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4 Day Luxury Otago Central Rail Trail Independent Bike Tour

Total Minimum Cycling Distance 150 kms

Days
4

Pricing From
$1205

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Overview

Experience New Zealand’s original ‘Great Ride’ in this 4 Day/3 Night independent cycle tour on the Otago Central Railtrail. Cycle the vehicle-free trail for 3.5 to 4.5 hours per day, and enjoy easy riding on the trail’s gentle gradient. Sit back, unwind, and reflect on the day’s ride in a comfortable double/twin share luxury accommodation.

On this 4 Day Luxury Otago Central Rail Trail Independent Bike Tour cycle adventure, you will pass through Central Otago’s characteristic landscape of big skies and open spaces while riding through historic tunnels and over impressive viaducts, sample unique cuisine, and meet interesting local characters. Enriching your Railtrail experience is a guided tour of Naseby, once an important township during the Gold Rush of the 1860s, where you get to participate in an ancient game of curling for a dose of fun and laughter. Then cap off this unforgettable tour with a ride to Dunedin through the magnificent Taieri Gorge on a tourist train.

4 Day Luxury Otago Central Rail Trail Independent Bike Tour

4 Day Luxury Otago Central Rail Trail Independent Bike Tour

4 Day Luxury Otago Central Rail Trail Independent Bike Tour

4 Day Luxury Otago Central Rail Trail Independent Bike Tour

4 Day Luxury Otago Central Rail Trail Independent Bike Tour

4 Day Luxury Otago Central Rail Trail Independent Bike Tour

4 Day Luxury Otago Central Rail Trail Independent Bike Tour

Itinerary

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Day 1Clyde to Ophir39 or 47 kms Cycling

Your wonderful journey begins at Queenstown where you will be picked up by bus from your accommodation at 7:45AM for a trip to our Clyde depot where you will be fitted with your bikes and given briefing of your tour. You will then start your cycling adventure to Alexandra past vineyards and over a weathered wooden trestle bridge.

If you have the stamina for 8 more kilometres, consider riding on the Clutha River Centennial Track to Alexandra. You can then cycle to Chatto Creek from Alexandra to enjoy lunch at Chatto Creek Tavern, recipient of the best country pub award. 

Enjoy some easy cycling up Tiger Hill after lunch where the gradient is an easy 1 in 50. Then it’s all downhill ride to Omakau from the top of the hill.

Continue to your luxury accommodation in Ophir where you can take a trip back in time with its many historic buildings, some of which were made in stone and mud brick. You can choose to loop back to Omakau the next day to meet the Rail Trail via the historic Daniel O’Connell Suspension Bridge, in use every day since its completion in 1880.

Day 2Ophir to Oturehua32 kms Cycling (B)

Travel from Ophir to Omakau for a ride to Lauder, which marks the start of the most stunning section of the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Poolburn Gorge. Just a few kilometres out of Lauder, the gorge breaks the mountains between the Raggedy Range and Blackstone Hill. It’s also the habitat of the rare New Zealand falcon. 

Enjoy a ride through two tunnels from where you emerge to stunning scenery you can view from 37 m. high Poolburn Viaduct.

There are also various spots in this section from where you can take in the sights while you enjoy refreshments. We suggest you stop for lunch at Lauder and buy refreshments from a café to take with you.

After the Poolburn Gorge, you ride through Ida Valley on your way to your luxury accommodation for the night at Oturehua.

Later in the afternoon, you will be picked up from your accommodation for your guided tour of the historic Gold Rush town of Naseby where the ancient sport of curling never ceases to delight and entertain.

Day 3Oturehua to Kokonga42 kms Cycling (B)

It’s a slight uphill ride to the highest point on the trail, but thereafter a downhill ride to Wedderburn as you make your way to Ranfurly, farming centre of Maniototo Plains and renowned Art Deco town.

It has a few cafes and pubs to refresh weary travellers on two wheels before they cross the Maniototo Plains and push on to Waipiata where they could have lunch at a local tavern.

Finally, it’s an 11km. ride around a sunken depression of a dried up lake to Kokonga where you stay for the night.

