Waitaki Valley

Waitaki Valley

The Alps 2 Ocean Trail just keeps on giving with its incredible lakes, rolling hillsides and farmland through the Waitaki Valley.

The unspoilt landscapes of the Waitaki Valley offer plenty of hidden spots for activity. Have a swim at Sailors Cutting, explore the Lakes and hydro dams, or for a more relaxing stop, head to the winery for a glass of wine… or two!


Pasquale Kurow Winery

Pasquale Kurow Winery

Stop in at the the Pasquale Kurow Winery’s Cellar Door just 5km out of Kurow on the Alps 2 Ocean Trail for the full wine and food lovers experience. With a stunning backdrop of snowy peaks and the Waitaki River, it’s the perfect spot to relax during your A2O ride.


The Otematata ‘O’ Pipe

The piece of pipe from Lake Benmore Dam sitting on the side of the trail makes for a great photo stop. We challenge you to lift your bikes up into it for the best shot!

Sailors Cutting

Sailors Cutting is a popular spot for campers and boaties during the summer months. Safe swimming spots, scenery and good lake conditions are a huge drawcard for the area. You will find this spot between Omarama and Otematata alongside Lake Benmore.

Lake Benmore Peninsula Walk

This 4km walk is well worth the spectacular views over Lake Benmore. Expected walking time: 1hr 30mins

Elephant rocks

It’s not hard to guess how these large-scale limestone rock formations got their name. These Elephant resembling rocks can be found 5km South of Duntroon on Island Cliff – Duntroon Road.

Food & Drink


West Rd Shop ‘N’ Cafe – 1 West Rd, Otematata

CJ’s Bar and Restaurant – 12 Rata Drive, Otematata-Kurow Highway

Otematata Lakes Hotel – SH 83 Otematata


The Pasquale Kurow Winery – 5292 Kurow-Duntroon Rd Kurow

River Cafe Restaurant – 63 Bledisloe Street Kurow

Te Kohurau Cafe and Restaurant – 12 Bledisloe Street Kurow