Trail Status

This page was last updated on the 14th of June 2018, apart from the information below we are not aware of any other issues along the trail. 

Please report any issues to: 027 768 0378 or [email protected]

TRAIL STATUS UPDATE - Winter Season Update
DATE NOTIFIED - 12-06-2018
SECTION - All Sections

Section 1: Logging in process along Hayman Road riders are advised to keep far left, ride in single file and wear high visibility clothing.

Section 2: Logging in Process along Hayman Road Riders are advised to keep far left, ride single file and wear high visibility clothing.

Sections of the Pukaki Flats are subject to freezing in winter. Do not ride when ground is thawing, mud becomes sticky.

Section 3: When the Ohau Weir is in flood there is NO WAY to cross it. Please contact Alps 2 Ocean booking agents for transport options.

Section 4: Bring high energy food with you for this section. Please allow plenty of time for this section. Sections of the Tarnbrae Track are subject to freezing in the winter. Do not ride when the ground is thawing as mud becomes sticky.

Section 5: Parts of the trail are on State Highway 83. Please ride single file, keep far left and wear high visibility clothing. Watch for any ice formed on the road and ride with care.

Section 6: Please be careful when turning right into the new section of trail off SH83. Make sure there is no traffic behind you, or pull over to the shoulder of the road before crossing the highway.

Section 7: The trail between Kurow and Duntroon crosses 3 rivers (Kurow Creek, Otiake River and Otekaieke River). These sections can flood during significant rainfall and snow melt. If the rivers are in flood you are best you are best to ride on the road from Kurow to Duntroon. If you are on the trail and do not feel safe cross the rivers there are flood routes up on highway bridges. Flood routes may involve walking your bike or crossing fences using stiles. Alternatively retrace your steps until you can access the highway.

Sections of the Waitaki haul road are shared with recreational vehicles and cyclists. Please ride or drive with consideration.
The Waitaki River is swift flowing and not generally suitable for swimming.
Several ponds along the trail are fenced off. Please be aware of electric fences along the route.

Section 8: Take care of agricultural vehicles using the roads. Please stay on formed track through private property (strictly no dogs). There are numerous electric fences. Please keep left in single file, especially on blind corners.

Alternative Route: There can sometimes be strong wind gusts along the Tekapo Canal Road. There may be some service vehicles operating. Please keep left and ride single file. The road may be closed for operational and public safety purposes.




Weather: Please be mindful of weather conditions and check reports before you cycle. Please carry wet weather clothing as well as high visibility clothing. Tell someone where you are biking and when you are expected to return.




DATE NOTIFIED - 12-06-2018

SECTION -  Section 1 Mt Cook to Braemar and Section 2 Braemar to Twizel 

A logging operation is in progress throughout these sections until further notice. 

The logging company self imposed speed restriction of 50 kmph when laden and are trying to operate before 9.00am in the morning and after 3pm in the afternoon.

Please be mindful of trucks and this serves as a reminder to keep left and wear high vis clothing when cycling the trail. 

Please call Alps 2 Ocean booking consultants for alternative options - Please contact [email protected] or phone 027 768 0378


TRAIL STATUS UPDATE - Caution Rumble Strips 

DATE NOTIFIED - 28-4-2018

SECTION -  Omarama to Kurow 

Rumble strips have gone down on State Highway 83 between Omarama and Otematata and Otematata and Kurow. This has left very minimal if any space to cycle on the left hand side of the white line. 
If you do not feel confident cycling on highways please make alternative arrangements prior to your cycle trip. 

If you are cycling on Statehighway 83 please keep as far left as possible and make sure you a visible to traffic. 

Please call Alps 2 Ocean booking consultants for alternative options - Please contact [email protected] or phone 027 768 0378


TRAIL STATUS -  Pukaki Irrigation Infrastructure Partnership (PIILP) has commenced the construction of an Off Take Structure along the Tekapo Canal, just upstream of the Tekapo B headpond.

DATE NOTIFIED - 13 Feb 2018
This work requires construction traffic including excavators and for a short time a mobile crane. Safety of the public as well as Genesis and PIILP staff is paramount, and safe working requires exclusion of the public, Mount Cook Alpine Salmon and Genesis staff from the construction areas.  

The construction will involve a continuous 14-week road closure period, commencing from Tuesday 20th February

The attached map details the portion of the Tekapo Canal Road that will be closed, and where pedestrians and cyclists can access the true-right side of the Tekapo Canal from the true left, for the period of the road closure. Vehicles will still be able to access the lower parts of the Tekapo Canal road around the true-left hand side of the Tekapo B headpond, up to the road closure point.
UPDATE  25th May 2018 - Construction of the Offtake System is progressing however, ground conditions have caused changes to the timeframe for the works plan. There has also been a delay to moving existing services to avoid proposed new building foundations. This is being resolved but is likely to result in a delay to road works planned for later. As such the date the Tekapo Canal Road can be returned into service has been revised to the 30 June. 



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