburn Road to Otematata

    Today's section of the Alps to Ocean trail starts where we finished yesterday, with an easy downhill section on Quailburn Road, all the way to Omarama. Omarama is the gliding capital of New Zealand - due to its position on a flat plain surrounded by taller peaks, the thermals here are perfect for flying without an engine, so be sure to look up occasionally! From Omarama we'll push on for another 35 kilometres (21 miles), and arrive in Otematata. We'll retrace our steps from Otematata on the bus back to Omarama where we'll spend the night.
    Otematata Lakeside Apartments, Otematata (All meals)

    Biking Distance: 58 kilometres (36 miles)

  • Day 5

    Bike Otematata to Duntroon via Benmore Hydro Dam and Kurow

    Our day starts with a 45 kilometre (30 miles) ride from Otematata to Kurow, and almost all of this section is on low-traffic, tar-sealed roads - which might be a welcome break for your bum after yesterday's climb! We'll pass over the Benmore Hydro Dam, New Zealand's second-largest hydro station, before skirting the edge of Lake Aviemore and on to Kurow. Kurow is New Zealand's most up-and-coming pinot noir region, the limestone rich soils have proved a great tonic for the vines. After a leg stretch we’ll jump back on our bikes and tackle the second part of the day, a 28 kilometre ride from Kurow to Duntroon. This predominantly gravel trail brings us alongside the Waitaki River and sweeps along the valley. Today is our biggest day in the saddle, so we'll be taking it easy and making sure everyone is well fuelled and hydrated. There’s plenty to see along this diverse trail - we'll pass vineyards, rivers, and the Takiroa Maori rock art site - a limestone shelter containing several pieces of rock art dating back to between 1400 and 1900 AD. Once we arrive in Duntroon, we'll continue onto Oamaru, to spend the night, where we'll eat dinner together.
    Oamaru Lodgings, Oamaru (All meals)

    Biking Distance: 72 kilometres (44.7 miles)

  • Day 6

    Bike the final leg of the A2O trail, Duntroon to Oamaru, depart

    Today is our last day together, and we'll finish in style - with the final 54 kilometres (33.5 miles) from Duntroon to the Pacific Ocean at Oamaru. Today is another big day, but we'll be motivated by the upcoming reward of the Pacific East Coast! Most of our ride today is on smooth shingle and away from traffic. We'll pass through irrigated farmland, as well as Elephant Rocks, so-called because of their likeness to, you guessed it, elephants - this limestone formation was millions of years in the making! We're following an old railway for part of our ride today, which includes a tunnel of around 100 metres in length (328 feet). When we reach Oamaru, we'll wind our way in to Oamaru Gardens, which the trail passes through, and follow our noses through the Victorian Historic Precinct to the harbour where the trail ends at the aptly named 'Friendly Bay'. We'll all have been enriched by new friendships, and by the feeling of achievement that comes with completing New Zealand's longest continuous cycle trail. After exploring the Victorian Precinct on foot, and enjoying a beer to celebrate our efforts, we'll hit the road back to Christchurch and say our goodbyes.
    (Breakfast, Lunch)

    Biking Distance: 48 kilometres (29.8 miles)

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What Our Guests Say

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- May 2022

Amazing trip with great guides

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"I had a great time on the Jaguar trip - our guides were friendly, knowledgeable, organized, and always helpful. Our porters and camp staff also were friendly and highly competent. The sites chosen by the guides for us to visit were always interesting, and the guides were able to provide great information about them. The information provided to us by Active Adventures was helpful and comprehensive - my only comments regarding the pre-trip information would be to update the materials to clarify that guests need a small day pack for biking and day hikes AND a 30L plus hiking bag for the Inca trail, and the pre-trip information could have included information about tipping for the porters and guides. While it is sensible that the company would not want to pressure guests into tipping a certain amount, everyone in my group had a wonderful time and genuinely wanted to show appreciation to our porters and guides. It would have been helpful to know how much cash we should have with us when departing on the trail to be able to tip each individual adequately, as well as information about when in the trip we would have an opportunity to tip both porters and guides. read less

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- May 2022

Bucket list trip for sure!!

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"After having had my retirement bucket list trip snatched from under me in 2020, I was delighted to finally take it this April. Active Adventures deserves huge kudos for honouring its commitment to the trip. I travelled with two friends, and we were in a group of 15 on the trip - from the US and Canada. What a fantastic group of people! Best of all though, were our two tour guides from the Galapagos, Pepo and Paulo. They were the best ambassadors for the islands and Ecuador - very knowledgeable, professional, kind hearted - and just plain fun. They made us feel safe and relaxed throughout the trip. The islands are gorgeous - and the wildlife does not disappoint. I found deep ocean snorkelling a bit out of my comfort zone, and wished I had practiced a bit in a pool before I left. However, it is an essential part of the trip, and cannot be skipped. Learning about tectonic plates, volcanoes and the conservation efforts for the giant tortoises was food for thought. As for helpful tips, bring lots of sun screen, sun protective clothing, and bug spray. These items are not readily available on the islands, but they are absolutely essential. Also bring a reusable water bottle as recommended by AA, because although bottled water is available for purchase everywhere, it makes more sense to fill up from the large reusable containers provided and not create plastic waste. I would definitely recommend this beautiful active adventure - my first with this company, but not my last. read less

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"We loved our trip to Galapagos! Our guides, Pepo and Paulo were so knowledgeable about the islands and loved sharing it all with us. The warm weather was so welcome after a winter in New England. All of the logistics were handled smoothly so that all we had to do was enjoy the varied land and marine wildlife. An amazing trip that I highly recommend! read less

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- May 2022

Somethings really do live up to the hype. This was AMAZING!!

