Lake Pukaki to Twizel

  • Distance: 25-42km depending on starting point
  • Fitness: Easy
  • Skill: Easy
  • Traffic: Low
  • Grade: 2

Let yourself be led by beauty… from the mountains to the sea.

Mt Cook, Pukaki or Tekapo to Twizel:

After collecting you from your accommodation or meeting at our depot on Glen Lyon Road, The Jollie Biker will depart for your chosen starting point today.  With the world renowned Aoraki Mt Cook as a backdrop, and the distinctive turquoise hues of Lake Pukaki featuring in all options, your choice depends on your level of fitness, prior biking experience and what type of cycling adventure you’d like to experience …in one day !!  Here are our favourites:

  • If you want a gentle, relaxed day trip, we can drop you at the Tekapo Canal for a leisurely 25-30km ride. You will cycle past the Mt Cook Salmon Farm taking in views of the magnificent Mt Cook and beautiful Lake Pukaki from the top of the Penstocks.   An exhilarating ride down the zigzag sealed road to Hayman Road brings you to the shores of Lake Pukaki. Follow Hayman road until you join the off-road bike trail, which lets you follow the curves of the shoreline and the turquoise colours of the lake – oodles of photo opportunity along this section. Biking across the Pukaki Dam, and on to the Visitor Information Centre and carpark (toilets here), this is a great place to recharge the batteries with an icecream or cold drink from the Mount Cook Salmon Shop, and enjoy the final stunning views of Mt Cook, before crossing the State Highway (extreme caution) and the last 10kms across the Pukaki Flats, a dry grassland typical of the Mackenzie High Country, and ending up back to your base in Twizel.
  • For those wanting to push themselves a little more, we will drop you at Braemar Station (42km) or a little further on to the Jollie Car park (59km). This extra distance travels further along Hayman Road, a loose-gravel road, sometimes slightly corrugated, but allows many extra kilometres of Aoraki Mt Cook views and photo vantage points for you to enjoy the stunning vistas of Lake Pukaki as mentioned above, and finishing back in Twizel at The Jollie Biker depot.
  • For the ultimate adventure and for the more experienced off road cyclists (77kms), we will shuttle you to Mount Cook Village where you will start at the White Horse Campsite (the official A2O start), biking a short 7km to Mt.Cook airport and catching the short helicopter trip across the braided Tasman River, landing at Tasman Point. From here, 11kms of unbridled high country wilderness as you cycle off-road, with some river crossings, reaching the Jollie Car Park – this joins Hayman Road, (as above) for a 59km ride along the shores of Lake Pukaki to the Visitor Information Centre, and eventually bringing you back to Twizel.
  • An alternate A2O start is Lake Tekapo – a 40minute drive from Twizel to Tekapo, where The Jollie Biker shuttle will drop you in the village to begin your 56kms cycling adventure…maybe start with a coffee fix from one of the local Tekapo cafes or grab some supplies for the day, before crossing the road to the Police Station, follow the red A2O signs, taking you up and out the back of Tekapo along Aorangi Crescent and Andrew Don Drive – this becomes an off road trail finishing down at the Tekapo A Power Station, and onto the Tekapo Canal Road…literally cycle across the Mackenzie Basin for 26kms, until you reach the Salmon Farm and top of the Lake Pukaki/Tekapo Penstocks….then as per our original day trip, zigzag down to the shores of Lake Pukaki, around the lake front to the Visitor Information Centre, and home across the Pukaki Flats grasslands into Twizel.

Trail Surfaces

Trail route and weather conditions subject to change.

46%
Smooth Shingle
39%
Gravel Road
15%
Sealed Road

Safety Notes

Sometimes there are quarry/logging trucks on Hayman Road. Cyclists are advised to ride single file, and to keep left. Sections of Pukaki Flats are subject to freezing in winter. Do not ride when ground is thawing, mud becomes sticky.

Trail route and weather conditions subject to change. Please check weather before daily departure.

Highlights

  • Lake Pukaki
  • Tekapo B Power Station
  • Pukaki Dam & Spillway
  • Links With Te Araroa Trail
  • Pukaki Flats
  • Mountain Bike Trails – Pukaki Kettle Holes, Dusky Trail, Twizel River Trail, Baikie Hut, Darts Bush Stream
  • Mountains – Benmore Range, Ben Ohau Range

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Accommodation

Options to keep it easy

Choose from quaint houses, luxurious apartments or simple backpackers to suit your travel party’s size, style and budget…

Packages

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We can create full or part itineraries based on your requirements. See just how easy we can make your cycle trail adventure…

Cycle Hire

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We have quality bike hire gear to suit all shapes, sizes and experience levels, set up to keep you pedalling day after day…