Section 4: Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama [45km]

Overview

45km Fitness: Intermediate Skill: Intermediate Traffic: Low Grade: 3

 

Section 4 Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

Starting from the Lake Ohau Lodge driveway, the trail traverses the lower slopes of the Ruataniwha Conservation Park, with stunning views back across the basin to the Ben Ohau Range. 6km of easy cycling will take you to Freehold Creek, 600m above sea level. From here the track narrows and it’s a steady climb to the high point on the trail at 900m [11km].

Please be aware that there are several ‘false summits’ where the trail appears to reach the high point, but instead keeps winding upward. There is plenty of clean drinking water available from the various streams that flow down from the mountains. Once at the high point it is a rolling descent to the historic woolshed at the top of Quailburn Road [19km]. Toilets and parking are available here.

On the way down Quailburn Road you can turn onto Henburn Rd [36km] and take a side trip to see the Clay Cliffs (14km return).

Where Quailburn Road meets the highway, take the off-road trail which leads through the Ahuriri Camp Ground [42km]. Exit the camp ground and cross over the Ahuriri river using the road bridge. A short off-road trail then takes you to Omarama.

Highlights Include

  • Ruataniwha Conservation Park
  • Native Beech Forests
  • Quailburn Historic Woolshed
  • Clay Cliffs (side trip)
  • Freehold Creek Track

Trail Status

Section 4 Trail Status

It is advised to bring some high energy food, as you may require a boost. Please allow plenty of time for this section, and take frequent breaks if you are feeling tired. Sections of Tarnbrae Track 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

Boots & Jandals Hotel

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Heritage Gateway Hotel

Set amongst landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding mountains, the Heritage Gateway Hotel is a peaceful place to stay. There are 98 comfortably furnished guest rooms. The hotel also...

Merino Country Cafe & Gifts

Merino Country Cafe & Gifts is conveniently located in the town centre beside the public toilets. Our cafe is open from 8-30am to 5pm in summer and winter.

Merino Country Cafe & Gifts...

Wrinkly Rams

CAFE

The Wrinkly Rams Cafeteria prides itself on good wholesome food and quality service. The coffee is fantastic, and stopping could mean addiction not only to the Coffee but also...

To Do

GlenCraig's Clothing

GlenCraig's is Omarama’s local stylish clothing store, stocking A2O merchandise and a huge range of practical fashion garments and footwear. Established by Glenys and Craig in 1999, GlenCraig's...

Glide Omarama

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Hot Tubs Omarama

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Merino Country Cafe & Gifts

Merino Country Cafe & Gifts is conveniently located in the town centre beside the public toilets. Our cafe is open from 8-30am to 5pm in summer and winter. Merino Country Cafe & Gifts offers a...

Wrinkly Rams

CAFE The Wrinkly Rams Cafeteria prides itself on good wholesome food and quality service. The coffee is fantastic, and stopping could mean addiction not only to the Coffee but also the fabulous...

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Overview

Requiring an intermediate level of fitness and skill, Section 4 follows a 45km section through native Beech Forests, the Ruataniwha Conservation Park and gorgeous Clay Cliffs on a optional side trip.

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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

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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 4 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 4 of the trail.

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