3. Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge

Departing from Twizel enjoy the sealed road to Ohau Canal below Ben Ohau to join Lake Ohau. The cycle trail around the Lake is stunning and smooth. Be careful not to leave the trail as the local Matagouri is renowned for puncturing tyres! Head up to the side of Lake Ohau to the Lodge for the evening.

Highlights and points of interest:
  • Canal Fishing
  • Kaki/Black Stilt Visitor Hide
  • Loch Cameron (swimming spot)
  • Pukaki & Ohau Canals
  • Lake Ohau Foreshore
  • Ohau Weir
  • Maori Swamp
  • Distance: 38km
  • Fitness: Easy
  • Skill: Easy
  • Traffic: Low
  • Grade: 2
Track surface:
  • 1% grass or dirt road
  • 72% sealed road
  • 28% smooth shingle


Section 3: Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge

From Twizel follow Mackenzie Drive and then turn right onto Nuns Veil Road.  This immediately turns into a t-junction, go left onto Glen Lyon Road.  After 6km you will ride past Loch Cameron and then over a canal bridge.  Follow this until it crosses the canal bridge just past Loch Cameron.  Continue along the sealed quite road to the edge of Lake Ohau (at 18 km).

Follow the sign along the off-road trail over the Ohau weir (2km) and then continue along the Lake Ohau foreshore until you meet the Ohau road 29km from Twizel.  Beware of the Matagouri bushes that line the trail and avoid riding off the trail as this could lead to multiple punctures!

Follow the sealed road for the final 10km to Lake Ohau Lodge passing Lake Ohau Village after 3 km.