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 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 experience with a more personal level of service.

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.


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 selection of boutique B&B, high country station or cottage accommodation. En suite bathrooms except on the first night.
  • 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 with an award winning producer.
  • 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
  • We eat at the best restaurants and cafes, serving high quality meals, made with fresh local produce, catering to all dietary requirements. Lunches include our famous make-your-own picnics, subject to weather conditions.
  • Your friendly tour guide provides full assistance and instructions with the bikes and equipment as well as interesting background on the places you visit.
  • Full vehicle support throughout the journey. If you need a break from cycling, you can jump in the van and skip a section.
  • We can rearrange the itinerary to ride with the wind or pick you up if conditions turn unpleasant.
  • Drinks breaks provided on the trail include a selection of teas, plunger coffee and bottled water.
  • Unlimited snacks – fresh fruit, nuts, sweets and choc-covered coffee beans!


  • 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. 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 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.
  • 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 arriving back at your accommodation around 7.30pm.
  • Choose between a high tech e-bike or mountain bike – included in the price.
  • It’s possible to start or finish the tour with connecting buses to and from Christchurch.
  • We sometimes offer a 4 day “Southern Alps” version covering the first half of the trip, then bus back to Queenstown on Thursday afternoon. Please enquire for availability and prices.
  • Private itineraries can be arranged, subject to availability of accommodation. Let us know your dates and requirements and let us do the organising for you! Price depends on time of year and number of people.
  • We can arrange a longer scenic helicopter flight around the high mountains of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park – one of the most spectacular helicopter rides in the world! Please enquire for pricing and details.


We are can arrange alternate dates upon request, subject to availability of accommodation.

Start DatePriceSingle SupplementStatus
10/01/2022 $3495 $500 10 places left
17/01/2022 $3495 $500 Sold Out
24/01/2022 $3495 $500 10 places left
31/01/2022 $3495 $500 Sold Out
07/02/2022 $3595 $500 2 places left
14/02/2022 $3595 $500 Sold Out
21/02/2022 $3595 $500 Sold Out
28/02/2022 $3595 $500 Sold Out
07/03/2022 $3595 $500 6 places left
14/03/2022 $3595 $500 Sold Out
21/03/2022 $3595 $500 Sold Out
28/03/2022 $3595 $500 Sold Out
04/04/2022 $3595 $500 Sold Out
11/04/2022 $3595 $500 Sold Out
18/04/2022 $3595 $500 2 places left
25/04/2022 $3595 $500 Sold Out
24/10/2022 $3495 $550 places left
31/10/2022 $3495 $550 places left
07/11/2022 $3495 $550 places left
14/11/2022 $3495 $550 places left
21/11/2022 $3495 $550 places left
28/11/2022 $3495 $550 places left
05/12/2022 $3495 $550 places left
12/12/2022 $3495 $550 places 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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