• 8 Days, 7 Nights

  • Tekapo to Oamaru
  • 6 cycling days

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners
  • BIKE





Tekapo Explorer

Enjoy the full Alps 2 Ocean experience with 7 nights on the trail. This allows for a comfortable ride each day and plenty of time to appreciate and experience the varied landscapes and sights that the Mackenzie Basin and Waitaki District have to offer.

All of this with friendly support provided along the way, should you need it. The start point is the alternative start at Lake Tekapo. This experience has designated start dates which you will find below.


What’s Included

  • Transfer from your accommodation in Twizel to the alternative start at Tekapo.

  • Cycle hire – Your choice of Merida Crossway Hybrid / Merida E bike

  • Cycle accessories – helmet, rear pannier bag, gel seat cover, puncture repair kit, bike lock, drink bottle holder and high visibility vest.

  • Seven night’s accommodation of an excellent standard in double or twin share (additional cost of $380 for a single supplement).

  • Breakfast every day, lunches three days and evening meals included in four locations.

  • Daily baggage transfer (1x 15kg bag per person) between all accommodation providers.

  • Tour itinerary, directions to accommodation and A2O trail map provided.
  • Cycle breakdown and rider support service.

  • Daily check-ins with Trail Adventures in person or by phone.


Arrive in Twizel at your leisure in the afternoon and check into The Mackenzie Country Hotel. We will meet you there and fit you on your bikes so you can feel confident and ready to go for the following day. Meals are your care this evening and there are some great options close by.

Meals included today: B

In the morning, we will meet you at the hotel and transfer you through to the alternative start point at Tekapo. We prepare the bikes for you and then you’ll be on your way navigating through the Tekapo township before cycling along the Canal Road. At Tekapo Power Station B you will meet up with the trail where you will cycle down the side of Lake Pukaki enjoying the amazing view before heading across the Pukaki Flats to Twizel where you’ll again spend the night at The Mackenzie Country Hotel.

Meals included today: B / D

Today you cycle along the edge of stunning turquoise coloured canals, and the southern edge of Lake Ohau along a beautiful trail to Lake Ohau Lodge.

Meals included today: B / L

It’s a steady climb up out of Ohau to the highpoint of the A2O trail at 900m above sea level. The destination is Omarama but make sure you take a look at the Historic Benmore Station woolshed and consider a side excursion to The Clay Cliffs along the way.

Tonight you stay at the nicely appointed Sierra Motel. There are options for dinner nearby however we do recommend pre booking, and you should also consider pre booking the Omarama Hot Tubs in the evening.

Meals included today: B / D

Today’s ride is a little longer and will take you around the edge of hydro lakes Benmore, Aviemore and Waitaki with you finishing your days ride in the quaint little town of Kurow. You’ll stay at Riverside B&B or a nearby holiday home.

Meals included today: B / L / D

After a hearty breakfast you will set off, riding through Pasquale Vineyard and alongside the mighty Waitaki River. Take a look at the ancient Māori rock drawings before arriving at the historic town of Duntroon. The Vanished World museum is located in Duntroon where you’ll be able to gather information about the next stage of your ride ahead including the Elephant Rocks and the stunning geology of the area. Tonight you will stay at Grandview Homestay or Grandview Homestead.

Meals included today: B / L / D

Today you’ll follow the trail through several farms to the unique rock formations known as Elephant Rocks. You’ll continue on and be surrounded by limestone escarpments. Make sure you’ve got a light on your bike, a torch or a phone with a torch as you ride through the historic Rakis Tunnel which is very dark in the middle. Consider stopping at God’s Old House in Windsor for a well-deserved coffee (cash only!) before riding through to Oamaru taking in the beautifully manicured Oamaru Public Gardens along the way to the trail finishing point down at Oamaru Harbour. We will meet you here to collect the bikes and transfer you through to Poshtel where you will stay tonight.

Meals included today: B

You will have time to explore Oamaru in the morning before continuing with your travel plans or returning home.

Departure Dates

31/10/2020 14/11/2020
12/12/2020 10/01/2021