The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is truly one of New Zealand's great rides!
For over 300 km visitors can experience some of the most beautiful scenery New Zealand has to offer. Suitable for all ages, the trail is an easy grade, and offers a pleasing mix of on and off-road trails which link the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean. Allow 4-6 days for the entire ride, or simply try out a day excursion. Whichever option you choose, the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is sure to be a memorable experience. See http://www.alps2ocean.com/ for more info.
SECTION 1 & 2
Section 1: Aoraki/Mt Cook to Braemar Road
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail starts at the White Horse Hill Campground, which is 2km north of Mt Cook Village. From here, a 7.2km off-road trail takes you to Mount Cook Airport, where riders will need to make a short helicopter flight across the Tasman River to Tasman Point. Travelling in a helicopter across a glacially-fed braided stream with New Zealand’s highest mountain in view is a must do. The helicopter can carry up to 6 passengers at a time (depending on weight limits).
From Tasman Point it’s 10.6km to the Jollie Car Park at the top of Hayman Rd. On a clear day this section of trail offers views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, which at 3,754 metres towers above a range of snow washed peaks in the Aoraki/ Mt Cook National Park. From the car park, it’s 16.8km on gravel road to Braemar Rd, where you can stop to enjoy some high country hospitality at Guide Hill or Braemar Station, or continue on the next leg to Twizel.
Section 2: Braemar Road to Twizel
The trail continues along a quiet country road that follows the eastern shore of Lake Pukaki, passing the Tekapo B power station. Riders will enjoy outstanding vistas across Lake Pukaki towards the Southern Alps. A wide range of native plants grow along the lake edge including kowhai and flax, as well as exotic species such as larch and pines.
The off-road trail starts at the bottom of Hayman Road [22.6km] and follows the Lake Pukaki shoreline. With Aoraki/ Mt Cook as a backdrop, the trail passes over the Pukaki dam, taking you to the car park at Lake Pukaki Visitor Centre [31.5km]. You then cross the highway and follow the trail across Pukaki Flats – an expansive area of dry grasslands that are characteristic of the Mackenzie landscape. This takes you to the town of Twizel. Take care crossing the State Highway.
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More Stats for Alps 2 Ocean Trail (Mt Cook to Twizel) mountain bike trail
Altitude change-977 ft
Altitude min1,493 ft
Altitude start2,493 ft
Altitude end1,516 ft
Distance climb12 miles
Distance down17 miles
Distance flat20 miles
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