The Alps 2 Ocean Trail EASY cycle tour features 203km of cycling on the easier sections of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.
The Alps 2 Ocean Trail EASY tour features 32% cycling on sealed roads, 62% cycling on gravel cycle trails, and 6% cycling on gravel roads. The riding is rated Grade 1 and there are a few gentle hills that can be skipped if desired.
This tour is a great alternative to the full Alps to Ocean Trail EPIC cycle tour for those wanting a more relaxed and ‘pain-free’ cycle experience. There is ample time for exploring the glacial lakes and alpine towns, and general ‘mountain-gazing’.
Vehicle support available throughout the cycle tour. Refer to our Level of Difficulty gradings for more information.
Alps 2 Ocean Trail EASY Cycle Tour Highlights
- Cycle 203km on the easier sections of the Alps 2 Ocean Trail
- Take in the amazing and majestic vistas of the Southern Alps
- Cycle beside the surreal aqua blue glacial lakes and hydro canals
- Spend nights in the small communities of Otematata & Kurow
- Admire the engineering of the Waitaki Valley hydro scheme
- Step back in time in Oamaru’s splendid Victorian Precinct
- Star gaze in the ‘Aoraki Mackenzie international dark sky reserve’
Day 1 Christchurch – Twizel
The Alps 2 Ocean Trail cycle tour gets underway as we head south across the plains towards Geraldine. After a lunch stop we continue into the Mackenzie Basin, driving past Lake Tekapo to Lake Pukaki and the start of our cycle trail ‘great ride’. Alternatively we can organise a bus transfer from Queenstown to Tekapo. The first 6km cycle ride section is on a sealed road providing a good opportunity to get familiar with your bike. You then enter the cycle trail on the Lake Pukaki foreshore, featuring fantastic views of Aoraki Mount Cook and the snow-capped Southern Alps, all the way to the spillway (9km). Enjoy a refreshment break at the Lake Pukaki foreshore before embarking on the final section of the day on the 10km bike trail across the Pukaki Flats to Twizel (10km) featuring great views of the immense Mackenzie Basin and the late afternoon sun falling across the Benmore Range. Check into our comfortable accommodation for the next two nights.
Cycle Distance: 25km
Day 2 Twizel
This morning we ride out of Twizel on the glorious flat and sealed canal roads, towards
Lake Ohau (20km). At the lake enjoy views of the Barrier Range over morning tea, before
cycling the Alps 2 Ocean trail Ohau weir section (19km) around the edge of the lake and
on to Lake Ohau Lodge. We enjoy lunch here, and there is plenty of time to relax and
enjoy yet more million dollar alpine views. We take a side trip to the head of the lake and
into the glacial valley (keen cyclists could ride this section also) where it feels like you can
literally reach out and touch the mountain tops, before returning to our accommodation
Cycle Distance: 39km
Day 3 Twizel – Otematata
Today we ride the Quailburn section of the Alps 2 Ocean Trail to Omarama, featuring
more great views of the surrounding mountains (24km), where there is also the
opportunity to explore an historic woolshed. After lunch, the next 13km cycle section
takes you from Omarama to Sailors Cutting, following the lakeside of Lake Benmore. Here
we load up and travel to Otematata and our accommodation.
Cycle Distance: 37km
Day 4 Otematata – Kurow
We farewell the Mackenzie Basin and travel down the Waitaki Valley. Our ride
commences at the Benmore Dam and takes us around the side of one of the great hydro
lakes of the valley, under the cool shade of the willow trees (22km). We then travel to
Kurow for lunch, before riding on the Alps 2 Ocean Trail from Kurow to Duntroon. This
section features an ancient Maori rock drawing site which can be explored. We return to Kurow and settle into our comfortable accommodation for the night.
Cycle Distance: 50km
Day 5 Kurow – Oamaru
We head to Duntroon and commence the last day of our spectacular Alps to Ocean bike
ride. We leave the river valley and head inland through North Otago countryside, home to
the unusual limestone ‘Elephant Rocks’ to Prydes Gully (19km). Enjoy cycling the final
33km section through very attractive looking ‘English’ countryside, from Windsor via the
Botanical Gardens to Oamaru, finishing up by the sea at Friendly Bay. Check into our comfortable accommodation and enjoy a celebratory meal together in the historic Victorian Precinct of Oamaru.
