Starting from Aoraki/Mt Cook and ending in Oamaru at the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the Alps to Ocean (A2O) cycle trail is a celebration of awe-inspiring southern scenery. Beech forests, mountains blanketed in downy tussock, vast turquoise lakes that reflect snowy peaks, epic mountain highs, and lowlands populated by curious cattle and shaggy sheep – there’s a lot to take in, and plenty of time in the saddle to do so.

Unless you set out to make it one, A2O is not a race or a competition, but an exceptional opportunity

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