Before you head out onto the Cycle Trail please click HERE to read or download your copy of the Alps 2 Ocean Safety Suggestions for each section.
This page was last updated on the 12/06/2019.
Please prepare for the conditions and weather before you set out. In summer for example, please have plenty of water with you, wear sunblock and don't forget your sunglasses! Heading in to autumn the weather can change quickly, please take something warm and a separate waterproof layer just in case.
We are not aware of any other issues along the trail (other than those listed here) but if you see a potential hazard please let us know about it....
Please report any issues to: 021 196 0127 or [email protected]
ENJOY YOUR RIDE!!!
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
- Trail has now REOPENED between the Tasman Point helicopter drop off point and Jollie River Car Park. We recommend you to approach creeks and river beds with caution. There are still two washed out bridges not far from the landing point that have not been reinstated - you will need to use caution and expect to negotiate these streams on foot. Chances are high that you will get your feet wet as there is still low lying water in several areas!
- Logging operations are in progress on this and Section 2 until further notice. Two or three very large logging trucks are using Braemar and Hayman Road each day.
Section 2: Braemar Road to Twizel
- Logging operations are in progress on this and Section 1 until further notice. Two or three very large logging trucks are using Hayman and Braemar Road each day.
- Anticipated aerial spraying operations of the western side of the Pukaki River bed have now been completed and the Pukaki Flats section of the Trail is now open once again. It is anticipated that spraying of the eatern river bed will continue next week (subject to weather conditions) however this will NOT require the Trail to be closed whenever conditions allow that to happen. Thanks for your understanding and apologies for any inconvenience caused.
- Meridian Energy will be conducting maintenance works along the upstream shoulder of Lake Pukaki Spillway Structure during June. The works will be on the upstream shoulder but will involve placing of equipment on the cycle trail, so the trail will require closure during the works. A Traffic Management Plan will be prepared that will involve temporary traffic lights and a single lane closure adjacent to the cycle trail. The single lane closure shall have no live vehicles within and the cycle trail shall be diverted into this lane across the Pukaki Spillway bridge. The works will begin Tuesday 4th June and are anticipated to be completed 7th June.
Signs and barriers will be in place during closure and personnel will be present to answer any questions.
Section 3: Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge
Nothing to report
Section 4: Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama
About 100m before the Historic Woolshed (from Omarama) there is a 'speed bump' across the road. Not an issue for bikes but support vehicles may want to approach more slowly. .
Section 5: Omarama to Otematata
- Some minor variations in surface outside Omarama, otherwise trail in good condition.
Section 6: Otematata to Kurow
A new section of trail is OPEN for riding on the lake side of the road just past Wharekuri ruins. The section of trail on the south side of the road by the Wharekuri ruins is NOT OPEN and leads to a dead end until we complete a bridge. Creeks still need to be crossed using the road bridges in the interim with normal road rules applying.
The extension to the trail past the Kurow Bluffs is able to be ridden. Sections of trail not yet available are marked by cones.
The KDIC irrigation work has commenced in the area immediately below the Waitaki Dam and also in the area opposite the Kurow cemetery. For road user safety, there are now traffic lights restricting traffic to a single lane around the Kurow bluffs and all cyclist are instructed to take the off road Trail section into/from Kurow.
In the coming weeks, an additional set of lights (for single lane traffic) and traffic management will be in place on this road section. Please take care when you need to cross the road and give large vehicles room to turn when necessary.
Section 7: Kurow to Duntroon
- Moderate rain events could cause the rivers to rise quickly (and receed). The river beds will be rocky/shingly and soft going in places (even if they are dry) so please use you judgement and dismount if you are unsure of what lays in front of you.
- For safety reasons, a small section of the A2O Cycle Trail above Kurow will be closed from Thursday 13th of June, to allow for tree felling and trimming in advance of the planned KDIC irrigation earth works. As a result, A2O traffic will be diverted along SH83 for a few hundred meters to avoid this area. It seems the diversion will remain in place for about four weeks to allow for the irrigation pipe earthworks, including crossing the SH83, to be completed.
Section 8: Duntroon to Oamaru
- We are still working through the November flood repairs on this section (the cost of putting these repairs right is expected to be about $380,000). The trail is uneven in places and riders will need to use additional care and attention while riding this section.
- The trail surface heading up the zig zags to Cants Rd Shelter is rocky after slip repairs and is waiting to be resurfaced. There have been reports of several people falling off here. Please walk your bike over any rougher areas rather than take a risk, as you might come off second best! We will resurfacing this area as soon as we can get to it. This area is approximately here on the map...
- It is anticipated that a controlled burn off of a block of broom beside the A2O Trail on the Windsor side of Raki's Tunnel will happen on Tuesday the 11th of June (subject to suitable weather conditions on the day). For safety, this small section of Trail will be closed for the day and access will not be permitted from Victoria Hill Road west of Windsor and from the Rakis Tunnel end, Trail traffic will be diverted up the farm track to Peaks Road.
Section 9 / Alternative Route: Lake Tekapo to Twizel
- There is a new subdivision going in on Andrew Don Drive, with a large construction vehicles using the gravel road that takes you around the area of construction. As a result the gravel road has a great deal more traffic on it and the Trail route is not well marked. Please use caution when using this section and be aware that large vehicles need more room to turn, and if you are behind them - if you can not see their rear view mirrors, they can not see you!
PLEASE BE AWARE - Alps 2 Ocean 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.
Ohau Weir Camera.
Service from the Ohau Weir camera is not 100% reliable as it does not always update hourly. 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.