Otematata to Kurow

A2O SECTION 6 – OTEMATATA TO KUROW

 

Distance: 40km
Technical Difficulty: Grade 3
Fitness Required: Easy
Trail Overview: A smooth flowing section, mainly on quiet back roads, around the hydro lakes and dams of the Waitaki Valley. There’s just one short but very steep section up the Benmore Dam.

A2O Section 6 Otematata to Kurow

From Otematata, take the path next to Loch Laird Road, then drop onto the gravel cycle trail beside the lake. Meet up with Loch Laird Road and prepare yourself for the short but steep climb up to the top of the Benmore Dam.

Cross the top of the dam and enjoy the views of the lake, then follow the road down onto the northern shore of Lake Aviemore which takes you along quiet back roads until you cross the Aviemore Dam.

After crossing the dam the trail follows State Highway 83, past Lake Waitaki and the Waitaki Dam and then on to finish at the rural township of Kurow (home town of past all blacks captain Richard Macaw).

 

NOTE

Because this area is popular with campers, there are plenty of toilets along this section of trail. The roads around the lakes usually have very little traffic, except over the summer public holidays when, from Christmas to mid-January, they are packed with cars towing caravans and boats so please ride carefully. The state highway also has some tight, blind bends leading into Kurow that are not ideal for cycling so please be very careful when riding this section and make sure you are wearing hi visibility clothing.

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