Section 8: Duntroon to Oamaru [54km]


54km Fitness: Intermediate Skill: Easy Traffic: Medium Grade: 3


Section 8 Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

From Duntroon you head south-west to the unique rock formations known as Elephant Rocks [6km]. An off-road trail then takes you through several farms. You rejoin the road at Prydes Gulley which takes you to Island Cliff [13km] which is surrounded by limestone escarpments. Keep veering right on the road until you get to Karara Creek where you go off-road again.

A series of gravel roads (Cants, Peaks then Tunnel Rd) take you to the Rakis Railway Tunnel [27km] where there is a toilet, picnic spot and drinking water. Next stop is Windsor [33km], then an off-road section of trail takes you through farmland to Enfield [42km] and onto Weston [48km] where you rejoin the old railway line for a flat run to Saleyards Rd.

Follow the sealed cycleway downhill to the Oamaru Gardens. Bike through the gardens, across SH1, then through the park to the main street (Thames Street). Turn right into the far lane and ride south past the i-SITE, turning left on Itchen St, right onto Tyne, then left onto Harbour St. Go through the Victorian Historic Precinct to the Oamaru Harbour where the trail ends at Friendly Bay and the Pacific Ocean!

Highlights Include

  • Elephant Rocks
  • Vanished World Fossil Sites
  • Historic Tokarahi Branch Rail Line
  • Maori Rock Art Sites
  • Oamaru Historic Victorian Precinct
  • Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
  • Oamaru Botanical Gardens
  • Historic Rakis Railway Tunnel
  • Elderslie Estate

Section Map

Section 8: Duntroon to Oamaru [54km]

Trail Status

Section 8 Trail Status

Take care around large agricultural vehicles using the roads. Please keep left and ride in single file particularly on blind corners. Please stay on the formed track through private property (strictly no dogs). There are numerous electric fences.

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


Dine & Drink

Brydone Hotel

After a days travel and sightseeing, relax in this welcoming brasserie bar and sip a drink or two under the striking stained glass ceiling.

The T Bar, an award winning restaurant,...

Criterion Hotel

The Criterion Hotel has been operating since 1877 and has a rich history. The main bar has a cosy welcoming feel with friendly staff and a range of local South Island and NZ beers and wines...


Cucina Oamaru Restaurant and Bar offers you locally sourced fresh produce, boutique beer and wine in a comfortable and enjoyable environment.

Here at Cucina, we strive towards...

Northstar Motel

Northstar Motel’s Units offer stylish accommodation in Oamaru, at an affordable price. Each motel room features your choice of either a super king size bed or two king single beds, a large cozy...

Star & Garter

Oamaru is the proud home of the Star & Garter restaurant and cafe, one of New Zealand’s oldest restaurants, serving continuously for 100 years! The Star & Garter is open seven days a week, from...

Steam Cafe

Steam Café is home to Oamaru’s best coffee, roasted daily on the premises and served in one of the town’s most distinctive heritage buildings, between the i-Site information centre and...


Dean & Michelle welcome you to Subway Oamaru! Our team is ready to serve hungry cyclists on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.

Call ahead and order Subway for your group - it's a healthy...

The New Zealand Whisky Company

The New Zealand Whisky Company is a success story that signals a revival of the New Zealand whisky industry. In February 2014 the South Island Single Malt was placed in the highly coveted...

Whitestone Cheese

Whitestone Cheese was founded in 1987 as a diversification during the 1980's rural downturn and a series of crippling droughts.

Founder Bob Berry's experience in livestock trading...

To Do


Whether you're strapped for time or just want to travel in style, Heliventures can transfer riders and luggage to the track from any location, or we can whisk you back to the airport upon...

Moké Apparel

Moké Apparel is a family business based in Oamaru, specialising in functional fashion outerwear. Moké is designed here in New Zealand and is 100% Kiwi owned. Our designers focus on innovation...

Oak Villa Beauty Spa

Offering you the very best in everyday beauty, massage and ultimate luxury treatments for one or for parties and group bookings, with four treatment rooms, great ocean and garden views and an...

Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is located just minutes from the centre of Oamaru. Since its establishment in 1993, and because of its conservation efforts, the Colony has observed very high...

Oamaru i-SITE

Welcome to the Oamaru i-SITE - we've got you covered for everything you need in the area. We're also Alps 2 Ocean booking agents - we can create your entire itinerary. Let us take care of...

Presence On Harbour

Groovy stuff for groovy people. Merino Possum Knitwear. Quality gifts. New Zealand art and gifts. Kiwiana, A2O gifts and heaps more........ Open 7 days from September to May. Closed Wednesdays...

Totara Estate & Clarks Mill

TOTARA ESTATE Located only 8km south of Oamaru, at Totara Estate you can step back in time to New Zealand's pioneer past. Explore the Oamaru stone buildings, stroll to the Brydone monument, feed...

Whitestone Cheese

Whitestone Cheese was founded in 1987 as a diversification during the 1980's rural downturn and a series of crippling droughts. Founder Bob Berry's experience in livestock trading was quickly...

Whitestone City

Set in an original grain store that was built in 1882, and located within New Zealand’s most complete streetscape of Victorian commercial buildings, Whitestone City is a central heritage hub...

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From Duntroon to Oamaru, Section 8 follows a 54km section. Highlights include a stunning stop at the Elephant Rocks, and a brilliant view over Island Cliff showcasing lovely limestone escarpments.

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