4 Day 4 Night Independent Tour - ex QueenstownBack

Spend the first night in historic town of Clyde

This package is based on our popular 4 day independent trail ride. A bonus is the extra night that you have in the Historic township of Clyde before you start your riding. An option the following morning to have plenty of time to bike the Centennial Trail beside the largest river (by volume) in NZ.

Cycle the Central Otago Rail Trail in style . We provide cycle rental, transport, accommodation, bag transfer and any other activities that you select from our cupboard of goodies.

A night in Clyde

A magical trip from Queenstown to Clyde through the Kawarau and Clutha Rivers passing the hydro town of Cromwell. The Clyde Dam dominates the landscape at the end of the Cromwell Gorge. Stay in the historic town of Clyde at Plum Tree Cottage. Dine out a one of the many eating places and have a good look around this quaint town.

Cruise the trail

4 days allows you to take your time and endulge in the spectacular scenery while cycling in safety in the peaceful countryside.Chances are abound to visit many of the historical sites along the trail which include the Hayes Engineering Works, St Bathans and Museums in the quaint little towns along the way. Although the history is recent compared with overseas standards, it is nontheless very interesting. Steeped in Gold Mining history, many of the relics are still there to be seen.

Off trail options

As the trail develops more and more off trail activities are available, some of which are listed below: www.clutharivercruises.co.nz: A great trip down the Roxburgh Gorge from Alexandra to Doctors Point. www.curling.co.nz: Naseby International Curling Rink is a favourite with visitors www.wedderburncottages.co.nz: Farm Tours of the Duncans property with Devonshire Morning Tea. www.oceanagoldtours.com: Visit the massive Macraes Open Cast Goldmine is always worth a trip


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 Omakau 36km
  • Day 2 Omakau to Wedderburn 45km
  • Day 3 Wedderburn to Hyde 43km
  • Day 4 Hyde to Middlemarch 29km

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Prices and Dates

Contact our experienced staff at info@trailjourneys.co.nz  or Freephone 0800-724-587 for a price for this tour.


Self guided 4 day trip October 2008 & 1 day ride After having one of our best times ever last year doing the whole trail, in April this year, we hired your great equipment for a day ride. As we were already staying in beautiful Queenstown, we were able to pick the best weather day. We had a marvelous day riding to Chatto Creek for one of the famous lunches, then riding back to Alexandra followed by a ride around the town, then along the river. It was yet another wonderful experience. We are already looking forward to our next holiday in Queenstown in September/October, so we'll certainly be hiring your bikes again!! 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 IAN AND JENNY PATERSON – VICTORIA AUSTRALIA


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