The horses trekked across the Otago goldfields and the cyclists pedalled.
The high country ahead was a long stretch, rugged, and beautiful.
Early in March, the Goldfields Cavalcade transported horse riders, walkers, runners, and 51 cyclists back to the days of damper and mutton for lunch, saloons, and gold pans slung over luggage.
Otago Community Trust have approved funding of $177,297 to the Friends of Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. These funds will be used to construct the long awaited clip-on bridge for Awahokomo Stream and to provide a permanent toilet on the new section of trail between Sailors Cutting and Benmore Dam.
This funding will improve safety and complete the task of taking the trail off SH83 as well as make the ride more enjoyable. Adair Craik from the Friends of Alps 2 Ocean said, "We are so pleased to have reached this milestone and wish to thank Otago Community Trust and all our funders. The new section of trail has proven very popular since it opened and we continue to receive fantastic comments about this section with domestic tourism continuing to make a significant contribution to our local communities. Many businesses along the trail have benefitted economically, in what would have been a difficult trading period due to Covid 19.
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You can discover the Mackenzie Basin and Waitaki Valley in the Canterbury and Otago regions in depth on the Alps 2 Ocean, or A2O, Cycle Trail.
Taking riders from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, it’s a scenic, predominantly off-road trail of between 301 and 325 kilometres. Along the way, you’ll find quaint townships, great swimming spots, walking tracks and learn local history.
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a 300km, mostly-off-road, cycling route which travels from the slopes of our highest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook, right down to the Pacific Ocean at Ōamaru. It passes through myriad dramatic landscapes, traverses a few of the most iconic southern locations and calls into some of the finest gems our country has to offer – where the people are also a real highlight. As the seasons switched from winter to spring, we headed south for this journey, but the grip of winter hadn’t left yet.on 20 January 2021 read more
A new $1.2 million section of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail has proved a hit with holidaymakers as they discover rarely seen South Island scenery.
The 16-kilometre section from Sailors Cutting to the top of the Benmore Dam in the Waitaki Lakes region follows the Ahuriri arm of Lake Benmore serving up sights that users have raved about since it opened on December 18.
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Santa made a surprise appearance at the Press Day of the Sailors Cutting to Lake Benmore section of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail just ahead of the Christmas holidays.
The Alps 2 Ocean Joint Committee, elected officials, and official trail partners celebrated the opening of the new off-road section today. They gathered at Sailors Cutting campground to watch mayor of Waitaki, Gary Kircher, mayor of Mackenzie, Graham Smith, and Chair of the Alps 2 Ocean Joint Committee, Sally Jones officially cut the ribbon. Following this, over 150 cyclists took to the trail for the first time.
A new off-road section of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail will provide access to areas most people have only been able to get to by boat before.
Construction of the new 16km section from Sailors Cutting to Benmore dam started this week. It would become one of the “more spectacular” parts of the trail, Waitaki District Council recreation manager Erik van der Spek said.
At present, the trail follows State Highway 83 from Sailors Cutting to Otematata. Construction of the new off-road section was part of a larger project to take all of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail off SH83 through the Waitaki Valley.
“Instead of going on to the road from [Sailors Cutting], you’ll go through the camp, out the other side and keep on following the lake shore around,” Mr van der Spek said.
Eleanor Hughes sees the sights along the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail from Lake Ohau to Otematata.
When we rode around Lake Ohau yesterday, whitecaps whipped across its surface. This morning, it lies placidly and turquoise.
Day three of my Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail adventure has dawned with blue skies and it is already warm as we set off down Lake Ohau Lodge’s pine tree-lined driveway just after 9am.
The Tarnbrae Track rises slowly, giving views over the lake and Ben Ohau Range, tinged green, brown and yellow with a splatter of bright, white snow in its high valleys. After the first hour or so the rough shingle track narrows, twists and begins to climb. Thigh muscles burn, teeth grit, sweat pours. It’s a tortuous 5km to Tarnbrae Highpoint, marked with a sign that announces the elevation is 900m. Spread out below is the still world of a parched fawn-coloured basin and distant rolling, green hills.
My riding companions finally appear over the hill. They’ve taken breaks on the way up, stopping to fill drink bottles from the many dribbling, cool streams that cross the track....