3 Day Executive Tour - Otago Rail Trail

This independent cycle adventure is a 3 day/2 night tour on the Otago Central Rail trail. Cycling on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient approximately 40-60kms per day. Amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, through tunnels and encountering old historic hotels staying in twin/double share accommodation. Cyclists will experience wonderful local cuisine and meet colourful local people.

Day 1 - Clyde to Lauder - Distance: 43kms - Meals: N/A

Your adventure starts in Queenstown where you will be picked up by bus from your accommodation at 9.00am to travel to Trail Journeys Clyde Depot. Upon arrival you will be fitted with your bikes, briefed on your tour then start your cycling adventure to Lauder. From Clyde you can cycle past vineyards and over an old wooden trestle bridge on the ride to Alexandra. For the more adventurous, there is the option of riding on the Clutha River Centennial Track to Alexandra which adds another 8km to your cycle ride. Lunch options are available to purchase at Alexandra, Chatto Creek or Omakau.

Day 2 - Lauder to Ranfurly - Distance: 48kms - Meals: Breakfast

From Lauder you begin one of the most spectacular sections of the trail, the Poolburn Gorge. This is home to the rare New Zealand Falcon. Travel through two tunnels and across the 37m high Poolburn Viaduct, through the Ida Valley and onto Oturehua where lunch options are available. Cycle from Oturehua to Wedderburn and then onto your accommodation at Ranfurly. Here you will collect your rental car and make your way to Naseby to try your hand at curling and have a look around this historic township

Day 3 - Ranfurly to Middlemarch - Distance: 59kms - Meals: Breakfast

From Ranfurly make your way to Waipiata where you can have morning tea at the local Tavern. The days highlight must be the lovely trail section between Daisybank and Hyde alongside the Taieri River which snakes around the Rock and Pillar Range, crossing the Capburn Bridge, the Price’s Creek Viaduct which is 32m high and the last tunnel which is 152m long to arrive at Hyde Hotel, where you can have lunch. After lunch travel from Hyde into the wide open spaces of the Strath Taieri plain passing the site of the Hyde Rail disaster where 21 lives were lost in 1943. Continue to the end of the trail at Middlemarch. There are no opportunities to purchase food between Hyde and Middlemarch so suggest you take something with you from Hyde. Upon arrival at our depot in Middlemarch you can drop off your bikes and will be able to access showers (charges applies). We will then transfer you to Pukerangi to connect with the Taieri Gorge Tourist Train for a remarkable 2hr train experience through the Taieri Gorge onto Dunedin. Transport back to Queenstown by bus can also be arranged if required instead of the train.

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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**