Alps to Ocean

4 Days / 3 Nights
From NZ$669 per person Standard Twin Share
Standard Twin Share

If you're short for time, this self-guided upper trail itinerary is the perfect way to enjoy the most dramatic landscapes of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.  Explore the golden-tussock lands of the Mackenzie Country and lake-side cycle trails of Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau, from the base of the mighty Southern Alps to the small alpine village of Omarama.

A shuttle back to Twizel is included at the end of your trip or we can add an extra night in Omarama to give you the chance to further explore this town.

Departure Dates

Any date to suit your plans

Day 1:  Arrive in Twizel
We recommend allowing a day of travel to get to Twizel from Christchurch or Queenstown.  Take the afternoon to explore this rural township before spending the night.

Day 2:  Mount Cook, Jollie River or Tekapo to Twizel
(55 kms)
An early morning shuttle will take you to Tekapo.  On the driver over witness a beautiful sunrise before we stop for breakfast at Lake Tekapo and then begin our cycle back to Twizel.  Stay the night in Twizel.

Day 3:  Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge (38 kms)
Cycle the sealed canal roads from Twizel to the edge of Lake Ohau before following the dedicated lakesyde cycle trail around to Lake Ohau Lodge.  Stay the night at Lake Ohau.

Day 4:  Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama (42 kms)
Cycle to the top of the Tambrae highpoint overlooking Lake Ohau and the Mackenzie plains before heading downhill through the Quailburn.  Take a 7 km detour to the Clay Cliff rock formations if you have the time.  You will finish the ride in Omarama and your shuttle will be waiting to transfer you back to Twizel, however we suggest staying the night in Omarama and relaxing in the woodfired Omarama Hot Tubs (optional extra).

  • Transfers between cycle depot and your accommodation on arrival
  • Bike hire for 3 days - your choice of bike style, helmet and rear rack bags (E bikes are available)
  • Shuttle to Alps 2 Ocean trail start
  • Luggage transfers each day
  • 3 nights accommodation (standard & superior options available)
  • 1 dinner, 1 breakfast & 1 packed lunch
  • Trip itinerary, directions and trail map info

 

  • Pre and post accommodation in Christchurch
  • InterCity coach to Twizel from Christchurch
  • InterCity coach from Omarama to Christchurch

Description & Highlights

If you're short for time, this self-guided upper trail itinerary is the perfect way to enjoy the most dramatic landscapes of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.  Explore the golden-tussock lands of the Mackenzie Country and lake-side cycle trails of Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau, from the base of the mighty Southern Alps to the small alpine village of Omarama.

A shuttle back to Twizel is included at the end of your trip or we can add an extra night in Omarama to give you the chance to further explore this town.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive in Twizel
We recommend allowing a day of travel to get to Twizel from Christchurch or Queenstown.  Take the afternoon to explore this rural township before spending the night.

Day 2:  Mount Cook, Jollie River or Tekapo to Twizel
(55 kms)
An early morning shuttle will take you to Tekapo.  On the driver over witness a beautiful sunrise before we stop for breakfast at Lake Tekapo and then begin our cycle back to Twizel.  Stay the night in Twizel.

Day 3:  Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge (38 kms)
Cycle the sealed canal roads from Twizel to the edge of Lake Ohau before following the dedicated lakesyde cycle trail around to Lake Ohau Lodge.  Stay the night at Lake Ohau.

Day 4:  Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama (42 kms)
Cycle to the top of the Tambrae highpoint overlooking Lake Ohau and the Mackenzie plains before heading downhill through the Quailburn.  Take a 7 km detour to the Clay Cliff rock formations if you have the time.  You will finish the ride in Omarama and your shuttle will be waiting to transfer you back to Twizel, however we suggest staying the night in Omarama and relaxing in the woodfired Omarama Hot Tubs (optional extra).

Included In Package

  • Transfers between cycle depot and your accommodation on arrival
  • Bike hire for 3 days - your choice of bike style, helmet and rear rack bags (E bikes are available)
  • Shuttle to Alps 2 Ocean trail start
  • Luggage transfers each day
  • 3 nights accommodation (standard & superior options available)
  • 1 dinner, 1 breakfast & 1 packed lunch
  • Trip itinerary, directions and trail map info

 

Optional Extras

  • Pre and post accommodation in Christchurch
  • InterCity coach to Twizel from Christchurch
  • InterCity coach from Omarama to Christchurch
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