Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail


It's your ride... you decide

For over 300 km visitors can experience some of the most beautiful scenery New Zealand has to offer. Suitable for all ages, the 8 section trail is an easy to intermediate grade and offers a pleasing mix of on and off-road trails which link the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.

Allow 4-6 days for the entire ride, or simply try out a day excursion on just one of the sections. Whichever option you choose, the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is sure to be a memorable experience.

For more information including luggage transfers, booking a tour or to view the new maps go to the Alps2Ocean website direct

Highlights include:

  • ​Aoraki/Mt Cook
  • Elephant Rocks
  • Snow-capped Mountains
  • Clay Cliffs
  • Golden Tussock Landscapes
  • Maori Rock Art
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Blue Penguin Colony
  • Limestone Cliffs
  • Boutique Shops
  • Turquoise Coloured Lake Pukaki
  • Vineyards
  • Oamaru's Victorian Precinct
  • Waitaki Lakes

Getting Here

​Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is located in the South Island, halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown. It is recommended that you start your ride from Aoraki/Mt Cook Village - though there are numerous access points along the trail from which to start or end your ride.

There is an airport at Mount Cook, but it is limited to seasonal flights only, over December and January. The nearest international airports are located in Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

Daily bus services operate to Mt Cook from Christchurch, Queenstown and Twizel.

​​Driving times

​From Christchurch to Aoraki/Mt Cook:
330km, 4 hours

From Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook:
263km, 3 hours

From Twizel to Aoraki/Mt Cook:
65km, 45 mins

​​From Christchurch to Oamaru:
247km, 3 hours

From Queenstown to Oamaru:
287km, 3 hours, 30 mins

From Twizel to Oamaru:
145km, 1 hour, 45 mins

For more information on the Alps2Ocean Trail see:

At Lake Tekapo Holiday Park we offer accommodation, and car storage while you complete the Alps2Ocean.  Bikes can be hired from a nearby backpackers. Please come and see us at our office or email us on, for more information on our services.


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