Alps 2 Ocean – Omarama to Kurow

Alps 2 Ocean – Omarama to Kurow

Omarama to Kurow on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is mostly rated Grade 2, with some Grade 3 sections.

From Omarama ride east down the Waitaki Valley, following the off-road trail to the top of the Chain Hills [5km]. Next descend beside State Highway 83. Then follow the edge of Lake Benmore to Pumpkin Point [10km]. Continue beside the lake to Sailors Cutting.

The trail continues onwards towards the Lake Benmore Dam. It becomes a mix of Grade 2 and some narrower and steeper Grade 3 sections, cut into the side of steep hills in places. There are safety barriers in place where drops occur. Don’t be embarrassed if you need to walk some sections and be careful in general.

From Lake Benmore Dam, you can either head into Otematata (food and accommodation). Or continue across the dam and down the east side of Lake Aviemore. Cross the lake at the Aviemore Dam. This section is a fast, easy and pretty backroad with several nice opportunities for a stop. Try the short Deep Stream walk just before the dam.

After crossing the Aviemore Dam, the trail follows State Highway 83 to Lake Waitaki and its dam [36km], then to Kurow. This section has an interesting hydro history with dams and project towns.

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