Alps 2 Ocean [ST-Cycle6] - About New Zealand
 
 
12 Days: Alps 2 Ocean [ST-Cycle6]
Starting at
$3,532
Per Person
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Christchurch (1 Night), Twizel (2), Braemar (1), Ohau (1), Omarama (1), Otematata (1), Kurow (1), Duntroon (1), Christchurch (1)
  • Meals - Breakfast (9), Packed Lunch (4) and Dinner (4)
  • US Domestic Flights are not included but can be added to your quote.
  • International Flights are not included (can be included on request - see detailed pricing below)
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Auckland to Christchurch (Return)
  • Shuttle Transfers - Christchurch airport to accommodation (return), Christchurch to Twizel, Oamaru to Christchurch
  • Helicopter Transfers - Tasman River
  • Overnight Tours - Christchurch: Alps 2 Ocean Cycling Tour
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Auckland (Check quote for inclusion)

Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!

Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.

(Day 2) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Auckland to Christchurch

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Auckland to Christchurch (South Island).

(Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Christchurch Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 2 to 3) - 1 Night Accommodation in Christchurch

Travel to your accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Your 4 Star vacation accommodation in Christchurch, located on New Zealand’s South Island, offers a stylish boutique hotel, just metres from Cathedral Square, major business houses, convention facilities and prime attractions. The city, also known as the “Garden City” offers many opportunities to either rest from your travel or explore the city. Consider traveling to Arthur’s Pass National Park, which has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape. Experience a breathtaking journey aboard the TranzAlpine Train winding its way through New Zealand’s magnificent Waimakariri Gorge.

(Day 3 to 11) Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Tour

Travel from New Zealand’s highest peak through glacial-fed lakes, grasslands and past limestone cliffs all the way to the shores of the South Pacific Ocean. This trail is a World Heritage National Park and is the longest continuous ride in New Zealand. If you’re looking for iconic New Zealand scenery – you’ve found it!

Day 1: Catch your shuttle from Christchurch to you accommodation in Twizel – a small lakeside community at the foot of Mt Cook. Have some fresh salmon or trout pulled straight from the water, or take a hike along the Twizel River with views of Mt Cook

Day 2: Board the morning shuttle for the short drive to Mt Cook Village and board your helicopter for the flight over the Tasman River and the start of the Alps 2 Ocean trail. Traveling across a glacially-fed braided river by helicopter with Mt Cook in the background would be a great day, but the alpine views from here to Braemar Road are the cherry on top! Distance: 35 kms/22 miles.

Day 3: Ride on quiet country roads along Lake Pukaki with sweeping views across the lake to the Southern Alps. You’ll cross the dam and then fall into the Pukaki Flats – an area of wide golden grasslands characteristic of the region. Distance: 42 kms/26 miles.

Day 4: This section of trail follows the Twizel canals to the southern edge of Lake Ohau. You’ll meander around the water’s edge under the supervision of the Ben Ohau Range. Distance: 38 kms/24 miles

Day 5: This morning you’ll make a steady climb to the high point on the Alps 2 Ocean trail at 900 meters. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views across the basin back towards the mountains and be followed by bubbling streams into Omarama. You can opt for a short side trip to see the Clay Cliffs. Distance: 45 kms/28 miles.

Day 6: Leaving Omarama you ride into the Waitaki Valley and follow the off-road trail to the top of the Chain Hills. After a short descent, you’ll follow Lake Benmore to Pumpkin Point. The lake and valley views keep pace with you as you descend into Otematata. Distance: 24 kms/15 miles

Day 7: Today’s section of trail has a deep hydro history and you’ll cycle along backcountry roads of Lake Benmore and Lake Aviemore. Take in the spectacular views of the Waitaki Valley from the top of the Benmore Dam and cycle through to Kurow. Distance: 44 kms/27 miles.

Day 8: Today a river runs through virtually every step of your ride today. After riding through a vineyard, you’ll cross the Otiake and Otekaieke rivers on your way to Takiroa Maori art rock site. From there, you head down to the Waitaki River before passing through the Duntroon Wetlands. Distance: 28 kms/17 miles

Day 9: Today pass the Elephant Rocks before riding through farmland in advance of the Rakis Railway Tunnel. Follow the sealed road down to Oamaru Gardens and into town where the trail ends at Friendly Bay on the Pacific Ocean. Distance: 54 kms/33 miles.

Operates October thru April (except 15-26 March)

Includes:

Single supplement & E-bike upgrades available.

Cycle equipment which includes bicycle, helmet, rear rack, pannier and trail documentation.
All en suite accommodation based on twin/double share
Transfers to/from Christchurch
Transfer from Twizel to Mt Cook
Helicopter flight over Tasman River
Luggage transfer
9 breakfasts, 4 packed lunches and 4 dinners

(Day 11 to 12) - 1 Night Accommodation in Christchurch

Travel to your accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Your 4 Star vacation accommodation in Christchurch, located on New Zealand’s South Island, offers a stylish boutique hotel, just metres from Cathedral Square, major business houses, convention facilities and prime attractions. The city, also known as the “Garden City” offers many opportunities to either rest from your travel or explore the city. Consider traveling to Arthur’s Pass National Park, which has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape. Experience a breathtaking journey aboard the TranzAlpine Train winding its way through New Zealand’s magnificent Waimakariri Gorge.

(Day 12) - Shuttle Transfer, Christchurch Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand, to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 12) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Christchurch to Auckland

Travel within New Zealand from Christchurch to Auckland (North Island).

(Day 12) - International Flight, Auckland to Los Angeles (Check quote for inclusion)

Today depart Auckland and fly to the USA. Enjoy an in-flight dinner and movie with arrival in the USA. Note: you will be traveling back across the International Date Line. Gain that day back you lost on the way over, you actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Auckland.

Note: Flight may include a stop over in Australia.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $3,532 $3,728 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $4,407 $4,603 Jan 18 2020 - Mar 27 2020
USA Departures: 18JAN - 27MAR. EXP NOV 27
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Basic (Economy Class) $5,623 $5,819 Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2019 and 1MAY-8JUN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Shoulder (Economy Class) $5,830 $6,026 Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2019, 22SEP-8DEC 2019 and 1FEB-30APR 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Peak (Economy Class) $6,347 $6,543 Peak: 9DEC 2019 - 31JAN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Premium (Economy Class) $8,600 $8,796 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.

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