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