A2O Full Tours

We offer you more for your money and proud to offer you our amazing fully inclusive 8 days, 7-night tour of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail (A2O). This tour rides the entire trail with 7 days in the saddle, staying in fantastic varied accommodation, with amazing food, and within a small group. You will enjoy the breathtaking scenery, meet the locals and experience the best our region has to offer. Our driver guide will look after your every need making this a stress free experience and a tour to remember. All you have to do is arrive with your clothing and some money for beers! Our tours start on a Sunday morning, allowing you time to get to your pickup in Christchurch (other pick-ups by arrangement). Check out our dates and information below, and get in contact it you have any questions, want to book or talk to us before you commit.

Tour includes

  • 8 days / 7 nights - that is 7 days in the saddle!
  • Return transport from airport.
  • All accommodation staying in lodges, B&Bs, Farmstays and Homesteads. Rooms are twins or doubles.
  • All food from evening meal day 1 to breakfast on the final day
  • Bike & helmet hire
  • Helicopter flight over the Tasman river
  • Vehicle supported with a local experienced tour guide
  • Luggage transfer
  • Omarama Hot Tubs
  • Wine tasting in Kurow

Optional extras

  • Single room supplement from $300, please enquire.
  • Scenic flights/gliding
  • Rock climbing at Elephant Rocks
  • SteamPunk HQ
  • Penguin tour in Oamaru
  • Mountain bike riding
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Tour costs 2017-18:

Off peak - $2995/person, inc bike hire (ex bike hire 2795 p/p)
Peak Season (Jan to March) - $3195/person inc bike hire (ex bike hire 2995 p/p)


Tour dates 2017 - 2018


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  • "An amazing journey. Rob, Kate and Jess went above and beyond to ensure we had everything we needed. Vertical Ventures made sure our accommodation was perfect. Jess kept us well feed and didn't we look forward to her amazing picnics. Again thank you so much for one of the most amazing weeks I've ever had." - Andy and Leslie, Feb 2016

  • "Best trip, best operators. Can't recommend Vertical Ventures and the Alps to Ocean ride highly enough. A must do for Kiwis discovering parts of New Zealand they've never seen. Vertical Ventures had great food, great guides and fantastic gear. JUST DO IT!!" - Sue, from Kerikeri, 2016

  • "Best cycle ever! Alps 2 ocean with Vertical Ventures. Rob goes above and beyond to give his tour group the best experiences. This is a highly recommended tour ...beautiful scenery, amazing accommodation and great company with Rob!" - Linda, 2015

  • "If you are cycling the Alps to Ocean this is the company to use. Rob from Vertical Ventures ensured we had an amazing holiday, from great accommodation, superb lunches , wine tasting and expert local knowledge. Nothing was too much trouble and his attitude and attention to detail is world class. " - Mark, May 2016

The Itinerary

Christchurch to Braemar Station: We will need to depart Christchurch at 8.00am for the drive to Mt Cook. We will arrive at the start of the trail in the early afternoon.  A short ride to the airport allows you to test the bikes out before you fly by helicopter over to the remote part of the section and ride along Lake Pukaki and to Braemar Station.

Braemar to Twizel: Following the turquoise blue Lake Pukaki along gravel roads and smooth cycle trail you head away from Aoraki, Mt Cook. Stop to soak up the magnificence of the scenery around you. Once you leave the lake you head directly to Twizel across the Pukaki Flats.

Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge: Departing from Twizel enjoy the sealed road to Ohau Canal below Ben Ohau to join Lake Ohau. The cycle trail around the Lake is stunning and smooth. Be careful not to leave the trail as the local native Matagouri will enjoy making holes in your tires! Head up to the side of Lake Ohau to the Lodge for the evening.

Ohau to Omarama: After breakfast, you will ride to the highest point of the trail, Tambrae point. The gentle gradient gains you 350m higher and gives amazing vistas over the Mackenzie basin. ‘What goes up must come down’ is the saying, but please be careful with your speed as you whizz down to Quailburn. Once you are there a quiet gravel road and cycle trail takes you to Omarama, half way at 152km. Omarama Hot Tubs is the key to relaxing any sore muscles and is included in your tour.

Omarama to Kurow: From Omarama, the scenery changes and brings to light how the region and its water catchment was used for the Waitaki Hydro Electric Scheme. Heading for your next stop at Kurow you cycle passed Lakes Benmore, Aviemore, and Waitaki. The trail varies from smooth shingle to sealed road. Some are on Highway 8 so please be careful of the traffic (Due to be off the highway by November 2016).

Kurow to Burnside Homestead: Departing from Kurow toward Duntroon you get a few glances of the mighty Waitaki River as you ride. This part of the trail goes passed some wetlands that farmers and the community have planted. You exit into the small settlement of Duntroon and head on to quiet roads and cycle trail passed Elephant Rocks and through The Rakis Tunnel. Your evening stop is at the historic Burnside Homestead.

Burnside to Oamaru: Today after your grand stay at Burnside you ride the short section to Oamaru (22km). Cycling through the town you will see many of the Victorian buildings and get a feel of its history. Ride to the end of the trail at the harbor and celebrate the end of your journey! Go back 300m and locate the Brewery and our shop. A celebratory lunch and beers are called for before you leave your bikes and get taken to your accommodation. The rest of the afternoon is free time to explore the corners of Oamaru. Maybe we could book you a massage or spa? New for the 2016/17 season we have you booked in for a flavour extravaganza at Riverstone Kitchen for our final evening meal.

Oamaru to Christchurch: After a relaxed evening and good sleep we head to your chosen airport and say our good byes. Departure time from Oamaru will depend on your flight times.  A 8 am departure will get you to Christchurch airport for 11.30am.

 

The Accommodation

We have handpicked our accommodation to provide you with quality and variety.  Due to the limited accommodation on the trail, there are evenings where there are shared bathrooms as it is not possible to provide en-suite facilities with groups of 8 or more all the way.  At the time of booking, you will be informed of any changes to the accommodation listed below.

  1.  Braemar high country station – Shared bathroom facilities
  2. Twizel – En-suite rooms in high-quality Lodge B and B
  3.  Ohau –  En-suite rooms at Lake Ohau Lodge
  4. Omarama – High-Quality Motel with en-suite or Farmstay evening if available
  5. Kurow – High-quality B and B with en-suite rooms
  6. Burnside – Historic Homestead with en-suite/ own bathrooms
  7. Oamaru – Historic house B and B with en-suite/own bathrooms