As Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc on our plans to travel to Thailand, the team at Hands Across the Water have been cooking up some amazing experiences in Australia and New Zealand to localise our famous shared experiences.
In November 2021, we will head to the South Island to take on the Alps to Ocean ride. This bucket list ride clocks up 300km of cycling on trail and quiet country roads, taking in the most incredible scenery that New Zealand has to offer. Alps to Ocean is the longest continuous ride in New Zealand and a must do for anyone travelling to the South Island which is why we have chosen to partner with Active Adventures to bring this beautiful ride to our community.
Mt Cook to Oamaru
26th November - 3rd December, 2021
300km in 6 days
18 amazing humans
Travel to Christchurch
Overnight in Christchurch
Drive to Mt Cook National Park
Bike Distance: 9km to accommodation
Hiking Distance: Optional 9km hike
Helicopter Flight over Tasman River
Braemar Road to Tekapo B Power Station
Bike Distance: 53km
Accommodation at Braemar Station, a working sheep farm
Lake Pukaki to Lake Ohau
Bike Distance: 62 km
Lake Ohau to Otematata
Bike Distance: 79km
Otematata to Duntroon via Benmore Hydro Dam and Kurow
Bike Distance: 73km
Duntroon to Oamaru
Bike Distance: 54km
Lunch in Oamaru
Travel back to Christchurch
Final Dinner and overnight in Christchurch
Riders depart Christchurch
What Previous Riders Say
The annual Ride to Provide experience is consistently ranked 10/10 by all our riders year after year! More often than not the experience exceeds our riders expectations. It's this amazing feedback which drives us at Hands to continue to deliver amazing shared experiences which deliver benefit to both the riders and their communities and the children in our homes.
"Absolutely Phenomenal!" Erin.
"It's an absolutely brilliant experience that pushes you both physically and mentally and makes you grow in so many ways!" Jenny T.
"After speaking with a number of previous riders my expectations were high but the ride exceeded my expectations." Steven F.
"Best experience of my life, so well organised and what a great cause." Doug
"Without a doubt the most amazing thing I have ever experienced." Melissa J
"Deciding to ride and raise the $10k is without doubt one of the best decisions I have made in my life!" Micheal P.
Fees and Fundraising
7 Nights Twin Share Accommodation
26th November – 2nd of December 2022 inclusive
Hotels will be modest in their offering and often in remote areas. WiFi can be a little hit and miss in some areas.
Specialized Roll- Elite or equivalent. These are excellent lightweight, cross-terrain touring bikes with great flexibility.
All meals are covered in your registration. Our team on the ground takes care of breakfast, lunch and dinner on the rides and provides plenty of sustenance throughout the day at the water stops. Your welcome drinks and final celebration dinner are also included.
Your registration includes a customised cycling jersey, shorts and gloves. You will have the opportunity to order additional kit if you choose. You will receive a sizing chart in coming months to help you order the right size kit for the tour.
Transfers (Helicopter and Road)
All transfers to the start of the ride are included. This includes an exciting helicopter transfer across the Tasman River on Day 1 of the ride.
Support crew and bike mechanics
We only work with the best and you will get to meet some of the nicest people and support crew that you will have ever met. Nothing is too much trouble as long as you bring your manners. Our bike mechanics keep everything running tip top during your tour.
During the registration process, you will be prompted to set up your fundraising page. You can update this page with your story and share your unique link to start raising funds. The team at Hands are here to support you with ideas so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
You will receive a training program that will help prep you for your 300km journey. The key to your training will be time in the saddle as opposed to km’s ridden so even if the weather turns poor, you can get to the local gym or spin class to clock up your hours on the bike. We also have a great series of videos if you are new to cycling or looking for some additional training tips.
TOUR COST: NZD$4,595 (AUD$4,295)*
You can pay in full today or choose to make 3 x monthly instalment payments over the next three months.
There is a NZD$500 non refundable deposit included in the tour cost.
Not included in tour cost:
Travel to Christchurch
Spending money for additional food/snacks/gifts
*Please note, this registration page will process registration and fundraising in NZD. If you are an Australian resident please click on the button below to make payment and set up your fundraising in AUD.
Each rider is asked to raise a minimum of NZD$5,000
Fundraising can be done via
Your own fundraising page
Selling or purchasing ticket packages to Future of Leadership
A personal donation
Holding your own event
Selling raffle tickets
What is the Cost ?
In addition to the tour costs you will need to arrange flights to and from Christchurch. To register you can either pay in full or choose the 6 month payment plan.
To participate, it is a requirement to raise NZD$5,000
Cancellation greater than 3 months out from the ride: $500 + any costs already paid
Cancellation 3 months out: 50% of total registration fee
Cancellation 2 months out: 75% of total registration fee
Cancellation 1 month out: 100% of total registration fee
Is Fundraising Compulsory ?
Yes. By fundraising a minimum of $5,000 for your ride experience, you provide 350 children in our care with access to basic necessities, healthcare and education. Importantly, you are providing them with a life of choice.
What happens if the event is cancelled due to coronavirus?
In the event of the ride being cancelled due to COVID-19, a full refund will be issued or the credit can be transferred to a future ride.
If the event is postponed due to COVID-19 any funds paid will be transferred to the new date or a different Hands experience.
In the event that a participant chooses not to particpiate in the ride experience that is still going ahead due to coronavirus concerns will be treated as a 'change of mind' therefore cancellation. The non refundable $500 deposit will be forfeited and any balance funds will be carried over to a future ride or Hands Experience.
What is the best way to start my fundraising?
Getting started can be a bit daunting at first; we always say the first $1,000 is the hardest and then it gets easier. Below are our top 3 tips to get your fundraising dial off zero:
- Your online fundraising page is the most simple and effective way to kick start your fundraising. Update your page with your profile image, a story about why you are fundraising and share directly from your page to kick start those dollars coming in.
- Make a personal donation to your fundraising page. This can help set the tone for your supporters and show your commitment to your experience.
- Download our fundraising guide that includes tips and tricks for planning events, auctions and raffles to help you raise your funds.
If you need support please reach out to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
So... are you up for the challenge?
With places strictly limited to 18 people, this amazing once in a lifetime experience is not to be missed.
Secure your place today via deposit using the checkout below. You'll be talking about this experience for years to come!