FAQ’s & Reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to cycle the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle trail?

There are 8 sections of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. Completing 1 trail section per day works out to about 3-4.5 hours of cycling per day over 8 cycling days (you will have to allow for 1 extra day of travel time to the starting point). Many people who ride bikes regularly will double up some trail sections, which reduces the overall duration. For each day the trip duration is reduced this will make that day’s cycling 5-6.5 hours. The most popular duration to cycle the trail is over 6 cycling days (7 days total including the arrival day). 6 cycling days will be 4 days of 3-4.5 hours cycling per day with 2 longer days of 5-8 hours. If you are wanting to cycle the trail over 6 cycling days consider the difference in distance between either starting at Mt Cook Village or from Lake Tekapo. From Mt Cook Village is 80km (5.5-8 hours cycling depending on fitness level), while from Lake Tekapo it is 55km (3.5-5.5 hours).

How do I get to the start of the Alps 2 Ocean trail?

Flying in to Christchurch or Queenstown is best. There is an Intercity bus departure from Christchurch City Centre at 8:30am arriving in Twizel at 1:30pm. Similarly, there is an InterCity bus departure from Queenstown at 8:05am and arrives in Twizel at 11:10am. Please note, that catching either of these morning buses will require that you arrive in and stay 1 night prior to your buses start date. You can read more about bus timetables and fares on the InterCity website.

How do I get home at the end of my trip?

Getting home from the trail finish in Oamaru – InterCity have a 3:00pm departure (arrives Christchurch City Centre or Airport at 7:00pm), and a 9:30am departure (arrives Christchurch City Centre or Airport at 2:00pm). It is also possible to bus to Dunedin from Oamaru at 12:05pm (arrives at 1:40pm). Flying out of Queenstown is not the best option as it requires transferring via Dunedin. We suggest checking the latest bus timetables when making your travel plans.

Can we park our car at your depot in Twizel?

Yes, anyone who has made a booking with us is welcome to park their vehicle at our Cycle Journeys depot in Twizel for the duration of their cycle. Please note that while we offer free parking, and it is on private property, the area is not fenced off. We have not had any security issues but vehicles parked at our depot are done so at the owner’s own risk.

Are meals included if we book with Cycle Journeys?

Meals are included at rural locations where there are no local dining options available. For these nights the dinner is provided along with breakfast & a packed lunch the next morning. On other nights you will be in a township where there is always at least one pub, cafe, minimart, etc, so you can take care of your own meals. As a general guide a 6 cycling day trip will have 3 dinners, breakfasts, packed lunches while an 8 cycling days trip will have 4 of each meal provided. For some superior and premium level trips there may be more breakfasts included.

Can we bring our own pedals and/or seat?

Yes you are welcome to, however we do have good options available. Shimano SPD pedals can be fitted to your hire bike upon request, please just let us know when you book your bike hire. All of our bikes have been upgraded with very comfortable seats and we also have extra wide seats available. Most people find having the hire bike set up with our equipment is easier than bringing their own parts with them. If you do decide to bring your own pedals &/or seat, please advise us when making your booking and make sure to bring any necessary tools to remove them off the bike at the end of your trip.


Alps2Ocean Cycle

5 Stars
Reviewed 21 March 2017
Great support provided for our 8 day cycle journey. Nothing was too much trouble. For example, one of our party experienced a puncture at Lake Ohau, but Cycle Journeys arrived within an hour with a replacement wheel enabling us to get on our way with minimum delay. Our luggage always arrived at our next destination. Their flexibility is another feature – always happy to adjust things as required. For example, 2 of our party realised they needed electric bikes after the first 2 days, and Cycle Journeys were able to provide them. Fabulous customer service during the planning stage also.
In summary – can’t fault Cycle Journeys and would highly recommend them.

Visited March 2017

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Excellent service

5 Stars
Reviewed 27 February 2017
We biked (4 of us) the A2O bike trip from Aoraki Mt Cook to Omarama. The communication to set up the ride and accommodation was excellent. The service was friendly and very efficient. We had gorgeous accommodation at Aoraki Court Motel, Station Cottage at Braemar, Matuka Lodge in Twizel and Oahu Lodge. Our bikes were great. The ride was a bit challenging at times for us over 60 year olds but we thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery was just wonderful.

Visited February 2017

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