Trail Status

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 20/8/2019. 

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!!!

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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. 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!
  2. 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

  1. 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

  1. Nothing to report

Section 4: Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama

  1. Lake Ohau Lodge to the Historic Woolshed - RIDING NOT ADVISED - Due to the wintery conditions experienced on this part of the trail and the muddy freeze / thaw of the track surface itcis not advised to ride this section of the trail untill day teperatures improve.  In past seasons at this time, reports have come through of half frozen mud clogging and damaging derailiers, make bikes inoperable.  Given the altitude (it is the highest part of the A2O)  and lack of any road access to offer any support over this 19km section, it is advised to avoid this section for the next six weeks or untill such time as the day temperatures at altitude improve. (POSTED 11/7/2019)

  2. 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 5Omarama to Otematata

  1. Some minor variations in surface outside Omarama, otherwise trail in good condition.   

Section 6: Otematata to Kurow

  1. Meridian would like notify you of two road closures programmed and approved over the next few weekends. Both road closures are for intake screen replacements which means that all traffic (motorised, peddle power and walking) will not be permitted to cross the individual dam crests.  They will have cranes and large trucks in operation during the working day, but will endeavour to have the road open overnight.

     The confirmed dates are:

    Benmore Dam – 24th – 25th  August 2019 (normally only one day but allowance for weather required)

    Aviemore Dam – 7th – 8th September 2019 (for both days)

     They thank you in advance for your understanding during these outages as they maintain the integrity of their assets.

  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.

  4. 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 7Kurow to Duntroon

  1.  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!
  2. 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.   
  3. For safety reasons, a small section of the A2O Cycle Trail above Kurow will be closed for 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. The diversion will remain in place to allow for the irrigation pipe earthworks, including crossing the SH83, to be completed and the trail surface to be reinstated.

Section 8: Duntroon to Oamaru

  1. Nothing to report  

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!



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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.

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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. 

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