Braemar station has been a favourite location of ours to provide the backdrop for many of our great images. The station is so close to Aoraki Mt Cook that towers above while sitting outside in the sun. Julia & Hamish have become friends over the years of the A2O trail and the station provides a great example of a high country station that has modified its business to allow visitors to experience some of the magic of the high country. Its popularity makes it a favourite of many, so be prepared to book early and be flexible with your timing.
Where is Braemar station and what are the accommodation and food options available?
Braemar Station is located on the eastern shores of Lake Pukaki approximately 16km from the Jollie Carpark (Tasman river mouth). We provide a package deal for cyclists that includes dinner, bed, breakfast and a packed lunch. I fully prepare the meals and can cater for all dietary requirements. The meals are delivered to your house with easy instructions for you to do the final cooking at your leisure.
Accommodation is provided in 4 different houses – all with amazing views of Lake Pukaki and the surrounding mountains. At Braemar Station we try to provide high quality accommodation in a spectacular location so you can relax and enjoy the views and the company of your friends at the end of your day on the trail.
How does the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail fit into the workings of a high country station?
Braemar Station is a working high country station. We run Perendale sheep, Angus Cattle and Red Deer. Tekapo Adventures run a 4WD farm tour that you may be able to fit into your time at Braemar. This allows you to further explore the Station and enjoy the stunning Mackenzie Country scenery.
How do you staff for the summer season in a remote location like the Mackenzie basin? How do your family get involved here?
The Mackenzie Family has been at Braemar for 50 years. It was bought in 1969 by Carol and Duncan Mackenzie and is now run by their son, Hamish with his wife Julia and their teenage children, Gus and Kate. The family all help out as required, both Kate and Gus are very good at cleaning, mowing lawns and generally helping as required. Over the busy summer months Julia is helped by the partner of one of the farm staff.
How have you found the typical riders on the trail relating to the working environment of the farm?
“Most A2O riders are very interested in the farm and what we produce. I ensure the food I serve is locally sourced either directly out of my substantial vege garden, from the local canals or a meat company that Braemar supplies. Everything is fresh with as little done to it as possible.”
“I enjoy talking to quests about local issues such as wilding pine spread, local flora and fauna and any other issues facing the Mackenzie Country.”
Is there a more spectacular setting in NZ to spend the night and do you ever get tired of the view?
At the end of a days riding there isn’t any better place to relax and enjoy a cool, well deserved refreshment. The mountains and lake are ever changing so even in less than perfect weather you can spend hours gazing at them and enjoying the light changes and shadows.
We look forward to hosting you in our rather unique and special part of NZ.