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THE LUXURY

Gourmet Alps 2 Ocean

Join us on NZ’s premier Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Experience. This cycling culinary journey takes you on a gastronomical adventure from the Alps 2 Ocean, arguably NZ’s most spectacular cycle trail. From our highest mountains, past great lakes and rivers, down to the pacific ocean. If you love food, wine, craft beer while being active and enjoying luxury, this gourmet cycle experience is for you. Ride through the incredible scenery, learn about the fascinating hydro power network, soak in hot tubs below the stars, all done in style with The Luxury Trail Co.

Highlights

  • Mount Cook National Park
  • NZ’S longest and most varied cycle trail
  • Great food and wine
  • Luxury services throughout

Your Luxury Experience Includes:

  • 6 nights luxury accommodation
  • 7 days e-bike hire with all accessories
  • 5 evening meals
  • 5 lunches
  • All breakfasts
  • Hot tubs in Omarama
  • Wine tasting at River T Winery and a bottle of wine
  • Helicopter ride
  • Return transfers to and from Queenstown
  • Fully supported private trip with The Luxury Trail Co, private van and driver throughout

Itinerary

This is a taste of what your Luxury Gourmet Alps 2 Ocean experience will look like.

You will be picked up from Queenstown and transferred to Mt Cook. During the 4 hour journey, we will pass through the Lindis Pass and stop in Twizel for a light lunch. We will arrive in time for you to enjoy a walk up the Hooker Valley, with spectacular views of Mt Cook. Enjoy a welcome dinner and trip briefing. Luxury accommodation.

Today you will cycle 65km from Mt Cook to Lake Pukaki. You will cycle alongside Lake Pukaki, and on a good day you will have magnificent views of Aoraki Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. At 3,724 metres Mt Cook is NZ’s highest peak and towers above a range of snow-capped peaks. Luxury accommodation.

Today you will cycle 60km from Lake Pukaki to Lake Ohau. You will cycle across the Pukaki Flats, an expansive area of dry grasslands that are characteristic of the Mackenzie Country landscape. From Twizel you will cycle on roads towards Lake Ohau. The cycle around the shore of Lake Ohau is absolutely stunning! Luxury accommodation.

Today you will reach the highest point on the A2O trail. From Lake Ohau you will traverse the lower slopes of the Ruataniwha Conservation Park, with stunning views back across the basin to the Ben Ohau Range. You will then climb to the highest point at 900m above sea level. Enjoy the downhill towards Omarama. After lunch, you will cycle 15km from Omarama to Sailors Cutting. Enjoy a nice soak the local hot tubs this afternoon. Dinner is at your leisure this evening and not an organized dinner. Luxury accommodation.

Today you will cycle one of the most scenic sections of the A2O trail from Sailors Cutting to The Benmore Dam. Take in the spectacular views of Lake Benmore, Lake Avimore and the Waitaki Valley from the top of the Benmore Dam. Enjoy a wine tasting at River T Winery in the afternoon before settling into your accommodation in Kurrow.

The final day on the trail will take you through sweeping farmland, past the Elephant Rock formations and Rakis Railway Tunnel and to your final destination – the seaside town of Oamaru. The trail ends at Friendly Bay on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy some time to explore the Oamaru Historic Precinct and enjoy a celebratory dinner at Scotts Brewery in the evening. Luxury accommodation.

Enjoy a free morning in Oamaru before a 3.5 hour shuttle transfer back to Queenstown. You will arrive in Queenstown at 4.00pm.

Helpful information

We’re all about giving you the best experience possible, here are some notes that you might find helpful.

Yes, return transfers to and from Queenstown. And you will be fully supported privately with The Luxury Trail Co, with private van and driver throughout. Daily baggage transfers (1 bag per person only plus a good day pack for riding).

  • Drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • One evening meal

We supply a fleet of excellent, comfortable e-bikes with high spec components. Along with all the accessories you might need like gel seats, panniers and more to ensure a comfortable ride.

Itineraries are subject to changes due to availability, weather conditions and/or factors outside our control.

