The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail begins in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, then descends 780m through the Mackenzie basin, and down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru and the Pacific Ocean.
The main start point is Aoraki Mount Cook and the finish point is Oamaru but there are multiple access points along the route. For location based cyclists, or trail riders looking for side trips along the way, the trail is also ideally placed to combine with existing trails in the region.
The trail is distinctive as it showcases a unique selection of New Zealand’s iconic geological, geographic and historic highlights.
The route is well serviced by established accommodation, food outlets and amenities and can easily cater to both multi and single day cyclists.
Highlights include Aoraki/Mt Cook, the Ben Ohau and Ohau mountain ranges, Lakes Pukaki, Ruataniwha, Ohau, Benmore, Aviemore and Waitaki, the Pukaki, Benmore, Aviemore and Waitaki hydro dams, the Elephant Rocks and Vanished World limestone wonderland, and the historic Tokarahi Branch rail line containing the limestone block lined Rakis and Tapui tunnels. The trail also passes Maori Rock Art, traverses elements of the Te Araroa Trail, Mahinga Kai (food gathering) sites and parts of the greenstone trail to the West Coast along the shores of Lake Ohau.
1 – AorakiMount Cook National Park– Braemar Station: 37 km, Grade 2 – flat & slightly downhill
2 – Braemar Station to Twizel: 45 km, Grade 2 – flat & slightly downhill
3 – Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge: 39 km, Grade 2 – undulating except for short steep sections
4 – Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama: 42 km, Grade 2 – undulating except for short steep sections
5 – Omarama to Otematata: 24 km, Grade 2 – undulating except for short steep sections
6 – Otematata to Kurow: 43 km, Grade 2 – undulating except for short steep sections
7 – Kurow to Duntroon: 27 km, Grade 2 – undulating except for short steep sections
8 – Duntroon – Oamaru: 53 km, Grade 2 – undulating except for short steep sections