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Introductory

Traveller Rating

 

Activities
  • 2 day self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 1 night comfort level
  • Superior and economy levels available
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast

Price

2 daysfrom

$350NZD

Trip Code: TJI

Trip highlights


  • Cycle the most scenic 80km of the Otago Central Rail Trail from Wedderburn to Clyde
  • Explore the tunnels and viaducts of the Poolburn Gorge and Ida Valley
  • Experience the local 'southern hospitality' of Central Otago
  • Explore the quaint township of Clyde

Cycle from Wedderburn to Clyde on our self-guided, 2 Day Otago Central Rail Trail. You'll explore some of the most scenic landscapes Central Otago has to offer through the Ida Valley and Poolburn Gorge.

We'll move your luggage each day, book the best suited accommodation and transport you where you need to be. All you need to do is pedal and unwind from everyday life.

Scroll down to view the full itinerary, select your dates and fill out our booking form (please note this is tentative).

This package starts at 9.00am at our depot in Clyde Depot for bike fitting and a briefing and then transported to Wedderburn. From Wedderburn it is a 12km ride to Oturehua - a great place for morning tea or lunch. Other places of interest in and around the town are Gilchrist’s Store, the Historic Hayes Engineering Workshop and Homestead, and the remains of the Golden Progress Mine just north of the trail. The next section is one of the most spectacular on the trail - the Poolburn Gorge. This features two tunnels and viaducts in a secluded rocky setting. The trail then continues through the township of Lauder and then on to Omakau to your accommodation.

Meals:  Nil

Today’s ride brings you from Omakau through to Clyde. Along the way you will pass through Chatto Creek and the tavern is a great place to stop for morning tea. The trail then follows the Manuherikia River to Alexandra. Here you may continue along the Rail Trail to our depot in Clyde.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • Standard bike hire for 2 days including helmet, repair kit and odometer (e-bike upgrade available)
  • 1 night comfort accommodation on twin share basis (superior upgrade available)
  • Transport from Clyde to Wedderburn at the start of your trip (Transport to/from Queenstown can be added).
  • 1x breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers each day (weight limit of 15kg)
  • Detailed trip itinerary and map
  • Otago Central Rail Trail Passport
  • $5 Donation to the Haehaeata National Heritage Trust
  • Panniers (optional extra)

  • Transport to/from Queenstown and/or Dunedin
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities and upgrades
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Bike information


Trail Surface


Accommodation


Suggested extensions


Grading

Introductory  
3

The 2 Day Otago Central Rail Trail is graded introductory with an average cycling distance of 40km per day. The trail is wide with a compacted gravel trail surface and a gentle 1 to 50 gradient. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and we recommend training on compacted gravel trails, and completing a multi-day ride prior to your trip to get used to being in the saddle for long periods of time. The more training you have done on compacted gravel, the more enjoyable your trip will be. E-bikes are also suitable as long as they are ridden appropriately and have sufficient battery capacity.


Departure dates

Departs daily

Notes

Note:
All bookings are tentative. Our team will do their best to get back to you within 48 hours to confirm your booking. If your preferred date is within 48 hours please ring 0800 724 587.
Note:
Due to the rural location of the Otago Central Rail Trail, our superior upgrade offers a higher level of lodgings at locations where available.

Want to organise a customised tour?

School groups, friends, family trips, corporate events and even making the trail accessible for everyone. Learn how you can organise a Customised Tour with Trail Journeys.

Total Priceper person from

$350NZD

Options & Supplements*
  • Hayes Engineering Works TourNZD$15
  • Transport from Middlemarch to DunedinNZD$80
  • Single Supplement (Standard)NZD$100
  • Superior Accommodation UpgradeNZD$120
  • Electric Bike UpgradeNZD$130
*Prices listed are per person and also from

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Why travel with us

First On The Trail

Trail Journeys is the largest and longest serving bike hire business on the Otago Central Rail Trail. We have helped more cyclists explore our region since the trail opened in 2000 than any other company.

EXPERT LOCAL ADVICE

Our team is passionate about the Central Otago Region and their extensive knowledge and experience means you get the very best advice - every time. We will help you tailor the right cycling itinerary for your needs.

Quality services

Expect first-class and flexible support both on and off the trail. With regular bag, passenger and bike transport services, expert cycle mechanics and experienced consultants, enjoy a stress free cycling trip with Trail Journeys.

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