A2O Fully supported Tours

We're proud to offer you our amazing value for money, fully inclusive 6 night's 7 day's tour on the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail (A2O). This tour rides the entire trail, with 6 days in the saddle, staying in fantastic, varied accommodation, with amazing food, and with a small intimate group. You will enjoy the breathtaking scenery, meet the locals and experience the best our region has to offer. Our driver-guide will look after your every need making this a stress-free experience and a tour to remember. Our tours start on a Sunday morning, where you will be collected from your Christchurch pick-up point (other destinations can be pre-arranged). Check out our dates and information below. Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions, want to book, or talk to us before you commit to this exciting tour.

Tour includes

  • 7 days cycling on the Alps 2 Ocean, New Zealand’s longest Great Ride.
  • Pick-up and drop-off to your hotel in Christchurch / Queenstown and all transport on the tour.
  • 6 nights accommodation at a selection of boutique B&B, motel, lodge, Ensuite bathrooms.
  • All meals included: Day 1 Dinner, 2-6 Breakfast, lunch, dinner, day 7: Breakfast, Lunch.
  • Your choice of top quality e-bike or mountain bike, with full instructions before use.
  • Helicopter flight across the Tasman River
  • Vehicle supported with a local experienced tour guide
  • Luggage transfer
  • Omarama Hot Tubs
  • A private wine tasting with an award-winning local producer in Kurow.
  • Prices are per person and based on twin share (twin or double) room accommodation. Individuals wanting a private room to themselves will be asked to pay a “Single Supplement”. Please note we require a minimum of 4 people booked to guarantee a departure. Prices are in NZD and include GST.
  • Drinks breaks provided along the trail include a selection of teas, plunger coffee, hot chocolate and water.
  • Our famous make-your-own picnics! With a fabulous selection of cold meats, cheeses, olives, breads, salad and dips.
  • Excluded: Alcohol, drinks and barista coffees purchased in restaurants or cafés.

Optional extras

  • Single room supplement from $650, please enquire.
  • E-bike extra $350 for 7 days.
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Tour costs 2024-2025 : $4,200 p/p:

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Tour dates 2024 - 2025


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  • "This trip and the tour guides exceeded all expectations! First, we never realized that "Alps 2 Ocean" is an actual designated trail with signs and directional markings at every turn. No need to worry about getting lost on this trail. The scenery is absolutely stunning, starting from the very beginning at the base of Mt. Cook, New Zealand's tallest mountain. Our tour guide Lewis picked up our group in Christchurch and made the five-hour drive to the start of the ride. The only communication issue was Tripsite said we had to be picked up in Christchurch. During the drive, our guide said they could have picked us up in Queenstown, which would have left only a two-hour drive to the start. We had flown the previous day from Queenstown to Christchurch just to be picked up. Mark, the new owner of the tour company, will remedy this with Tripsite. " - Edwin (Wynn) W. (Part 1)

  • "Mark was with us the first two days and drove us back to the Christchurch airport after the completion of the trip. Super nice guy. This was only the second group since he purchased the Cycle Adventures company and it is obvious he is focused on making it an amazing customer experience for all. Lewis, was with us all week. Cannot praise him enough. First, he is just a wonderful and personable human being. Very funny and supportive and made everyone feel at ease with his description of each section of the route. Second, each afternoon he checked the bike to make sure they were tuned up and ready for the next day. Third, he is a gourmet chef. Every day, he would prepare the most amazing salads and lunches for us along the route. He always found breathtaking lunch and coffee stops that just continued the feeling that we were on vacation in a magical location. Lewis is a rockstar. Accommodations were very special. The first night at Braemer Station had the most amazing views of the entire trip. It felt like we were in the Sound of Music. Every location was super clean, and the owners were so delightful and customer service-focused. I never realized how good the food is in New Zealand. Thank goodness we were riding each day because we certainly ate well. Bottom-line, it was the trip of a lifetime and it exceeded every expection. Highly recommend." - Edwin (Wynn) W. (Part 2)

  • "The Alps2Ocean was such a fantastic journey and Cycle Ventures were just the best hosts you could wish for - the food, the accommodation, the facilities, the local knowledge was all amazing. I loved that everything was taken care of and we just had to concentrate on riding and taking in the wonderful scenery. If you are thinking about riding the Alps2Ocean JUST DO IT and go with Cycle Ventures, you won’t regret it." - Kerrie Jarman

