Trail Status

This page was last updated on the 26/3/2020. 

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

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Important Update : New Zealand has advanced to a level 4 Covid-19 Alert

Alert Level 4 means severely limiting travel. The best way to reduce the risk of exposure to yourself and others is to stay at home. However, we do realise that people will want to get out and exercise.

If you do go out, please limit yourself to short walks or rides in nearby parks and on locals trails, following the government’s recommended hygiene guidelines... https://covid19.govt.nz/.

All non-essential travel is prohibited and non-essential business and most if not all toilets along or near the Trail are closed, visiting the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail from other areas to use is not an option.

Travelling further afield increases the risk of community transmission, and the length of time we may remain at Alert Level 4.  The Alps 2 Ocean remains open to be enjoyed responsibly by those living in close proximity to the Trail.

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

  • Consider whether you need to leave your property at all. Can you exercise at home?
     
  • Don’t use any trails if you have symptoms (e.g. fever, coughing, shortness of breath etc). Please stay at home!
     
  • Ride or walk alone or only with the people you are self-isolate with. If you’re out alone tell someone what your plans are.
     
  • Avoid remote areas of the Trail (normal Search & Rescue services are not operating at this time).
     
  • If you’re riding with your self-isolating group, make sure everyone knows the recommended hygiene guidelines before they set off.
     
  • Keep at least 2m away from other Trail users where ever possible. When approaching other people by bike slow down so that it’s easier to maintain this separation. Avoid narrow tracks where maintaining this separation may be difficult.
     
  • If you can, avoid touching any surfaces that could be contaminated such as gates, squeeze bars, handrails, fences, benches and picnic tables. The virus can remain on surfaces for three days.
     
  • Try to avoid using public toilets; most if not all toilets will be closed anyway, so go before you set off. Carry your own toilet paper and sanitiser in case using the toilets is unavoidable, (if you can find one that is open of course).
     
  • Don’t touch your face while you’re riding. Wash your hands, and disinfect your handlebars, when you get home.
     
  • As a general rule dogs are not allowed on the Trail but this happens in some places e.g. through Waireka.  Avoid patting other people's dogs and keep your dog on a lead and under control at all times, they too could be potential source of contamination (from the owners home). 
     
  • Make smart and conservative choices about the rides and walks you choose to do and how you do them to avoid any accidents. – the last thing you want to do is end up in A&E putting more pressure on the health services  

Be calm, be kind. Be responsible and show the community you care. Kia kaha (stand strong), united we can hep stop the spread of Covid-19 and get back to the Trail being fully available to be enjoyed by everyone once again...

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 Tasman River has been in flood over sections the Trail from Rotten Tommy (February 5th - 9th)  but is now OK to ride again from the Rotten Tommy Helicopter drop off point. Obviously some caution is required as there will be loose shingle and washouts along the Trail. 
     
  2. 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. 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.
     
  2. 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 Ohau Weir is currently open. 

  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. Lake Ohau Lodge to the Historic Woolshed - CAUTION ADVISED - summer is here, however that is no guarantee of stable weather patterns and alpine conditions 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!

  2. No major issues have been reported from Lake Ohau Lodge to the Historic Woolshed although with recent heavy rain there are areas where the Trail surface has sustained some water damage - take care and expect some rutting and loose shingle in places..

  3. Quailburn Road CAUTION - about 14km of this road is a gravel surface which has just been graded (5/3/2020), so the gravel is very loose till it beds back in, which may take a week or more, depending on rain and traffic. 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. Some minor variations in surface outside Omarama, otherwise the Trail in good condition.   

Section 6: Otematata to Kurow

  1. Meridian would like to give you early warning of a number of road closures at Benmore Dam planned for April.

    From Meridian:- The road closures are for stoplog installs and headgate refurbishment works, which means that all traffic (motorised, peddle power and walking) will not be permitted to cross at these times.  We will have cranes, open hatches and large trucks in operation during the works.  Meridian will endeavour to minimise the duration of these outages where possible.  The current planned dates are:-

       15th April – Head gate return (full day - starting at 8.00am continuing till work is completed which could be 5.30pm or later)

       23rd April – stoplog removal (half day starting at 8.00am - if all goes well work could be completed at around 1.00pm).

    These dates are currently only provisional and are subject to change.  We will notify you again when each date is finalized.

    Meridian thank you in advance for your understanding during these road closures as we maintain the integrity of our assets.



    Meridian will have Road Closed Ahead signs (like the example above) out at the SH83 junctions at Otematata and the Aviemore Dam.  If the Road Closed sign is there then the work on the dam is continuing, so please do not ignore them as it is possible works have over run.  Meridian assure us that the removal of the Road Closed sign will be the first action taken once the work is complete and the road over the dam is open again.

  2. It is necessary to use the Awakino Road bridge untill the Cycle Trail bridge is installed.  This means staying on the Kurow side of the road as you approach the Awakino Stream (there is a trail closed sign on the formed trail across the road crossing at this point).  Please do not cross the road immediately after getting over the Awakino road bridge as the vivibility of oncoming traffic is poor.  Rather, continue on the road to get around the corner and cross over the road to re-join the trail on the long straight.  Visibility is much better here



  3. The toilet at Pumpkin Point (Lake Benmore) is closed due to a broken door - in the meantime a trailor 'portaloo' is available on site till the original toilet is repaired.

  4. There remains just two small sections of on road cycling between Aviemore and Kurow - one is a 200m section from the Awahokimo Streem to and the other is 100m to take you over the Awakino River - you currently have to use the road bridge till the ne Cycle Trail bridge is installed which shoulkd be happening quite soon - watch this space for more news.  Sections of Trail not yet open are marked off by cones. 

Section 7Kurow to Duntroon 

  1. The Kurow Creek has been smoothed out and the broken culvert removed - nice work!

  2. 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. There is an overgrown weed issue on parts of the Trail on this section.  The District Council is aware of the exceptional growth and are doing everything they can to remedy the situation.  Please bear with us while the weeds are brought under control.
  2. Volunteer tree planting day will happen on the 27th March 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 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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