Cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail
Discover one of New Zealand's most scenic regions on these iconic trails
INCLUSIONS:
  • Select from a range of guided or self guided tours on the Central Otago Rail Trail
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
  • Inclusions vary by tour - please refer to individual tour information.
  • Additional touring options available, e-bike upgrades also available at a surcharge - please enquire.
Sales From: 1 Sep 2021 To 31 Dec 2021
Travel From: 1 Dec 2021 To 30 Apr 2023

Blackouts: 1 Jan - 12 Feb 23, 18 Feb - 26 Feb 23, 4 Mar - 12 Mar 23, 18 Mar - 26 Mar 23 & 1 Apr - 25 Apr 23

Cycling Tours
2 Day / 1 Night Wedderburn to Clyde Self Guided Tour - Ex Clyde

Description:

This tour is for those who have limited time to spend and want to taste the best parts of the trail. Leaving from Clyde and finishing back there after your tour makes this an attractive tour. Delivered to the highest point on the trail in a shuttle, you bike mainly downhill over the next 2 days back to Clyde. You will cycle through the amazing Poolburn Gorge with it's 2 tunnels and viaducts. Day 1- Wedderburn to Omakau: Cycle 44km Day 2- Omakau to Clyde: Cycle 36km

Includes:
Standard bike hire for 2 days including helmet, repair kit and odometer (e-bike upgrade available) 1 night comfort accommodation on twin share basis (superior upgrade available) Transport from Clyde to Wedderburn at the start of your trip (Transport to/from Queenstown can be added). 1x 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 Panniers (optional extra)
Notes:
NOTE: Not included: Transport to/from Queenstown and/or Dunedin Meals not mentioned in the itinerary Optional activities and upgrades Personal expenses Travel insurance
3 Day / 2 Night Otago Central Rail Trail Self Guided

Description:

This 3 day Otago Central Rail Trail is a self-guided cycle tour, designed for cyclists wanting to ride the full trail at an average of 50km per day. You'll cycle the iconic 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 from Clyde to Middlemarch. Day 1 - Clyde to Lauder: Cycle - 44km Day 2 - Lauder to Ranfurly or Waipiata: Cycle 48km - 56km Day 3 - Ranfurly or Waipiata to Middlemarch: Cycle 52km - 60km

Includes:
Standard bike hire for 3 days including helmet, repair kit and odometer (e-bike upgrade available) 2 nights standard comfort accommodation on a twin share basis and almost all ensuited (superior upgrade available) Transport from Middlemarch to Clyde at the end of your trip (Transport to/from Queenstown/Dunedin can be added) 2 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 Panniers (optional extra)
Notes:
NOTE: Not included: Transport to/from Queenstown and/or Dunedin Meals not mentioned in the itinerary Optional activities and upgrades Personal expenses Travel insurance
4 Day / 3 Night Otago Central Rail Trail Self Guided

Description:

This 4 day Otago Central Rail Trail is the most popular self-guided cycle tour, covering the full 152km trail from Clyde to Middlemarch. You'll cycle through the iconic 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. Day 1 - Clyde to Omakau or Lauder: Cycle 37km - 45km Day 2 - Omakau or Lauder to Wedderburn: Cycle 24km - 31km Day 3 - Wedderburn to Waipiata, Kokonga or Hyde: Cycle 21km - 46km Day 4 - Waipiata, Kokonga or Hyde to Middlemarch: Cycle 52km - 27km

Includes:
Standard bike hire for 4 days including helmet, repair kit and odometer (e-bike upgrade available) 3 nights comfort accommodation on twin share basis (superior upgrade available) Transport from Middlemarch to Clyde at the end of your trip (Transport to/from Queenstown/Dunedin can be added) 3 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
Notes:
NOTE: Not included: Extra transport (e.g. to/from Queenstown or Dunedin) Meals not mentioned in the itinerary Optional activities and upgrades Travel insurance
5 Day / 4 Night Otago Central Rail Trail Self Guided

Description:

This 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. Day 1 - Clyde to Omakau: Cycle 37km Day 2 - Omakau to Oturehua: Cycle 30km Day 3 - Oturehua to Ranfurly: Cycle 25km Day 4 - Ranfurly to Hyde: 33km Day 5 - Hyde to Middlemarch: Cycle 27km

