4 Day Luxury Tour - Otago Rail Trail

This independent cycle adventure is a 4 day/3 night tour on the Otago Central Railtrail. You will cycle 3.5 to 4.5 hours per day on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient. Reward yourself after a days cycling each night in lovely double/twin share luxury accommodation where you can sit back, relax and reflect on the days ride. You will pass through some amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, through tunnels and experiencing wonderful cuisine and meeting colourful local people. Adding to your Railtrail experience is a guided tour through the historic goldmining township of Naseby where you will also try your hand at curling which is always a bit of a laugh and great fun. Finish off this wonderful tour with a train ride to Dunedin through the spectacular and scenic Taieri Gorge.

Day 1 - Clyde to Ophir - Distance: 39 or 47km - Meals: Breakfast

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. 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. From Alexandra you bike to Chatto Creek where this is a good option to stop for lunch at the Chatto Creek Tavern (winner of the best country pub). After lunch you cycle up Tiger Hill, an easy gradient of 1 in 50. From the top of Tiger Hill it is all downhill to Omakau. You will then head over to Ophir to your luxury accommodation. There are many historic buildings in Ophir and the following day it is worth visiting the Daniel O’Connell Suspension Bridge on your way back to meet the Railtrail.

Day 2 - Ophir to Oturehua - Distance: 31kms - Meals: Breakfast

From Ophir make your way back to Omakau where you will then cycle onto Lauder to begin one of the most spectacular sections of the trail, the Poolburn Gorge. This is home to the rare New Zealand Falcon. You will travel through two tunnels and cross the 37m high impressive Poolburn Viaduct. We suggest stopping at Lauder for lunch or grabbing something from the café there and taking it with you. There are plenty of places in this section to stop and enjoy the scenery while you eat. After the Poolburn Gorge you will travel through the Ida Valley and onto your accommodation this night in Oturehua. You will be picked up from your accommodation for your guided tour of Naseby and to go curling later in the afternoon.

Day 3 - Oturehua to Kokonga - Distance: 42kms - Meals: Breakfast

After a slight uphill to the highest point on the trail, it is downhill to Wedderburn then onto Ranfurly, the Art Deco Capital of Otago. We suggest you stop here for either a coffee or lunch. From here you cross the Maniototo Plains on to Waipiata where you could have your lunch at the local Tavern. From Waipiata it is just another 11kms before you arrive at your accommodation this night at Kokonga.

Day 4 - Kokonga to Middlemarch - Distance: 43kms - Meals: Breakfast

Today’s highlight must be the lovely trail section between Daisybank and Hyde alongside the Taieri River which crosses the Capburn Bridge, Price’s Creek Viaduct and the last tunnel which is 152m long Travel. A good stop for lunch is Hyde at the historic Hyde Hotel. From there you will pass 3 former train stations and also the site of the Hyde Rail disaster where 21 lives were lost in 1943. Continue along to the end of the trail at Middlemarch. As the Rail Trail finishes at Middlemarch you need to drop your bikes off at our depot. You will be able to access showers here (charges applies). From here Trail Journeys will transfer you to Pukerangi to connect directly to the Taieri Gorge Tourist Train for a 2 hour rail experience through the rugged and unforgiving 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**