The sport of Curling in Naseby |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i> Clutha Jet Roxburgh Gorge |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i>
Most Otago Central Rail Trail trips are fully booked til mid May. Experience it on this trip.

Trail Activities (Extensions)

Add extra activities to your Central Otago cycling trip

Central Otago has much more to do than just cycling, from Jetboating and wineries to off-the-beaten-track side trips.

Naseby has an all-season, dedicated indoor curling rink; the Clutha / Mata-Au River and its gold-bearing alluvial sands lured many men hoping to find a fortune. Learn more about their exploits by including a fun boat trip in your cycle tour. 

Take a tour of St. Bathans and Cambrians, with the option to include great local wine and cheese.

Enjoy the wilds of Central Otago backcountry on a 4WD tour, relish the adrenaline rush at Highlands Motorsport Park, or appreciate a more leisurely trip visiting local vineyards. 

Any of these activities can be included in your itinerary - talk to our team, who can help you select and book a range of complementary activities in the region.

Day trips and guided tours are also popular options.

The sport of Curling in Naseby |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i>

Forget the professionals -  Indoor Curling is a lot easier than it looks and is a fun activity for the whole family. The Naseby Indoor Curling Rink, which is open all year round, offers a cool retreat on a hot Central Otago summer day.

We can arrange transport to the only indoor rink in the Southern Hemisphere from Ranfurly, Wedderburn and Oturehua. You may even decide to stay the night in Naseby or even have a meal there before returning to your accommodation and/or the trail.

Vast Central Otago landscape |  <i>Bob Lahti</i>
Backcountry 4WD Tour

Enjoy a personalised 4WD experience in this unique region of New Zealand. Learn about our rich history, heart and beauty, together with a fantastic landscape of rock and tussock.

It's always great to get off the 'beaten track' so, as you plan your Otago Central Rail Trail cycling adventure, so why not plan to explore the surrounding hinterlands with the locals. Talk to our team about extending your Otago cycling experience with this fantastic extension.

Clutha River Cruise, Roxburgh Gorge
Clutha River Cruise

Explore the mighty Clutha River and journey to the isolated reaches of the stunning and historic Roxburgh Gorge. Marvel at some of New Zealand's best examples of European and Chinese gold mining and view the mining sites of Doctors and Butchers Points to see the workings and schist huts where the miners lived in all those years ago. 

Talk to us about how you can take in some of the most spectacular scenery that only Central Otago can offer -  and try your luck at gold panning!

Blue Lake, St Bathans |  <i>Bob Lahti</i>
St Bathans and Cambrians Tour

Immerse yourself in the history and stunning scenery of St Bathans and Cambrian. St Bathans was settled mainly by the Irish seeking their fortunes on the goldfields and you can still enjoy a beer at the old and haunted Vulcan Hotel. Cambrian, where the Welsh came to mine gold and coal, has a number of surviving historic buildings preserved by Central Otago's dry climate. Cambrian is also home to New Zealand artist Grahame Sydney who has captured many of Central Otago's iconic landscapes in his painting and photography.

Cromwell vineyard |  <i>Peter Walton</i>
Wine Tours

Book a private and relaxing wine tour to some of our local Otago winegrowers. The Otago region is the world’s southern most commercial wine growing region and famous worldwide for our Pinot Nior. 

There are a number of quality vineyards to choose from, some with views that will take your breath away. Our team can help you plan your itinerary so that you can include a visit - and a tasting - at one of our Otago vineyards.

Gourmet Picnic, Bendigo Ruins
Bendigo Gold Ruins Tour

Set amongst alpine tussock is one of largest mining ghost towns of the region. It features great walks through the ruins, with incredible views over the valley below out to the soaring Southern Alps in the distance.

Go Karting
Highlands Motorsport Park

From high speed Single or Dual Go Karts, to the insane adrenaline pumping fast laps in a Ferrari or Porsche GT3, Cromwell's Highlands Motorsport Park provides fun for the whole family. 

If you prefer something a little less fast-paced check out the range of off-track experiences at the park including the impressive sculpture park or relax and enjoy the mountain vistas on the horizon. Indulge in the Aroma Room Wine tasting or see both classic and rare ultra-modern vehicles, and discover the history of racing in the Highlands Motorsport Museum.

Kawarau Gorge Jet Boat
Goldfields Jet

Located at the eastern end of the Kawarau Gorge, just 9 kms from Cromwell, experience a spectacular jet boat ride on the mighty Kawarau River with Goldfields Jet. 

Their specifically designed jet boats and highly trained drivers will take you on an unforgettable 40-minute ride through the Kawarau Gorge and through the heart of one of New Zealand’s historic gold mining regions.

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