Section 2: Braemar Road to Twizel [41km]

Overview

41km Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2

 

Section 2 Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

The Trail continues along a quiet country road that follows the eastern shore of Lake Pukaki, passing the Tekapo B power station [18km]. Riders will enjoy outstanding vistas across Lake Pukaki towards the Southern Alps. A wide range of native plants grow along the lake edge including kowhai and flax, as well as exotic species such as larch and pines.

The off-road trail starts at the bottom of Hayman Road [23km] and 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 [31km]. 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 the State Highway.

The vivid lake colour is due to the glacial flour suspended in the water

Highlights Include

  • Lake Pukaki & Aoraki Mt Cook Views
  • Waitaki Hydro electric Power Scheme
    • Tekapo B Power Station
    • Pukaki Dam & Spillway
  • Links with Te Araroa Trail
  • Pukaki Flats
  • Ruatanewha Conservation Park
  • Scenic Flights available from and Pukaki (Twizel) Airport
  • Mountain Bike Trails
    • Pukaki Kettle Holes,
    • Dusky Trail,
    • Twizel River Trail,
    • Baikie Hut,
    • Darts Bush Stream
  • Mountains
    • Southern Alps,
    • Benmore Range,
    • Ben Ohau Range
  • Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve - Stargazing

Section Map

Section 2: Braemar Road to Twizel [41km]

Trail Status

Section 2:- Useful Information

  • Hayman Road - this gravel road can be corrugated and often used by logging trucks which makes it challenging to ride safely. Please keep left, ride
    single file and wear high vis clothing.
  • Wind – the section of Trail around the southern end of Lake Pukaki can be exposed to strong and gusty NW winds.
  • Take care as there are sections of this Trail close to cliffs and drop offs.
  • 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
  • Sections of Pukaki Flats are subject to freezing in winter. Do not ride when ground is thawing, mud becomes sticky.
  • Both the Cycle Trail and and weather conditions can change quickly and unexpectedly. Please check the Trail Status and the weather reports daily before departure.

Accommodation

Please contact the provider directly to make your booking enqury. Their contact details can be found below...

Dine & Drink

MacKenzie Country Hotel

We encourage you to sample our southern hospitality in our fully licensed restaurant and bar.

Our menus, à la carte and buffet, are designed for both the heart warming and...

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon

The Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Shop is located on beautiful Lake Pukaki - the perfect resting spot on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, when on either the Alternative Route from Tekapo or Section 2 from...

Musterers Hut

CAFE
Enjoy our fabulous fresh home made fare made daily, along with our incredible Organic, Fair Trade Switch Espresso Coffee. Enjoy the relaxed retro atmosphere with genuine original retro...

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...

Shawty's Cafe

Experience delicious cuisine, excellent service and great atmosphere. We have an everchanging á la carte menu as well as a daily cabinet. Check out our gluten free options and try the best...

Twizel Four Square

Twizel Four Square is a fully functional supermarket that has a diverse offering of fresh foods, dry grocery goods, wine, beer and cider, plus everything in between.

Your perfect...

To Do

Jake's Hardware

Jake's Hardware is one of the last independent, family-run hardware stores in the country – and we're as excited about the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail as you are! With a rapidly-expanding...

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon

The Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Shop is located on beautiful Lake Pukaki - the perfect resting spot on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, when on either the Alternative Route from Tekapo or Section 2 from...

Musterers Hut

CAFE Enjoy our fabulous fresh home made fare made daily, along with our incredible Organic, Fair Trade Switch Espresso Coffee. Enjoy the relaxed retro atmosphere with genuine original retro...

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Overview

Section two, from Braemar Road to Twizel is an easy 42km section. Highlights include spectacular views across Lake Pukaki and Aoraki/ Mt Cook. Be immersed in New Zealand's natural flora and fauna.

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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

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 1 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 2 of the trail.

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Photos

See some of the best photos taken by other trail riders through Section 2 of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail.

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