Preparation & Training

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.
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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.
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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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All About Gears

We summarise some of the key points of modern bicycle gearing and why bikes with less gears are easier to use, and more versatile than they’ve ever been before.
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Our Tips for Riding Safe on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

With our experience and expertise we have summarised for you the important safety notes and challenges for each section of the A2O cycle trail.
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Bring your own Bike vs Hire one of ours for the Paparoa Track

There are several pros and cons to bringing your own bike vs hiring one. Here's a list of pros and cons that discusses various considerations to be made.
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How to Prepare to Ride the Alps 2 Ocean

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is the longest trail in the Nga Haerenga network.  At 310kms, this isn’t a trail you will want to suffer through - so be prepared and organised.
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Top 5 FAQs for the West Coast Wilderness Trail

We have been operating on the West Coast Wilderness Trail since winter 2017. Here are our top 5 FAQs that we get asked when it comes to the West Coast Wilderness Trail.
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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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Top 5 FAQs for the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

We have been operating on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail for eight seasons now, so we have had a lot of questions about the trail.
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4 Reasons to Start your Paparoa Track Experience at Blackball

We have experienced first hand the rich history and rugged personality of this small West Coast town.

5 reasons to ride the West Coast Wilderness Trail in the Winter

The West Coast Wilderness Trail in winter is such a delight!
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Which starting point is best for me?

Take a look at our overview of the 3 most popular starting options.
Self-Guided Cycling Tips

Self-guided Cycling Tips: How To Organise Your Group

A self-guided cycling trip on a New Zealand cycle trail with a bunch of friends or family members is a great way to create unforgettable memories.
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5 Reason’s to go Self-Guided on an NZ Cycle Trail

Self-guided cycling trips are becoming increasingly popular in New Zealand, but are they the right option for you?