Cycle Distance: 52km
Day 6 Oamaru – Christchurch
Have a leisurely start to the day and spend the morning exploring the absolutely splendid Victorian precinct featuring some of New Zealand’s best 19th century architecture in Oamaru’s old town. We depart for Christchurch arriving in the city by 4:30pm. Alternatively you can take a bus to Dunedin or Queenstown from Oamaru.
Cycle Distance: 0km
14 Oct 2018
28 Oct 2018
4 Nov 2018
18 Nov 2018
4 Dec 2018
16 Dec 2018
13 Jan 2019
27 Jan 2019
12 Feb 2019
26 Feb 2019
5 Mar 2019
12 Mar 2019
19 Mar 2019
26 Mar 2019
2 Apr 2019
16 Apr 2019
23 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
5 May 2019
19 May 2019
16 Jun 2019
21 Jul 2019
18 Aug 2019
22 Sep 2019
What’s included in the tour package?
- 5 nights twinshare en-suite accommodation
- 5 evening meals; 4 lunches; 5 breakfasts (indicated by B/L/D in the itinerary)
- fruit, snacks & morning teas on the trail
- the services of a tour leader who provides vehicle support & information
- cycle repair support
- all transport from/to Christchurch
- commercial guiding fees on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail
- Goods & Services Tax of 15%
Not included in the tour package:
- wine; beer; espresso coffees
- lunch on Days 1 & 6
- bike hire ($190) or e-bike hire ($450)
- single accommodation supplement ($410)
- Queenstown to Tekapo transfers Day 1 ($40 approx)
- Oamaru to Queenstown transfers Day 6 ($63 approx)
Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail – Concession Partner
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail showcases New Zealand’s geological, geographical and historical highlights from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean. PureTrails New Zealand’s Concession Partner membership with the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is assisting this new trail to become established as one of NZ’s premier cycle trails. As a commercial tour operator PureTrails New Zealand pays $5+ GST per person for every half day spent cycling the trail.
Our Guiding Team
Tour Leader (since 2011)
Peter grew up in Christchurch and early in his working life spent three years in Twizel during the construction of the Upper Waitaki power scheme. A career change led to 35 years in the New Zealand Police with time spent in Central Otago and Canterbury. Peter was active in Search and Rescue for much of his Police service and completed two overseas deployments to Thailand following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. He is a keen cyclist and an active, if not always successful, lawn bowler.
Tour Leader (since 2014)
Terry joins Pure Trails with a wealth of bicycle knowhow driven by a lifelong passion of cycling. As Mountainbike Captain of the North Canterbury Cycling club, Terry is regularly out and about organising club rides for riders of all levels, and has competed in events across NZ and Australia. Terry has spent 30+ years as an Airport Firefighter with the Christchurch Airport Fire Service, and prior to that gained an apprenticeship as a Certified Automotive Machinist. When not out cycling Terry also enjoys tramping and the outdoors.
Tour Leader (since 2018)
Megan has a background in interior design and art tutoring as well as a restaurateur. She currently runs a design consultancy and an Air B&B by the beach in Christchurch, and is revelling in supporting, hosting and sometimes taking her guests out for adventures.
Megan has travelled extensively herself, both within NZ and abroad, and has just completed the Old Ghost Road (mountain bike trail) for the second time. Megan looks forward to the opportunity to show off NZ and share her experience, passion and love of the outdoors with PureTrails.
Tour Leader (since 2018)
John has had a long career in the NZ Police, with time spent in the Search & Rescue & Alpine Cliff Rescue teams. During this period John spent a lot of time rock climbing and caving all over the South Island, leading to an enduring love of the NZ outdoors.
Outside of work John enjoys getting out in the hills hiking and cycling as well as swimming. John played rugby and water polo and still enjoys following these sports. He looks forward to meeting lots of people and sharing his love of the outdoors with PureTrails.