Third trail sec­tion closed by Lake Ohau water re­lease

Otago Daily Times - - Regions - HAMISH MA­CLEAN

A THIRD sec­tion of the Alps 2 Ocean Cy­cle Trail was closed this week.

But Tourism Waitaki gen­eral man­ager Ja­son Gaskill said, un­like flood­dam­aged ar­eas in North Otago, clo­sure of the Twizel to Lake Ohau sec­tion at the Ohau weir was ‘‘purely sit­u­a­tional’’.

On Tues­day sec­tion 3, Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge at Ohau Weir was added to sec­tion 7, Kurow to Dun­troon and sec­tion 8, Dun­ troon to Oa­maru, as closed por­tions of the trail.

‘‘It’s not as bad as it looks like on pa­per,’’ Mr Gaskill said.

‘‘Just be­cause of all of the rain, Merid­ian has re­leased some water. The weir is in flood be­cause they have re­leased some high water, that’s all.’’

Water was flood­ing over the weir where the Ohau River meets Lake Ohau and where rid­ers usu­ally crossed the river.

Trail rid­ers would need to take an al­ter­nate route leav­ing Twizel.

The Ohau Weir could re­open next week ‘‘if not po­ten­tially sooner’’ but re­pair work un­der way on the trail on sec­tions 7 and 8 dam­aged in the July floods in North Otago was un­likely to be com­pleted next month.

‘‘Parts of it are ride­able, parts of it are ques­tion­able, and even though we have got diversions in place, it’s eas­ier to just say that it’s pretty much closed — ride it at your risk.’’

The re­pair work is ex­pected to cost more than $300,000.

hamish.ma­clean@odt.co.nz

PHOTO: RE­BECCA RYAN

A third sec­tion of the Alps 2 Ocean Cy­cle Trail closed this week.

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