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Central Otago Transport & Shuttles

Otago Central Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge & Clutha Gold Trails

We have a number of transfer and shuttle options throughout Central Otago to help you and your bikes get to where they need to be. Select from scheduled times and destinations below or talk to us about booking a private group shuttle.

  • We require a minimum of 48 hours notice for a transport booking
  • Off season Transport (May to October): On demand, with a minimum of 2 passengers
  • The Taieri Gorge train is currently not operating. We have a regular shuttle running to and from Dunedin in place of the train.

There is a regular door-to-door shuttle 2-3 times per day (in season) to Clyde and from Queenstown. Travellers can either start their cycling upon arrival at our depot, or be taken to their accommodation in Cromwell, Clyde or Alexandra. 

  • Departs Queenstown    7:45am   
  • Departs Queenstown    2:30pm  (not always running)
  • Departs Clyde               5:00pm

Our recommendation is to arrive the day prior to your cycling trip, get fitted on your bike, enjoy some terrific local hospitality, and start your ride at your leisure the next morning. 


Transport Between Dunedin and Middlemarch

There is a regular door-to-door shuttle 2 times per day (in season) to and from Dunedin and Middlemarch including the airport.

  • Departs Dunedin                 8:00am
  • Departs Middlemarch                 2:00pm

For those wishing to travel between end points on the Otago Central Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold.

  • o  Clyde to/from Middlemarch
    This leaves Clyde at 9:00am and departs from Middlemarch at 2:30pm to meet with the 5:00pm transfer from Clyde to Queenstown.

    o  Lawrence to/from Clyde
    This service leaves Clyde at 12:30pm and departs Lawrence at 2:30pm. This allows time to be back at our Clyde depot to coordinate with the 5:00pm transfer to Queenstown.
We have limited space available on these runs and recommend booking these services well in advance to avoid disappointment. 

For those wishing to travel between Queenstown and our depot at the Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell.

In season:

  •            Departs Queenstown    7:45am
  •            Returns Queenstown (from Highlands)   5:30pm
  • Note: Times can vary. 

    Between Doctors Point (12 kms from Alexandra) and Shingle Creek (12kms from Roxburgh) there is a 13 km stretch of river where a jet boat transfer is required.

    Trail Journeys can book you and your bike on the jet boat transfer and tour through this spectacular scenery. The trips start from a jetty at either Doctors Point or Shingle Creek and offers a unique opportunity to explore these isolated reaches of the Mighty Clutha Mata-Au River.


    • $140.00 including standard or electric bike 
    • $85.00 children 6-14 years 
    • Under 5 years free

    Central Otago Vehicle Relocation

    We offer vehicle relocation to the end of the trail so that your car is ready and waiting for you when you arrive. 

    • Central Otago Rail Trail Clyde to Middlemarch: $300 per vehicle
    • Clutha Gold (Clyde to Lawrence) $300 per vehicle

    Want to relocate your vehicle somewhere else? Talk to our team. 

    How to book your shuttle

    Fill out the booking form below or call our team in advance to secure your spot (up to 48 hours before - subject to available seats)

    Self-Guided Packages

    Most self-guided packages include shuttles with a minimum of 2 travellers. Contact us about adding extra shuttles.

    Large Groups

    Talk to us about running a private shuttle at a time that suits you.

    Book your shuttle here

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