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Canterbury

Tekapo to Pukaki Road Alternative - OPEN

Northern Start
Cnr SH8 and Andrew Don Dr, Lake Tekapo
Southern End
Cnr Hayman and Tekapo Canal Rds, Lake Pukaki
Distance
44.5km
Time
9hrs
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track.
  • Farming operations
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Weather extremes
  • Few water sources
Description
(North to South)

**On occasion the Tekapo Canal route may be closed - often at short notice - due to high winds and/or Genesis Energy requirements. Keep a close eye on the Trail Status page prior to setting off. When the canal route is closed, walk the scenic Braemar Rd route instead, as outlined below.

From Andrew Don Dr follow SH8 5km and turn right into Braemar Rd.
Follow Braemar Rd 22km up and over the hills dropping down to meet Lake Pukaki. Although this is "road" walking, it is a gravel road through spectacular scenery though please do take care (we recommend a hi-viz jacket and/or pack cover) as it is open road and there can be plenty of farm traffic passing through.
Along Braemar Rd, the "Telephone Hut" (with fireplace) is convenient accommodation (S43 58.619 E170 19.842). Note there are no toilet facilities along Braemar Rd so please carry a hand trowel and dispose thoughtfully of toilet waste.
When you reach the shores of Lake Pukaki, Te Araroa joins with the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail along Lake Pukaki for 17.5km to where it rejoins the main Te Araroa route at the intersection with Tekapo Canal Rd, just after the road goes under the power station outlet pipes. 
14km from where Braemar Rd meets Hayman Rd there is a toilet, then another 3.5km south just before the power station.
From Tekapo Canal Rd/Hayman Rd, it is a flat 12km to the Pines Camping area where there is a longdrop toilet and water tap (lake water so consider treating).
 

Map not available at the moment.

Requirements
  • Wear hi-viz clothing/pack cover and don't use headphones
Northern Start
Cnr SH8 and Andrew Don Dr, Lake Tekapo
Southern End
Cnr Hayman and Tekapo Canal Rds, Lake Pukaki
Distance
44.5km
Time
9hrs
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

**On occasion the Tekapo Canal route may be closed - often at short notice - due to high winds and/or Genesis Energy requirements. Keep a close eye on the Trail Status page prior to setting off. When the canal route is closed, walk the scenic Braemar Rd route instead, as outlined below.

From Andrew Don Dr follow SH8 5km and turn right into Braemar Rd.
Follow Braemar Rd 22km up and over the hills dropping down to meet Lake Pukaki. Although this is "road" walking, it is a gravel road through spectacular scenery though please do take care (we recommend a hi-viz jacket and/or pack cover) as it is open road and there can be plenty of farm traffic passing through.
Along Braemar Rd, the "Telephone Hut" (with fireplace) is convenient accommodation (S43 58.619 E170 19.842). Note there are no toilet facilities along Braemar Rd so please carry a hand trowel and dispose thoughtfully of toilet waste.
When you reach the shores of Lake Pukaki, Te Araroa joins with the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail along Lake Pukaki for 17.5km to where it rejoins the main Te Araroa route at the intersection with Tekapo Canal Rd, just after the road goes under the power station outlet pipes. 
14km from where Braemar Rd meets Hayman Rd there is a toilet, then another 3.5km south just before the power station.
From Tekapo Canal Rd/Hayman Rd, it is a flat 12km to the Pines Camping area where there is a longdrop toilet and water tap (lake water so consider treating).
 

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track.
  • Farming operations
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Weather extremes
  • Few water sources
Description
(North to South)

**On occasion the Tekapo Canal route may be closed - often at short notice - due to high winds and/or Genesis Energy requirements. Keep a close eye on the Trail Status page prior to setting off. When the canal route is closed, walk the scenic Braemar Rd route instead, as outlined below.

From Andrew Don Dr follow SH8 5km and turn right into Braemar Rd.
Follow Braemar Rd 22km up and over the hills dropping down to meet Lake Pukaki. Although this is "road" walking, it is a gravel road through spectacular scenery though please do take care (we recommend a hi-viz jacket and/or pack cover) as it is open road and there can be plenty of farm traffic passing through.
Along Braemar Rd, the "Telephone Hut" (with fireplace) is convenient accommodation (S43 58.619 E170 19.842). Note there are no toilet facilities along Braemar Rd so please carry a hand trowel and dispose thoughtfully of toilet waste.
When you reach the shores of Lake Pukaki, Te Araroa joins with the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail along Lake Pukaki for 17.5km to where it rejoins the main Te Araroa route at the intersection with Tekapo Canal Rd, just after the road goes under the power station outlet pipes. 
14km from where Braemar Rd meets Hayman Rd there is a toilet, then another 3.5km south just before the power station.
From Tekapo Canal Rd/Hayman Rd, it is a flat 12km to the Pines Camping area where there is a longdrop toilet and water tap (lake water so consider treating).
 

Map not available at the moment.

Requirements
  • Wear hi-viz clothing/pack cover and don't use headphones