Trail Status

This page was last updated on the 2/12/2020. 

There has been no change in Trail Status (that we are aware of) since then.

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Important Update : The region and Trail are at COVID-19 Level 1 restrictions

The Governments Guidelines at Alert Level 1 allow everyone to return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.. 

As we unite to recover from the effects of COVID-19, it's still important that we keep the basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow. 

We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required.

Remember to follow the government’s recommended hygiene guidelines... https://covid19.govt.nz/.

Here are some tips to help you protect yourself and others:

The Golden Rules for everyone at Alert Level 1

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  • Don’t use any trails if you have symptoms (e.g. fever, coughing, shortness of breath etc). Please stay at home!
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  • If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • If you’re concerned about your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  • Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  • Businesses are required to help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code and a form to complete as an alternative to the tracer app - please continue to use either means to record your visit
  • Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  • People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. 

Sport and recreation activities are allowed, subject to conditions on gatherings, record keeping, and – where practical – physical distancing.

Be calm, be kind and be courteous and thanks for doing your part in getting use here.

Most of all, please enjoy the Trail being fully available once again...

Finally, in these troubling and confusing times, as we watch a worldwide pandemic unfold, more than ever, it is important to reach out to friends and family if you are feeling down or depressed and to find a safe and supportive environment. Please find here a useful guide about improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and understanding all aspects of dealing with the stress of the lockdown and bereavement.

Kia Kaha, take care.

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Before you head out onto the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail at any time please click HERE to read or download your copy of the Trail's Safety Suggestions for each section.  Please prepare for the conditions and weather before you set out and take some water with you  At any time and the weather can change quickly, please take something warm and a separate waterproof layer just in case.

Should you discover any issues along the Trail (other than those listed below) or should you see a potential hazard please let us know about it.... 

Please report any events or Trail issues to: 021 196 0127 or CONTACT US BY EMAIL

ENJOY YOUR TRAIL TIME!!!

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Trail Status Summary

To help get a overview of what is happening on the trail we have given a brief update on each section of the trail here.  Please check back regularly for any updates...  

Section 1: Aoraki / Mt Cook to Braemar Road

  1. The toilets at the White Horse camping ground and at Mt. Cook Station Rd are open.  The toilets at the Mt. Cook Airport will be open during operational hours.
     
  2. The Tasman River has been in flood over sections the Trail from Rotten Tommy (February 5th - 9th)  but is OK to ride from the Rotten Tommy Helicopter drop off point. Obviously some caution is required as there will be loose shingle and washouts along the Trail. 
     
  3. Logging operations are in progress on this and Section 2 until further notice.  Many very large logging trucks are using Hayman and  Braemar Road each day.  They have been very courteous to cyclists, which is very much appreciated, give them a wave of thanks.

Section 2: Braemar Road to Twizel

  1. Tress down across the Trail on the on the southern end of Lake Pukaki. (26/11/2020)

    As a result of the strong winds, there are some self-sown poplar trees that have dropped across the Trail in a couple of locations on the off-road section around 2km from the corner from Hayman Rd and towards Lakestone Lodge...



    Some additional photos of what needs to be negotiated on the Trail and a photo of the general view of the area...  (all of which is obvious when you get there...)
      
         

    Mackenzie District Council have assessed the situation and will have the Trail cleared by the 5/12/2020.  The Trail is passable but requires some additional care to get around the branches.  Apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused.
     
  2. Logging operations are in progress on this and Section 1 until further notice.   You may notice the black and white Km markers on the road side - the logging trucks are using these to let each other know of any cyclists they encounter.
     
  3. Caution Required - as on many parts of the Trail, your route includes time spent on or crossing quiet country tracks and shingle roads.  It is easy to allow your attention to wander and marvel at the great scenery, however don't forget to pay due attention to the road surface in front of you and be prepared for the odd bump, pot hole or section of loose gravel.  The inappropriate reaction and application of brakes can turn a seemingly innocent surface into the wrong kind of holiday story of scrapes and bruises.  

 
‚ÄčSection 3: Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge

  1. The Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail from Twizel to Lake Ohau and on to Omarama is now OPEN. Access to Ohau Village remains Closed.

    Please stick to the trail and avoid closed areas. Obviously, the area surrounding the trail has been burnt and will have associated ash and other debris. Waterways will have been affected by the fire and cyclists are advised to carry plenty of water and not to drink from the streams.

  2. The current Ohau Weir camera image at the very bottom of this page is now out of date (the battery is flat but the image will only update as the solar panel recharges the battery).  More reliable (but not infallible) is a link to Meridian's Lake Ohau lake level information, also found at the bottom of this page.. 

Section 4: Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama 

  1. The Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail from Twizel to Lake Ohau and on to Omarama is now OPEN. Access to Ohau Village remains Closed. 

    Please stick to the trail and avoid closed areas. Obviously, the area surrounding the trail has been burnt and will have associated ash and other debris. Waterways will have been affected by the fire and cyclists are advised to carry plenty of water and not to drink from the streams.

