Enjoy this iconic trail from the very beginning to the end - what a sense of accomplishment.
The tour is full of exceptional scenery from start to finish
The pristine landscapes roll by as you cycle tour the Alps to Ocean
Experience the comfort and camaraderie of biking in a group

Alps to Ocean End to End

7 days
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$2,315 USD

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.

  • Category
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    192.6 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    38.5 miles
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  • 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.

Overall Rating:
Russell Lansbury
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

The Alps to Ocean End to End cycle was simply excellent, I could not fault it. It was so well organized, the guides Rudi and Emma were very attentive and knowledgeable. The cycle route was stunning and well paced, the variety of accommodation was great, particularly at the shearer’s accommodation and the glamping where we had home made food, it made for great camaraderie. Even though we had E bikes one had to be very fit and used to gravel and stony bumpy tracks. The only criticism would be that the tour description should warn people, especially those riding e bikes that it is quite tough as most e bikers would be used to a paved path and the tour could have clients not capable of riding these trails.

James McGee
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

The Alps to Ocean End to End trip was fantastic!. Rudy and Emma were excellent guides. The trail itself is quite varied with dirt paths, gravel roads, rocky trails, climbs, ascents, and meadows all with magnificent vistas of the South Island. Some portions are technically challenging but the e-bikes made them possible for us. (we are in our early 70's)

Caroline (Corrie) Parker
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

I had a wonderful time. Great people, great guides, great weather - and a fantastic trail.