5. Omarama to Otematata

From Omarama, the scenery changes and brings to light how the region and its water catchment were used for the Waitaki Hydro Electric Scheme. Heading for your next stop at Kurow you cycle passed Lakes Benmore, Aviemore, and Waitaki.

Highlights and points of interest:
  • Chain Hills Viewpoint
  • Lake Benmore
  • Sailors Cutting Scenic Reserve
  • Otematata Wetlands Walk
  • Autumn Colours (April)
  • Distance: 24km
  • Fitness: Easy
  • Skill: Easy
  • Traffic: Moderate
  • Grade: 3
Track surface:
  • 47% sealed road
  • 53% smooth shingle


Section 5: Omarama to Otematata

Departing from Omarama you head down the Waitaki Valley on the off-road trail to the top of the Chain Hills, 5 km away. From here you get a magnificent view of Lake Benmore and your descent beside State Highway 83.  The trail takes you passed Pumpkin Point (10 km) and on to Sailors cutting, the popular boat access to Benmore. There are toilets and a campsite situated here.

From here you take the highway up to the Otematata saddle with views of Lake Aviemore and the valley beyond, then downhill all the way to Otematata.  This is due to change and scheduled to change for the 2018 season.  We will change the description here once the information is available and the new trail open.