Steady interest in cycle trail

A tour operator expects booking for the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail to be steady over the next few months.

The Aoraki/Mt Cook-Omarama sections of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail officially opened at the weekend to fanfare complete with ribbon cuttings, a gala dinner and fireworks. The opened sections cover 163km of the 312km trail, which will finish at the historic precinct in Oamaru.

Cycle Journeys operations manager Jill Jenkins said they had about 50 bookings over the weekend, but she expected numbers to increase as more of the trail was completed.

''Already there appears to be a lot of interest in the Aoraki/Mt Cook sections, several people took the helicopter ride as part of the cycle journey,'' she said.

Ms Jenkins said although much of the trail was still on-road that would change as more sections were developed.

''The bookings have been steady since the weekend, we expect activity to increase over the next few months,'' she said. ''There's been a real buzz around the trail. It offers so many spectacular sights.''

The Government announced $2.75million in funding towards the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail back in 2010.

The Timaru Herald