2 Day Highlights Tour - Otago Rail Trail

This 2 Day/1 Night Independent cycle adventure takes in the 2 most scenic parts of the famous Otago Central Rail Trail. Cycling on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient approximately 40-45kms per day. You will cycle through amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, through tunnels and encountering old historic hotels staying in twin/double share accommodation. This 2 day highlights package is the perfect option for people wishing to experience the best parts of the trail but have limited time available.

Day 1 - Omakau to Wedderburn - Distance: 42kms - Meals: N/A

Your adventure starts in Clyde where upon arrival at our depot you will be fitted with your bikes, briefed on your tour and then we will transport you through to Omakau where you will start your ride towards Wedderburn. You are required to be at our depot by 9.00am for a 9.30am departure. Highlights of today’s ride are the Poolburn Gorge section, featuring two tunnels and two viaducts all set in a secluded rocky gorge. Then the vast expanse of the Ida Valley made famous by the paintings of Graham Sydney. You could stop at the Oturehua Tavern for lunch if you would like. Other attractions in this area include the Historic Hayes Engineering Workshop, and the remains of the Golden Progress Mine north of Oturehua just off the trail. Your accommodation this night is in Wedderburn and dinner can be arranged at the Wedderburn Tavern (price not included).

Day 2 - Wedderburn to Hyde - Distance: 43kms - Meals: Breakfast

From Wedderburn, you will ride mostly downhill to Ranfurly, the Art Deco Capital of Otago. You will then cycle through the small town of Waipiata, don’t forget to stop by the Waipiata Tavern for a cold drink or lunch! The days highlight must be the lovely trail section between Daisybank and Hyde with the Taieri River close by, Capburn and Prices Creek Bridges followed by the last tunnel. Take a break for a coffee and a bite to eat at the Otago Central Hotel in Hyde. You will then travel back on the shuttle bus to Clyde to pick up your car or onwards travel. Please be at the Hyde Hotel by 2.30pm to meet your transport departing Hyde at approximately 2.45pm.


Accommodation (all accommodation is en suite based on twin/double share based on availability)

**If we are not able to secure the above accommodation we will endeavour to book accommodation of a similar standard**