The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is truly one of New Zealand's great rides!
For over 300 km visitors can experience some of the most beautiful scenery New Zealand has to offer. Suitable for all ages, the trail is an easy grade, and offers a pleasing mix of on and off-road trails which link the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean. Allow 4-6 days for the entire ride, or simply try out a day excursion. Whichever option you choose, the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is sure to be a memorable experience. See http://www.alps2ocean.com/ for more info.
SECTIONS 5 & 6
Section 5: Omarama to Otematata
Leaving Omarama you ride east down the Waitaki Valley, following the off-road trail to the top of the Chain Hills [4.7km]. From here you descend beside State Highway 83, then follow the edge of Lake Benmore to Pumpkin Point [10.4km]. Continue beside the lake to Sailors Cutting – a popular boating, fishing and camping destination [13km]. Then it’s a short on-road climb up to Otematata saddle with views of Lake Aviemore and the valley beyond, then downhill all the way to Otematata.
Section 6: Otematata to Duntroon
From Otematata, take the 4WD track beside the road and over the massive Benmore Hydro Dam [5.5km]. It’s a steep road up to the dam, so you may need to walk the last 800 metres. Follow the Te Akatarawa Road along the margins of Lake Aviemore to the Aviemore Dam [30km]. After crossing the dam the trail follows State Highway 83 to Lake Waitaki and the Waitaki Dam [38km], then to Kurow. This section of trail has an interesting hydro history with dams and project towns. Stay in Kurow or head on down to Duntroon for more accommodation options.
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Alps 2 Ocean Trail (Omarama to Duntroon) mountain bike route
Altitude change-904 ft
Altitude min446 ft
Altitude start1,386 ft
Altitude end482 ft
Distance climb23 miles
Distance down26 miles
Distance flat7 miles
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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