Introductory to Moderate
  • 3 day self guided e-bike
  • 2 night comfort level
  • Superior and economy levels available
  • 2 Lunches
  • 2 Breakfasts


3 daysfrom


Trip Code: TJOD

Trip highlights

  • Cycle the tunnels and viaducts of the Poolburn Gorge on the Otago Rail Trail
  • Ride through the stunning Cromwell Gorge on the new Lake Dunstan Trail
  • Follow the mighty Clutha River/Mata-au through dramatic gorges, past orchards and lush farmland
  • Discover old gold mining relics through the Roxburgh Gorge
  • Enjoy a jet boat transfer from Shingle Creek to Doctors Point
  • Experience the local 'southern hospitality' of Central Otago

Combine the tunnels and viaduct section of the iconic Otago Central Rail Trail with the new Lake Dunstan Trail and spectacular Roxburgh Gorge on this 3 day self-guided trip.

You'll cycle from Historic Hayes Engineering to Chatto Creek on the Otago Central Rail Trail through the Poolburn Gorge, through the stunning Cromwell Gorge on the Lake Dunstan Trail and the vibrant Roxburgh Gorge featuring a jet-boat transfer. Learn about the gold mining history, and see the remaining relics scattered along the hill-side and enjoy a 2 night stay in Clyde.

Your accommodation is centre based in Clyde, which means settling in, unpacking your bags, and not needing to worry about packing each night. 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).

We’ll collect you from Queenstown or you can make you own way to our depot in Clyde. After a morning briefing and bike fitting at our Clyde Depot you’ll tour Hayes Engineering, a bite of lunch, then set off on the Otago Rail Trail finishing your ride at Chatto Creek Hotel. We'll collect you from there and take you to your accommodation.

Meals:  Nil

There are a number of distance options on the Lake Dunstan Trail. Ride the full 55km trail from Smith’s Way, just out of Cromwell to Clyde along Lake Dunstan, the Kawarau River and the stunning Cromwell Gorge. Or ride a shortened version of 33km. Key features of the trail are the man-made landscapes, superb views from the trail summit, abundant vineyards and cellar doors in Bannockburn and the Historical Precinct in Cromwell. After completing the ride we’ll take you on wine tour or if you prefer a 4WD tour (included).

Meals:  B,L

Start your day today with a cycle from Clyde through to Alexandra, either 8kms down the Rail Trail or 14kms kilometres on the slightly more technical, but scenic river track. From Alexandra, you start the Roxburgh gorge, with a 10kms cycle to Doctors Point where you join the jet-boat transfer to Shingle Creek. Keep an eye out for historic gold mining relics and huts as you make your way through the gorge. A highlight for many, with commentary of the gold mining history scattered in the hillside. From Shingle Creek it is a further 11kms through to the Roxburgh Hydro where you will be picked up this afternoon and shuttled back through to Clyde or Queenstown.

Meals:  B,L


  • E-bike hire for 3 days including helmet, repair kit and odometer (standard bikes available)
  • 2 nights comfort accommodation in Clyde on twin share basis (superior upgrade available - additional charge applies)
  • Wine tour or 4WD tour (your choice)
  • Entry into Historic Hayes Engineering
  • Transport to and from Clyde on the Otago Central Rail Trail
  • Transport from Clyde to Cromwell to start the Lake Dunstan Trail
  • Transport from Roxburgh to Clyde after the Roxburgh Gorge Trail
  • Jet boat transfer and history tour: Doctors Point to Shingle Creek
  • 2 x breakfasts
  • 2 x lunches
  • Detailed trip itinerary and map
  • Panniers

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities and upgrades
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Bike information

Trail Surface



Introductory to Moderate  

The 3 day Otago Rail Trail, Lake Dunstan and Roxburgh Gorge is graded Introductory to Moderate. The Lake Dunstan and Roxburgh Gorge Trails have a mix of introductory and moderate trails that include some narrow, hilly and remote sections with some tight turns. If you are not a regular cyclist or are worried about these features, we recommend practicing riding on similar features at home before your trip. The more training you have done on compacted gravel ad undulating hills 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


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.
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.

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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.


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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