Section 6: Otematata to Kurow [44km]


44km Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: High Grade: 3


Section 6 Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

Road closure Tuesday 30th October 2018
Meridian Energy have notified us that the road crossing the top of Benmore Dam will be closed to all traffic, including cyclists, from 6am to 7pm on Tuesday 30th October 2018. Please plan your ride accordingly.

From Otematata, take the sealed pathway beside Loch Laird Road, then follow the gravel track beside the lake. This takes you through several camping areas. You then ride up Loch Laird Road onto the massive Benmore Hydro Dam 6km. It's a steep road up to the dam, so you may need to walk the last 800 meters. Follow the Te Akatarawa Road along the margns of Lake Aviemore to the Aviemore Dam 28km. After crossing the dam the trail follows State Highway 83 to Lake Waitaki and the Waitaki Dam 36km, 1km after the Awakino River, turn right onto the off road trail that links to Kurow. This section of trail has an interesting hydro history with dams and project towns. 

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

Highlights Include

  • Benmore Dam
  • Te Akatarawa Road
  • Lake Aviemore
  • Deep Stream Walking Track
  • Aviemore Dam
  • Waitaki Dam

Section Map

Section 6: Otematata to Kurow [44km]

Trail Status

Section 6 Trail Status

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

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


Dine & Drink

Kurow Hotel

1864 heritage hotel in town centre. Family friendly, country atmosphere. The only 2 story hotel in town, featuring 16 rooms. There is a restaurant, bar, separate function room, and a secluded...

On The Spot, Otematata

Drop into Otematata’s On The Spot, for all your requirements.

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

Ostler Vineyards

Ostler Vineyards is a boutique producer of wines of distinction in the South Island’s Waitaki Valley. From select and hand-tended vineyards we produce memorable cool climate wines: Pinot noir,...

Pasquale Kurow Winery

The Pasquale Kurow Winery, located just east of Kurow, makes use of the unique terroir of the Waitaki Valley to produce fine wines that have that “something extra”.

You can stop...

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...

Waitaki Hotel

Welcome to the Waitaki Hotel, Kurow - where you will be warmly greeted by our friendly staff in a cosy, relaxing atmosphere.

Come in and join us for us fantastic meal from our...

To Do

Kurow Museum & Info Centre

A2O runs past our front door. We welcome all visitors to our quirky museum which provides a snapshot of early European life and features tools from the local Maori (Waitaha). Other stories...

Westmere Lavender Farm & Woolshed

Welcome to Westmere Lavender Farm, our working 1200 hectare farm. We are ideally located right on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail and we offer modern, comfortable accommodation in our renovated...

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Section 6, from Otematata to Kurow is a 43km section that is both easy in fitness and skill. Highlights include, Lake Aviemore, Waitaki Dam and Benmore Dam.

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Dine & Drink

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