Section 5: Omarama to Otematata [24km]


24km Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Moderate Grade: 3


Section 5 Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

Leaving Omarama you ride east down the Waitaki Valley, following the off-road trail to the top of the Chain Hills [5km]. From here you descend beside State Highway 83, then follow the edge of Lake Benmore to Pumpkin Point [10km].

Continue beside the lake to Sailors Cutting – a popular boating, fishing and camping destination [13km]. Then it’s a short on-road climb up to Otematata saddle with views of Lake Aviemore and the valley beyond, then downhill all the way to Otematata.

Highlights Include

  • Chain Hills Viewpoint
  • Lake Benmore
  • Sailors Cutting Scenic Reserve
  • Otematata Wetlands Walk
  • Autumn Colours (April)

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Section 5: Omarama to Otematata [24km]

Trail Surfaces

Trail Status

Section 5 Trail Status

Parts of the trail are on State Highway 83. Please take care. Cyclists are advised to ride single file, and to keep left.

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


Dine & Drink

Otematata Country Inn

Otematata Country Inn features accommodation units and CJ's Bar & Restaurant.


• Benmore unit - 8 double rooms

All units feature...

Otematata Holiday Park & Lodge

Otematata Holiday Park and Lodge provides affordable holiday accommodation in an established setting that is being continually improved by its owners, Brent & Kirsty.

We offer...

Te Kohurau Restarant & Cafe

A warm and welcoming dining experience in Kurow!

Your hosts Jovy & Michael Sargeant invite you to come along and enjoy your time at Te Kohurau Restaurant & Café. Freshly made...

West Road Shop 'N Cafè

Drop into Otematata’s West Road Shop 'n' Cafe, for all your requirements.

Stock up on essentials, food, and beverages. Make sure you have sunscreen for...

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From Omarama to Otematata, Section 5 is a 24m strech that is both easy in fitness and skill. Highlights include views over Lake Benmore, Sailors Cutting Scenic Reserve and Chainhills Viewpoint.

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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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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 5 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 5 of the trail.

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