Four fantastic days in Central Otago
Trail Journeys has a variety of independent cycle tours on the Otago Central Railtrail and this tour is one of the original popular options. To cycle the trail over 4 days gives you plenty of opportunities to explore the Central Otago area. Trail Journeys offer options to finish off off with a trip on the Taieri Gorge Excursion Train to Dunedin or to return to Clyde on our bus. (Neither options included in price)
We provide cycle rental, transport, accommodation, bag transfer and any other activities that you select from our cupboard of goodies.Talk to us to explore all the packages that we offer.
From the start of the existance of the railtrail this package has stood out as the flagship of Trail Journeys products. It gives you plenty of opportunity to explore the best of what Central Otago can offer. Days of between 30km and 45km takes the pressure off and allows you to relax and make the most of the relaxed atmosphere
Meet the locals
If you want to meet and mix with the local characters, the evening are a great time to do this. As you dine in the quaint hotels and resturants along the trail, many opportunities to talk to the farmers and present themselves.
Complete the journey
The Taieri Gorge Excursion Train, although not included in this package, it is an optional extra. A great way to finish the trail relaxing on the tourist train that links Middlemarch to Dunedin. This train is a very popular tourist attraction catering for the many cruise ships that come to Dunedin Harbour. Have a drink, a bite to eat and take in the awesome scenery of the Taieri Gorge.
Accommodation is all locally operated and consists of high quality lodge type accommodation and will be on a twin share basis. Because accommodation along the trail is varied, we cannot guarantee what is indicated in the itinerary however the accommodation secured will be of a similar standard. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to experience Central Otago wilderness without sacrificing your comforts or convenience.
Food and Refreshments
After an invigorating day riding on the Rail Trail you will have worked up quite an appetite. All evening and mid-day meals are available in locally operated hotels or resturants and some of the accommodation places cater inhouse. A selection of Central Otago local wines, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase from the locations throughout the evening. Breakfast offers a selection of fruit and cereal, and toast and spreads. Just what is needed to send you on your way. For those with special dietary requests or requirements, let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavor to cater for your needs.
Health and Fitness
The cycle ride is neither easy nor difficult. It is a challenge and adventure which people of all ages and abilities will relish. To enjoy your ride you need to be able to cycle 4 to 6 hours each day at a leisurely pace, and a distance of 29km to 45km per day. We encourage you to cycle/ride at your own pace, there is no pressure to cycle/ride with others or keep up with the fastest riders. The track surface is generally well formed and a maximum gradient of 1m in 70m. If you are not a regular cyclist/rider we suggest you begin a daily cycling regime for 4 to 6 weeks before departure, gradually increasing the distance you ride. Thousands of cyclists are enjoying riding the Central Otago Rail Trail each year, of all ages with 85% of cyclists/ riders being between the age of 45 to 70 and beyond.
What to Bring
Soap, shampoo and conditioner will be provided at your accommodation.
The following is a list of essential equipment
- waterproof raincoat
- walking shoes/ jogging shoes
- woollen or polypropylene thermal underwear top & bottom is essential
- light hat (woollen or fleece)
- fleece jacket
- Mid-weight merino top or fleece
- lightweight T-shirts for fine weather
- short cycle gloves (available at Trail Journeys)
- cycle shorts (available at Trail Journeys)
- gel seat covers (available at Trail Journeys)
- water bottle
For evening wear
- shirt or sweater
- trousers or lightweight pants
- sandals or light shoes
- night wear
- toilet requisites (towels, shampoo and conditioner are provided)
Included in this package is the transport of your baggage (15kg only per bag) each day to your accommodation.
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