To celebrate the latest completed stage of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail members of the public are invited to ride it this weekend.
The Aoraki/Mount Cook-to-Omarama section covers 163 kilometres of the 312km trail, which will eventually end in Oamaru.
Starting with an official opening on Saturday morning with Mackenzie District Mayor Claire Barlow cutting the ribbon at Mt Cook Village, riders can then choose to ride a portion or all of the completed trail during two days.
A custom-built trail takes riders from Lake Ohau to Omarama.
On Sunday Waitaki District Mayor Alex Familton will officially open the Ohau-to-Omarama section.
Trail marketing and sales officer Jason Menard said it was exciting to see a vision of three years ago come to fruition.
The rest of the trail to Oamaru is still under construction.
The concept of Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail, was first mooted in 2009. The Government committed $50 million to the project.
More than 2000km of tracks nationally are expected to be completed by December this year.
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- The Timaru Herald