A2O Day Rides

We have several A2O day ride options that will take you through some of the best sections along the trail, all easily accessible from our Cycle Journeys Depot in Twizel. Our A2O day ride options are suitable for all levels of riding, so choose from our options below, or talk to us about hiring a bike to explore for the day.

A2O Day rides map

Lake Pukaki to Twizel (24km)

  • Distance: 24km

  • Cycling time: 2-3 hours

  • Self-guided

  • $108.00 per person *Minimum of 4 people

What’s Included

  • Transfers from Twizel to Lake Pukaki
  • Standard bike hire for 1 day – including helmet and rear rack bag. Upgrades are available. (Own bike and gear is also an option) See bikes
  • A2O trail map info

This A2O day ride begins from the base of Tekapo B Power Station where the canal from Tekapo meets Lake Pukaki. While cycling around the lower section of Lake Pukaki you will have stunning views up the lake to Aoraki Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. More scenic photographs are taken from this section of trail than anywhere else on the Alps to Ocean route. Once reaching the bottom of Lake Pukaki the trail diverts off towards Twizel and zig-zags across an expansive flat tussock plain, terrain typical of this region of New Zealand, and an area encased in superb vistas of the surrounding mountains.

Tekapo to Twizel (55km)

  • Distance: 55km

  • Cycling time: 4-5.5 hours

  • Self-guided

  • $108.00 per person *Minimum of 4 people

What’s Included

  • Transfers from Twizel to Tekapo
  • Standard bike hire for 1 day – including helmet and rear rack bag. Upgrades are available. (Own bike and gear is also an option) See bikes
  • A2O trail map info

Begin from Lake Tekapo Village and enjoy an easy cycle following the canal as it flows from Lake Tekapo to Lake Pukaki. The first highlight is passing the Mt Cook Alpine Salmon farm located in the canal itself, and a few minutes later you will reach the top of Tekapo B Power Station. The 130-metre elevation above Lake Pukaki provides brilliant views of the Southern Alps and surrounding Mackenzie Basin. A few km from here and the trail around the lower section of Lake Pukaki begins. The trail then diverts away from Lake Pukaki and crosses the ‘Twizel Flats’ alpine tussock plain enroute to Twizel township itself.

Lake Ohau to Twizel (38km)

  • Distance: 38km

  • Cycling time: 4-5 hours

  • Self-guided

  • $108.00 per person *Minimum of 4 people

What’s Included

  • Transfers from Twizel to Lake Ohau
  • Standard bike hire for 1 day – including helmet and rear rack bag. Upgrades are available. (Own bike and gear is also an option) See bikes
  • A2O trail map info

This ride begins from Lake Ohau Lodge and follows the lake edge with views of the Ben Ohau mountain range and Lake Ohau itself. The smooth flowing track around Lake Ohau is flat and easy and enjoyable for all abilities, and is considered one of the top three lakeside trails of the Alps to Ocean. Maybe take some morning tea or lunch and stop along the lakeside at the halfway point. After crossing the Ohau Weir you will follow the Twizel canal and the quiet rural back-roads heading into Twizel township.

* No minimum booking required from Jan-mid April. Other times, minimum booking numbers may apply. Please enquire.

Te Araroa Walkers Special

Are you walking the Te Araroa Trail? As an alternative to the long walk between Tekapo and Lake Ohau or Twizel, why not ride a bike?

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail- Lake Ohau

What’s Included

  • Standard bike hire for 1 day – including helmet and rear rack bag. Upgrades are available. See bikes
  • Bike Transfer
  • Bag Transfer

*Please ensure all your gear is located inside your pack rather than attached to the outside.

Due to the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 we will be operating limited services between Tekapo and Twizel for the 2021/2022 summer. Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee this service will run every day and will be somewhat dependant on minimum booking numbers. Please call us a few days in advance to check whether we will have a shuttle operating and have availability to deliver your bike / transfer your pack on your expected dates.
Prior booking is essential and reservations must be confirmed by 2pm the day before your intended cycle day.
  • Ride Tekapo to Twizel - $108

    Includes bike rental, Bike transfer, and bag transfer.

    Please note: limited services for bike delivery and bag transfers are available this summer. We recommend cycling from Twizel to Lake Ohau as an alternative.

  • Ride Twizel to Lake Ohau - $108

    Includes bike rental, bike transfer, and bag transfer.

  • Ride Tekapo to Lake Ohau - $180

    Includes 2 day bike rental, 2 x Bike transfers, and 2 x bag transfers.