Before you head out onto the Cycle Trail please click HERE to read or download your copy of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Safety Suggestions for each section.
This page was last updated on the 17/10/2019.
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! Spring time and the weather can change quickly, please take something warm and a separate waterproof layer just in case.
Also just a heads-up to keep a whachtfull eye out for dive-bombing magpies - it is obviously nesting season and these guys can be very agressive and territorial at this time of year. We have had two reports to date on this - one angry magpie around Glen Lyon Road, Twizel ...about 100m from nuns veil junction( heading towards canal) and another around the Fort Enfield. Please take care!
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
- 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 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.
Section 3: Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge
Nothing to report - see the Ohau Weir camera image and link to Meridian's Lake level information at the bottom of this page.
Section 4: Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama
Lake Ohau Lodge to the Historic Woolshed - CAUTION ADVISED - spring is here which means 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 weather reports when organising your outing. Please plan your journey accordingly and anticipate the conditions - sunshine and rain, cold with snow and ice are all possibilities on the same day!
In past seasons over winter, reports have come through of half frozen mud clogging and damaging derailiers, making bikes inoperable and with a lack of any road access to offer any support over this 19km section, damaged equipment can mean a long walk out.
Section 5: Omarama to Otematata
- Some minor variations in surface outside Omarama, otherwise the Trail in good condition.
Section 6: Otematata to Kurow
Aviemore Dam Road Closure(s) - Meridian Energy will be closing the road across the top of Aviemore Dam on this Thursday the 10th of October from 08:00 till 14:00, with their back up day being on Friday the 11th of October.
This is to allow them to undertake some maintenance work on the dam roadway.
The work can only be carried out when there is either no or very little wind due to the nature of the job.
During this closure the roadway will be closed to all traffic including pedestrians and cyclists.
They apologies fro any inconvenience that this may cause.
A new section of trail is OPEN for riding on the lake side of the road just east of 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.
Section 7: Kurow to Duntroon
- The river beds aree 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. We have many reports of people taking a (soft) tumble when they hit a patch of river bed sand!
- The Kurow Creek, Otiake and Otekaieke Rivers - Moderate rain events cause the rivers to rise quickly (and then receed). 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.
Section 8: Duntroon to Oamaru
- The large fallen tree has now been cleared and the Trail is fully passable again. (8/10/2019)
Before... and after...
Please watch out for any remaining twigs that may tip you off balance.
- Some trail maintenance is happening around Pig Island (Elderslie) and Elderslie/Enfield as two culvert wash-overs are being installed. Please follow the on trail signage and instructions while this work progresses. The diversion will require continuing your journey on the road to rejoin the Trail - see map below...
Pig Island Diversion - THIS SECTION IS NOW OPEN 17/10/2019
Some work in progress and before and after shots below...
- Enfield Straight Diversion - THIS SECTION WILL BE CLOSED - Thursday 17th October and will re-open Friday evening 25th October. The diversion will direct people to take the road rather than the Trail which runs beside it so that heavy machinery can safely work on the Trail surface - many thanks for you understanding as we make these Cycle Trail improvements.
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 (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.