A fast, mostly flat ride through the Upper Clutha River valley which offers diverse views ranging from the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the golden hills of Central Otago.
Departing Wānaka, follow SH6 east past Wanaka Airport before turning left onto SH8A which is signposted to Christchurch and Mt Cook. Continue on SH8A, crossing the Clutha River at Red Bridge, and turning right on SH8A just after the bridge. A fast, mostly flat section of road brings you to the intersection with SH8. Turn left to Tarras (1km) if you need a coffee, or turn right if you want to keep riding. If you’ve turned right, stay on SH8 for a few kilometres until you cross a one lane bridge and then turn onto Ardgour Road. This is a superb section of quiet, rural road and will loop around to bring you out at Tarras and the second chance for a coffee! Return to Wānaka via the same route, or if you want to put some more miles into your legs, you can head South from Tarras towards Cromwell for a lap of Lake Dunstan.
Find the Google Map of the ride here.