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"To be honest, I was a little leery traveling with a new company, with new people and well, Covid. But this was abso-fricking-lutely the BEST ADVENTURE TRIP! From our guide, Pepo (who completely hit it out of the park), to the places we saw, to the organization behind the scenes and those wonderful meals, this was amazing! If you want the best way to SEE the Galapagos Islands, this is it. I can't say enough great things about Galakiwi (Active's partner) and our guides. They made this trip unforgettable. Pepo and Paolo answered our flora/fauna questions (we had lots!) and happily shared us what makes this place so special. And man, Pepo can dance - and surf! We're already talking about our next Active Adventure - we can't wait! :) read less

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What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 10 guests, plus experienced Active Adventures guides.

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Merivale Manor in Christchurch at 9:30am or at Christchurch airport (CHC) in front of the Help Desk (near door 7) at 10am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Christchurch if you arrive before the first day, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Christchurch Airport (CHC) in time for flights below or anywhere in Central Christchurch around 6pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: If you’re flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving in Christchurch before 10am.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Christchurch after 6pm for domestic and 7pm for international departures times. If you’re considering alternative flight times please check with us.

How fit do I need to be?

As an Activity Level 3-4 trip, you’ll need a solid level of fitness for this trip. While you don’t have to be extremely fit, you should be in the habit of doing regular aerobic exercise, ideally on your bike, and incorporating up hills, down hills and decent distances. Advance preparation means you’ll enjoy the active and outdoor nature of your trip even more.

Please head to our Fitness Guide for great tips on how to prepare along with a workout plan!

What accommodations do we stay at on this trip?

We have selected the accommodation on your  trip for their stunning settings and adventuresome feel. You’ll love the places you’ll stay in on this trip, but it’s not designed as a tour of the fanciest hotels in New Zealand.

Laundry facilities will be available at your accommodation on days 2 & 3. Please check with reception on check-in, or we can do that for you. 

How much luggage can I bring on this trip?

You’ll need one piece of luggage on your trip, plus a daypack/camelbak. Your main piece of luggage can be anything from a backpack, to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase and a small camelbak to carry your water in and a layer of clothing for when you’re on the bike trail.

Can you tell me more about the bike included?

Due to the varied terrain and conditions we encounter on the trip - gravel roads, paved tracks, forest trails and bridges - we use cross-terrain mountain bikes with semi-slick tires - safe and comfortable off-road. We have a dedicated fleet of quality cross-terrain touring bikes for this trip. Please be aware although we don’t do any mountain biking on the trip, we do ride on gravel and roughly paved sections of road, so road bikes with skinny tires are not suitable for use.

Specifically, we most commonly use the Specialized RollElite an excellent lightweight, cross-terrain touring bike with great flexibility. To view the bike, you can check it out here: activeadventures.com/our-bikes-and-cycling-gear
As many cyclists prefer the familiarity of their own bikes, you’re also welcome to bring your own ride and we will help you assemble it at the start of the trip. It goes without saying our guides are seasoned bike mechanics, so we’ll deal with any minor issues you may have as we go. If you want to bring your own bike with you that’s absolutely fine, just please ensure it will be suitable for the type of rides we do.

Additionally if you want to bring your own cycling gear such as cycling shoes, pedals, helmet or seat (no seat stems please!) we’d be happy to help fit them for you - note; if you’re bringing your own shoes please also bring your own pedals, to be sure they match! All bikes come supplied with the following equipment: safety vests, rear rack and rack bag, a water bottle cage, flat pedals, helmets (small/ medium/large/XL) and water bottles - we provide one for you, though we don’t provide electrolytes.

Can you tell me more about the riding style?

Everyone has a different perception of what mountain biking is, so we'll try our best to clarify the type of riding you'll be doing down here with us. This is not a road cycling trip, though sections of the trail do use quiet country roads. Equally, this is not a downhill mountain biking trip or even a single track trip (by single track we mean on trails as wide as your handle bars). We'll mostly be on gravel trails that are generally wide enough for two riders and mostly flat.

Will there be a support vehicle?

You’ll be accompanied by two guides - one guide/driver and one cycling guide/chef - this gives us the ultimate flexibility depending on the type of ride and terrain we cover each day. At the start of the season all of our guides are put through an intensive training program which includes bike maintenance. On top of this all our bike guides are passionate bikers in their own right, many of whom have years of technical bike experience, so your guides will be more than capable of attending to any bike problems/maintenance you might require along the way - all you need to do is ask!

Our support vehicle is equipped with a portable bike workshop, known as the Park BK-2 Roll-up which includes the following tools: pedal spanner, cone spanners, 8/9/10/11 mm spanners, cassette remover, crank puller, chain breaker, spoke key, wire cutters, bottom bracket remover, Allen key set, tire levers and patch kit, headset spanner (it sounds pretty basic, but with the current technology that’s all you need).

Note: There will be three guides per trip when we have over 5 guests, one to provide full vehicle support, and two guides who will ride with the group.

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