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Level: Beginner
Length: 187 mi (300.9 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: -
Total: 3 riders

Mountain Biking Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

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#191 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#10246 in the world

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, the A20, is a 301 kilometre (187 mile) ride from the base of New Zealand's highest mountain to the coast.
It's not actually a trail... It's mainly a set of signposts that guide you along roads that are quiet and scenic. A small part of the total ride is on purpose built track. Expect to be wowed by alpine vistas, expansive high country basins, numerous lakes, canals, history, quaint towns and finally the blue Pacific Ocean.
The ride is popular with recreational cyclists who like multi-day supported tours. It is typically ridden over 4 or 5 days. There are reasonable food and accommodation options along the way and plenty of tour operators to organise everything and carry your overnight gear. It's the kind of ride you do with friends or family as a mellow summer holiday adventure.
The trail has an excellent website with suggested itineraries, services, trail maps, lists of must-see attractions, video, and much more including photos of the pretty girls you'll meet along the way. You'll find it here: http://www.alps2ocean.com/ or alternatively google "Alps2Ocean" for oodles of commercial sites offering services. At least a dozen tour operators can help with bookings, bike hire, shuttles, and so on.
Some sections of the trail make reasonable out-and-back day rides. A couple of those are described here:
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/tasman-river-track.html and here: http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/tarnbrae-track.html

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
From Mount Cook Village head north 2km to White Horse Hill Campground. You start cycling from there but after only 7km you have to take a helicopter flight across the Tasman River... Alternatively, you could start at the Lake Pukaki Visitors Centre and shuttle back up the trail from there. An excellent alternative start is in Tekapo at the Tekapo Springs Info Centre where maps and info are available.
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  • Jim Cummings

    This is a ride for the easy-rider cyclist who likes supported tours. It's a popular summer family-friendly adventure holiday style ride.

    I think a combination of the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Roburgh Gorge Trail and the Clutha Gold Trail which all link together is even better.

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