Section 7: Kurow to Duntroon [27km]

Overview

27km Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2

 

Section 7 Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

The off-road Trail starts at the eastern end of Kurow between the museum sheds.  A gravel track takes you across to the Waitaki River which you follow down the valley.  You cross Kurow Creek [3km] then ride up and alongside the highway.

You ride through the winery [5km], then ride back towards the Waitaki River and follow the Waitaki Haul Road, crossing the Otiake River [11km] and the Otekaieke River [15km].  This section of the old Haul Road is shared with recreational vehicles and the occasional horse and rider (please slow down when passing the horses - you never know their reaction).

The trail then follows the highway to the Takiroa Maori rock art site [23km] which is across the road from the trail.  After visiting the rock art site, retrace your steps and continue on the trail that heads back down to the Waitaki River and through to Harris St.  Halfway up Harris St you turn right and ride through the Duntroon Wetlands before emerging in the centre of Duntroon 27km.

If you are looking for the public toilets they are situated 300m up the main road from the Gaol, towards Kurow on SH83.

Highlights Include

  • Kurow Museum
  • Kurow Island and Wetlands
  • Waitaki River
  • North Otago & Waitaki Wine Region & Vineyards
  • Takiroa Maori Rock Art
  • Duntroon Wetlands
  • Vanished World Centre
  • Nicols Forge & Blacksmith
  • Brewery Hole
  • St. Martins Church
  • Waitaki Whitestone Aspiring Geopark

Section Map

Section 7: Kurow to Duntroon [27km]

Trail Status

Section 7:- Useful Information

When riding in the Kurow town centre - as a safety precaution and a courtesy to the locals and visitors to Kurow - please dismount if you are using the footpath before you get to the commercial area to avoid hitting customers exiting the many buildings that open directly on to the relatively narrow pavement.

The Trail between Kurow and Duntroon crosses 3 rivers (Kurow Creek, Otiake River and Otekaieke River).  These are usually dry and only carry significant water during a flood.  If the rivers are in flood you are best to ride on the road from Kurow picking up the Trail again as it follows the road after the Otekaieke River bridge as you head towards Duntroon.  If you are on the Trail and do not feel safe crossing a river, there are flood routes taking you back to the highway bridges.  Flood routes may involve walking your bike or lifting your bike over fences (or styles).  Alternatively retrace your steps until you can access the highway.

  • Even when dry the riverbed crossings and the loose gravel can be a hazard when cycling - be prepared to dismount to negotiate the loose river gravel.
  • Sections of the River Haul Road are shared by recreational vehicles, horses and cyclists.  Please ride or drive with consideration.
  • The Waitaki River is swift flowing and not generally suitable for swimming.
  • Several ponds along the Trail are fenced off. Please be aware of the electric fences along the route.
  • SH83 (flood route only) – this is a moderate volume, relatively narrow road. Please keep left, ride single file and wear high vis clothing. For your safety please ride on the trail where it is adjacent to the road.
  • Takiroa Maori Rock Art site – take extreme care at this SH83 road crossing which is busy and has limited visibility.

Both the Cycle Trail and and weather conditions can change quickly and unexpectedly. Please check the Trail Status and the weather reports at least daily before departure.

Accommodation

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

Dine & Drink

Duntroon Hotel and CycleStays Ltd

This iconic country pub has been servicing the local community since 1881, from the goldmining era of the nearby Maerewhenua River and Danseys Pass areas to the present day, and has many stories...

River-T Estate Wines

River-T Wines was planted in 2007 as a small boutique vineyard with a mix of grape varieties on the banks of the Waitaki River near Kurow.

This site was selected for this historic...

To Do

River-T Estate Wines

River-T Wines was planted in 2007 as a small boutique vineyard with a mix of grape varieties on the banks of the Waitaki River near Kurow. This site was selected for this historic fruit...

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Overview

Section 7, from Kurow to Duntroon is a 28km section that is easy in skill and fitness. Highlights include gorgeous views of Kurow Island and Waitaki River, a stop at a bewhole and Kurow Museum.

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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

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 7 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 7 of the trail.

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Photos

See some of the best photos taken by other trail riders through Section 7 of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail.

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