A2O Itinerary

Our A2O Itinerary

Our 8 night A2O extravaganza

Experience 8 nights on the trail in a wonderful array of accommodation along with your Queenstown transfers, cycle hire, luggage shuttles, lunch and dinner provided in most locations and breakfasts in all with friendly knowledgeable support all the way. The price for the 2020/2021 season is $2,545.

Day 1: Travelling to Aoraki/Mount Cook

A transfer will be organised for you from central Queenstown first thing in the morning. We will meet you as you disembark the bus in Omarama and take you through to our depot. You’ll be fitted on your bike and will have some time to meet other people on the tour with you as well as to enjoy lunch at one of the local cafes or the pub. We will then transport you through some amazing scenery to Mt Cook Village where you’ll stay at Aoraki Court Motel for the night in a lovely studio unit. We offer to take you up to the Tasman Glacier lookout in the afternoon and you’ll have time to explore the village at your own leisure. 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/Mount Cook to Braemar Station (35km)

Meals included today: B / D

At approximately 8am you’ll be picked up from your accommodation and we’ll head to The Hermitage Hotel where you’ll enjoy a buffet breakfast. After breakfast you’ll be transported to the official A2O start point at White Horse Hill Campground. It’s approximately 8km down to Mount Cook Airfield where you’ll board a helicopter for a short transfer across the Tasman river, there are options to extend your flight to take in more scenery also.  After your flight 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 (42km)

Meals included today: B / L

Today you’ll continue to cycle along Hayman Road alongside Lake Pukaki before heading across the Pukaki Flats to Twizel where you’ll spend the night at The Mackenzie Country Hotel. There are plenty of options nearby for an evening meal and breakfast is supplied in house tomorrow morning.

Day 4: Twizel to Lake Ohau (38km)

Meals included today: B / D

Carry a cut lunch with you today as you cycle along the edge of pristine canals and the bottom end of Lake Ohau through some stunning scenery to Lake Ohau Lodge. Here you’ll enjoy lovely lodge style accommodation with outstanding views, an evening meal with breakfast and a cut lunch included for you to carry tomorrow.

Day 5: Lake Ohau to Omarama (45km)

Meals included today: B / L

You’ll have a reasonable climb up out of Ohau to the Tarnbrae high point lookout at 900 metres above sea level, but the grade is no more than a nice steady climb.  After an amazing downhill from the high point take a look at the Historic Benmore Station woolshed and consider a side excursion to The Clay Cliffs as you head through to Omarama where you’ll stay at the nicely appointed Sierra MotelBreakfast is included at Oasis Cafe in the morning, and there are options for evening meals nearby. Consider pre-booking the Omarama Hot Tubs in the evening – we are more than happy to organise this for you.

Day 6: Omarama to Kurow (69km)

Meals included today: B / D

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 (Richie McCaw Country!!) You’ll stay at Riverside B&B or in a very nice comfortable home nearby. Dinner bed and breakfast is provided, and also a cut lunch for the following day.

Travel alongside the southern lakes

Day 7: Kurow to Duntroon (28km)

Meals included today: B / L / D

After breakfast you will set off, riding alongside the mighty Waitaki River. Consider stopping in at River-T Estate Wines for a coffee or to indulge in wine tasting. Take a look at the ancient Māori rock drawings before arriving at the historic town of Duntroon. The “Vanished World” museum is located in Duntroon where you’ll be able to gather information about the next stage of your ride ahead including the Elephant Rocks and the stunning geology of the area. Tonight you will stay at Grandview Homestay or Grandview Homestead. Dinner, bed and breakfast are provided and included also is a cut lunch for the next day.

Day 8: Duntroon to Oamaru (54km)

Meals included today: B / L / D

Today you’ll follow the trail through farmland to the unique rock formations known as Elephant Rocks. You’ll continue on and be surrounded by limestone escarpments before riding through the historic Rakis Tunnel. Consider stopping at God’s Old House in Windsor or The Fort Enfield Pub in Enfield for a well-deserved coffee, beer or wine before riding through to Oamaru taking in the beautifully manicured Oamaru Public Gardens along the way to the trail finishing point down at Oamaru Harbour. Tonight you will stay at Poshtel. Dinner tonight is at the popular Fat Sally’s Pub and Restaurant. The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is well worth visiting in the evening when the penguins return home from their day’s fishing, make their way onto the beach, up a stony ramp, and cross into the Colony.

Day 9: Departure

Meals included today: B

Breakfast is provided by Poshtel and you will have time to explore Oamaru in the morning. We will pick you up at 12.00pm to depart for Omarama to meet the bus that takes you through to Queenstown central. An alternative option is catching a bus from Oamaru directly through to Christchurch in the morning.

The above includes the following elements:

– Queenstown transfers

– Eight night’s accommodation of an excellent standard in double or twin share (additional cost of $430 for a single supplement)

– Breakfast provided in all locations

– Lunches provided for four days

– Evening meals included in five locations

– Cycle hire – Merida Crossway Hybrid / Merida Big E tour E bike (additional cost of $350 per person for the E bike)

– Daily baggage transfer (1x 15kg bag per person)

– Cycle breakdown and rider support service

– Daily contact in person or by phone

– Helicopter flight from Mount 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.