Includes:
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
Notes:
NOTE: Not included: Extra transport (e.g. to/from Queenstown or Dunedin) Meals not mentioned in the itinerary Optional activities and upgrades Travel insurance
5 Day / 4 Night Lake Dunstan and Otago Rail Trail Self Guided Tour - Ex Cromwell

Description:

Combine the new Lake Dunstan Trail with the iconic Otago Central Rail trail on this 5 day self-guided trip. From Cromwell you'll head through the wine-country of Bannockburn before heading through the stunning Cromwell Gorge featuring swing bridges and 'clip-on' trails. You'll then head out on the Rail Trail, exploring the tunnels and viaducts as you enjoy local hospitality and weave your way to Middlemarch. Extra activities such as curling in Naseby, Hayes Engineering Works and a wine tour fit perfectly into this slower paced itinerary. Day 1 - Lake Dunstan Trail: Cycle - 40km Day 2 - Clyde to Omakau or Lauder: Cycle 37km - 44km Day 3 - Omakau or Lauder to Wedderburn: Cycle 24km - 31km Day 4 - Wedderburn to Waipiata, Kokonga or Hyde: Cycle 21km - 46km Day 5 - Waipiata, Kokonga or Hyde to Middlemarch: Cycle 52km - 27km

Includes:
Standard bike hire for 5 days including helmet, repair kit and odometer (e-bike upgrade available) 4 nights standard comfort accommodation on twin share basis (superior upgrade available) Transport from Middlemarch to Clyde at the end of your trip (Transport to/from Queenstown 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 Panniers (optional extra)
Notes:
NOTE: Not included: Extra transport (e.g. to/from Queenstown or Dunedin) Meals not mentioned in the itinerary Optional activities and upgrades Personal expenses Travel insurance
5 Day / 4 Night Lakes to Sea Guided Tour

Description:

This guided cycle adventure is a 5-day /4-night guided tour on the Otago Central Rail Trail with four to five hours each day spent cycling. The trail is vehicle-free, has an easy gradient and takes you through amazing scenery, over viaducts and through tunnels. Enjoy the atmosphere of historic hotels for a drink, a meal, and your overnight accommodation. Relax knowing that you have a local experienced tour guide and support vehicle while you are on the trail. Our guides are passionate and knowledgeable about the trail and the area, and this will all add to making this a tour to remember. Day 1 - Clyde to Alexandra: Cycle 8km or 16km Day 2 - Alexandra to Lauder: Cycle 36km Day 3 - Lauder to Wedderburn: Cycle 34.5km Day 4 - Wedderburn to Hyde: Cycle 43km Day 5 - Hyde to Middlemarch: Cycle 29km

Includes:
Cycle equipment: trail bicycle, helmet, repair kit, panniers and odometer. Personalised itinerary and map 4 nights accommodation in 3-4 star B + B's on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities 4 breakfasts, 4 morning teas, 4 lunches, 3 afternoon teas and 3 dinners Curling in Naseby Ophir, St Bathans visits Shuttle transport from Queenstown to Clyde (includes hotel pick up) Shuttle transport from Middlemarch to Dunedin or back to Clyde or Queenstown if required Luggage transfer One knowledgeable driver/tour guide to accompany tour party and for on trail support Car storage at either of our depots (Clyde or Middlemarch) E-bikes (optional upgrade)
Notes:
NOTE: Not included: Additional optional day tours (Wine Tour or River Cruise) Meals not mentioned in the itinerary Items of a personal nature including laundry, phone calls, etc Travel insurance
PACKAGE TERMS & CONDITIONS: It is our policy to present the cost of our holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices. Closeout and blackout periods apply over school holidays and peak holiday periods & availability of seats & rooms is likely to be very limited over this time . Valid for sales to 31 Dec 2021. Valid for travel commenced and completed within the period 1 Oct 2021 to 30 Apr 2023 (unless otherwise specified).Based on land only tours, no pre/post tour accommodation or flights included
Moderate level of fitness required for all tours.
Please enquire for sole use, e-bike costs and child pricing. Options available should you choose to bring your own bike, pricing on request.
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