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2 Day Otago Rail Trail Challenge Independent Cycle

Total Cycling Distance 152 kms

Days
2

Pricing From
$505

Difficulty

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Overview

If you're looking for a challenge, this two day Otago Rail Trail Challenge cycle trip near Queenstown in New Zealand along the Otago Central Rail Trail offers just that. You'll cycle 70-80km per day along this iconic trail from Clyde to Middlemarch.

Explore the tunnels and viaducts of the Poolburn Gorge and Ida Valley, admire the stunning Maniatoto Plains and enjoy local hospitality as you weave your way along the old railway line.

We'll move your luggage each day, book the best suited accommodation and transport you where you need to be. All you need to do is pedal and unwind from everyday life.

Health and Fitness

The 2 Day Challenge is graded moderate. The Otago Central Rail Trail itself is graded introductory, with a wide compacted gravel surface and gentle 1 to 50 gradient. This trip is graded moderate due to the average cycling distance of 75km per day. You will need a very good level of fitness and be used to riding longer distances. E-bikes are also suitable on low power - although we can't guarantee battery life.

Otago Rail Trail

Otago Rail Trail

Otago Rail Trail

Otago Rail Trail

Otago Rail Trail

Itinerary

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Day 1Clyde to Wedderburn80 km 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 before climbing the gentle Tiger Hill to Lauder. You'll then cycle through the stunning Poolburn Gorge and Ida Valley.

A tour of Hayes Engineering Works is popular among our cyclists and is a great spot for lunch, as is the settlement of Oturehua just further down the road. Stay the night in Wedderburn.

Day 2Wedderburn to Middlemarch72 kms Cycling (B)

From Wedderburn, the trail is mostly downhill to Ranfurly, the Art Deco capital of Otago. Perhaps a stop here for morning tea before crossing the Maniototo Plains to a lunch stop at the Waipiata Tavern.

The days highlights are between Daisybank and Hyde where the trail runs alongside the Taieri River over the Capburn and Prices Creek Bridges and through the last tunnel before arriving to Hyde.

The trail from Hyde passes the site of the 1943 Hyde Rail disaster and on through the wide-open spaces of the Strath Taieri.

The end of the trail is at our Middlemarch Depot where you can have a shower, if you wish, before your onward transport back to Clyde.

Cost per person twin share

June 2023 - May 2024

  • From Clyde: NZ$505
  • From Queenstown: NZ$675
  • e-Bike Upgrade: NZ$160

* 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 Wedderburn80 km 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 before climbing the gentle Tiger Hill to Lauder. You'll then cycle through the stunning Poolburn Gorge and Ida Valley.

A tour of Hayes Engineering Works is popular among our cyclists and is a great spot for lunch, as is the settlement of Oturehua just further down the road. Stay the night in Wedderburn.

Day 2Wedderburn to Middlemarch72 kms Cycling (B)

From Wedderburn, the trail is mostly downhill to Ranfurly, the Art Deco capital of Otago. Perhaps a stop here for morning tea before crossing the Maniototo Plains to a lunch stop at the Waipiata Tavern.

The days highlights are between Daisybank and Hyde where the trail runs alongside the Taieri River over the Capburn and Prices Creek Bridges and through the last tunnel before arriving to Hyde.

The trail from Hyde passes the site of the 1943 Hyde Rail disaster and on through the wide-open spaces of the Strath Taieri.

The end of the trail is at our Middlemarch Depot where you can have a shower, if you wish, before your onward transport back to Clyde.

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