By Anthony Doornbos | Posted: Thursday September 22, 2016
There are some great rides around Otematata. With a range of difficulties.
Bike Hire is available in Otematata through Pedal and Paddle – a local company providing Bike and Kyak Tours and Hires.
More information on Biking and Hiring in Otematata can be found at this NZ by Bike link.
This reserve is a short bike ride from the village and has numerous tracks criss-crossing it. Autumn colours are spectacular here as many trees in the reserve are deciduous. Several species of birds can be seen, especially around the ponds and along the lake edge. Tracks lead from the reserve, past the golf course, to the Boat Harbour. In winter care may be needed as these tracks can become muddy.
Accessible from the main road and the Wildlife Reserve, this area has short tracks on either side of the boat harbour. The Otematata River can be reached from here too.
Located on the Canterbury side of Lake Aviemore, this track follows up Deep Stream from it’s entrance to the lake just above Aviemore Dam. Plan to spend at least four or more hours when exploring here. For information about the ride, check the board at the beginning of the track.
Accessed from the car park above the headgate structure on the western flank of the Benmore dam, this track climbs up and around the Benmore Peninsula. Spectacular views across Lake Benmore and up towards the mountains of the main divide can be seen from the higher parts of the track. Allow about two hours to walk and take warm clothing as it is often windy on exposed parts of the track.
Has some incredible riding. Visit the Otematata Station website to see what they have available.
The Track in the video below is a great example of some of the views and terrain to expect on some of the tracks.