Alps 2 Ocean

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 adventures, 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. Our cycle tours are guaranteed to be small groups to maximise each person’s experience.

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 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 hot tubs.
  • Try some local viticulture at our private wine tasting.
  • Full vehicle support with drink breaks and fresh picnics along the trail.
  • Escape By Cycle was the first cycle touring 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 possible experience in the country.


6 Days / 5 Nights

Start / Pick-up

Queenstown – Monday

Finish – Drop-off

Queenstown – Saturday

See below for dates and prices


  • 6 days cycling on the Alps 2 Ocean, New Zealand’s longest Great Ride.
  • 5 nights at a boutique B&B, country lodge or cottage accommodation.
  • Pick-up and drop-off to your hotel in Queenstown and all transport on the tour.
  • Scenic helicopter flight across the Tasman River.
  • Private wine tasting at a local vineyard.
  • Your choice of high tech e-bike or mountain bike, at no extra cost.
  • Meals included:
    Day 1: Lunch, dinner
    Day 2-5: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Day 6: Breakfast, lunch
  • All meals are high quality with fresh local produce. Lunches include picnics and cafés (depending on weather). We choose places that serve great quality food to fuel your ride.
  • An expert tour guide to provide interesting background on the places you visit.
  • Instructions and adjustments to show you how to use your bike and equipment.
  • Full vehicle support throughout the journey. If you need to take a break from cycling, you can jump in the van and skip a section.
  • We rearrange the itinerary to ride with the wind or pick you up if conditions turn nasty.
  • Drinks are provided on the trail – selection of teas, plunger coffee, sweet drinks and water.
  • Unlimited snacks – fresh fruit, nuts, sweets and choc-covered coffee beans!


  • Alcohol, drinks and barista coffees purchased in restaurants or cafés.
  • Day 1 – Pick up from Queenstown and drive to Mt Cook, stopping for breaks and picnic lunch. Scenic helicopter flight over Tasman river surrounded by New Zealand’s highest mountains. 3 hours riding 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 in Omarama.
  • 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 organise a wine tasting to sample the produce of a local vineyard.
  • Day 5 – Follow the river as it leaves the alpine highlands and winds into a patchwork of crops and farmland. Then leave the river and head up into the hills with some amazing limestone formations.
  • Day 6 – On a clear day, it’s possible to see the Pacific Ocean from the start. It’s a lovely downhill ride across the plains to finish in a historic coastal trading and fishing town. Celebrate with a fantastic lunch at a local brewery, then we take you back to Queenstown. We aim to drop you back at your accommodation around 7pm.
  • You have the choice between a high tech e-bike or mountain bike – included in the tour price.
  • It’s possible to start and finish the tour with connecting buses to and from Christchurch.
  • We can offer a 4 day “Southern Alps” version including the first 3 and half days of cycling then bus back to Queenstown. Please enquire for details.
  • Private itineraries can be arranged. Please let us know your dates and requirements and let us do all the organising for you! Pricing will depend on time of year, availability of accommodation and number of people in your group.
  • We can arrange a longer scenic helicopter flight around the high mountains and glaciers, please enquire for details.

The Alps 2 Ocean cycle tour departs Queenstown Monday morning and returns Saturday evening.
If the scheduled dates below do not work for your group, please get in touch. We can arrange alternate dates upon request.

Start DatePriceSingle SupplementStatus
02/11/2020 $2995 $250 4 spaces left
23/11/2020 $2995 $250 spaces left
30/11/2020 $2995 $250 spaces left
11/01/2021 $3295 $375 2 spaces left
25/01/2021 $3295 $375 spaces left
01/02/2021 $3495 $495 2 spaces left
08/02/2021 $3495 $495 spaces left
15/02/2021 $3495 $495 spaces left
01/03/2021 $3495 $495 Sold Out
08/03/2021 $3495 $495 spaces left
15/03/2021 $3495 $495 6 spaces left
22/03/2021 $3495 $495 spaces left
29/03/2021 $3495 $495 spaces left
05/04/2021 $3295 $375 2 spaces left
12/04/2021 $3295 $375 spaces left

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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