Section 2: Braemar Road to Twizel [42km]

Overview

42km Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2

 

Section 2 Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

The trail continues along a quiet country road that follows the eastern shore of Lake Pukaki, passing the Tekapo B power station [18km]. Riders will enjoy outstanding vistas across Lake Pukaki towards the Southern Alps. A wide range of native plants grow along the lake edge including kowhai and flax, as well as exotic species such as larch and pines.

The off-road trail starts at the bottom of Hayman Road [23km] and 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 Lake Pukaki Visitor Centre [31km]. 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. Take care crossing the State Highway.

Highlights Include

  • Lake Pukaki
  • Tekapo B Power Station
  • Pukaki Dam & Spillway
  • Links With Te Araroa Trail
  • Pukaki Flats
  • Mountain Bike Trails – Pukaki Kettle Holes, Dusky Trail, Twizel River Trail, Baikie Hut, Darts Bush Stream
  • Mountains – Benmore Range, Ben Ohau Range

Section Map

Section 2: Braemar Road to Twizel [42km]

Trail Status

Section 2 Trail Status

Sometimes there are quarry/logging trucks on Hayman Road. Cyclists are advised to ride single file, and to keep left. Sections of Pukaki Flats are subject to freezing in winter. Do not ride when ground is thawing, mud becomes sticky.

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

Accommodation

Dine & Drink

High Country Salmon

Established in 2000 by the Logan family, High Country Salmon are one of three farms raising salmon on the hydro canals surrounding Twizel.

Their focus is on bringing great salmon...

Hydro Cafe

Located right in the Twizel town centre, Hydro Cafe is open every morning from 7am. Perfect for cyclists wanting to hit the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail nice and early! Serving up invigorating...

MacKenzie Country Hotel

We encourage you to sample our southern hospitality in our fully licensed restaurant and bar.

Our menus, à la carte and buffet, are designed for both the heart warming and...

Mackenzie Four Square

Welcome to Mackenzie Four Square Supermarket, Twizel's modern large supermarket with in-store bakery, Lotto outlet - fully operational seven days a week.

We aim to provide our...

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon

The Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Shop is located on beautiful Lake Pukaki - Leg 2 of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail!

Stop by to enjoy the iconic view, picnic tables, ice cold drinks and...

Musterers Hut

CAFE
Enjoy our fabulous fresh home made fare made daily, along with our incredible Organic, Fair Trade Switch Espresso Coffee. Enjoy the relaxed retro atmosphere with genuine original retro...

Poppies Cafe

Poppies Café & Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy superb food whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.

We can cater for an intimate dinner or a large group & can create...

Razza Bar & Cafe

Owners Mike & Lek Darling welcome you to Razza Bar & Café, an esteemed local Twizel favourite. Located just up the road from the town square, the Razza features:

• Wednesday...

Shawty's Cafe

Experience delicious cuisine, excellent service and great atmosphere. Shawtys has an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu including our famous gourmet pizzas. Check out our gluten free...

Top Hut

The Top Hut has something for everyone. Pool tables, kid's toys, jukebox, gaming machines, TAB, great food, beverages, and a relaxing vibe!

TOP HUT SPORTS BAR

The Top...

To Do

High Country Salmon

Established in 2000 by the Logan family, High Country Salmon are one of three farms raising salmon on the hydro canals surrounding Twizel. Their focus is on bringing great salmon to locals and...

Jake's Hardware

Jake's Hardware is one of the last independent, family-run hardware stores in the country – and we're as excited about the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail as you are! With a rapidly-expanding...

Lakeland Explorer

Bike, hike or drive – you can go with Lakeland Explorer, Twizel! SHUTTLE Our shuttle service offers local transport for passengers as well as bikes (yours or ours – we also do rentals)...

Musterers Hut

CAFE Enjoy our fabulous fresh home made fare made daily, along with our incredible Organic, Fair Trade Switch Espresso Coffee. Enjoy the relaxed retro atmosphere with genuine original retro...

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Overview

Section two, from Braemar Road to Twizel is an easy 42km section. Highlights include spectacular views across Lake Pukaki and Aoraki/ Mt Cook. Be immersed in New Zealand's natural flora and fauna.

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Weather

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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

If you're looking for the best recommendations of places to eat and drink while cycling the trail you've come to the right place. Read more on our best dining recommendations on Section 1 of the trail

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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 Section 2 of the trail.

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Photos

See some of the best photos taken by other trail riders through Section 2 of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail.

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