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Otago Central Rail Trail

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Address: | Alexandra, 9340, New Zealand
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+64 3-447 3271
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06:00 - 23:59
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 23:59
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Otago Central Rail Trail - New Zealand's Original Great Ride. Open all...

The Otago Central Rail Trail - New Zealand's Original Great Ride. Open all year round this cycleway takes you through 152kms of remarkable Central Otago landscape away from roads and vehicles, yet never far from the next town. Whether you start from Clyde or Middlemarch, the wide easy gradient is suitable for riders, walkers and cyclists of all ages. You may choose to go solo, or share the experience with friends, either way it's a trail of discovery best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Discover historic villages, enjoy local food and drink and the famous southern hospitality. As you travel through this untamed natural environment there is plenty to explore on and off the trail. Don't miss this 'must do' experience.

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Most memorable family trip

We did the 4 day bike ride from Clyde to Middlemarch with family and friends through Bike It Now and we cannot recommend them enough. They catered for all our needs especially as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We did the 4 day bike ride from Clyde to Middlemarch with family and friends through Bike It Now and we cannot recommend them enough. They catered for all our needs especially as we had little ones on our trip. The scenery was stunning and we stopped off at little quaint cafes along the way for morning tea and lunch.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

3 of us did this ride at the end of December 2016. The ride was straightforward with so many interesting features (viaducts, bridges and tunnels), the scenery is fantastic and the openness of the environment is something that is hard to witness elsewhere. The historical context was so interesting. It was really easy to stop off and enjoy a drink... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Spent 5 days cycling with adult family and friends starting at Clyde and finishing at Middlemarch in January 2017. Booked with Shebikeshebikes who I would recommend. If you are keen for including the wineries on this trail they are only located around Alexandra via the Roxburgh Gorge Trail. We either didn't do our homework very well or were let down... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been trying to do the Otago Rail Trail for some years, and completed the trip over the Xmas - New Year break 2016-17, which proved to be a brilliant time to do it. The weather was awesome most days with long fine settled days, with only one day being windy and making riding uncomfortable. The start of each... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have now done this ride twice with Cycle Surgery. We can not recommend them enough. They had arranged everything we required, and the bikes suited us perfectly. I would suggest anyone doing this in around Summer to do it from Clyde to Middlemarch direction as the North West winds will be with you more. We pasted many people coming... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

10 of us friends aged 29-30 went for the 4 day 3 night bike tour arranged by BIKE IT NOW and it was the best New Years trip ever!!! The pick up from Queenstown was on time, bikes fitted all of us perfectly since we gave our heights, Scott mountain bikes were great quality with good sized waterproof panniers (bike... More 

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OtagoCentRailTrail, Facilitator at Otago Central Rail Trail, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback - we are delighted that a trip on the rail trail made your New Year! and that you got great service. We hope to see you back. Kind regards The Otago Central Rail Trail Team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just finished a 4 day cycle ride from Clyde to Middlemarch, hard enough to feel like an achievement but each day filled with changing scenery and lovely places to stay overnight. I'm retired and we passed and were passed by families, young people and similar retired people enjoying the sun and the freedom from traffic.

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OtagoCentRailTrail, Facilitator at Otago Central Rail Trail, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback - its a great achievement to complete the trail. We do hope you return! Best wishes The Otago Central Rail Trail Team More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have hankered to do the Central Otago Rail Trail for many years, and have just got around to it post-Xmas in 2016. And it was fantastic! The cycling is OK, and not too demanding but the weather, scenery, people, hosts, cafes and attractions make the whole adventure outstanding. There is plenty to see, observe and experience for those who... More 

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Thanks David for submitting your feedback. We are delighted you had a such a great trip and received great service along the trail. We do hope this encourages your return! Kind regards The Otago Central Rail Trail Team More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very well organised trip with SheBikesHeBikes. Couldn't fault the package. Superb accommodation and meals. Accommodation was perfect- and all to ourselves :). Loved the curling in Naseby- helped by the well run ferry service between the track and Naseby. We had 2/7 great weather then 2/52 very strong head winds- that was a struggle with the 56 k in... More 

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OtagoCentRailTrail, Facilitator at Otago Central Rail Trail, responded to this review

Thanks Trish for your feedback, well done for completing the trail in challenging conditions and its great you received good service throughout. Best wishes The Otago Central Rail Trail Team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A brilliant initiative by the New Zealand people. Showcases great scenery, local produce, small towns, comfortable accommodation & local businesses. Everyone works together to provide a great local experience.

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Thank you for your feedback we totally agree and hope you enjoyed it enough to return one day :) Best wishes From the Otago Central Rail Trail Team More 

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