Trail Status

This page was last updated on the 29/5/2020. 

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

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Important Update : New Zealand has moved to Level 2 restrictions

The Governments Guidelines under Level 2 allow you to leave home, but in a safe way. Participating in sports and recreational activities is allowed, subject to conditions, including limits on gatherings, contact tracing requirements, and – where practical – physical distancing. 

People should keep their distance from people they don’t know in public (ideally 2 metres), with 1 metre physical distancing in other environments unless other mitigating measures are in place. 

Remember to follow the government’s recommended hygiene guidelines... https://covid19.govt.nz/.

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

  • 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.
  • You can now ride with friends and family outside of your bubble. Group sizes can be up to 100 people, although we don't recommend you ride in this size group on our trails – it isn't the Tour de France! Keep your group size to a reasonable number so you can maintain physical distancing and be considerate to other users. Always follow good hygiene and contact tracing practices.
  • 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 and sometimes more.  Take hand sanitiser with you.
  • Try to avoid using public toilets, so go before you set off. Carry your own toilet paper and sanitiser in case using the toilets is unavoidable.
  • 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 enjoyed by everyone without restriction 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.... 

Public Toilets along the Cycle Trail - many have been closed during Level 4 and Level 3 and some but not all will be opened again once Level 2 begins. These facilities need to be unlocked and cleaned before being available and as this is quite a big task across the whole District, there may be a delay in some being open once we move in to Level 2. 

All public toilets associated with any of Meridian's power stations will remain closed during Level 2 - this most notably affects the public toilets usually available at Benmore power station. 

We ask that the public have patience as we go through this process and refrain from trying to use facilities that are locked or have tape still around them.  The anticipated status of the public toilets along the Trail under Level 2 restrictions have been added to each of the relevant Trail sections below.

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 toilets at the White Horse camping ground and at Mt. Cook Station Rd are both closed.  The toilets at the Mt. Cook Airport will be open during operational hours.
     
  2. 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. 
     
  3. 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. The toilets on Hayman Rd and at the Tekapo B look-out (overlooking Lake Pukaki) are closed.  The toilets at the Lake Pukaki SH8 view point (at the junction with Hayman Rd) and at the Lake Pukaki Information / Salmon Shop and in the Twizel town centre are all open.
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. 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 toilet at the Ohau Weir is currently closed.  The toilets at Lake Middleton are open but the main ablution block there is closed.

  2. The Ohau Weir is currently open. 

  3. 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. The toilets at Quailburn and  Ahuriri camping grounds are both open

  2. Lake Ohau Lodge to the Historic Woolshed - CAUTION ADVISED - winter is here, which means unstable 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!  

  3. Lake Ohau Lodge to the Historic Woolshed - there are areas where the Trail surface has sustained some water damage - take care and expect some rutting and loose shingle in places. Sub zero and frosty conditions mean freezing mud interfering with / damaging deraliers - at some points on this section you can easily be more than 5km from the nearest road should you have an accident or breakage.  Unless you are fully equipped to deal with the consequences, we recommend finding less remote parts of the Trail to enjoy over the winter period.

  4. Quailburn Road CAUTION - about 14km of this road is a gravel surface,  the gravel can be very loose in places and requires additional care especially while breaking and cornering. 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. The toilets in Omarama and Otematata are open, however Sailors Cutting camping ground is closed till around the 3rd weekend in September.  The toilet at Pumpkin Point is also closed.
  2. Some minor variations in surface outside Omarama, otherwise the Trail in good condition.   

Section 6: Otematata to Kurow

  1. The toilets in Otematata and Kurow are open.  The Lake Aviemore camping ground toilets are all closed till the 3rd weekend in September.

  2. It is necessary to use the Awakino Road bridge until 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 visibility 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. There remains just two small sections of on road cycling between Aviemore and Kurow - one is a 200m section from the Awahokomo Stream 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 should 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 toilets in Kurow and Duntroon are both open.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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. The toilet in Duntroon is open and at Elephant Rocks and Rakis Tunnel will be opened as soon as possible after Level 2 comes in to place.  The toilets in Weston and Oamaru are all open.
  2. Volunteer tree planting day will happen in the spring 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 toilets at the Tekapo 4 Square are open.  The toilets at Lakeside Drive (opposite the campground) and beside footbridge are closed.
  2. The toilet beside the canal bridge below Tekapo A power Station is open. 
  3. 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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