Alt Route: Lake Tekapo to Twizel [54km]

Overview

54km Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2

 

Alternative Route Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

The Alternative Route begins just outside Tekapo township in the Lakeside car park which is accessed via Hamilton Drive off SH8. Following the red Trail markers will take you on the off-road track beside the main road in to the Lake Tekapo Village. You are permitted to use the pedestrain path across the road bridge, but please give way to pedestrians, they have priority. 

Follow this track until you reach Aorangi Crescent [2.2km], turn left here and continue along Aorangi Crescent then turn right into Andrew Don Drive [0.5km]. There is a new subdivision being built here so be aware of construction traffic. Eventually Andrew Don Drive becomes a gravel road [0.8km].

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 Mt Cook Alpine Salmon farm and the toilet [24km], before dropping down to Lake Pukaki [30km]. Turn left onto Hayman Road 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 and toilets.  The Mt Cook Alpine Salmon shop [44km] also has Cycle Trail maps on the wall and general tourist information.

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 [54km].

Take care crossing the State Highway.

 

 

Highlights Include

  •  Lake Tekapo
  •  Church of the Good Shepherd
  •  Tekapo Canal
  •  Pattersons Ponds
  •  Tekapo River
  •  Lake Pukaki
  • Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve
  •  More Lake Pukaki to Twizel highlights on SECTION 2 map

 

Section Map

Alt Route: Lake Tekapo to Twizel [54km]

Trail Status

Alternate Start: Lake Tekapo to Twizel

There can sometimes be strong wind gusts along the Tekapo Canal Road. Although vehicle access is restricted along most of the Tekapo Canal Road, there may be service vehicles operating. The road may be closed for operational and public safety purposes. Please check TRAIL STATUS page on website.

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

Accommodation

Dine & Drink

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon

The Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Shop is located on beautiful Lake Pukaki - Leg 2 of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail!

Stop by to enjoy the iconic view, picnic tables, ice cold drinks and...

To Do

Air Safaris

Air Safaris have been flying aircraft in and around the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks since 1970. Over that period, Air Safaris has grown from a single aircraft operation to operating one...

Kiwi Treasures & Info Centre

Welcome to Kiwi Treasures and Info Centre, Lake Tekapo. Located right in the centre of the township, we are your source for info, souvenirs, post shop, gifts, and fishing requirements. INFO...

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Overview

Take an alternative 54km route from Lake Tekapo to Twizel where highlights include a stop at Tekapo Canal, Patterson Ponds and some stunning lakes!

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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

Need to book accommodation during your adventure? We have a range of accommodation options available on each section of the trail that can be booked today.

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Dine & Drink

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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 the alternative route of the trail.

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