Braemar Station to Twizel

A2O SECTION 2 – BRAEMAR STATION TO TWIZEL

 

Distance: 42km
Technical Difficulty: Grade 2
Fitness Required: Easy
Trail Overview: A mix of undulating gravel road, smooth flowing cycle trail alongside Lake Pukaki, a short section of sealed road and a then more purpose built cycle trail over the Pukaki Flats to Twizel.

A2O Section 2 Braemar to Twizel

Section 2 of the A2O starts from Braemar with a couple of hours riding along a public gravel road. Although this road is very quiet, please be attentive to traffic. This road section still requires effort as the terrain undulates and the gravel may have brake bumps depending on when it was last graded. Peter Jackson recently filmed a part of the upcoming Hobbit movie along this area of Lake Pukaki shore line, so once the movie screens, see if you can spot the location used. There are toilets on the right-hand side of this section but look out for the signs as they’re easy to miss. Look out as well for the sign for Aussie Rock, and guess why it’s called that…

After the gravel road section, you finally reach the sealed road. Marvel at the government ‘Think Big’ hydroelectric project as you pass under massive penstock pipes, large enough to drive a double decker bus through. The road takes you to the southern end of Lake Pukaki and onto the new dedicated scenic smooth trail to the Lake Pukaki Information Kiosk with information on the local Hydro systems. This is also where you’ll find more toilets. From here, it’s mostly downhill cycling across the Pukaki Flats on to Twizel.

Twizel, the town that was never meant to be, is the gateway to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Whatever has been said about the town in the past, it is now a thriving community and the largest town you will visit along the Alps 2 Ocean journey until you reach Oamaru. Twizel has a full range of accommodation, supermarkets, restaurants and cafes where you can stock up on all your supplies, have a great night out or just relax with a drink and yarn to the friendly locals.

 

NOTE

There are a few toilets on this section and are very few places to hide behind! Once you leave the Lake Pukaki Kiosk, you are riding for miles over flat tundra, this is one of the driest and hottest area of NZ, so be sure to take plenty of water. We would not recommend using untreated lake water as drinking water.

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