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Activities
  • 4 days self guided cycling
Accommodation
  • 3 nights comfort level
  • Superior and economy levels available
Meals
  • 3 Breakfasts

Price

4 daysfrom

$850NZD

Trip Code: TJA

Trip highlights


  • Cycle the full 152km Otago Central Rail Trail at a leisurely pace over 4 days
  • Explore the tunnels and viaducts of the Poolburn Gorge and Ida Valley
  • Cycle through the scenic Maniototo Plains
  • Experience the local 'southern hospitality' of Central Otago

Our 4 day Otago Central Rail Trail is our most popular self-guided cycle tour, covering the full 152km trail from Clyde to Middlemarch.

You'll cycle through the iconic tunnels and viaducts of the Poolburn Gorge and Ida Valley, admire the stunning Maniatoto Plains and enjoy local hospitality as you weave your way along the old railway line. Extra activities such as curling in Naseby, Hayes Engineering Works and a wine tour fit perfectly into this slower paced itinerary.

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).

A morning briefing and bike fitting at our Clyde Depot will get you set for your first day of cycling. You can meet us in Clyde or you can add on a shuttle from Queenstown. After 8km you'll reach Alexandra, a great place to stop for a coffee and a cheese roll. You'll then head towards Chatto Creek where the tavern serves an excellent lunch and is a recommended stop before Tiger Hill. The gradient is steady but easy, and then it is downhill to your overnight accommodation. The 5km loop to Ophir is highly recommended, with historic wooden and stone buildings from the gold-mining era and the iconic suspension bridge. Stay the night in Omakau, Ophir or Lauder (depending on availability).

Meals:  Nil

Today you'll cycle through the stunning Poolburn Gorge. This section features historic tunnels and viaducts in a secluded rocky setting. The gorge then opens out to the vast expanse of the Ida Valley. A tour of Hayes Engineering Works is popular among our cyclists and is a great spot for lunch, as is the settlement of Oturehua just further down the road. Stay the night in Wedderburn.

Meals:  B

This morning is a great time to go curling at the famous Naseby Indoor Curling Rink Cycle (add to your itinerary) before cycling through Ranfurly and accross the Maniototo Plains to Waipiata. Stay the night in Waipiata, or continue cycling through to Kokonga or Hyde depending on your preference and accommodation availability.

Meals:  B

Your last day on the trail passes the site of the 1943 Hyde railway disaster and down through the wide-open spaces of the Strath Taieri Valley and the impressive Rock and Pillar Range. The ride is downhill to the end of the trail at our Middlemarch Depot where you return your bike and equipment and catch your transport back to Clyde or to Dunedin.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • Standard bike hire for 4 days including helmet, repair kit and odometer (e-bike upgrade available)
  • 3 nights comfort accommodation on twin share basis (superior upgrade available)
  • Transport from Middlemarch to Clyde at the end of your trip (Transport to/from Queenstown/Dunedin can be added)
  • 3 x 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

  • Extra transport (e.g. to/from Queenstown or Dunedin)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities and upgrades
  • Travel insurance

Bike information


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Accommodation


Suggested extensions


Grading

Introductory  
3

The 4 day Otago Central Rail Trail is graded introductory with an average cycling distance of 38km 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.


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

$850NZD

Options & Supplements*
  • Hayes Engineering Works TourNZD$15
  • Backcountry 4WD tripNZD$45
  • Transport from Middlemarch to DunedinNZD$80
  • Naseby Curling and TransportNZD$80
  • St Bathans & Cambrian TourNZD$100
  • Wine TourNZD$110
  • Transport from Queenstown to Clyde (return)NZD$140
  • Superior Accommodation UpgradeNZD$180
  • Electric Bike UpgradeNZD$260
  • Single Supplement (Standard)NZD$300
*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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