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Otago Central Rail Trail

| Alexandra, 9340, New Zealand
+64 3-447 3271
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
| Alexandra, 9340, New Zealand
+64 3-447 3271
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I am by no means an avid cyclist, in fact I don't really enjoy cycling that much at all. However, the 35 KM cycle I did (Lauder to Wedderburn) on the Otago trail was absolutely incredible. The views are so striking and stunning in a...More

Thank Autumn D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a group of five adults - 60+ - with reasonable fitness levels. We chose electric bikes from shebikeshebikes for the four-day, three-night trip. They were a great company to deal with, offering a range of accommodation options, providing a detailed itinerary and ensuring...More

1  Thank daleQ7607NZ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the most memorable and enjoyable trips I have ever done. What a great way to spend a few days with my boys and great friends. It was a privilege being able to enjoy such beautiful countryside, connect with wonderful people, and...More

2  Thank Awstripping
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is really a great trail with well looked after track and great food and accommodation options along the length of the trail. Informative info panel along the way and amazing scenery.

2  Thank grannyB45
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even with rain, this is a great adventure. We are grateful to SheBikesHeBikes for outfitting us and providing support during the trip. Take their advice about how fast you can ride the trail. It may be quite different from what you ride in your home...More

1  Thank Kathleen T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Central Otago Rail Trail is a must do, incredible scenery, well maintained trail with interesting information stops along he way plus the passport stamps as you pass through each station. All stamps were there, no vandalism no graffiti just you your bike and nature,...More

2  Thank Anthony H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found this to be a breath taking bike ride, the scenery was spectacular and while there were a few inclines not that taxing, take your time and don;t let inexperience stop you. Get with a good bike company, I recommend "Bike It Now", this will...More

2  Thank Peter M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The 150k (we managed to clock 167k with side trips) ride was an excellent way to experience the beautiful and varied scenery, to visit small villages, to meet the hospitable locals and learn about the history of the railway. The tunnels and viaducts were fun....More

2  Thank Rotiman1
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Wonderful experience, different places, scenery, people, food all rolled into one and exercising as well . I reckon must be the cleanest air almost in the whole of NZ. Glad we did the training before hand so we could just sit back pedal and enjoy...More

2  Thank Carol H
Reviewed 15 May 2017

We hired a couple of bikes through She Bikes He Bikes in Clyde, and they also sorted out our accommodation and transported our suitcases from place to place, which made it possible to just focus on the cycling. (I totally recommend She Bikes He Bikes...More

1  Thank 507RachelL
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Hi there, We are interested in taking our kids 7 and 9 on a 5 day trip. Was thinking late January 2018 and adding another week do some campervan style touring. Is there any recommendations on a company that can help coordinate a trip/suggestions/how to make it happen etc for us. We would be flying in from Sydney and don't need guided tours as such. Many thanks
5 April 2017|
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Response from garydotwindsor | Reviewed this property |
Hi jack. We had our bike tour booked through trail journeys via our travel agent and had a couple of communication errors with them. However on the track graham from marchburn manor said that luxury cycles/ cycle surgery... More
what is the weather like in November
4 February 2017|
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Response from MarkTwainNZ | Reviewed this property |
November is Spring. It's very variable then, we found late summer or autumn is most settled we have found. But we have done it in October and we had great weather so it's bit of luck what weather you get. Rainfall tends to... More
We are doing the trail in March and are staying at the Wedderburn Cottages and want to go curling. Can you tell me how you got from Wedderburn to Naseby?
23 December 2016|
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