Section 3: Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge [38km]

Overview

38km Fitness: Easy Skill: Easy Traffic: Low Grade: 2

 

Section 3 Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Map

From the Twizel Market Place, you follow Mackenzie Drive, then Nuns Veil Road which takes you to Glen Lyon Road.  Follow this until it crosses the canal bridge just past Loch Cameron [6km]. After crossing the bridge turn left and stay on the two lane northern side of the canal road until reaching the edge of Lake Ohau [18km]. From there an off-road Trail descends down to the lake foreshore, taking you to the Ohau Weir [20km].

PLEASE NOTE: If the water level of Lake Ohau is above 520.4m, this will result in water discharging over the outlet weir and into the Upper Ohau River, making the weir unsafe to cross. Check the current lake level here before you ride

After the weir the Trail skirts around the lake foreshore where it passes the Te Maiharoa Pou and soon after, meets up with the sealed Lake Ohau Road [29km]. Follow the road for the final 10km to Lake Ohau Lodge (you go past Lake Ohau Village).


Please stick to the roads and Trail and avoid venturing on to private property, particularly in the devastated Ohau Village.  The locals are understandably upset with unsolicited and unwarranted incursions on to their property's, with security camera footage continuing to show cyclists walking through sections and over private land. 

The devastation caused by the fire and the loss of personal property (and the many memories that go with them) still weigh heavily on those affected.  Please show respect and keep your curiosity firmly planted on the public roads and curb sides. 

For those that wish to make a contribution to help those affected by the Ohau fire and others that may find themselves in a similar situation in the future, donations to the Waitaki District Council mayoral relief fund can still be paid into the following bank account: 02 0940 0156400 000 (please include in the bank reference: Ohau)..

Highlights Include

  • Ruataniwha Conservation Park - includes walking & MTB trails
  • Loch Cameron (swimming spot)
  • Pukaki & Ohau Canals
  • Canal Fishing
  • Ben Ohau Range
  • Lake Ohau foreshore
  • Ohau Weir
  • Te Maiharoa Pou on the Lake Ohau shoreline
  • Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve - Stargazing

Section Map

Section 3: Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge [38km]

Trail Status

Section 3:- Useful Information

  • Vehicles - be alert for the possibilityof vehicles on the short section of Trail around the southern end of Lake Ohau before the weir.  
  • Ohau Weir –  when the weir has water flowing over it, do not attempt to cross. Warnings regarding its status will be posted on the web site and the CLOSED weir sign on the exit route from Twizel will be activated. The best alternative if the weir is closed is for you to organise a shuttle from one
    of the tour operators based in Twizel, to take you to Lake Ohau on the Lake Ohau Road and ride from there. We do not recommend riding the Ohau River Road as part of it must be ridden on SH8 and the Ohau River Road (15km) is very rough and slow. 
  • Wind – the section of Trail around the southern end of Lake Ohau can be exposed to strong and gusty NW winds. Take care and walk exposed
    sections if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Stock may be encountered on this Trail especially sheep. Ride quietly and allow them to leave the Trail when they can.
  • Parts of this popular section of Trail around the lake are narrow and winding, so please take care and look out for other riders and walkers.
  • 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

High Country Salmon

Established in 2000 by the Logan family, High Country Salmon are one of three farms raising salmon on the hydro canals surrounding Twizel.

Their focus is on bringing great salmon...

Lake Ohau Lodge

Lake Ohau Lodge is ideally placed between two of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail’s scenic highlights - the shores of Lake Ohau, and Lake Ohau Lodge to Quailburn. It is the perfect spot for a lunch...

Ministry of Works Bar & Eatery (MOW Bar)

Grab a well-deserved beer or wine and wind down in our cosy beer garden to reflect on your awesome day's cycling. Alternatively on colder days, settle yourself in front of the fire and soak up...

Musterers Hut

CAFE
Enjoy our fabulous fresh home made fare made daily, along with our incredible Organic, Fair Trade Switch Espresso Coffee. Enjoy the relaxed retro atmosphere with genuine original retro...

Poppies Cafe

Poppies Café & Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy superb food whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.

We can cater for an intimate dinner or a large group & can create...

Razza Bar & Cafe

Owners Mike & Lek Darling welcome you to Razza Bar & Café, an esteemed local Twizel favourite. Located just up the road from the town square, the Razza features:

• Wednesday...

Twizel Four Square

Twizel Four Square is a fully functional supermarket that has a diverse offering of fresh foods, dry grocery goods, wine, beer and cider, plus everything in between.

Your perfect...

To Do

High Country Salmon

Established in 2000 by the Logan family, High Country Salmon are one of three farms raising salmon on the hydro canals surrounding Twizel. Their focus is on bringing great salmon to locals and...

Ministry of Works Bar & Eatery (MOW Bar)

Grab a well-deserved beer or wine and wind down in our cosy beer garden to reflect on your awesome day's cycling. Alternatively on colder days, settle yourself in front of the fire and soak up...

Musterers Hut

CAFE Enjoy our fabulous fresh home made fare made daily, along with our incredible Organic, Fair Trade Switch Espresso Coffee. Enjoy the relaxed retro atmosphere with genuine original retro...

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Overview

Section 3 follows a 38km section, taking you from Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge. Highlights include Loch Cameron, Ben Ohau Range, Maori Swamp and the Maori Pou on the foreshore of Lake Ohau.

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Trail Status

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For general 'TRAIL SAFETY' tips and the current 'TRAIL STATUS' to each section of the Trail, follow the relevant links on the menu at the top.

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