Otago Rail Trail cycling trips.

The Otago Central Rail Trail is a year-round recreational facility, designed for mountain bikers, walkers and horse riders (in parts). It is a public reserve and can be walked or ridden in either direction.

Modelled on Rails to Trails projects elsewhere in the world, the Rail Trail follows the former Otago Central Branch railway line from Middlemarch to Clyde. All the railways original sleepers, rails and crushed rock ballast have been removed, and users now find a track similar to a gravel road.

This cycle/biking adventure explores the historic gold mining remote picturesque landscape of the Central Otago. You will cycle on the rail trail where there are no vehicles and no real hills, making this safe and enjoyable for people of all ages and experience.

From a base in either Queenstown or Wanaka the options include assisted day trips on part of the trail from Clyde or multi day trips of 3 to 5 days to do the complete trail. Tours can be independent using hire equipment and pre booked accommodation, or complete guided packages.

One day assisted Otago Rail Trail Journey

From a base in either Queenstown or Wanaka this 1 day cycle tour has you cycling through one of the most spectacular gorges on the famous Otago Central Rail Trail. Cycling on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient you will cycle through amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, bridges and through tunnels.

Your adventure starts in Clyde where upon arrival at our depot at 9am you will be fitted with your bikes, briefed on your tour and then we will transport you through to Auripo in the the peace and quiet of the Ida Valley. The ride will take you through the Poolburn Gorge featuring two tunnels and two viaducts all set in a secluded rocky gorge. You then cycle the remainder of the morning through to Omakau for lunch at the Omakau Commercial Hotel. After lunch back on the bikes to cycle the remainder of the trail through Chatto Creek and then onto Alexandra. From Alexandra, carry on the Railtrail or take the scenic, peaceful River Track back to Trail Journeys (an additional 8kms). Inclusions:

  • Cycle equipment which includes bicycle, helmet, repair kit, panniers, odometer and trail documentation
  • Snacks for on the trail and lunch at Omakau Commercial Hotel (lunch at 1.00pm)
  • Transport: Clyde to Auripo by bus (departing Clyde at 9.30am)
  • Pick up from Chatto Creek or Alexandra if you do not wish to cycle the full 55kms
Otago Rail Trail

This service is available as part of one of our Custom Itineraries or holidays, please visit our home page to learn more about how we can help you with your holiday.

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