4 Days/3 Nights

Cycling Days: 3

From $649pp

Self Guided

A2O Upper Trail

If you’re short for time, our self-guided upper trail itinerary is the perfect way to enjoy the most dramatic landscapes of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail in just 3 days.

Explore the golden-tussock lands of the Mackenzie Country and lake-side cycle trails of Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau, from the base of the mighty Southern Alps to the small alpine village of Omarama.

Add a shuttle back to Twizel at the end of your trip or add an extra night in Omarama to explore – we give you the flexibility and support you need for a stress-free cycling holiday.

Trips operate between October – April

What’s Included

  • Transfers between the Cycle Journeys Depot and your accommodation upon arrival
  • Bike Hire for 3 days - your choice of bike style, helmet and rear rack bags (Own bike and gear is an option)
  • Shuttle to Alps 2 Ocean trail start
  • Luggage Transfers each day
  • 3 nights Accommodation (Standard & Superior options available)
  • 1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast and 1 Packed Lunch
  • Trip itinerary, directions and trail map info
  • Helicopter is included with the Mt Cook start

A2O Upper Trail 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.

Stay the night in Twizel.

Day 2 - Mt Cook, Jollie River or Tekapo to Twizel

Early morning shuttle to your chosen starting point on the trail.

  • 55km cycle from Tekapo to Twizel
  • 61km cycle from Jollie River to Twizel
  • 80km cycle from Mt Cook to Twizel

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.

Day 4 - Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama (42km)

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 the time or relax in the woodfired Omarama Hot Tubs.

Finish ride in Omarama or add an extra night.

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Start Options


Option Accommodation LevelPrice 18/19
Tekapo to OmaramaStandard Level$649.00 pp
Superior Level *$760.00 pp
Jollie River to OmaramaStandard Level$698.00 pp
Superior Level *$794.00 pp
Mt Cook to Omarama
(Inc. helicopter over Tasman River)
Standard Level$790.00 pp
Superior Level *$898.00 pp

Note: All pricing is based on twin share rooms

* Superior Accommodation Level Trip: The Alps 2 Ocean is situated in a remote area of New Zealand, and with that comes limited accommodation choices. Our Superior Upgrade offers a higher level of lodgings at locations where available.

Avanti Discovery e-bike

E-bike Upgrade

Riding an E-bike is a great way to enjoy the Alps to Ocean experience. Our E-bikes are equipped with the latest technology with a smooth electric motor to provide extra assistance whenever needed. They come with a comfortable upright riding position.

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Add an E-bike to this trip for $156 pp

Heli-Flight Across the Tasman River

If you are starting your ride from Mt Cook Village, you will need to take a short 5min heli-flight to join up with the trail on the other side of the Tasman River (this is included in packaged trips).

If for any reason the heli-flight is cancelled, Heliworks will communicate with our Twizel Depot and we will contact you directly to coordinate a shuttle to the best possible alternate starting point on the trail.

Accommodation Levels

Standard Accommodation

Anatini Farmstay

Standard accommodation is the perfect option for those looking for a clean, simple and comfortable way to enjoy their cycling holiday. Almost all locations will include ensuite facilities with the exception of rural Farmstays and Lodges.

  • Motels, B&Bs, Farmstay, Holiday Home
  • Private Room
  • Breakfast included if B&B
  • Our packaged trips include meals in rural locations

Superior Accommodation

Big Sky BnB

Treat yourself to a little luxury and enjoy the quality and comfort of superior level accommodation options. You won’t be disappointed! Ensuite accommodation is included in all locations with the exception of Rural Duntroon.

  • Hotel, Motel, Lodge, B&B, Farmstay, Holiday Home
  • Private Room
  • Mountain/Lake views at key locations
  • Breakfast included if B&B
  • Our packaged trips include meals in rural locations, with additional breakfasts on the A2O Plus trip