The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a 301km formed cycling trail that takes you from the foot of Aoraki/Mt Cook to the Pacific Ocean at Oamaru, and is New Zealand’s longest continuous cycle trail.

It features a mix of surfaces from formed smooth shingle and dirt tracks, to gravel roads. There are also small parts that are still on open roads, but those sections are becoming shorter as the trail continues to be developed.

Cycling through golden fields - near Jollie carpark, Aoraki/Mt Cook in the background

To ride the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail requires only moderate levels of fitness, and even though there are hills to cycle up, the whole trail runs downhill toward the coast, and the prevailing wind is often at the rider’s back.

One of the best things about the Alps 2 Ocean is the relative ease of it. The entire trail sits between a grade two or three, which means it’s fairly easy, without very steep long uphill climbs or very rough or technical sections – it really can be ridden by almost anyone.

Cyclist at Ohau Weir

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