Trail Status

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 17/02/2020.  

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!  At any time and the weather can change quickly, please take something warm and a separate waterproof layer just in case.

New Cycle Trail Section Official Opening Celebrations at the Lake Waitaki Lodge (at the Waitaki Dam) on February 8th.   Thanks to all those that organised and supported the event with your time, traffic directions, speaches and support vehicles. Not to mention the hundreds that attended the event and got out and enjoyed this fantastic addition to the Trail!  For a selection of Facebook and media coverage of the day check out our NEWS tab and Facebook pages...

 

UP-COMING EVENTS ON THE TRAIL

The Alps 2 Ocean Ultra Race - starts at the base of Mt Cook on Saturday the 22nd Feb. and finishes at Oamaru harbour on Saturday 29th Feb.  Over 100 intrepid runners will be competing.  Some will even be carrying their own supplies for the week!  The Trail remains open while the race is on.    It is a great privilege to have these competitors share the Trail and we hope they will take home some fond memories of the great scenery and of the people they meet along the way. Please give these brave, crazy and amazing athletes all the cheering and support that you can.  Those sharing the Trail with the competitors last year said that it added another really enjoyable element to their Trail experience - we hope many more will support the Ultra on the Trail this year.  We would like to see as many people as possible supporting the runners over the finish line at the Oamaru Harbour on Saturday the 29th February - the first finishers will be artriving from about 9.30am. 

 

White Rocks Gravel Adventure - all three event options are non competitive and will take cyclist 50km (+ more if you wish) on gravel roads and the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.  Riders will be taking on a panoramic roller coaster over visually breathtaking climbs, exhilarating descents and a tunnel as well.  All routes start and finish at The Fort Enfield on Sunday the 29th March - entry forms and further event details can be found here.. Again the Trail remains open while this event is happening.

We are not aware of any other events happening on the Cycle Trail other than those listed above but we would be happy to include other event details here if you can make them known.

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 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. The Tasman River has been in flood over sections the Trail from Rotten Tommy (February 5th - 9th)  but is now good 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 that will not yet have been dealt with. 
     
  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, how ever 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 - about 14km of this road is a gravel surface which can be corrugated and with loose gravel in many places. Take care and watch your speed. We have had recent reports of riders falling off at speed in 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. Lake Waitaki is currently 1.3m above the overflow level of the top of the dam - it is an awesome sight! 

  2. 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. 

  3. Meridian would like to give you early warning of a number of road closures at Benmore Dam planned for late February through to mid May.

    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:-

            10th February – This closure did not happen - a new date will be confirmed.

         19th March – Head gate return (full day - starting at 8.00am continuing till work is completed which could be 5.30pm or later)

         5th May – stoplog removal (half day starting at 8.00am - if all goes well work could be completed at around 1.00pm).

    These 3 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Sections of Trail not yet open are marked off by cones and some creeks still need to be crossed by using the road bridges in the interim with normal road rules applying.

  6. The extension to the trail past the Kurow Bluffs is open.  

Section 7Kurow to Duntroon

  1. As a result of very heavy rainfall in the alpine catchments feeding the Waitaki hydro lakes last week (5-6th Feb.) , spill flows are occurring at the hydro dams and spillways. The lower Waitaki river is currently running high as this water spills.

    Cyclists should keep up to date with the latest information and please stay clear of lake and river edges. For more information go to: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/data/riverflow/sitedetails/71104

  2. Reports today (12.2.2020) indicate that the Kurow creek, Otiake and Otekaieke rivers are now dry however there is some of water to negotiate as you head between Kurow and Kurow Creek through the wetlands area.  It is easily passable on bike but if you are walking you may get wet feet for the next day or two till the Waitaki River level falls a bit more. 

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 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.

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. 

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