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.
SECTION 3 & 4
Section 3: Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge
From Twizel, you follow Mackenzie Drive, then Nuns Veil Road which takes you to Glen Lyon Road. Follow this until it crosses the canal bridge just past Loch Cameron [6.1km]. After crossing the bridge, stay on the two lane northern side of the canal road until reaching the edge of Lake Ohau [18.4km]. From there an off-road trail descends down to the lake foreshore, taking you to the Ohau Weir. After the weir the trail skirts around the lake foreshore where it eventually meets up with the sealed Lake Ohau Road [28km]. Follow the road for the final 10km to Lake Ohau Lodge (you go past Lake Ohau Village).
Section 4: Lake Ohau Lodge to Omarama
Starting from the Lake Ohau Lodge driveway, the trail traverses the lower slopes of the Ruataniwha Conservation Park, with stunning views back across the basin to the Benmore Range. 6.3km of easy cycling will take you to Freehold Creek, 600m above sea level. From here the track narrows and it’s a steady climb to the high point on the trail at 900m [10.8km]. Please be aware that there are several ‘false summits’ where the trail appears to reach the high point, but instead keeps winding upwards. There is plenty of clean drinking water available from the various streams that flow down from the mountains. Once at the high point it is a rolling descent to Quailburn Road [18.3km]. From the Quailburn Road intersection you can detour 2km to the historic woolshed at the upper end of Quailburn Road (where toilets are located). On the way down Quailburn Road you can take a side trip to see the Clay Cliffs (14km return).
Where Quailburn Road meets the highway [35.6km], take the off-road trail which leads through the Ahuriri Camp Ground. Exit the camp ground and cross over the Ahuriri river using the road bridge. A short off-road trail then takes you to Omarama.
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More Stats for A2O (Twizel to Omarama) mountain bike trail
Altitude change-130 ft
Altitude min1,332 ft
Altitude max2,986 ft
Altitude start1,516 ft
Altitude end1,385 ft
Distance climb10 miles
Distance down13 miles
Distance flat26 miles
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