Section 6: Otematata to Kurow [44km]

Overview

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

 

Section 6 Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

 

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.

This on-road section on about 400m Loch Laird Road up to and over ther Benmore Dam and down the Te Akatarawara Rd on the north side of Lake Aviemore and back across the Aviemore Dam, is Grade 3 by virtue of the potentially busy holiday season road traffic (which is restricted to an 8okm/h speed limit).

After crossing the Aviemore Dam you are back on the Grade 2 off-road Trail which follows alongside State Highway 83 passing through the ghost town of Wharekuri on the way to Lake Waitaki and the Waitaki Dam 36km, 1km after the Awakino River Trail bridge, turn right onto the off road Trail that links to Kurow 44km. 

There are 3 crossings over the sometimes busy SH83 required (at Aviemore Dam, at the top end of Lake Waitaki, and before the Awakino river bridge - please stop at these crossings and asses the traffic before crossing this road.

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

The Kurow Museum tells of interesting stories of the local hydro scheme and the birthplace to NZ's modern social welfare system.

Take a VR tour of Benmore Dam courtesy of Virtual Waitaki:

 

Highlights Include

  • Otematata Wetlands
  • Benmore Dam
  • Benmore Peninsular -
    • DOC walking & MTB Track
    • Views from the top back to Aoraki Mt Cook
    • Views of Junction, Black Jacks and Turnagain Islands
  • Te Akatarawa Road and lakeshore views
  • Lake Aviemore
    • Camping
    • Fishing
    • Boating
    • Swiming
  • Deep Stream Walking Track
  • Aviemore Dam 
  • Fisherman's Bend Campground
  • Wharekuri Ghost Town
  • Waitaki Lake and Dam
  • Kurow Museum
  • Waitaki Whitestone Aspiring Geopark

Section Map

Section 6: Otematata to Kurow [44km]

Trail Status

Section 6:- Useful Information

  • Loch Laird section – take care between Otematata and the Benmore Dam as it is crossed by several vehicle tracks and roads. Look out for vehicles
    and be prepared to give way.
  • Te Akatarawa Rd – this is a moderate to high volume, relatively narrow road. Please keep left, ride single file and wear high vis clothing. Check the website before departure as the dams are sometimes closed to all traffic.
  • Cattle stops – take care in frosty or wet weather as these can be slippery on a bike.
  • Parts of the Trail route includes crossing State Highway 83. Please take care when crossing the Highway at the designated crossing points.
  • 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.
  • When riding in to 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.

Accommodation

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

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.

CONVENIENCE STORE
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,...

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

First opened in 1970, Kurow Museum – also known as New Zealand’s National Museum of Social Security – has attracted visitors both domestically and internationally. Our displays include...

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Overview

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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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

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Dine & Drink

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To Do

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