E-Bike: Alps to Ocean

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E-Bike: Alps to Ocean

20 - 27 February, 2022

E-Bike: Alps to Ocean February 2022

Prices start from $4,195 pp twin share

8 Day / 7 Night tour 

 

We are enthusiastic about e-biking and so pleased we can offer you the amazing Alps to Ocean cycle journey.  It’s great value for money, very inclusive and extremely popular.

This fully supported tour rides the entire trail, staying in fantastic varied accommodation with great food, and with a small like-minded group.

You get to enjoy breathtaking South Island scenery, meet the locals and experience the best the region has to offer.  Our Tours Direct Tour Leader, Mandy Page, will look after your every need – making this a stress-free adventure and a time to remember.

 

Tour at a Glance

Tour Prices$4,195 per person, share twin
$600 single supplement

Tour Dates20 – 27 February, 2022
Or 27 Mar – 3 Apr, 2022

Your Tour Leader: Mandy Page

Mandy lives in Auckland and is a walker and cyclist. She has led 58 tours for Tours Direct over the last 18 years, and just loves travelling with its adventure and fun. 

Believing that most of the delight of travel is in the journey, Mandy likes to make tours flexible for different levels of fitness and experience.   

In 2019 she was tour leader for a Danube Boat & Bike tour.  Mandy discovered the joy of E-Biking by accident and is now an enthusiastic devotee.  Since then, she has led a number of E-bike adventures in the North and South Island of New Zealand.

On a tour with Mandy you can expect there will be variety and surprises.  

As Mandy says, “A day E-biking is a day of fun and exercise with a smile on your face.  I can think of few things to beat a nice trail, good company and scenery to enjoy.”

 

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Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this tour must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the tour as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the tour departure date.

Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this cruise must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the cruise as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the cruise departure date.

Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Inclusions
Variations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

  • Booking Deposit of $750 per person
  • Final Payment Date: 16 December, 2021

  • Between 44 – 31 days, 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 30 days, 100% of tour cost
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star boutique hotels
  • 2 wine tastings
  • E-Bike and a helmet
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • All shuttles as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

To safeguard your deposit and tour payment in the event of you having to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

call us on 0800 868 748 if you like a travel insurance quote

The bike trails in the Hawke’s Bay are easy to ride and generally flat and smooth. Introductory Level.

If you have never ridden an E-Bike before we can help you learn, usually in 15 minutes. These trails are great to build confidence and increase your riding skills.

Needless to say the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the rides. Most days, 2 – 3 hours on an E-Bike (with frequent breaks).

All clients and support crew are required to be fully vaccinated.

Extensive Terms and Conditions are outlined in the free Information Pack

Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Inclusions
Variations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

  • Booking Deposit of $750 per person
  • Final Payment Date: 31 January, 2022

  • Between 44 – 31 days, 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 30 days, 100% of tour cost
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star boutique hotels
  • 2 wine tastings
  • E-Bike and a helmet
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • All shuttles as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

To safeguard your deposit and tour payment in the event of you having to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

call us on 0800 868 748 if you like a travel insurance quote

The bike trails in the Hawke’s Bay are easy to ride and generally flat and smooth. Introductory Level.

If you have never ridden an E-Bike before we can help you learn, usually in 15 minutes. These trails are great to build confidence and increase your riding skills.

Needless to say the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the rides. Most days, 2 – 3 hours on an E-Bike (with frequent breaks).

All clients and support crew are required to be fully vaccinated.

Extensive Terms and Conditions are outlined in the free Information Pack

Inclusions
Variations
Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

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Inclusions

  • All meals, including a pre-show dinner at Dockside Restaurant on the Wellington waterfront
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • Return airfares from Auckland (please ask us about flights from other airports – there could be a price adjustment).
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Land Only price on application
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Accommodation in B&Bs, motels and a homestead
  • Omarama Hot Tubs
  • Wine tasting at Carrick Winery
  • E-Bike, helmet and gel seat cover
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader, Jenni Shallard (Jenni cycles with the group)

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Flexibility is our motto: The quoted cycling distances for each day are based on the day maps which you will be given, and represent the expected riding. An individual can adjust the cycling according to their needs and weather conditions on the day.

