Trail Status

Before you head out onto the 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 12/2/2019. 

Please prepare for the conditions and weather before you set out.  Heading in to summer for example, please have plenty of water with you, wear sunblock and don't forget your sunglasses!  

We are not aware of any other issues along the trail (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]



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.  If required, we will note any detailed information that can be found by scrolling further down the page...  

Section 1: Aoraki / Mt Cook to Braemar Road

  1. For those of you that know the trail some sections of the trail have been re-routed at Mount Cook station - please follow the signs...
  2. Logging operations are in progress on this and Section 2 until further notice.  Two or three very large logging trucks are using Braemar Road each day.

Section 2: Braemar Road to Twizel

  1. Logging operations are in progress on this and Section 1 until further notice.  Two or three very large logging trucks are using Braemar Road each day.

Section 3: Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge

  1. No updates. Trail is in good condition. Please monitor lake and weir levels during storm events.

Section 4: Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama

  1. 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.  
  2. Warning signs informing motorists of cyclists on the Ahuriri Bridge are currently inoperative. We have lodged a request with NZTA to repair.

Section 5Omarama to Otematata

  1. No updates. Some minor variations in surface outside Omarama, otherwise trail in good condition.

Section 6: Otematata to Kurow

  1. The branches of the willow trees have been cleared off the track and the track is clear to use.

  2. 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.

  3. The extension to the trail past the Kurow Bluffs is able to be ridden. Sections of trail not yet available are marked by cones.

Section 7Kurow to Duntroon

  1. The trail is OPEN.  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. 
  2. Construction on the (KDIC) irrigation scheme has begun as they put a large pipe through the Otekaieke River and Trail just below the SH83 bridge.  Vehicles will be using the same 100m of gravel road and gateway at the point where the Cycle Trail joins the verge of SH83 heading south.  At some point the Trail will also be intersected by the pipe construction.  Please obey all traffic management from the construction crew and refer to the map below for more information and regular updates...

Section 8: Duntroon to Oamaru

  1. We've had reports of a large hole that has opened up on the far side of a cattle stop approx 1km before Prydes Gully Rd (heading towards Oamaru).  Please use caution.  We will get someone out to inspect this and make repairs as quickly as possible.  The map reference of the general area can be found here...
  2. Pig Island to Elderslie.  The track may be closed from time to time over the next month between Pig Island Rd and Elderslie Road to allow for flood repair work. Signs will direct riders along Weston Ngapara Road and pick up the trail again approaching Enfield. Please follow the instructions indicated on the cintractor signage indicating your alternative route...

  1. Elderslie (5km inland from Enfield) - Work has been completed to repair the November flood damage on this section.

Section 9 / Alternative Route: Lake Tekapo to Twizel

  1. 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.



Second edition: February 24th 2019 - March 2nd 2019

Some sections of the Trail will be used as part of this race - the Trail is still open to the public to use and enjoy

More information on the race can be found here... 


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 ( - 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. 

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