What people say

  • star rating  We had a wonderful experience cycling the Otago Rail Trail with friends and family. LRT are a first class operator and made the experience super easy and fun. ... read more

    SophieM4161
    7 February 2021

    star rating  This tour exceeded all expectations from the brilliant accomodating communication to the food, accom, bike equipment and scenery. Don't miss curling in Nasby, it is 'must do'.
    Cheers Sos... read more

    Sunshine53563689895
    7 December 2020

    star rating  We were booked and had to postpone 3 times due to Covid restrictions. We had paid the full price up front and were encouraged to postpone, which was fine. However... read more

    Barbara L
    28 November 2021
  • star rating  I had an amazing time thanks to Nick, Andrea, and Clare. The three of them worked together as a team to look after me and to make sure that... read more

    BobBlackadderJones
    17 February 2021

    star rating  An amazing tour thanks to the team at Luxury Rail Trail Tours.
    We travelled with 12 friends for two special occasions and everyone is still raving about this holiday.... read more

    Paradisebeachpapamoa
    4 April 2021

    star rating  We were initially a little overwhelmed by the choice of operators to help us cycle the rail trail and almost gave up booking anything. We wanted a personal experience... read more

    RidgwayPark
    17 January 2021
  • star rating  A very special trip, what a wonderful team who provided everything for a great, comfortable and very well fed trip.

    Scottrodgers
    13 April 2021

    star rating  Highly recommended, we had the most wonderful time. Nick and Andrea are very knowledgeable, professional and great to talk to. Them and the rest of the team made... read more

    29Silviarue
    11 January 2021

    star rating  Very very good organisers, both the owner Nick and our main guide Roscoe
    Accommodation was perfect, no small beds, lots of fluffy towels, and small touches.
    Everything well organised. Great... read more

    RobertS13200
    15 March 2021
  • star rating  We were fortunate enough to have an amazing 4 days with great friends, cycling the Rail Trail from Clyde to Middlemarch.

    The weather was fantastic, the daily... read more

    Sabbatical2018LoveIt
    1 February 2021

    star rating  We did the Otago Rail Trail in the last week of March. We had a great time. Nick,Andrea, Rosco, Claire and Gwyneth were amazing, friendly and welcoming. Accommodation was outstanding... read more

    Wharepoa63
    12 April 2021

    star rating  Right from the beginning of enquiring to the celebration lunch at the end of the trail, it was an incredible experience. Nick, Andrea and team are so professional, easy to... read more

    WLMD0
    17 December 2020

What people say

  • star rating  Very very good organisers, both the owner Nick and our main guide Roscoe
    Accommodation was perfect, no small beds, lots of fluffy towels, and small touches.
    Everything well organised. Great... read more

    RobertS13200
    15 March 2021
  • star rating  Highly recommended, we had the most wonderful time. Nick and Andrea are very knowledgeable, professional and great to talk to. Them and the rest of the team made... read more

    29Silviarue
    11 January 2021
  • star rating  We did the Otago Rail Trail in the last week of March. We had a great time. Nick,Andrea, Rosco, Claire and Gwyneth were amazing, friendly and welcoming. Accommodation was outstanding... read more

    Wharepoa63
    12 April 2021
  • star rating  We were initially a little overwhelmed by the choice of operators to help us cycle the rail trail and almost gave up booking anything. We wanted a personal experience... read more

    RidgwayPark
    17 January 2021
  • star rating  We were fortunate enough to have an amazing 4 days with great friends, cycling the Rail Trail from Clyde to Middlemarch.

    The weather was fantastic, the daily... read more

    Sabbatical2018LoveIt
    1 February 2021
  • star rating  We had a wonderful experience cycling the Otago Rail Trail with friends and family. LRT are a first class operator and made the experience super easy and fun. ... read more

    SophieM4161
    7 February 2021
  • star rating  I had an amazing time thanks to Nick, Andrea, and Clare. The three of them worked together as a team to look after me and to make sure that... read more

    BobBlackadderJones
    17 February 2021
  • star rating  Right from the beginning of enquiring to the celebration lunch at the end of the trail, it was an incredible experience. Nick, Andrea and team are so professional, easy to... read more

    WLMD0
    17 December 2020
  • star rating  An amazing tour thanks to the team at Luxury Rail Trail Tours.
    We travelled with 12 friends for two special occasions and everyone is still raving about this holiday.... read more

    Paradisebeachpapamoa
    4 April 2021
  • star rating  We were booked and had to postpone 3 times due to Covid restrictions. We had paid the full price up front and were encouraged to postpone, which was fine. However... read more

    Barbara L
    28 November 2021

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