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5 Day Otago Central Rail Trail Independent Bike Tour

Total Minimum Cycling Distance 152 kms

Days
5

Pricing From
$1315

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Overview

Cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail, New Zealand, starting from Clyde, and finishing in Middlemarch, with optional transfers from Queenstown and to Dunedin. This independent self-guided cycle tour takes you back in time to New Zealand's rural past as you follow the old Maniototo rail line from Clyde in central Otago to Middlemarch.

Tour Grading:  Moderate         

This trip is ideal for Recreational Cyclists. If you are not a regular cyclist, we suggest taking 4-6 weeks prior to your trip by cycling regularily, whilst gradually increasing the distance cycled.

 

Otago Central Hotel, Hyde

Otago Central Hotel, Hyde

Otago Central Rail Trail

Otago Central Rail Trail

Otago Central Rail Trail

Otago Central Rail Trail

Otago Central Rail Trail

Otago Central Rail Trail

Itinerary

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Day 1Clyde to Omakau37km cycling

A morning briefing and bike fitting at our Clyde Depot will get you set for your first day of cycling. You can meet us in Clyde or you can add on a shuttle from Queenstown. After 8km you'll reach Alexandra, a great place to stop for a coffee and a cheese roll. You'll then head towards Chatto Creek where the tavern serves an excellent lunch and is a recommended stop before Tiger Hill. The gradient is steady but easy, and then it is downhill to your overnight accommodation. The 5km loop to Ophir is highly recommended, with historic wooden and stone buildings from the gold-mining era and the iconic suspension bridge. Stay the night in Omakau.

Day 2Omakau to Oturehua (B)30km Cycling

Today you'll cycle through the stunning Poolburn Gorge. This section features historic tunnels and viaducts in a secluded rocky setting. The gorge then opens out to the vast expanse of the Ida Valley. A tour of Hayes Engineering Works is popular among our cyclists and is a great spot for lunch. Stay the night in Oturehua.

Meals:  Breakfast

Day 3Oturehua to Ranfurly25km Cycling

After breakfast you'll cycle through Wedderburn and down to Ranfurly. This afternoon is a great time to go curling at the famous Naseby Indoor Curling Rink Cycle (add to your itinerary) before staying the night in Ranfurly.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4Ranfurly to Hyde (B)33 km Cycling

Today you'll cycle through to Hyde across the Maniototo Plains. Stay the night in Hyde. Note: Due to low accommodation in Hyde, occasionally we will shuttle you back to Waipiata.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5Hyde to Middlemarch (B)27km Cycling

Your last day on the trail passes the site of the 1943 Hyde railway disaster and down through the wide-open spaces of the Strath Taieri Valley and the impressive Rock and Pillar Range. The ride is downhill to the end of the trail at our Middlemarch Depot where you return your bike and equipment and catch your transport back to Clyde or to Dunedin.

Meals: Breakfast

Cost per person (Twin Share)

June 2023 - May 2024

  • from Clyde: NZ$1,315
  • from Queenstown: NZ$1,485
  • Upgrade to e-Bikes: NZ$400
  • Superior accommodation upgrade: On request

* These package prices are subject to the suggested accommodation being available at the time of booking. Alternative accommodation may change the price.

Itinerary

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Day 1Clyde to Omakau37km cycling

A morning briefing and bike fitting at our Clyde Depot will get you set for your first day of cycling. You can meet us in Clyde or you can add on a shuttle from Queenstown. After 8km you'll reach Alexandra, a great place to stop for a coffee and a cheese roll. You'll then head towards Chatto Creek where the tavern serves an excellent lunch and is a recommended stop before Tiger Hill. The gradient is steady but easy, and then it is downhill to your overnight accommodation. The 5km loop to Ophir is highly recommended, with historic wooden and stone buildings from the gold-mining era and the iconic suspension bridge. Stay the night in Omakau.

Day 2Omakau to Oturehua (B)30km Cycling

Today you'll cycle through the stunning Poolburn Gorge. This section features historic tunnels and viaducts in a secluded rocky setting. The gorge then opens out to the vast expanse of the Ida Valley. A tour of Hayes Engineering Works is popular among our cyclists and is a great spot for lunch. Stay the night in Oturehua.

Meals:  Breakfast

Day 3Oturehua to Ranfurly25km Cycling

After breakfast you'll cycle through Wedderburn and down to Ranfurly. This afternoon is a great time to go curling at the famous Naseby Indoor Curling Rink Cycle (add to your itinerary) before staying the night in Ranfurly.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4Ranfurly to Hyde (B)33 km Cycling

Today you'll cycle through to Hyde across the Maniototo Plains. Stay the night in Hyde. Note: Due to low accommodation in Hyde, occasionally we will shuttle you back to Waipiata.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5Hyde to Middlemarch (B)27km Cycling

Your last day on the trail passes the site of the 1943 Hyde railway disaster and down through the wide-open spaces of the Strath Taieri Valley and the impressive Rock and Pillar Range. The ride is downhill to the end of the trail at our Middlemarch Depot where you return your bike and equipment and catch your transport back to Clyde or to Dunedin.

Meals: Breakfast

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