Behind the Scenes – Filming the Alps 2 Ocean

With the opening of the new off-road section from Aviemore Dam to Kurow, we decided it was a great opportunity to get Flashworks Media on board to film the opening event, followed by a series of key trail sections. We were so delighted the weather played the game and we had a great few days out on the Alps 2 Ocean trail.

Day One

We loaded up the vehicles with camera gear and bikes and left our base in Twizel. First stop was a section of the trail that runs alongside Lake Benmore and into Sailors Cutting camping area.

The trail here is just stunning. It winds alongside the lake and meanders through the trees. There was slightly more cloud cover than we had hoped for, however we could see the sky was clearing and the sun was doing it’s best to give us some light. The trail was busy with many riders coming out of Sailors Cutting – perhaps heading to Omarama to pick up the morning paper then back to their campsite. So we had to be cautious and give way to riders as the cameraman politely instructed us to ride the same section of trail many times.

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After a relaxing morning tea at the “On the Spot” in Otematata, the next mission was to scout the new section of trail from Aviemore to Kurow and identify the key filming spots along the 15km section. That way, we would be ready and prepared to film right after the opening ceremony at the Waitaki Village.

We had a well deserved lunch break in Kurow, before heading to the opening ceremony at Waitaki. We arrived nice and early – we were the 1st out of 4 operators to arrive with a full trailer load of bikes. We were happy to provide free bike hire and shuttles to celebrate the new off-road trail section. we did ask for a $10 donation for the Kurow Wetlands Trust, which was well received.

The turnout was great at the opening – it was so great to see so many friendly faces all come together to celebrate such a great milestone for the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. It wasn’t hard to find people that were willing to talk on camera about how great the new section was.

The ceremony was rounded off with an official ribbon cutting across the trail, directly opposite the Waitaki Dam. Flashworks Media was right in there to get the shots. Then it was back across to the village for a few final words and safety tips before riders were let loose on the trail.

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We loaded up the gear and headed back to Aveimore Dam were we would load up the bikes with all the camera gear and head off on the trail. We were quick to realise the logistics of packing two E-Bikes with a rather large drone and two decent sized cameras. It was slightly more time consuming than we would have hoped for. However, we got there in the end, and off we went to explore the new trail and film the key sections.

Compared to the slightly dull morning shot, the weather was just stunning and we got some really great footage. Plenty of drone footage, mixed with ground camera shots – We can’t wait to see what Flashworks Media is able to create for us!

Day Two

Before getting back on the road to Christchurch, we spent the morning filming the Twizel depot and the iconic section of trail around the bottom of Lake Pukaki.

Luckily, we had a group of 16 customers carrying out their bike briefing and gearing up for their ride. So it’s fair to say, there was plenty of depot action to film.

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Our final location was Lake Pukaki with the iconic Mt Cook in the backdrop. As with the afternoon before, the weather was an absolute beauty! We couldn’t have asked for any better really! 

Went spent a good few hours making sure we got all the key shots we needed, including a jump shot of the crew. Thanks to the friendly travellers who took this winning photo for us, which sums up nicely what a great weekend we had in such a beautiful part of our country!

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