© scenic cycle tours

Cycling through The Old Precinct
Cyclists standing  on the foreshore
Cyclist arrival at the Pacific Coast
Clay cliffs located in Central Otago

© scenic cycle tours

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Tour

Join Scenic Cycle Tours on our iconic 5 day Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Tour, riding from Lake Tekapo, beneath the Southern Alps of New Zealand to Oamaru on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The tour runs over five fantastic days, with the fifth day being a rest day. Designed for riders of intermediate level and nearly all ages. The ride is exhilarating and highlights New Zealand in all its natural magnificence.


Your Alps 2 Ocean cycle tour will start in Christchurch before travelling to Tekapo to begin your ride. Travel along the beautiful Lake Pukaki to Twizel. From there the cycle tour meanders from Twizel to Omarama before heading to Kurow. Your last biking day of the tour will see you heading to Oamaru.



Day 1
Christchurch to Twizel - Biking distance 55km : Grade 1

Pick-up from Christchurch 8.30am. Enjoy being driven through the Canterbury Plains to Tekapo village in the heart of the MacKenzie Country. After lunch start your cycle tour across the Tekapo Dam on a flat sealed road for 55 km to the shores of the glacial blue Lake Pukaki. D

Day 2
Twizel to Omarama - Biking distance 38km up to 61kms : Grade 1-2

Cycle from Twizel following canal roads to the stunning Lake Ohau Track. Enjoy lunch at the Lodge overlooking Lake Ohau and the mountain scenery,  stunning views and flat biking. Either traverse the hill track after lunch or enjoy being driven to the Clay Cliffs and ride the Quailburn track for an easy bike ride to Omarama for your night's stay. Optional hot pool experience a short distance across the road from your accommodation. B.L.D

Day 3
Omarama to Kurow - Biking distance 24km up to 68km : Grade 1-2

A 8.30 am start from Omarama with a lovely ride around Lake Benmore and a stop for coffee and enjoy the scenery. A short ride to Otautau settlement before the thrilling ride over Benmore hydro electric dam, then along the shore of Lake Aviemore and across the dam, stopping again to enjoy the views. Cycle past Lake Waitaki, then onto Kurow for a wine tasting experience and a grand night's stay in a unique historic complex. B.L.D


Day 4
Kurow to Oamaru - Biking distance 23kms up to 53 km : Grade 1-2

A 8.30 am start. Enjoy a guided tour of a historic complex before starting your ride alongside the Waitaki River with stops to see the Maori rock art and amazing limestone outcrops of North Otago, near Duntroon. After lunch you have the chance to visit the Vanished World fossil display, see 70 million year old fossils as you bike along the formed cycleway. Cycle through a railway tunnel with pickups and drop offs so you can cycle into the Oamaru Victorian Historic precinct for a beer, staying the night in Oamaru. B.L.D


Day 5
Oamaru to Christchurch

No biking today. Time for a bit of sightseeing around Oamaru before driving back to Christchurch arriving late afternoon. B



Meals - Breakfast : Lunch : Dinner

Bike hire

Available on our Alps to Ocean tours.