The Alternative Route begins in the Takapō township near Hamilton Drive.
Follow this track until you reach Aorangi Crescent. Following the A2O arrows, turn left and continue along Aorangi Crescent until it turns into Andrew Don Drive. Eventually Andrew Don Drive becomes a gravel road, continuing to Tekapo A Power Station.
Passing Tekapo A Power Station (3km) continue along the Tekapo Canal Road to the gate where vehicles are excluded (9km).
Take care crossing SH8 (15km) then continue on past the salmon farm and toilet (24km), before dropping down to Lake Pukaki (30km).
Turn left onto Hayman Rd and ride to the start of the off-road Trail on your right (35km) which follows the Lake Pukaki shoreline. With Aoraki/ Mt Cook as a backdrop, the Trail passes over the Pukaki dam, taking you to the car park at Lake Pukaki Visitor Centre 44km.
You then cross the highway and follow the Trail across Pukaki Flats – an expansive area of dry grasslands that are characteristic of the Mackenzie landscape.
This takes you to the town of Twizel. Take care crossing State Highway 8.
- High winds – this section of Trail is exposed to strong and gusty winds. Be extremely careful in exposed areas, especially crossing bridges. Consider dismounting.
- There are sections of this Trail close to cliffs and drop offs. Take care in these parts.
- Vehicles - take care and be alert for vehicles crossing the section of Trail around the south end of Lake Pukaki.
- Overflow weir – this is signposted 2km from the Pukaki Visitor Centre. Do not stop or camp in between the signs.
- The alternative Tekapo Canal Road route is a private road. Genesis Energy reserves the right to close the Tekapo Canal Road at any time, and may do so without notice.
Mt Cook Alpine Salmon
The Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Shop is on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail at the southern end of Lake Pukaki. Stop by to enjoy the iconic views, picnic tables, ice cold drinks and the range of salmon products on offer.
Our Freshwater King Salmon has been raised in nearby canals, the water flowing straight from the Southern Alps. This glacial, highly oxygenated water and the distinctive touch of the seasons, creates a special salmon delicacy.