  • "This turned out to be the highlight of our entire NZ trip! Mark and Lewis were great - equipment was in great shape and they took super good care of us along the way. The food and lodging was perfect for the trip and lots of fun. The trail is phenomenal - the best way to get to know New Zealand. Well done Cycle Ventures!!!!" - Tom Walsh

  • "Kerrie and I rode the Alps to Ocean with Mark and a great group of fellow riders. The ride was challenging as we rode non e-bikes but we thoroughly enjoyed it. We had great support and were rewarded each evening with great accommodation and food. The ride offered a combination of different riding surfaces adding to the challenge but gave us a sense of achievement at the end of the day. Fantastic scenery at every turn kept us going throughout the ride. We would definitely recommend this ride and we will definitely be coming back for more. - Kevin and Kerrie Jarman" - Kevin Jarman

  • "Cycle Ventures were fantastic. Lewis, our guide arrived right on time at my Christchurch hotel and off we went to Mt Cook collecting our crew as we went. Everything went to plan and was well organised. Accommodation and food exceeded expectations and our guide was a great communicator and all round good chap! The Norco bikes provided were comfortable and well serviced and Lewis was an expert at tuning them up for the day ahead. Highly recommend Mark and his team at Cycle Ventures" - Phillip Baker

  • "We had the best time with Mark and Lewis. Fantastic trip. It wasn't until we got back and compared our trip with the neighbours (who had done A2O with another tour company) that we realized how lucky we were to be with Cycle Ventures -small group, roll-in, roll-out venues with awesome comfortable accommodation, fantastic meals, personal service, and friendly people. So many little touches that just made the trip an all-time highlight. Trip of a lifetime." - LeAnne Blakelock

  • "There is a saying out there, underpromise and overdeliver. This company did just that. We didn't do much research about them before we signed up but the trip was fantastic. Lewis was a chef, in addition to being an all around great guy and cyclist. Every meal was amazing. The bikes were fitted to us, and tinkered with if they didn't work the way we wanted. Every accommodation was one of a kind and glorious. We rode the Alps 2 Ocean. This is not an easy ride, but it eBikes make it possible for any level of rider. It ended up being a life memory. Every day held another adventure. We spent a month in NZ and this was the capstone at the end. I cannot recommend Mark and Lewis and Cycle Ventures enough." - Peter Parnegg

  • "I had an absolutely fantastic week on the Alps2Ocean with Mark at Cycling Ventures. Great food, great company, great accommodation and stunning scenery. Mark was the perfect host/guide and really looked after us. Highly recommended." - Stuart Paterson

The Itinerary

Christchurch to Lake Tekapo, 20km of riding:

We will pick you up in Christchurch around 8am for the drive to Lake Tekapo. The journey can take up to 4 hours, we will stop for lunch in Tekapo. After lunch we will get you on your bikes and ride to Lake Pukaki, Tonight we will host you and prepare your food. Total cycle distance 20km.

Mt Cook to Twizel, 70km of riding: A short ride to the airport allows you to test the bikes out before you fly by helicopter over to the remote part of the section and ride along Lake Pukaki to Twizel. We are staying this evening in Twizel. Following the turquoise blue Lake Pukaki along gravel roads and a smooth cycle trail, you head away from Aoraki, Mt Cook. Stop to soak up the magnificence of the scenery around you. Once you leave the lake you head directly to Twizel across the Pukaki Flats.  Tonight we keep Aoraki in our view and stay at Omahau Downs Lodge and dine at Poppies restaurant in Twizel.

 

Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge, 38km of riding: Departing from Twizel enjoy the sealed road to Ohau Canal below Ben Ohau to join Lake Ohau. The cycle trail around the Lake is stunning and smooth. Be careful not to leave the trail as the local Matagouri is renowned for puncturing tyres! Head up to the side of Lake Ohau to the Lodge for the evening.  Use the hot tubs to soak the muscles and relax at the bar before tasting the lodge’s high country dining.

