5 Day Executive Tour - ex QueenstownBack

Our Premium Executive package with all the extras:

Trail Journeys has packaged up an Executive Package which includes transport from Queenstown or Dunedin prior to your tour start and transfer on the Taieri Gorge Excursion Train to Dunedin or return back to Clyde after your tour finishes. Add to this a 1 day rental car hire so you can spend some time exploring while on the trail. (Don't forget to include the quaint town of St Bathans). We have also included a voucher for the Naseby International Curling Rink.

Fun for all

It has been said that an Otago Central Railtrail cycle tour is going from one experience to another, using a cycle as a means of getting there. In other words, "It is not only about the bike". Add the rental car hire and vouchers for the curling, all your transport requirements and this has to be one of the best value tours available on the trail.


Take a trip back in time and indulge as you cycle in safety on the Otago Central Rail Rail. This adventure is an unforgettable Southern New Zealand experience through the heart of Central Otago passing historic sites and quaint old towns. The spectacular structures along the way have you wondering how they were created.

Southern Hospitality

After an invigorating day riding on the Otago Central Rail Trail, enjoy real Southern hospitality and the taste of wholesome food and award winning Central Otago wines. Time to relax at night where you may end up sharing a beer and a yarn with a local “Cockie” (or farmer). Many of the locations have restored country hotels and provide a truly local experience.


Accommodation is all locally operated and consists of hotels, farm stay and bed-and-breakfast accommodation. All accommodation will be on a twin share basis. Because accommodation along the trail is varied, we cannot guarantee en-suite facilities. 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. A selection of Central Otago local wines, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase from the hotel bar 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

For cycling/riding

  • 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)
  • socks
  • water bottle
  • sunscreen
  • camera

For evening wear

  • shirt or sweater
  • trousers or lightweight pants
  • underwear
  • sandals or light shoes
  • night wear
  • handkerchiefs
  • 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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Itinerary Details

  • Day 1 Clyde to Alexandra 8km
  • Day 2 Alexandra to Omakau 28km
  • Day 3 Omakau to Wedderburn 45km
  • Day 4 Wedderburn to Hyde 43km
  • Day 5 Hyde to Middlemarch 29km

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Prices and Dates

Contact our experienced staff at [email protected]  or Freephone 0800-724-587 for a price for this tour.

We have a range of pricing depending on what standard of accommodation is required


On behalf of all 12 from the Parker group who travelled the trail from march 25-29 a big thank you. You professional approach to marketing, execution of service delivery and staff interaction was faultless. Every part of our journey went like clockwork, starting from being picked up at the airport to being dropped off for the train and every other thing in between including all the unseen organisational bits that make it tick. Congratulations on a superb organisation. Not one of us will hesitate recommending your company should we be asked "who are the best people to talk to."Again, a sincere thank you from us all and especially to all of the staff making it happen REGARDS, DON AND JOVITA PARKER.


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