Day 3 – Wanaka to Omarama
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Starting lakeside Wanaka takes you out past Puzzle World, the Airport and over a one-way historic bridge before a hard turn right. Then your ride really gets underway. The Lindis Pass rides you through dramatic Merino Sheep country on a more gradual climb than yesterday’s Crown Range. Once over the summit, you will love the long downhill sections.
James, owner of this iconic restaurant “The Wrinkly Ram” at Omarama will welcome you at the stage finish and will give the first rider to locate him on site in his Café a bonus for his/her charity with an on the spot cheque.
Your drive to the base of New Zealand’s iconic Mount Cook (next overnight stop at the Mt Cook village) will take about 70 mins, so head off once you are revived by a hearty lunch. If you are overnighting at Twizel the drive is just 20 minutes
7:15- 7:45 am
Sign in at Wanaka Lakefront start zone
Last finishers due to arrive in Omarama
It’s been a very big day. We suggest you rest up.
114 km today but pretty flat for the first 25km. After turning left and heading North (just before Tarras) there is a hill that is the entrée to the Lindis Pass proper, a further 35 km ahead. Carry warm clothing today as the top of the Pass can be chilly and if rain forecasted a waterproof jacket a wise idea. Good wide roads but a bit busier today with trucks and buses, along with you, on a hurry north, so keeping well left is imperative. The finish will be in Omarama at the Wrinkly Ram, a must visit cafe. After the finish, be cautious turning right and crossing the highway into the Wrinkly Ram car park.
With lunch now on board if you are heading to the Mt Cook village it is a 70-minute drive from Omarama.
NOTE: If you are overnighting in Twizel your accommodation is just a 20-minute drive North. You would be wise to plan an early night, as the start at Mt Cook is 7:30 am and before that your sign in. Allow a good 45-minutes for the drive.