GRADE: Introductory to Moderate

20 - 27 February, 2022

Sun 20 Feb       Christchurch (D)

If you are flying into Christchurch airport please get a taxi to the Orari Bed and Breakfast.
We meet at 2.00pm at our accommodation for bike fittings followed by a short ride around Hagley Park.
The Orari Bed and Breakfast is very close to the shopping and cultural heart of Christchurch, with the Art Gallery literally at your doorstep. The Christchurch Arts Centre, museum and botanical gardens are all less than 5 minutes walk.
This evening we will gather for a welcome dinner at the beautiful Curator’s House in the Botanical gardens.
Accommodation at Orari Bed and Breakfast

Mon 21 Feb    Christchurch – Twizel (B,L,D) 54 km

E-Bike: Alps to Ocean

We depart Christchurch early at 8.00am by minibus, take a short break in the attractive township of Geraldine, and arrive at our destination at Lake Tekapo, site of the much photographed lakeside chapel and dog sculpture, by late morning.
We begin our cycling beside the canal and follow the trail past spectacular views towards Mt Cook. Down the hill and past Tekapo B Power station we cycle along Haymans Road, stopping for a picnic lunch. Then it’s off along the trail which follows the shore line of Lake Pukaki.
Crossing the road at the Salmon shop we enter a charming area of expansive Mackenzie Country complete with tussock and views to the Alps. Finally we cycle into the country town of Twizel and have a well-earned rest.
Dinner at Poppies Restaurant, Twizel.
Accommodation at The Lakes Motel

Tues 22 Feb     Twizel – Lake Ohau (B,D) 38 km 

This morning we travel by van to Aoraki Mount Cook Village and visit the National Park Visitor Centre.
We will also take an easy walk up to Kea Point, surrounded by New Zealand’s highest peaks.
Then we travel back to Twizel, have an independent lunch and this afternoon cycle to Lake Ohau Lodge. We follow the road out of Twizel and then cycle canal roads for the first 18 km to Lake Ohau. A gravel cycle trail takes us around the beauty of the lake foreshore, with the last 10 km back on the road to the very comfortable Lake Ohau Lodge.
You may like to use the hot tubs to soak the muscles and relax at the bar before tasting the lodges high country dining.
Accommodation at Lake Ohau Lodge

Wed 23 Feb    Lake Ohau – Omarama (B,L) 44 km

After breakfast, we will ride to the highest point of the trail, Tambrae point. The gentle gradient takes us 350m higher and gives amazing vistas over the Mackenzie basin. The expression goes ‘What goes up must come down’, but please be careful with your speed as you whizz down to Quailburn. Once we are there a quiet gravel road and cycle trail take us to Omarama.
We have a picnic lunch today.
Omarama Hot Tubs is the key to relaxing any sore muscles and is included in your tour price.
This evening we have an independent dinner.
Accommodation at Sierra Motel

Thu 24 Feb   Omarama – Kurow ( B,L,D) 67km

From Omarama, the scenery changes and brings to light how the region and its water catchment were used for the Waitaki Hydro-Electric Scheme.
Leaving Omarama we ride east down the Waitaki Valley, following the off-road trail to the top of the Chain Hills. From here we descend beside State Highway 83, then follow the edge of Lake Benmore to Pumpkin Point. We continue beside the lake to Sailors Cutting – a popular boating, fishing and camping destination.
We have a picnic lunch today.
The new section from Sailors Cutting to Benmore Dam is now open to the public which means that there is no longer a requirement to ride on SH83 over the Otematata Saddle from Sailors Cutting.
The scenery this new Trail opens up is amazing; if you are a little nervous of your riding ability or fitness, you can take it slowly and be prepared to walk any part you are not comfortable riding. Remember this is a fully supported tour and there will be a bike guide and our tour leader with the group the whole way. 
From Benmore Dam we continue on our journey to Kurow by crossing over the dam and continuing on Te Akatarawa Road down the North side of Lake Aviemore to the Aviemore Dam.
After crossing the Aviemore Dam we are back on the off-road Trail which follows alongside State Highway 83 to Lake Waitaki and the Waitaki Dam, and then on to Kurow.
This evening we have some wine tasting at Ostler wines followed by dinner at Wild Sage Cafe.
Accommodation at Riverside B & B

Fri 25 Feb     Kurow – Burnside Homestead (B,L,D) 65 km

Departing from Kurow toward Duntroon we get a few glances of the mighty Waitaki River. This part of the trail goes past the wetlands, an interesting community project that has rejuvenated the area.
We have a picnic lunch today.
We exit into the small settlement of Duntroon and head on to quiet roads and cycle trail, passing Elephant Rocks, film locations and through The Rakis Tunnel.
Our evening stop is at the historic Burnside Homestead tucked in an oasis of oak trees. This Homestead will amaze you when you enter the door and walk into the grand hall.
We have dinner at the Enfield Tavern.
Accommodation at Burnside Homestead

Sat 26 Feb   Burnside – Oamaru (B,D) 18km

Today after our grand stay at Burnside we ride the short section to Oamaru. Cycling through the town we will see many of the Victorian buildings and get a feel for its history. We ride to the end of the trail at the harbour.
We have an independent lunch before we are taken to our accommodation.
The rest of the afternoon, you are free to explore the unique and special character of Oamaru.
We have a farewell dinner at Del Mar Restaurant.
Accommodation at Mariner Suites

Sun 27 Feb    Depart Oamaru (B)

This morning we transfer in the van back to Christchurch (or you can stay on in the lower South Island).