Twizel to Ohau

  • Distance: 38km
  • Fitness: Easy
  • Skill: Easy
  • Traffic: Low
  • Grade: 2

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

Twizel to Lake Ohau:

One of the most scenic stages in the entire A2O, you commence your ride from the unique Hydro town of Twizel, and our depot on Glen Lyon Road.   Armed with snacks, a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant, this 38km ride has you travelling along Glen Lyon Road, past Loch Cameron (6kms) and crossing over the Pukaki Hydro Canal bridge – turn left and follow the canal on a quiet 2-lane sealed canal road into the shores of Lake Ohau (18kms).  There is minimal traffic making for an easy and safe ride.  

At the lake edge, and following the A2O signs to the Ohau Weir, you connect again with the A2O off-road cycle trail, where you have the most breathtaking scenic ride along the lake edge.   Eventually meeting up with the sealed Lake Ohau Road (28km) but still on the lake shore, bike for 5kms to the quaint Lake Ohau Village (toilets here, but no other amenities), and then a final 5kms onto to the fabulous historic Lake Ohau Ski Lodge, one of our favourite hospitality providers on the trail.   We highly recommend finishing here with the famous Lodge’s Sharing Platter for a late lunch (kitchen closes at 2pm, but we can preorder) and a well deserved vino or ale or juice to complete a fantastic day’s bike.

At your convenience, the Jollie Biker shuttle will call to collect you and your bikes, and return to your vehicle at our depot in Twizel.

Trail Surfaces

Trail route and weather conditions subject to change.

28%
Smooth Shingle
72%
Sealed Road
less than 1%
Grass

Safety Notes

When the Ohau Weir is in flood, there is no way across. Do not attempt to cross weir if water is flowing over it. The alternate flood route is to follow the highway from Twizel riding south 4km to Lake Ruataniwha. Just opposite the salmon farm, turn onto the 4WD track alongside the lake. Follow this for 15km to the weir. If the weir is closed it will be noted on the website.

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

Highlights

  • Canal Fishing
  • Kaki/Black Stilt Visitor Hide
  • Loch Cameron (swimming spot)
  • Pukaki & Ohau Canals
  • Lake Ohau Foreshore
  • Ohau Weir
  • Maori Swamp

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