News and Inspiration

Here, you will find plenty of cycling news & inspiration to help you plan your ride. 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!

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Happy Cycling – the Cycle Journeys team.

Customer Stories

West Coast Wilderness Trail Blog

Elizabeth and her partner recently cycled the West Coast Wilderness Trail in April 2021, inspired by positive feedback from friends who had done the trail. Elizabeth shared her experience on the trail and hopes to inspire others to explore this beautiful part of New Zealand.

Vivienne – Post trip interview

Vivienne was part of a group of 8 friends who recently rode the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. Viv is a bit of a foodie, so we thought there is no one else better to give us some tips on where to stop along the trail for a bite to eat!
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Sandy Brown’s Story – Alps 2 Ocean

Sandy Brown recently completed the Alps 2 Ocean, which is one of his greatest physical accomplishments in recent times.

Accommodation Features

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!
Kowhai Cottage

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.
Blackballs Inn

Blackball’s Inn

Rising above the tragedy of the Pike mine collapse, Blackball is the gateway to the new Paparoa track and with its construction it attracted two of the locals Pat and Jane who had already contributed to the personality of the township in many ways.

Trail Inspiration


25000 Spins – Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Challenge

When Jee Fan approached us to hire an E-Bike for his Alps 2 Ocean charity ride, we were more than happy to help him out...

4 Reasons Why you Should Cycle the Alps 2 Ocean in Autumn

Winter doesn’t set in until June, which leaves April and May as a great time of year to cycle the A2O. Not only is the scenery stunning in Autumn, you can avoid the summer rush, and enjoy a relaxed ride...
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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.


A2O customer blog

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.

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.

Trail News

Cycle Journeys’ Donation to Help Fund Trail Maintenance

With domestic cycling popularity still on the rise, maintenance and upgrades of New Zealand’s network of cycle trails are vital to ensure the sustainability, safety and enjoyment of all who embark on these incredible experiences and Cycle Journeys is committed to helping this effort.
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Sailors Cutting Trail Development

The long awaited ‘missing link’ trail section from the Sailors Cutting camping ground through to Benmore Dam is due for opening on December 18th. Last week, the A2O project team collectively rode the trail to seek group consensus on safety and recommended duration.
Lake Ohau Fires

Lake Ohau Fire

With the on-going challenges that New Zealand has faced this year, the Lake Ohau community have been hit with a devastating blow.

Behind The Scenes

Lynnette Coast to Coast

Lynnette from our Hokitika Depot recently completed her third Kathmandu Coast to Coast race. When sitting down to chat about the race, it brings out the biggest smile on her face - all the post C2C feels come flooding back!
Running for MG - Blog

Running for Myasthenia Gravis

The wonderful Libby from our Reservations Team has set herself a challenge to run the Queenstown Marathon! This isn’t just any challenge, she’s running to raise funds for a cause that's very close to her heart.

Geoff’s Tour Aotearoa Ride: Final Day

Geoff reflects on his last day on the Tour Aoetaroa. That last freewheel to the finish felt like a dream! 3000km from Cape Reinga to Bluff done and dusted...