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Alps to Ocean End to End
The Alps to Ocean End to End is a 7-day cycling adventure allowing you time to fully appreciate the trail from the foot of Aoraki/Mt Cook to the Pacific Ocean. The itinerary has been designed so that you can cycle the entire length of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail, covering 320km of spectacular and diverse country from the official trail start at Aoraki/Mt Cook Village along with exploring some added highlights along the trail. The tour starts in Queenstown and ends in Christchurch.
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration7 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance192.6 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance38.5 miles
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts in Queenstown and ends in central Christchurch where you will be collected and returned to at the end of the tour. Fly into Queenstown Airport (ZQN) and out of Christchurch International Airport (CHC).
How long is the tour? How many cycling days?
The tour is 7 days long with 6 days being cycling days.
What's the tour like?
45% of the Alps 2 Ocean trail is compacted gravel terrain. You will need to be confident riding on uneven surfaces and be aware that riding like this can reduce normal cycling speeds. There are some narrow cattle-stop grates, and 'chicanes' (s-shaped safety gateways).
30% of the trail is on sealed roads. Most of these roads are quiet back-roads but you need to be aware of the road rules and be able to cope with small amounts of traffic.
18% of the trail is gravel road. This is manageable for most, however, cyclists need to be comfortable riding on rougher gravel surfaces including graded roads and deeper gravel.
6% is rough shingle - this can include rocks and rough terrain. Some cyclists will choose to walk these sections.