Section 3: Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge [38km]

Overview

38km Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2

 

Section 3 Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

From Twizel, you follow Mackenzie Drive, then Nuns Veil Road which takes you to Glen Lyon Road. Follow this until it crosses the canal bridge just past Loch Cameron [6km]. After crossing the bridge, stay on the two lane northern side of the canal road until reaching the edge of Lake Ohau [18km]. From there an off-road trail descends down to the lake foreshore, taking you to the Ohau Weir [20km].

After the weir the trail skirts around the lake foreshore where it eventually meets up with the sealed Lake Ohau Road [29km]. Follow the road for the final 10km to Lake Ohau Lodge (you go past Lake Ohau Village).

Highlights Include

  • Canal Fishing
  • Kaki/Black Stilt Visitor Hide
  • Loch Cameron (swimming spot)
  • Pukaki & Ohau Canals
  • Lake Ohau Foreshore
  • Ohau Weir
  • Maori Swamp

Section Map

Section 3: Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge [38km]

Trail Status

Section 3 Trail Status

When the Ohau Weir is in flood, there is no way across. Do not attempt to cross weir if water is flowing over it. The alternate flood route is to follow the highway from Twizel riding south 4km to Lake Ruataniwha. Just opposite the salmon farm, turn onto the 4WD track alongside the lake. Follow this for 15km to the weir. If the weir is closed it will be noted on the trail status page. The flood route is rough and steep in places and mountain bikes are recommended.

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

Accommodation

Dine & Drink

Lake Ohau Lodge

Lake Ohau Lodge is ideally placed between two of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail’s scenic highlights - the shores of Lake Ohau, and Lake Ohau Lodge to Quailburn. It is the perfect spot for a lunch...

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...

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Overview

Section 3 follows a 38km section, taking the rider from Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge. Highlights on this section include Loch Cameron (local swimming spot), a Maori Swamp and the foreshore of Lake Ohau

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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 3 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 3 of the trail.

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