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

5 Days$USD

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COVID safety measures
are in place with extra cleaning and hygiene protocols

Remote adventures
means social distancing comes naturally

Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: TJFD

Trip highlights


  • Cycle the full 152km Otago Central Rail Trail at a leisurely pace over 5 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
  • Add on Curling in Naseby, a Hayes Engineering Works Tour and/or a trip to St Bathans' Blue Lake

Our 5 day self -guided Otago Central Rail Trail is is our most leisurely itinerary, covering the full 152km trail from Clyde to Middlemarch.

Explore the 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.

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. Stay the night in Oturehua.

Meals:  B

After breakfast you'll cycle through Wedderburn and down to Ranfurly. This afternoon is a great time to go curling at the famous Naseby Indoor Curling Rink Cycle (add to your itinerary) before staying the night in Ranfurly.

Meals:  B

Today you'll cycle through to Hyde across the Maniototo Plains. Stay the night in Hyde. Note: Due to low accommodation in Hyde, occasionally we will shuttle you back to Waipiata.

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

Accommodation


Bike information


Trail Surface


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.

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Total Priceper person from

$USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Hayes Engineering Works TourUSD$11
  • Backcountry 4WD tripUSD$34
  • Transport from Middlemarch to DunedinUSD$60
  • Naseby Curling and TransportUSD$60
  • St Bathans & Cambrian TourUSD$80
  • Wine TourUSD$80
  • Transport from Queenstown to Clyde (return)USD$110
  • Superior Accommodation UpgradeUSD$180
  • Electric Bike UpgradeUSD$240
  • Single Supplement (Standard)USD$300
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed 5 Day Otago Central Rail Trail trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

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