Trailblazing the Alps 2 Ocean

Work '90 per cent' finished

FLEUR COGLE
Last updated 12:00 19/04/2012
John Bisset/ Fairfax NZ

TEST RIDE: Herald photographer John Bisset tries out part of the Alps to Ocean Cycle track from Lake Pukaki to Twizel.

alps to ocean cycle trail
ROUGH GUIDE: This is the approximate route the 312km Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail will follow from Aoraki/Mt Cook to Oamaru.

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The 312km Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is not finished yet, but people are already checking it out.

The trail, which will take cyclists from Aoraki/Mt Cook village to Oamaru following the high country's hydro lake system, is 90 per cent complete.

Only sections between Twizel and Omarama, and Duntroon and Oamaru are still to be done.

For those intrigued - but unsure what the adventure might entail - Timaru Herald photographer John Bisset recently cycled part of it and made a video of his experience.

Mr Bisset rode about 16km between Hayman Rd and Twizel, taking in scenery along the east side of Lake Pukaki.

The trail has been designed in stages so cyclists can choose what sections they want to do. The full trail is expected to take cyclists six days.

To follow the trail's progress, check out its page at The New Zealand Cycle Trail.

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- The Timaru Herald

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