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Why Fly across the Tasman River and not build a Bridge?

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We often get asked the question “why do you fly by helicopter acres the Tasman River to start the Alps 2 Ocean Trail, why don’t you build a bridge?”

This seems a fair question until you understand the that the Tasman River is what’s known as a braided river. In New Zealand a braided river is one that flows in [...]

What’s the best Bike to Ride the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail?

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Which bike?

Ever since the trail first opened, this has been a debate between the trail organisers, other tour companies and ourselves, A2O Cycle Tours about the type of bike and wheels best suited to this trail. I’m determined to ensure that riders ride the bike most suited to their ability and the surface and gradient of the trail that they’re [...]

The UK’s Daily Telegraph Newspaper rates us in their Top Ten!

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The UK’s Daily Telegraph Newspaper rates us in their Top Ten!

Our sister website, Helibike.com suddenly exceeded all its domain limits this week. When we investigated, we found a flood of traffic from the UK’s Daily Telegraph website. Apparently, our Helibiking tours along the A2O Cycle Trail near Mt Cook in New Zealand is considered one of the top 10 mountain [...]

Braemar Rd Safety update

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We’ve been given this safety notice from Meridian Energy about parts of the first section of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.

Starting on the 25th February 2014 Meridian would like to inform all users of Haymans Road and Braemar Road that over the next 3-5 weeks, Rooney Earthmoving will be hauling rocks from Braemar Station to the Pukaki Dam site. [...]

New Cycle Tour Dates Announced for 2014/15

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With the increasing success of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle trail, we’re pleased to announce confirmed dates for our A2O Experience for the 2014/15 season with at least one cycle tour departing every month except December. Although this trail is ridable all year round, we are only operating scheduled tours from October to May.

We’re often asked to run tours over [...]

More off-road sections rideable on the A2O

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The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail continues to improve. Check out these photos of the latest section nearing completion, the top of the hill outside Omarama down through to Sailors Cutting at the side of Lake Benmore. Most of this section has been surfaced allowing riders to ride off-road from Omarama through to the bottom of the Otematata Saddle. The [...]

A2O Cycle Tours become “Not a Rail Trail”

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A2O Cycle Tours become “Not a Rail Trail”

After relocation to Queenstown 2 years ago, the team at Helibike.com have rebranded their cycle trail businesses, including A2O Cycle Tours, into Not a Rail Trail, with the tag line “Cycle Trail Tours from Queenstown.” Why, Not a Rail Trail? Quite simple really! A Rail Trail follows an old railway line, so, by [...]

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Update Oct 2013

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Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Update Oct 2013

We’re often asked about the trail surface and how much of it is off road.At this time, around half of the trail is on road, a variety of road surfaces from gravel track to SK83. It’s estimated it will take another $2 million to fully finish the trail.  The A2O trail has already [...]

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Update May 2013

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The A2O Trail is progressing nicely, with more off-road sections in the pipeline. The following Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail News update image shows you the trail surface, signage and conditions as of May 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Official Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Opening

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Finally! Last weekend we had the official cycle trail opening of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, launched by both Waikaki Mayor Alex Familton and Mackenzie Mayor Claire Barlow. Although the trail’s been ridable for the last few months, the last actual link section has now been opened to allow riders to cycle from Mt Cook to Omarama predominantly off [...]