Alt Route: Lake Tekapo to Twizel [54km]

Overview

54km Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2

 

Alternative Route Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

The alternative route begins in the Tekapo township near the pollice station. There is an off-road track just up the road. Follow this track until you reach Aorangi Crescent [0.2km]. Following the red arrows, turn left and continue along Aorangi Crescent until it turns into Andrew Don Drive [0.5km]. Eventually Andrew Don Drive becomes a gravel road [0.8km]. Passing Tekapo A Power Station [3km] continue along the Tekapo Canal Road to the gate where vehicles are excluded [9km].

Take care crossing SH8 [15km] then continue on past the Mt Cook Alpine Salmon farm and the toilet [24km], before dropping down to Lake Pukaki [30km]. Turn left onto Hayman Road and ride to the start of the off-road trail on your right [35km], which follows the Lake Pukaki shoreline. With Aoraki/Mt Cook as a backdrop, the trail passes over the Pukaki dam, taking you to the car park at the Mt Cook Alpine Salmon shop [44km]. You then cross the highway and follow the trail across Pukaki Flats - an expansive area of dry grasslands that are characteristic of the Mackenzie landscape. This takes you to the town of Twizel [54km]. Take care crossing the State Highway.

 

 

Highlights Include

  •  Lake Tekapo
  •  Church of the Good Shepherd
  •  Tekapo Canal
  •  Pattersons Ponds
  •  Tekapo River
  • Lake Pukaki
  • Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve
  •  More Lake Pukaki to Twizel highlights on SECTION 2 map

 

Section Map

Alt Route: Lake Tekapo to Twizel [54km]

Trail Status

Alternate Start: Lake Tekapo to Twizel

There can sometimes be strong wind gusts along the Tekapo Canal Road. Although vehicle access is restricted along most of the Tekapo Canal Road, there may be service vehicles operating. The road may be closed for operational and public safety purposes. Please check TRAIL STATUS page on website.

Trail route and weather conditions subject to change. Please check weather before daily departure.

Accommodation

Dine & Drink

Earth & Sky

Earth & Sky, Mt John Observatory “Window to the Universe”

BY DAY – Drive or hike to the summit of Mt John. Enjoy your coffee with spectacular views of the Mackenzie Basin at...

Peppers Bluewater Resort

Set near the shores of Lake Tekapo and surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Southern Alps, Peppers Bluewater Resort offers an array of rooms and suites in the heart of the Mackenzie...

Run 76

Run 76 Café and General Store is your kitchen and living room at the heart of the Mackenzie Country.

The term Run 76 is derived from the run or station numbers given to stations in...

Tekapo Springs - Cafe

At the centre of the Tekapo Springs Complex is the Tahr Bar & Cafe.

With stunning views over Lake Tekapo and the Two Thumb mountain range, the Tahr Bar & Cafe pays tribute to the...

To Do

Air Safaris

Air Safaris have been flying aircraft in and around the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks since 1970. Over that period, Air Safaris has grown from a single aircraft operation to operating one...

Earth & Sky

Earth & Sky, Mt John Observatory “Window to the Universe” BY DAY – Drive or hike to the summit of Mt John. Enjoy your coffee with spectacular views of the Mackenzie Basin at the Astro...

Kiwi Treasures & Info Centre

Welcome to Kiwi Treasures and Info Centre, Lake Tekapo. Located right in the centre of the township, we are your source for info, souvenirs, post shop, gifts, and fishing requirements. INFO...

Tekapo Springs

Tekapo Springs is a recreation facility set in the stunning setting of Mt John in Lake Tekapo. Tekapo Springs is dedicated to providing the ultimate experience for the whole family. Whether it's a...

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Overview

Take an alternative 54km route from Lake Tekapo to Twizel where highlights include a stop at Tekapo Canal, Patterson Ponds and some stunning lakes!

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Trail Status

Some parts of the track are under construction or are undergoing improvements to keep riders safe and the tracks enjoyable. Keep up to date with the trail status of each trail section here.

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Accommodation

Need to book accommodation during your adventure? We have a range of accommodation options available on each section of the trail that can be booked today.

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Dine & Drink

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To Do

Each section has a range of activities and attractions for you to experience and see while cycling the trail. Find the best things to do on the alternative route of the trail.

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