Section 8: Duntroon to Oamaru [54km]


54km Fitness: Intermediate Skill: Easy Traffic: Medium Grade: 3


Section 8 Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

From Duntroon head south-east along the footpath and over the Maerewhenua bridge, then follow the off-road trail through several farms to the unique rock formations known as Elephant Rocks 7km.  Ride through to Prydes Gully Rd, then continue off-road through Island Cliff 13km which is surrounded by limestone escarpments. Ride up the track beside Karara Creek to Cants Rd which takes you to the high point of the section.  Drop down Peaks Rd then Tunnel Rd to the Rakis Railway Tunnel 26km where there is a toilet and picnic spot.  The Tunnel is over 100m long and bends in the middle - as a result natural lighting is extremely poor.  Please remember to take a bike light or headlight, otherwise please walk your bike through. There is a camber to the tunnel's Trail surface which is also rough in places. 

Follow the old railway line to Windsor 32km then the off-road trail takes you through to Enfield 42km and onto Weston 48km where you rejoin the old railway line for a flat run to Saleyards Rd. Follow the sealed cycle way downhill to the Oamaru Gardens. Bike through the gardens, across SH1, then through the park to the main street (Thames Street). Turn right into the far lane and ride south past the i-SITE, turning left on Itchen St, right onto Tyne, then left onto Harbour St. Go through the Victorian Historic Precinct to the Oamaru Harbour where the trail ends at Friendly Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Highlights Include

  • Elephant Rocks
  • Vanished World Fossil Sites
  • Historic Tokarahi Branch Rail Line
  • Maori Rock Art Sites
  • Oamaru Historic Victorian Precinct
  • Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
  • Oamaru Botanical Gardens
  • Historic Rakis Railway Tunnel
  • Elderslie Estate
  • Whitestone Cheese 

Section Map

Section 8: Duntroon to Oamaru [54km]

Trail Status

Section 8 Trail Status

 Please stay on the formed track through private property (strictly no dogs). There are numerous electric fences.

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


Dine & Drink

Brydone Hotel

After a days travel and sightseeing, relax in this welcoming brasserie bar and sip a drink or two under the striking stained glass ceiling.

The T Bar, an award winning restaurant,...

Northstar Motel

Northstar Motel’s Units offer stylish accommodation in Oamaru, at an affordable price. Each motel room features your choice of either a super king size bed or two king single beds, a large cozy...

Star & Garter

Oamaru is the proud home of the Star & Garter restaurant and cafe, one of New Zealand’s oldest restaurants, serving continuously for 100 years! The Star & Garter is open seven days a week, from...


Dean & Michelle welcome you to Subway Oamaru! Our team is ready to serve hungry cyclists on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.

Call ahead and order Subway for your group - it's a healthy...

The Fort Enfield

Come and enjoy the warm hospitality and relaxed atmosphere of this cool little country pub.

Whitestone Cheese

Whitestone Cheese was founded in 1987 as a diversification during the 1980's rural downturn and a series of crippling droughts.

Founder Bob Berry's experience in livestock trading...

To Do


Whether you're strapped for time or just want to travel in style, Heliventures can transfer riders and luggage to the track from any location, or we can whisk you back to the airport upon...

Oamaru i-SITE

Welcome to the Oamaru i-SITE - we've got you covered for everything you need in the area. We're also Alps 2 Ocean booking agents - we can create your entire itinerary. Let us take care of...

Presence On Harbour

Groovy stuff for groovy people. Merino Possum Knitwear. Quality gifts. New Zealand art and gifts. Kiwiana, A2O gifts and heaps more........ Open 7 days from September to May. Closed Wednesdays...

Totara Estate & Clarks Mill

TOTARA ESTATE Located only 8km south of Oamaru, at Totara Estate you can step back in time to New Zealand's pioneer past. Explore the Oamaru stone buildings, stroll to the Brydone monument, feed...

Whitestone Cheese

Whitestone Cheese was founded in 1987 as a diversification during the 1980's rural downturn and a series of crippling droughts. Founder Bob Berry's experience in livestock trading was quickly...

Whitestone City

Set in an original grain store that was built in 1882, and located within New Zealand’s most complete streetscape of Victorian commercial buildings, Whitestone City is a central heritage hub...

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From Duntroon to Oamaru, Section 8 follows a 54km section. Highlights include a stunning stop at the Elephant Rocks, and a brilliant view over Island Cliff showcasing lovely limestone escarpments.

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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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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 8 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 8 of the trail.

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