A2O days 4 and 5: Omarama to Kurow

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November 15th 2019
Published: November 15th 2019
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Benmore dam penstock Benmore dam penstock Benmore dam penstock

The largest earthen dam in NZ
The weather has been great for cycling these 2 days. The track goes over New Zealand’s largest earth dam, Benmore which holds back Benmore lake, the the track follows beside Lake Aviemore to the Aviemore dam. Until today, cyclists had to follow highway 83 into Kurow, a daunting proposition as there is no hard shoulder and the buses and trucks barrel down this narrow road. We were told that a new section of trail was about to open in a day or two. Just after crossing the dam I spotted a small excavator close to what appeared to be the new track. Mark, the excavator operator, allowed us to be the first to ride on the track he has been building for the past two months. What a great job he has done! The Waitaki dam is the 3rd hydroelectric dam along this very scenic route.

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Benmore damBenmore dam
Benmore dam

The steep climb to the top makes rented e-bikes worth the extra.
Aviemore lake Aviemore lake
Aviemore lake

Aviemore dam to the left
Aviemore track extensionAviemore track extension
Aviemore track extension

We were the first to ride this new section
New Aviemore trackNew Aviemore track
New Aviemore track

Track is in great shape
Derelict buildingDerelict building
Derelict building

The new track passes by the old brick buildings
New bridgeNew bridge
New bridge

Note the sheep skull on the post
Track into KurowTrack into Kurow
Track into Kurow

Beautifully finished track
Wine countryWine country
Wine country

We’ll be tasting wine later
Waitaki damWaitaki dam
Waitaki dam

One of the first hydroelectric projects in 1934.

15th November 2019

Thanks for all the pictures Keith. Looks like you and Sandy are having a great trip. Enjoy!!
15th November 2019
Track into Kurow

Track into Kurow
Looks like a beautiful place to ride. I will post this pic in "Follow that Road" thread in the Photography Forum. Check it out.

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