At Cycle Journeys we want to share ideas and useful information to help you plan the best cycling trip yet. Whether it is travel inspiration, trail updates, local cycling news, or fitness tips, we are constantly updating our blog posts, so have a scroll through our categories and start planning!

This section is lovingly created by our clients, staff, trail partners and providers.

We would like to say thank you to everyone who has contributed towards forming this supportive community of cycling lovers.

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Jan & Barbara

Lifelong friends, Jan and Barbara, didn't allow a travel delay and two modes of transport get in the road of their West Coast Adventure on two wheels.
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Stella’s Wild and Fun Adventure

An inspiration to all cyclists who hesitate to ride in the rain, Stella (12) shared her adventure riding the West Coast Wilderness Trail.
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Little Old Al

Allan McGregor shares his A2O adventure with us in his own eloquent, frank and humorous words.

The Flying Pig Café Duntroon

We spoke to new owner of The Flying Pig Café, Sara Kingsbury, about her exciting adventure! The Flying Pig Café in Duntroon is an iconic, brightly painted café on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, and is a fabulous place to stop for a bite to eat with everything made and baked on-site.

Valley Views Glamping

Amber and Patrick opened their glamping experience in February 2017 and their love and passion for what they do has grown from then. We spoke with Amber about why they created their secluded getaway in the stunning Waitaki valley, who glamping is for and, importantly, what you should bring when you go glamping!
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Kowhai Cottage Duntroon

We’ve been working with Kat and Dan since 2013 and it has been an absolute delight! We thought it was about time we chatted to Kat and learn all about her background in Duntroon, and what drives her passion to host Alps 2 Ocean cycle guests.
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What’s the Best Time of the Year to Cycle the A2O?

We have now completed 4 photo shoots on the A2O trail, each of them seeking to capture the spectacular essence of the seasons.
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Waitaki Valley’s Place in History

Riding past the historic Waitaki Dam, its hard to know that this has a strong claim to fame as part of NZ’s social and construction history.
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Cycling in Germany, Austria & Switzerland

It may sound exotic but cycling in Europe with four women plus Siri came with a few challenges.
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Customer Service Queen to Customer

After three years of providing advice and sorting out logistics for hundreds of customers, the reality of organising my own family trip to ride the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail provided a bit more challenging than I expected.
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5 Backcountry Mountain Biking Tips

Backcountry mountain biking is a great way for riders to explore the untamed trails of New Zealand. Whilst they provide a challenge and sense of accomplishment, they do require a degree of planning and good decision making.
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Must Have Gear List For The West Coast Wilderness Trail

To maximize your comfort, enjoyment, and safety whilst riding the West Coast Wilderness Trail, we have put together a gear list based on our own experience of cycling the trail.

Adaptive Riding the Paparoa Track (or Paparoa Para-pushing)

There are no boundaries for paraplegic cyclist Quentin who has almost completed the Paparoa Trail in his mountain hand trike. Our Hoki depot manager Dave was there too and reviewed the day on the trail for us!

Who said multi-day cycling with children is impossible???

Laurie, Chris and Oli cycled the West Coast Wilderness Trail as a family. Here are their highlights and their feedback on cycling with a child.

The Wilderness trail under marketing review

Our new marketing manager Alicja started her role on the West Coast Wilderness trail, rather than at her desk.

Graham

Graham is part of our Reservations Team based in Christchurch, and will be able to help you plan your cycle journey on one of our four trails.

Anne

Anne is part of our depot team in Twizel, and will be one of the faces you’ll meet when starting your Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail journey.
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Libby

As member of our fabulous reservations team based in Christchurch, Libby plans trips on all of our trails while bringing lots of fun and laughter to the office.