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Alps to Ocean

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Follow a drop of rain from the summit of Aoraki/Mt Cook as it flows out to the sea. Through the mountains, lakes and rivers of the Mackenzie Basin and the Waitaki Valley.

The Alps 2 Ocean trail explores the vast tussocklands of the Mackenzie with its history of early explorers and vast stations. Follow the mighty Waitaki River as it passes through the dams, lakes, canals and rivers heading to the sea. The 312km trail descends over 780 metres across a landscape sculptured by wind and rain, and more recently, by man and machine.

  • Capture views of the mighty peaks of the Southern Alps.
  • Cycle beside man made canals and turquoise coloured lakes.
  • Play amongst Duntroon’s famous Elephant Rocks – a limestone wonderland.
  • Discover Oamaru’s historic Victorian Precinct quarter and local artists.
  • Overnight in the lakefront Ohau lodge, relax in the hot tubs at Omarama.
  • Cycle the full 312kms of the trail or enjoy shorter 3 - 4 day options.
  • Watch the evening return from the sea of the famous Blue Penguins.
  • Bike hire, shuttles, luggage transfers and free accommodation booking service.
  • Choice of independent riding, supported or fully guided trips.