Day 4Kokonga to Middlemarch43 kms Cycling (B)

The trail section between Daisybank and Hyde is one of the most popular and stunning short trips on the trail as it follows the Taieri River and crosses the Capburn Bridge, Price’s Creek Viaduct, and the last tunnel measuring 152 m. long.

Tuck in for lunch at the historic Hyde Hotel before passing 3 former train stations and the site of the 1943 Hyde Rail disaster that claimed 21 lives, and riding the rest of the trail to where it ends at Middlemarch.

Here, you can drop off your bicycles at our depot and use showers (charges apply) before we transfer you to Pukerangi.

There, you connect directly to the Taieri Gorge Tourist Train for a 2-hour ride into Dunedin through the Wild West-type country of Taieri Gorge. You can also arrange for a bus transport back to Queenstown instead of the train.

Cost per person Twin Share

  • 2019 - 2020: NZ$1,205

Single supplement: NZ$405

Electric e-bike: NZ$180

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

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Clyde to Ophir39 or 47 kms Cycling

Your wonderful journey begins at Queenstown where you will be picked up by bus from your accommodation at 7:45AM for a trip to our Clyde depot where you will be fitted with your bikes and given briefing of your tour. You will then start your cycling adventure to Alexandra past vineyards and over a weathered wooden trestle bridge.

If you have the stamina for 8 more kilometres, consider riding on the Clutha River Centennial Track to Alexandra. You can then cycle to Chatto Creek from Alexandra to enjoy lunch at Chatto Creek Tavern, recipient of the best country pub award. 

Enjoy some easy cycling up Tiger Hill after lunch where the gradient is an easy 1 in 50. Then it’s all downhill ride to Omakau from the top of the hill.

Continue to your luxury accommodation in Ophir where you can take a trip back in time with its many historic buildings, some of which were made in stone and mud brick. You can choose to loop back to Omakau the next day to meet the Rail Trail via the historic Daniel O’Connell Suspension Bridge, in use every day since its completion in 1880.

Day 2Ophir to Oturehua32 kms Cycling (B)

Travel from Ophir to Omakau for a ride to Lauder, which marks the start of the most stunning section of the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Poolburn Gorge. Just a few kilometres out of Lauder, the gorge breaks the mountains between the Raggedy Range and Blackstone Hill. It’s also the habitat of the rare New Zealand falcon. 

Enjoy a ride through two tunnels from where you emerge to stunning scenery you can view from 37 m. high Poolburn Viaduct.

There are also various spots in this section from where you can take in the sights while you enjoy refreshments. We suggest you stop for lunch at Lauder and buy refreshments from a café to take with you.

After the Poolburn Gorge, you ride through Ida Valley on your way to your luxury accommodation for the night at Oturehua.

Later in the afternoon, you will be picked up from your accommodation for your guided tour of the historic Gold Rush town of Naseby where the ancient sport of curling never ceases to delight and entertain.

Day 3Oturehua to Kokonga42 kms Cycling (B)

It’s a slight uphill ride to the highest point on the trail, but thereafter a downhill ride to Wedderburn as you make your way to Ranfurly, farming centre of Maniototo Plains and renowned Art Deco town.

It has a few cafes and pubs to refresh weary travellers on two wheels before they cross the Maniototo Plains and push on to Waipiata where they could have lunch at a local tavern.

Finally, it’s an 11km. ride around a sunken depression of a dried up lake to Kokonga where you stay for the night.

Day 4Kokonga to Middlemarch43 kms Cycling (B)

The trail section between Daisybank and Hyde is one of the most popular and stunning short trips on the trail as it follows the Taieri River and crosses the Capburn Bridge, Price’s Creek Viaduct, and the last tunnel measuring 152 m. long.

Tuck in for lunch at the historic Hyde Hotel before passing 3 former train stations and the site of the 1943 Hyde Rail disaster that claimed 21 lives, and riding the rest of the trail to where it ends at Middlemarch.

Here, you can drop off your bicycles at our depot and use showers (charges apply) before we transfer you to Pukerangi.

There, you connect directly to the Taieri Gorge Tourist Train for a 2-hour ride into Dunedin through the Wild West-type country of Taieri Gorge. You can also arrange for a bus transport back to Queenstown instead of the train.

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