Walking New Zealand

Cycling Trails: New section of Alps2Ocean Cycle Trail opens

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In December a new off-road section of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail was opened, moving riders safely off State Highway 83. The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is the longest of the 22 Great Rides in New Zealand spanning 315km from the Mackenzie District, which is recognised as a Dark Sky Reserve, to the Waitaki District, an aspiring UNESCO Geopark.

The new section creates a safer ride for all to enjoy. It is Grade 3 (intermedia­te). Starting at the Sailors Cutting car park on the shores of Lake Benmore, the 16km section combines purpose-built gravel cycle trail with DOC’s Benmore Peninsula track and finishes at the car park above Benmore Dam. The section weaves through the high country of the Waitaki Lakes District following the Ahuriri arm of Lake Benmore with deep clear waters and golden tussock providing stunning backdrops.

Great Rides, along with Heartland Rides and urban rides in towns and cities, make up the New Zealand Cycling Network. NZ TRansport Agency is working with local government and community groups to connect this cycling network across the country.

 ??  ?? Above: On the Lake Benmore section of the trail. Photo by Southproud.co.nz
Below: Alps to Ocean Trail Photo by Alps2ocean.com
Above: On the Lake Benmore section of the trail. Photo by Southproud.co.nz Below: Alps to Ocean Trail Photo by Alps2ocean.com
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