A2O Upper Trail Overview

If you’re short on time, our self-guided A2O 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.

Select the map to view your start options – Mt Cook, Jollie River, or Tekapo.

Trips operate between October – April

A2O Upper Trail Itinerary

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.

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.

Cycling options:

  • Tekapo to Twizel (54km)
  • Jollie River to Twizel (61km)
  • Mt Cook to Twizel (77km)

Spend the night in Twizel

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

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, or relax in the wood fired Omarama Hot Tubs in town.

4 days
3 cycling days


NZ $729.00

per person

Trip inclusions

  • 3 nights
  • 3 meals*
  • Standard bike hire

Trip highlights

  • Helicopter flight*
  • Tarnbrae Highpoint
  • Clay Cliffs

What’s Included

  • Transfers between Cycle Journeys Depot and accommodation upon arrival
  • Standard bike hire for 3 days - including helmet and rear rack bag. Upgrades are available. (Own bike and gear is also an option)
  • Shuttle from Twizel to your Alps 2 Ocean Trail Start
  • Luggage Transfers each day
  • 3 nights accommodation (Economy, Standard & Superior options available)
  • 1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast and 1 Packed Lunch
  • Trip itinerary, directions and trail map info
  • Helicopter flight over the Tasman River is included with the Mt Cook start


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Starting Option Accommodation Level20/21 Price20/21 Peak Season Price**21/22 Price21/22 Peak Season Price**
Mt Cook to Omarama
Inc. helicopter over Tasman River.
Standard$889.00 pp$989.00 pp$906.00 pp$1006.00 pp
Superior*$1018.00 pp$1118.00 pp$1039.00 pp$1139.00 pp
Jollie River to OmaramaStandard$774.00 pp$874.00 pp$791.00 pp$891.00 pp
Superior*$903.00 pp$1003.00 pp$924.00 pp$1024.00 pp
Tekapo to OmaramaStandard$729.00 pp$829.00 pp$746.00 pp$846.00 pp
Superior*$858.00 pp$958.00 pp$879.00 pp$979.00 pp

Note: All pricing is based on twin share rooms. Please contact us for details around our single supplement rates.

* 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. This is typically for 4 of the 6 nights of the trip.

** Peak Season Pricing (Trips starting 1st Feb – 31st Mar): Due to increasing popularity and limited accomodation availability on the trail, during the peak of the season, it can take our reservations team considerably more time to source suitable accomodation and put together trip packages. A premium is applied for bookings made after 1 October, for packages that will start during the peak season to reflect this.

Accommodation Levels


E-Bike Upgrade

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

Add an E-bike to this trip for $165.00pp

Heli Flight Across the Tasman River

If you are starting your ride from Mt Cook Village, you will need to take a short 5 minute 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, the helicopter company 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.