A2O Itinerary

Our A2O Itinerary

Our 8 night A2O extravaganza

Experience 8 nights on the trail in a wonderful array of accommodation with everything from your airport pickup, cycle hire, luggage shuttles, meals in some locations and friendly knowledgeable support all the way!

Day 1: Travelling to Aoraki/Mt Cook

We will pick you up from Christchurch Airport mid morning and transport you up to Mt Cook Village where you’ll stay at Aoraki Court Motels for the night in a lovely studio unit. We offer to take you up and have a look at the Tasman Glacier in the evening. Meals are your care this evening and there are options close by which will be discussed with you.

Start the A2O trail in beautiful alpine country

Day 2: Aoraki/Mt Cook to Braemar Station (35km)

At 8am you’ll be picked up from the Motel and we’ll go to The Hermitage Hotel where we’ll have a buffet breakfast. After breakfast you’ll be transported to the official A2O start point at White Horse Hill Campground. It’s approximately 6.5km down to Mt Cook Airfield where you’ll board a helicopter for a short transfer across the Tasman river NOTE: Please follow all instructions given by Heliworks Ltd at all times. Then it’s on down the side of Lake Pukaki to Braemar Station for the night. Dinner, bed and breakfast and a cut lunch for tomorrow are also supplied here.

Day 3: Braemar Station to Twizel (43km)

Today you’ll cycle further down the side of Lake Pukaki before heading across “the flats” to Twizel where you’ll spend the night at The Colonial Motel.  There are plenty of options nearby for an evening meal and breakfast is supplied at “Shawtys Cafe” tomorrow morning. 

Aoraki/Mt Cook from the trail beside Lake Pukaki

Day 4: Twizel to Lake Ohau (38km)

Carry a cut lunch with you today and you’ll cycle along the edge of canals and the bottom end of Lake Ohau through some stunning scenery through to Lake Ohau Lodge where you’ll have time for some refreshments before being picked up and transported further up the lake to Lake Ohau Quarters a lovely new property with great views down the lake. Tonight’s accommodation includes your evening meal, breakfast in the morning and a cut lunch for you to carry tomorrow also.

Day 5: Lake Ohau to Omarama (45km)

This morning you’ll be transported back to the trail continuation at The Lodge (around 15km) where you’ll begin your ride. You’ll have a reasonable climb up out of Ohau and you’ll be heading through to Omarama where you’ll stay at Asure Sierra Motels.  Breakfast is included at the Wrinkly Rams next door, and there are options for evening meals nearby. Consider pre booking in to the Omarama Hot Tubs in the evening or maybe taking a glider flight also (The Mackenzie Basin is a world famous gliding destination).

Day 6: Omarama to Kurow (67km)

Today’s ride is a little longer and will take you around the edge of hydro lakes:  Benmore, Aviemore and Waitaki with you finishing your days ride in the quaint little town of Kurow. You’ll stay at either Western House / Riverside B&B where dinner bed and breakfast is provided, and also a cut lunch for the next day.

Travel alongside the southern lakes

Day 7: Kurow to Burnside Homestead (65km)

After breakfast you will ride through the “Vanished World” area through to the lovely Burnside Homestead where you will be looked after by Bruce and Alison – evening meal and breakfast provided in house.

Day 8: Burnside to Oamaru (20km)

From Burnside it’s just an easy 20km spin into Oamaru where you’ll find our depot just along from the trail finishing point.  Tonight you will stay at either the Northstar Hotel/ Brydone Hotel.   There are plenty of options for dinner locally. Breakfast is included at Riverstone Kitchen in the morning.

Day 9: Departure

Today you will be picked up around 8am, where we will take you on a short sightseeing tour of Oamaru before breakfast and then we’ll transfer you back to Christchurch Airport.

The end of the A2O Trail at Oamaru harbour.

The above includes the following elements:

Christchurch pick up and drop off

Eight night’s accommodation of a very good standard – B&B

Evening meals included in four locations

Lunches provided for three days

Cycle Hire – Merida Crossway Hybrid

Daily baggage transfer (1x bag per person)

Cycle breakdown and rider support service

Daily contact in person or by phone

Chopper flight from Mt Cook airport

A2O Cycle Trail Official Partner

Other Services

For more details on the various support services head over to our tour support page. There you can see information on optional extras including child seats, trailers and cycles.