Day 1: Arrival Day:
The Jollie Biker will meet you on arrival in Twizel and transfer you to your accommodation. After introductions are made, we’ll have a bit of a chat about the exciting days ahead to ensure your trip will be as comfortable and memorable as possible. We’ll then fit you out with your bike and gear.Maybe enjoy a tasty dinner out in one of the great restaurants in Twizel – we’re happy to give you recommendations and can arrange bookings if you like.
*If you are flying into Christchurch or Queenstown, you will need to arrive 1 day prior as Bus transfers depart from both cities early in the morning.
Day 2: (35kms) A2O Section 1
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at a local Café then The Jollie Biker will transfer you to Aoraki Mt Cook, arriving at the official start of the A2O, the Whitehorse Camping Ground – from here, a warm up ride 7kms to the airport.
A Helicopter transfer takes you to Tasman Point across the glacially fed braided river taking in the stunning scenery of the Southern Alps and Lake Pukaki. From here, you will commence your 28km ride to Braemar Station for your special nights accommodation at an Iconic New Zealand high country working station. Enjoy an amazing dinner prepared just for you by the station owners Julia & Hamish McKenzie
Alternate starts - 3 Day Cycle trip
These options are by enquiry only
Option 1 (54kms) – If you want a gentle start to your trip, we can drop you at the Tekapo Town for a leisurely 30km ride along the canal. You will cycle past the Mt Cook Salmon Farm taking in views of the magnificent Mt Cook and beautiful Lake Pukaki from the top of the Penstocks. An exhilarating ride down the zigzag to Hayman Road takes you to the shores of Lake Pukaki. Hopping onto the bike trail here will lead you back to your base in Twizel.
Option 2 (42kms) – For those wanting to push themselves a little more, we will drop you at Braemar Station (42km) or a little further on to Aoraki, Mt.Cook Station car park (58km) cycling along the eastern shore of Lake Pukaki, a more challenging ride along the gravel section of Hayman Rd, until you reach the sealed section for a further 5 kms before the stunning ride on the Lake Pukaki Foreshore trail and then following the trail across Pukaki Flats, bringing you back in Twizel again for your second night.
Option3 (77kms) – For the ultimate adventure we will shuttle you to Mount Cook Village where you will start at the White Horse Campsite (the official A2O start), biking a short 7km to Mt.Cook airport and catching the helicopter across to Tasman Point. From here a 70km ride along the shores of Lake Pukaki will bring you back to Twizel. After freshening up at your accommodation, you’ll have a great opportunity to wander into Twizel village for an enjoyable evening savouring some of the delicious local cuisine and beverages ** additional cost for Helicopter transfer
Day 3: (42kms) A2O Section 2
This morning after a sumptuous breakfast your ride takes you from Braemar Station to Tekapo B Power Station, continuing along the shores of Lake Pukaki a wonderful ride with Aoraki Mt Cook as your background, it doesn’t get much better than this! Perhaps a stop at the Visitor Info Centre and Mt Cook Alpine Salmon shop for an ice-cream or fresh salmon treat. A further 10km bike across the Pukaki flats brings you back into Twizel. Enjoy a second night returning to your original Twizel accommodation.
Day 4: (38kms) A2O Section 3
Today’s leg of the cycle trail takes you from Twizel over to Lake Ohau. The 39km ride will have you leaving Twizel, travelling up Glen Lyon Road and all the way alongside the Ohau Hydro Canal. There is minimal traffic making for an easy and safe ride. Once you reach the shores of Lake Ohau, you connect again with the Alps 2 Ocean off-road cycle trail. Journey through one of the most picturesque stages of the cycle trail until you arrive at the quaint Lake Ohau Village where you can spend your third night or travel a further 5km to your accommodation at Lake Ohau Lodge.If required, we can arrange for your luggage to be transported to your accommodation in Ohau.
Day 5: (45kms) A2O Section 4
Setting off from Ohau this morning, you will enter into the final day of your tour with The Jollie Biker. Hopefully your muscles are well and truly warmed up, as you will find this a fairly challenging day of biking. The exciting 42km ride will take you through very different terrain than what you have already experienced. You will cycle through stunning native beech forest, explore the historical Quailburn Woolshed and enjoy a lovely downhill ride to Omarama. After such a big day, you will really have earned a chance to relax those tired muscles with a luxurious soak in the Omarama Hot Tubs. Once your muscles are working again, your Jollie Biker Shuttle will collect you at an agreed time to take you and all your gear back to Twizel.
All you have to do, is get on your bike and ride!
- Comfort Mountain Bike hire; with helmet, pannier, tool kit, water bottle and GPS tracker
- Five nights’ accommodation at High Country Station, Ski Lodge, B&B,s and Hotel
- Helicopter Transfer across to Tasman Point
- Omarama Hot Tubs
- Most meals
- Daily contact and 24 hour behind the scenes support
- Never far away if you need help
- Daily baggage (1x 15kg piece per person)
- Price based on per person twin share accommodation
- Self guided