  2. The toilets at Quailburn and Ahuriri camping grounds are both open

  3. Lake Ohau Lodge to the Historic Woolshed - CAUTION ADVISED - spring conditions are here, which means unstable weather patterns with alpine conditions that can change quickly. Given the altitude (it is the highest part of the A2O at 900m above sea level at the top), it is advised to pay particular attention to the weather conditions and reports when organising your outing.  Please plan your journey accordingly and anticipate the conditions - sunshine, rain and cold are all possibilities on the same day!  At some points on this section you can be more than 5km from the nearest road should you have an accident or breakage - consider bringing or hiring a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) if you have any concerns.  Hire points include Lake Ohau Lodge and from the Mackenzie District Council in the Market Place in Twizel.

  4. Quailburn Road CAUTION - about 14km of this road is a gravel surface,  the gravel can be very loose in places and requires additional care especially while breaking and cornering. Please take care and watch your speed. We have had recent reports of riders falling off at speed on the gravel road.

Section 5Omarama to Otematata

  1. The toilets in Omarama and Otematata are open, however Sailors Cutting camping ground is closed till around the 3rd weekend in September.  The toilet at Pumpkin Point is also closed.
  2. Some minor variations in surface outside Omarama, otherwise the Trail in good condition.   

Section 6: Otematata to Kurow

  1. The toilets in Otematata and Kurow are open.  The Lake Aviemore camping ground toilets are all closed till the 3rd weekend in September.

  2. There remains just one small sections of on road cycling between Aviemore and Kurow, for a 200m section at the Awahokomo Stream, you currently have to use the road bridge till the new Cycle Trail bridge is installed - watch this space for more news.  This section of Trail is marked off by cones and a notice board. 

Section 7Kurow to Duntroon 

  1. The toilets in Kurow and Duntroon are both open.

  2. The Kurow Creek has been smoothed out and the broken culvert removed.

    Please Note:- For the Kurow Creek, Otiake and Otekaieke Rivers -  moderate rain events cause the rivers to rise quickly (and then recede).  Both the Otiake and Otekaieke River crossings have an alternate flood route to get you out to the main road - please take this option if you have any element of doubt as to your ability to make a safe river crossing.   The Otekaieke River flood route requires lifting you bike over some fences.

  3. Please Note:- The river beds are rocky/shingly and soft going in places (even if they are dry) so please use you judgment and dismount if you are unsure of what lays in front of you.  We have many reports of people taking a (soft) tumble when they hit a patch of river bed sand.

Section 8: Duntroon to Oamaru

  1. Duff's Farm Diversion...26/11/2020

    Due to the local farmer's logging operations commencing earlier than expected in the vicinity of the Trail there there is a requirement to close this farm section for the duration - possibly 5-7days.  It is expected that the detour will be removed on the morning of the 3/12/2020.  

    The detour is marked in red on the image below (Trail is blue).


     
    Instructions for the detour:

    At Grants Road, turn right (rather than continuing on the trail on the other side of the road) and then left onto Prydes Gully Road, rejoining the trail towards the end of Prydes Gully Rd.
     
    The trail into Duff's farm has been clearly marked off with hazard tape and temporary direction signs have been put in place for the duration.


    Trail users need to stick to the Trail and that in this case, heavy machinery will still be operating on the farm.  Care may still be required to watch out for vehicles of all shapes and sizes crossing the Trail route on occasions - it will be easier for the cyclists to spot the vehicles than the drivers spotting the cyclists! 

    A word of caution - the track surface may have been churned up in the logging and transport process and will need to settle back in places.  Repairs will be made to any deep ruts but some extra vigilance will be required for the next few days while the surface beds back in.
     
  2. The toilet in Duntroon is open and at Elephant Rocks and Rakis Tunnel is open.  The toilets in Weston and Oamaru are all open.
  3. Volunteer tree planting day will happen in the spring at the Enfield straight (Waireka) bridge.  The improvement to the Trail's safety and beautification in this area will be appreciated.  We hope you will bring your spade and get involved. Thanks to all those that are planning to make this a great community event...

Section 9 / Alternative Route: Lake Tekapo to Twizel

  1. The toilets at the Tekapo 4 Square are open.  The toilets at Lakeside Drive (opposite the campground) and beside footbridge are also open.
  2. The toilet beside the canal bridge below Tekapo A power Station is open. 
  3. The Alternative Route starting point has been moved to the Lakeside Car Park.  This is accessed off Hamilton Road and SH8.  The route to Aorangi Crescent is all off road - please use the pedestrian path when crossing the bridge - pedestrians have priority! Images below of the new starting point signage and view up Lake Tekapo from that location. (See also the map of the new starting point below).

      



 

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PLEASE BE AWARE - Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail users need to be aware that erosion and washouts are a constant hazard and care should be taken.  As always, weather conditions can change quickly, so you will need to regularly check weather reports for updates and prepare for your trip accordingly.

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Ohau Weir Camera.

Service from the Ohau Weir camera is not 100% reliable as it does not always update (in winter the update is set to update every 8 hrs due to low sunlight conditions).  If you wish to check on the Lake Ohau Weir status and lake levels you can also visit the Meridian Energy website (www.meridianenergy.co.nz/about-us/our-power-stations/lake-levels) - you will need to refer to the current lake level indicated in the graph of the Lake Ohau section for information of the current lake level.   Levels above 520.4m result in water discharging over the outlet weir and into the Upper Ohau River. 

See our Instagram photos #Alps2Ocean
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