This summer will see a new development for the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail with the Tekapo canal road being opened up to cyclists.
Cyclists will be allowed to use it as a link to the main A2O cycle trail. Vehicles are not permitted on that section of the canal road.
"Featuring new activities, new scenery, and expansive views from the paved canal road, this is sure to become a popular alternate starting point to the A2O experience," A2O spokesperson Jason Menard said.
He said the link gives the public a choice of starting points.
" Some will prefer the Aoraki/Mt Cook start with a helicopter flight and the remote drop-off location, whereas others might prefer the easy paved canal road option from Lake Tekapo."
The Lake Tekapo alternate start will begin at the Tekapo Springs Info Centre, where there will be a dedicated display area for A2O.
"This area will feature large wall maps, merchandise, and other information."
Menard said the connector route was being made possible by Genesis Energy.
"To be clear, the official route is still Aoraki/Mt Cook to Oamaru. The Lake Tekapo option is simply a connector route to the actual A2O cycle trail."
- The Timaru Herald