In response to popular demand, cycling holiday specialist Adventure South NZ has created a new Alps to Ocean End to End (Queenstown to Christchurch) Cycle trail itinerary for those wanting to cycle the entire trail, start to end.
The seven-day itinerary has been specially designed for active travellers seeking something more challenging, with the entire 310 kilometre trail starting from the foot of Aorarki / Mount Cook and travelling down to the Pacific Ocean coastline.
The adventure begins with a night spent in a comfortable lodge at Aoraki / Mount Cook Village, with time to explore the many surrounding walking and cycling trails, followed by a short scenic heli-flight across the Tasman River the following morning and cycle along Lake Pukaki.
Other highlights include cycling along the banks of Lakes Ohau, Benmore and Aviemore; soaking in the hot tubs at Lake Ohau Lodge; glamping in a luxurious lotus belle tent; and exploring the Victorian Precinct in Oamaru.
The itinerary includes five days of cycling, an average distance of about 65 kilometres per day over six to eight hours per day, and is therefore suited for experienced and competent riders. There is also the option to upgrade to an electric bike.