Ohau to Omarama, 44km of riding: After breakfast, you will ride to the highest point of the trail, Tambrae Point. The gentle gradient gains you 350m higher and gives amazing vistas over the Mackenzie basin. The expression goes ‘What goes up must come down’, but please be careful with your speed as you whizz down to Quailburn. Once you are there a quiet gravel road and cycle trail take you to Omarama, halfway at 152km. Omarama Hot Tubs is the key to relaxing any sore muscles and is included in your tour. We will stay at the well-appointed Sierra Motels. Dining this evening will be at The Pink Glider cafe.

Omarama to Kurow, 67km of riding: From Omarama, the scenery changes and brings to light how the region and its water catchment were used for the Waitaki Hydro-Electric Scheme. Heading for your next stop at Kurow you cycle past Lakes Benmore, Aviemore, and Waitaki.  The trail varies from smooth shingles to sealed roads. The new sailor’s cutting trail now takes you along the Ahuriri gorge and to the top of the Benmore dam.  This section was opened in December 2020 and has turned into another trail highlight.  This evening we have you booked for some wine tasting at Ostler Wines followed by dining at Wild Sage Cafe.

Kurow to Enfield, 65km of riding: Departing from Kurow toward Duntroon you get a few glances of the mighty Waitaki River. This part of the trail goes past the wetlands, an interesting community project that has rejuvenated the area. You exit into the small settlement of Duntroon and head on to quiet roads and cycle trails, passing Elephant Rocks, film locations, and through The Rakis Tunnel. Your evening stop is at the old-school Enfield.  The evening meal will be at the Enfield Tavern, an opportunity to meet some locals and experience some southern hospitality.

Enfield to Oamaru, 18km of riding: Today after your stay at The old school you ride the short section to Oamaru (about 18 km). Cycling through the town you will see many Victorian buildings and get a feel for its history. Ride to the end of the trail at the harbour and celebrate the end of your journey! Go back 300m to Scott’s Brewery for a celebratory lunch and beers are called for, you are free to explore the unique and special character of Oamaru for an hour after lunch, and you will then be shuttled back to your chosen pick-up point.

The Accommodation

We have handpicked our accommodation to provide you with quality and variety.  Due to the limited accommodation on the trail, there are evenings where there are shared bathrooms as it is not possible to provide en-suite facilities with groups of 8 or more all the way.  At the time of booking, you will be informed of any changes to the accommodation listed below.

  1. Twizel – En-suite rooms in high-quality motel or Lodge B and B
  2. Twizel – En-suite rooms in high-quality motel or Lodge B and B
  3. Ohau –  En-suite rooms at Lake Ohau Lodge
  4. Omarama – High-Quality Motel with en-suite
  5. Kurow – High-quality B and B with en-suite rooms
  6. Enfield- The old school with ensuite/ own bathroom.

Fully Supported Alps to Ocean Tours in NZ

We proudly offer our fully inclusive six-night, seven-day tour along the Alps to Ocean (A2O) Cycle Trail. This adventure covers the entire trail and provides exceptional value for money. You will stay in fantastic, varied accommodation and enjoy excellent food with a small group of fellow travellers.

Supported Cycling Tours to Remember

You will enjoy the spectacular panoramas and meet the locals while experiencing the region’s best. Our driver-guide will take care of all your needs for a stress-free experience. The Alps 2 Ocean tours start on a Sunday morning. We will collect you from the Christchurch pick-up point but can pre-arrange other meeting places if necessary. The Alps to Ocean cycle tours include return transport from the airport, luggage transfer, and vehicle support with a local, experienced tour guide.

We will accommodate you in twin or double rooms at lodges, B&Bs, farms, and homesteads. Optional extras include a single room supplement at $650 and an e-bike at $350 for seven days. We provide an evening meal on day one and lunch on the final day at top-quality establishments. You will also enjoy a wine-tasting experience in Kurow and a helicopter flight over the Tasman River – one of the tour’s highlights – and the Omarama Hot Tubs are a joy.

Choose Adventure With Our Alps to Ocean Bike Tours

Besides providing an unforgettable experience, we offer professional service where, for example, we take strict safety precautions so that you feel well cared for throughout your adventure with us. So, don’t delay your commitment to this exciting trip of a lifetime.

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