A2O Swift Overview
Our A2O Swift trip is a self-guided cycle tour that has been designed for our experienced cyclists wanting to travel 70-80km per day using our most popular cycling itinerary that lets you see all the magic of the entire trail in just five days.
Cycle from the foothills of the mighty Aoraki Mt Cook, or Lake Tekapo and wind your way through the golden tussock lands of the Mackenzie Country, through the Waitaki Valley, all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
Enjoy the flexibility of a self-guided cycle tour. We will move your luggage, find the best suited accommodation and take care of all the hard bits while you sit back and pedal through the stunning scenery of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.
Select the map to view your start options – Mt Cook or Tekapo.
Trips operate between October – Mid May
A2O Swift Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Twizel & get ready for your cycling holiday
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 in Twizel.
Day 2: Mt Cook Village or Tekapo to Twizel
Our morning shuttle will take you to your chosen starting point on the trail. Cycle the golden tussock and lakeside trails through the Mackenzie Country to Twizel.
- Tekapo to Twizel (54km)
- Mt Cook to Twizel (77km)
Spend the night in Twizel
Day 3: Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge (38km)
Cycle the sealed canal roads from Twizel to edge of Lake Ohau before following the dedicated lakeside cycle trail around to Lake Ohau Lodge.
Stay the night at Lake Ohau Lodge
Day 4: Lake Ohau Lodge to Otematata (80km)
Cycle to the top of the Tarnbrae highpoint, overlooking Lake Ohau and the Mackenzie plains before heading downhill through the Quailburn. Take a 7km detour to the Clay Cliff rock formations if you have time. Continue cycling along the backcountry roads around Lake Benmore.
Spend the night in Otematata
Day 5: Otematata to Duntroon (72km)
Along the backcountry roads of Lake Aviemore. Cycle through to Kurow, then follow the trail along the Waitaki River, passing through the vineyard just out of Kurow’s township (a great spot for a coffee stop!). After about 23km you will come to the Maori Rock art site before continuing on through the wetlands into Duntroon.
Depending on the accommodation level – spend the night in Duntroon or Rural Duntroon.
Day 6: Duntroon to Oamaru (54km)
The final day on the trail will take you through sweeping farmlands, past the Elephant Rock formations and Rakis Railway Tunnel, and into the seaside town of Oamaru where the trail ends at Friendly Bay at the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a celebratory drink at Scott’s Brewery or explore Oamaru’s unique Victorian precinct.
Finish your journey here, or add an extra night’s accommodation in Oamaru.