Alps 2 Ocean

A 6 -Day Cycle Tour – Embark on the ultimate adventure in a 306 km journey with the best scenery and changing South Island landscapes.

The Alps 2 Ocean is the ultimate New Zealand cycle trail: a 306km journey of changing South Island landscapes, from snow-capped mountains to the Pacific Ocean. On this 6 day cycle tour adventure, you’ll see some of the best scenery and landscapes the South Island has to offer. As well as bike rides, you’ll enjoy iconic NZ experiences including a helicopter flight, outdoor hot pools and wine tasting at a renowned local vineyard. We like to keep our cycle tours as smaller groups to provide the best overall experience combined with our top level of service. We provide a fully-supported trip with an experienced tour guide providing vehicle support throughout and a support rider at the back of the group on the more remote and challenging sections of trail.

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Tour Highlights

  • Our Alps 2 Ocean cycle tour takes you from NZ’s highest mountains, past stunning lakes and braided rivers, across the South Island to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Includes a helicopter flight (with your bike), across the Tasman River.
  • Magnificent scenery including snow-capped mountains, tussock-covered alpine basins, glacial lakes, braided rivers and lush coastal pasture.
  • Excellent quality mountain bikes and new fleet of e-bikes, serviced after every tour.
  • Enjoy a soak in the amazing Omarama outdoor hot tubs.
  • Try some local viticulture at our private wine tasting.
  • Full vehicle support with drink breaks and fresh picnics set up along the trail.
  • Escape By Cycle was the first company in New Zealand to offer cycle tours on this trail. We’ve been operating the Alps 2 Ocean experience since 2010 and are proud to offer the best experience of this amazing trail.

Length

6 Days / 5 Nights

Start / Pick-up

Queenstown – Day 1

Finish – Drop-off

Queenstown – Day 6

See below for dates and prices

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Included:

  • 6 days cycling on the Alps 2 Ocean, New Zealand’s longest Great Ride.
  • 5 nights at a selection of boutique B&B, high country station or cottage accommodation. Ensuite bathrooms except on the first night.
  • Your choice of top quality e-bike or mountain bike, with full instructions before use.
  • Pick-up and drop-off to your hotel in Queenstown and all transport on the tour.
  • Helicopter flight across the Tasman River.
  • A private wine tasting with an award winning local producer in Kurow.
  • A visit the amazing Omarama Hot Tubs!
  • ALL meals included:
    Day 1: Lunch, dinner
    Day 2-5: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Day 6: Breakfast, lunch
  • We eat at the best restaurants and cafes, serving high quality meals, made with fresh local produce, catering to all dietary requirements.
  • Full vehicle support throughout the journey. If you feel like a break from the cycling, or the weather turns bad, you can always jump in the van and skip a section.
  • We provide a support rider at the back of the group on the more challenging and remote sections of trail.
  • Your friendly tour guide provides full assistance and instructions with the bikes and equipment as well as interesting background on the places you visit.
  • Our famous make-your-own picnics! With a fabulous selection of cold meats, cheeses, olives, breads, wraps, salad and dips.
  • Drinks breaks provided along the trail include a selection of teas, plunger coffee, hot chocolate and water.
  • Unlimited snacks – fresh seasonal fruit, mixed nuts, oat bars and a selection of classic NZ sweets and lollies.

Excluded:

  • Alcohol, drinks and barista coffees purchased in restaurants or cafés.
  • Tips or gratuities for your tour guide – completely discretionary.
  • Day 1 – Pick up from Queenstown and drive to Mt Cook, stopping for breaks and picnic lunch. Helicopter flight over Tasman River surrounded by New Zealand’s highest mountains. 3 hours riding to our accommodation in a remote and stunning location.
  • Day 2 – Ride beside a beautiful alpine lake stopping for a picnic with amazing views. Cross amazing tussock flats and spend the night in a lovely country cottage.
  • Day 3 – The trail winds around a stunning glacial lake before heading up and over a hill with amazing views over the countryside. Soak tired muscles in the wonderful outdoor jacuzzi hot tubs to finish the day.
  • Day 4 – Leave the high mountain peaks and enter a braided river system past a series of stunning lakes. After the day’s cycling, we have a private wine tasting at a local vineyard.
  • Day 5 – Follow the river as it leaves the alpine highlands and winds into a patchwork of crops and pasture. Then leave the river and head up into the hills past some amazing limestone formations, then through an old railway tunnel and across the coastal plains.
  • Day 6 – A short ride to finish in the historic town of Oamaru. Celebrate you have completed the Alps to Ocean with a fantastic lunch at a local brewery, then we take you back to Queenstown arriving back at your accommodation around 5.30 pm.
  • You can choose between a high tech ebike or mountain bike – both are included in the price. However, please only choose an non-electric bike if you are an expert rider with a VERY high level of fitness and regularly ride over 50km per day on gravel. The trail is much more challenging to ride on a non-electric bike. Many of our guests who choose a non-electric bike end up regretting their decision. We generally encourage everyone to choose an ebike. You can always choose to dial back the level of support on an ebike if you want more of a workout.
  • It’s possible to start or finish the Alps to Ocean tour with connecting buses to and from Christchurch.
  • Private Tours can be arranged, subject to the availability of accommodation. Let us know your dates and requirements and let us do the organising for you! The Price depends on the time of year and number of people.

IF THE SCHEDULED DATES BELOW DO NOT WORK FOR YOU, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!

Start DatePriceSingle SupplementStatus
21/10/2024 $4495 $795 places left
28/10/2024 $4495 $795 Sold Out
04/11/2024 $4495 $795 5 places left
07/11/2024 $4495 $795 Sold Out
11/11/2024 $4495 $795 5 places left
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18/11/2024 $4495 $795 Sold Out
21/11/2024 $4495 $795 Sold Out
25/11/2024 $4495 $795 Sold Out
28/11/2024 $4495 $795 Sold Out
02/12/2024 $4495 $795 1 places left
09/12/2024 $4495 $795 Sold Out
06/01/2025 $4495 $795 Sold Out
13/01/2025 $4495 $795 Sold Out
20/01/2025 $4495 $795 Sold Out
27/01/2025 $4495 $795 places left
03/02/2025 $4595 $795 Sold Out
10/02/2025 $4595 $795 6 places left
13/02/2025 $4595 $795 Sold Out
17/02/2025 $4595 $795 5 places left
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27/02/2025 $4595 $795 Sold Out
03/03/2025 $4595 $795 Sold Out
06/03/2025 $4595 $795 Sold Out
10/03/2025 $4595 $795 Sold Out
13/03/2025 $4595 $795 Sold Out
17/03/2025 $4595 $795 5 places left
20/03/2025 $4595 $795 Sold Out
20/03/2025 $4595 $795 Sold Out
24/03/2025 $4695 $795 6 places left
27/03/2025 $4695 $795 Sold Out
31/03/2025 $4595 $795 places left
03/04/2025 $4595 $795 Sold Out
07/04/2025 $4595 $795 places left
10/04/2025 $4595 $795 Sold Out
21/04/2025 $4595 $795 Sold Out
28/04/2025 $4595 $795 Sold Out

Prices are per person and based on twin share (twin or double) room accommodation.
Individuals wanting a private room to themselves will be asked to pay a “Single Supplement”. 
Please note we require a minimum of 4 people booked to guarantee a departure. 
Prices are in NZD and include GST.

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