Thursday, 3 April 2014

Alps to Ocean Bike Trip

Twizel Area School
Alps to Ocean Bike Trip

Forty-four children from Year 3-6 and 13 adults biked part of the Alps to Ocean bike track on a hot day in March.

The Alps to Ocean is a new bike track that starts at Aoraki Mount Cook and finishes at Oamaru. We biked the part from the eastern side of Lake Pukaki back to Twizel (18km).

Thirteen children chose to get a ride to school from our morning tea place near the dam. Five Year-3 students rode all the way.

Here are some extracts from our recount stories:

“The loose gravel made me feel like I was going to slip off my bike.” Monique
“I was racing faster than lightning.” Sam
“I tried not to panic as I turned a corner. I came off the track. I got off my bike to catch my breath.” Ralph
 “We had the Police to help with safety when we crossed the road.” Daniel
 “I saw Aoraki Mount Cook. It was awesome.” Zach
“I was so, so hot on the Pukaki Flats. Even though I thought I might get grumpy I just needed to keep on going and do my best.” Joy
“At the start of the ride I felt a tiny bit nervous but at the end I felt more confident.” Fred
“I am proud that I did the bike ride.” Jack

Getting ready to start

Up the big hill before morning tea

We have gone through the first gate

On the hot Pukaki Flats

Almost back at school


  1. Fantastic class trip, we are so lucky to live in the Mackenzie basin. I had a wonderful day with the room 4 & 5 students, parents and teachers. Thank you Sandy for your effort getting the bike ride up and running. Maybe an annual event! Philippa

  2. Well done! Putting Twizel and your beautiful surroundings on the map. I found a link to your story on Twitter. Donna at Kurow.

  3. Your bike trip must have been awesome and having a hot day as well, those pedals would have been whizzing!