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Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a landmark creation for the New Zealand Cycle Trail project. The journey begins at Mt Cook Township, an alpine village sitting under the watchful eye of Aoraki Mt Cook – at over 3,700 meters (12,139 feet), this is New Zealand’s tallest peak. From here you’ll head east until you reach the small seaside village called Oamaru. The entire journey descends over 1,000 metres across 300 kilometers... also making it the longest continuous ride in New Zealand.

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Along the way you’ll pass an incredible array of landscapes – from the great granite peaks of the Southern Alps, to the opaque glacial-fed southern lakes, lush farmlands, stunning river valleys, limestone cliffs and golden grasslands.

The trail is rated grade 2-3 (easy to intermediate), which means there may be climbs and descents that will require a reasonable level of base fitness, depending which sections you choose to ride. The majority of the trail is a smooth and safe gravel path, but you can expect to encounter short on-road sections, and there is a strong likelihood you’ll have farm animals passing across the trail… welcome to the true kiwi countryside!

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Since the trail spans such a great distance across the South Island, the weather can change greatly. If you’re riding the trail solo, make sure you prepare by packing the appropriate clothing. We highly recommend a layered clothing system whereby you can easily layer up if cold weather hits or you encounter rain, or layer down during a heatwave in the summer months.

If you’re joining us on our ‘Weka’ cycle tour, we’ll take a spectacular ride through the limestone country of North Otago from Omarama to Lake Ohau. This trail treats you to expansive views of rugged mountain country, vast tussock lands, beech and tawhai forest, and sparkling clear rivers. Tonight, we’ll stay in the beautiful Lake Ohau Lodge. The lodge is tucked in beside an alpine lake, with incredible views stretching across to Aoraki Mt Cook and the Southern Alps – the ideal spot to rejuvenate the body and soak in the hot tub taking in some world class star gazing!

  • Weka New Zealand Biking Adventure

    • 14 Days
    • South Island
    • From US$5599 + tax

    4.48 out of 5 (from 297 reviews)

    Weka

    Our ‘Weka’ trip combines the very best of New Zealand’s cycling and hiking trails into an action-packed two week adventure. We’re keen bikers here at Active, so we wanted to create the ‘dream itinerary’ for fellow biking enthusiasts! We’ve escaped the traffic by crafting a trip that maximises New Zealand's amazing network of gravel cycling trails. There’s plenty of flexibility and freedom if you want to ride a little further or a little less, we’ve got you covered! Our new ‘Weka’ trip will suit both road cyclists and mountain bikers alike.

    Activity level: The ‘Weka’ is an active cycling and hiking trip, so it’s important that you have a base level of biking and hiking fitness. You don’t have to be young or ready to take on the Tour de France (although if you are super fit and raring to go, you won’t be bored), but you should be in the habit of doing at least some riding and be comfortable in the saddle..

Trip Reviews

  4.53 out of 5 (from 4912 reviews)

Rimu is Wonderful - A few tips if you plan to go...

My husband and I took the Rimu trip in early November 2016 and had a really terrific time. I encourage everyone who is seriously considering the Rimu to go ahead and sign up. That being said, with all of the fun we had, I do wish we had known a few things ahead of time. I include these tips for you, the soon-to-be Rimu traveler, to make your trip more enjoyable. However, I can promise that even if you do none of these things, you will still have a marvelous time:

1. Guys, if you opt to snorkel with the fur seals be sure to shave your mustache before you leave home. It seems obvious now, but it never occurred to my husband that the mask wouldn’t seal properly to his face with his mustache. Do yourself a favor and shave it off or spend the afternoon dealing with a leaky mask.

2. I also wish I had known just how intense and challenging the 3-day multi-hike through Nelson Lakes would be. If you’re an office worker and occasional hiker like me, then I encourage you to take this trip but do lots of practice/fitness training in advance. Load up your pack and get on the stair-master or start climbing really steep hills. The hike is gorgeous and worth it, but I can promise you it will be a lot more enjoyable if you’re in good shape for it. Also, there are no showers at the huts and only latrines (port-a-potties) for toilets, so bring baby wipes for exactly the same reason you would use them on a baby (wink wink). And also bring hiking poles! I know it says optional on the gear list, but I really found them to be essential. As for the water bottle – leave that at home and invest in a good water bladder system (a “Camelback” or similar). We found the water bottle to be a hassle to take in and out of the bag (forcing us to stop each time), which made us want to drink less water. The water bladders allow you to keep moving and you’ll find you’re more hydrated.

3. The sea kayaks (and, honestly, New Zealand in general) are not made for people over 6’ 2” in height (187 cm). Watch your head everywhere you go, and as for the kayaks, it may help to have the taller person sit in the front seat of the kayak instead of the back.

4. Also, pack enough clothes for a week and then expect to do laundry. Bring some travel-sized laundry soap packets to help save money and make sure you have enough 1$ and 2$ coins for laundry before you get to the hotel (the machines are generally pretty expensive: about $3 for the washer and between $3 - $5 for 30 minutes in the dryer).

5. Bring good cycling shorts – yes, the ones with the weird-feeling padding on the bum. It will help prevent the dreaded ‘grumpy grundle’.

6. And finally, a heads-up to my fellow outgoing introverts (yes, we exist): this trip contains long days of social interaction (think 7:15 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.), with few breaks for introspection/solitude. If you need some down time, skip dinner or unfurl all of the emergency blankets and build your own fort at the back of the bus and hang a sign that says, “Stay Out!” (just kidding about that last one).

A great big thank you to our guides, Rachel and Jordan, who were informative and helpful beyond measure. How they managed to remain cheerful and engaging considering they had to do all of the exertion we clients had to do, plus all of their work on top of it, is beyond me. They are the embodiment of Kiwi hospitality! We are already thinking of coming back for a North Island tour sometime soon.
Lauren Gerth Review Image
– Missouri, United States
Rimu, November 2016
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