E-Bike: Alps to Ocean

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E-Bike: Alps to Ocean - Nov 2021

7 - 14 November, 2021

E-Bike: Alps to Ocean November 2021

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.  The driver-guide and our Tours Direct Tour Leader, Helen Tait, will look after your every need – making this a stress-free adventure and a time to remember.


Tour at a Glance


$4,195 per person, share twin

$600 single supplement

Tour Date:

7 – 14 November, 2021


Introductory to Moderate

Remember E-Bikes take the strain and pain. 🙂

Tour Leader:


• 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners
• Accommodation in B&Bs, motels, a hotel, a homestead & a lodge
• Omarama Hot Tubs
• Wine tasting in Kurow
• E-Bike and a helmet
• Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
• Luggage transfers
• Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader (Helen Tait)


• Domestic airfares
• Travel Insurance

Tour Itinerary

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.

Sun 7 NovChristchurch (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 8 NovChristchurch – Twizel (B,L,D) 54 km

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

Tue 9 Nov 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 10 NovLake 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 11 NovOmarama – 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 12 NovKurow – 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 13 NovBurnside – 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 14 NovDepart Oamaru (B)

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

Your Tour Leader: Helen Tait

Helen lives in Christchurch and is a keen skier, cyclist and tramper. She has led tours for Tours Direct for over 10 years, and loves sharing her enthusiasm for a wide range of places and cultures.   She specially likes to share walking and cycling tours, at a relaxed pace suited to travellers for whom this might be a first.   She has worked as a cycling guide in New Zealand, taking visitors and locals on high profile trails such as Alps to Ocean and the Otago Rail Trail, as well as some hidden gems, and she led the first cycle tour for Tours Direct, along the picturesque Danube.   She is a convert to E-biking and now finds she no longer needs excuses to avoid biking up to her hillside home.

Helen on her E-Bike. Note Daisy, her dog in the basket.

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