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2 Day Otago Rail Trail Highlights Independent Cycle

Total Cycling Distance 85 kms

Days
2

Pricing From
$395

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Overview

Otago Rail Trail Self-Guided Package in New Zealand for the independent traveller. An ideal option if time is short, the Quick Stop Otago Rail Trail Package allows you to spend 2 days cycling, with one night B&B accommodation on the Otago Rail Trail. Explore the Otago Rail Trail from Omakau to Hyde.

Health and Fitness

Our self-guided cycle/ride is neither easy nor difficult. It is a challenge and adventure which people of all ages and abilities will relish. To enjoy your ride you need to be able to cycle 4 to 6 hours each day at a leisurely pace, and a distance of 29km to 45km per day. We encourage you to cycle/ride at your own pace, there is no pressure to cycle/ride with others or keep up with the fastest riders. The track surface is generally well formed and a maximum gradient of 1m in 50m. If you are not a regular cyclist/rider we suggest you begin a daily cycling regime for 4 to 6 weeks before departure, gradually increasing the distance you ride. Thousands of cyclists are enjoying riding the Central Otago Rail Trail each year, of all ages with 85% of cyclists/ riders being between the age of 45 to 70 and beyond.

Otago Rail Trail

Otago Rail Trail

Otago Rail Trail

Otago Rail Trail

Otago Rail Trail

Itinerary

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Day 1Omakau to Wedderburn42 kms Cycling

Your 2 day rail trail experience starts the day you arrive at our base in Clyde, where we introduce you to your cycle & make sure of right sizes etc. From here, we will provide you with your itinerary and take you to Omakau where you will start your ride towards Wedderburn (42km).

Highlights of today's cycle ride is the beautiful Poolburn gorge section of the trail featuring two tunnels and two viaducts all set in a secluded gorge. You then cycle through the vast open expanse of the Ida Valley farm lands made famous by the painting of Graham Sydney, and past the Idaburn dam, one of New Zealand's few out door winter curling sites. Travel on to Oturehua, where you could stop for lunch at Oturehua Hotel.

Other attractions in this area include the Historic Hayes Engineering Workshop, and the remains of the Gold in Progress Mine north of Oturehua just off the trail. Once in Wedderburn, you are just past the highest point on the rail trail where you stop the night at the Wedderburn Cottages B&B. Diner can be arranged at the Wedderburn Tavern (not included) within walking distance of the cottages. Staying at the Wedderburn Cottages you will experience our wonderful lifestyle. See amazing scenery, wide open valleys that are matched with peace and solitude.

Day 2Wedderburn to Hyde43 kms Cycling (B)

From Wedderburn the trail is mostly downhill to Ranfurly, the Art Deco Capital of Otago for morning tea by the old railway station, then crossing the Maniototo Plains on to the Waipiata for lunch. After lunch the days highlight must be the lovely trail section between Daisybank and Hyde alongside the Taieri river which snakes around the Rock and Pillar Range, crossing the stone Cap Burn bridge, the Price's Creek Viaduct which is 32m high and the last tunnel which 152m long. Take a break for a coffee and a bite to eat at the spectacular Otago Central Hotel, Hyde. This hotel has been completely refurbished by its owner Ngaire Sutherland and is definitely a sight to see!

We will have you traveling back on the shuttle bus to Clyde to pick up your car or onwards travel.

Cost per person twin share

September 2020 - May 2021

  • From Clyde: NZ$395
  • From Queenstown: NZ$530
  • Single supplement: NZ$50

September 2021 - May 2022

  • From Clyde: NZ$425
  • From Queenstown: NZ$550
  • Single supplement: NZ$60

Electric e-Bike Upgrade: NZ$90

* 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 1Omakau to Wedderburn42 kms Cycling

Your 2 day rail trail experience starts the day you arrive at our base in Clyde, where we introduce you to your cycle & make sure of right sizes etc. From here, we will provide you with your itinerary and take you to Omakau where you will start your ride towards Wedderburn (42km).

Highlights of today's cycle ride is the beautiful Poolburn gorge section of the trail featuring two tunnels and two viaducts all set in a secluded gorge. You then cycle through the vast open expanse of the Ida Valley farm lands made famous by the painting of Graham Sydney, and past the Idaburn dam, one of New Zealand's few out door winter curling sites. Travel on to Oturehua, where you could stop for lunch at Oturehua Hotel.

Other attractions in this area include the Historic Hayes Engineering Workshop, and the remains of the Gold in Progress Mine north of Oturehua just off the trail. Once in Wedderburn, you are just past the highest point on the rail trail where you stop the night at the Wedderburn Cottages B&B. Diner can be arranged at the Wedderburn Tavern (not included) within walking distance of the cottages. Staying at the Wedderburn Cottages you will experience our wonderful lifestyle. See amazing scenery, wide open valleys that are matched with peace and solitude.

Day 2Wedderburn to Hyde43 kms Cycling (B)

From Wedderburn the trail is mostly downhill to Ranfurly, the Art Deco Capital of Otago for morning tea by the old railway station, then crossing the Maniototo Plains on to the Waipiata for lunch. After lunch the days highlight must be the lovely trail section between Daisybank and Hyde alongside the Taieri river which snakes around the Rock and Pillar Range, crossing the stone Cap Burn bridge, the Price's Creek Viaduct which is 32m high and the last tunnel which 152m long. Take a break for a coffee and a bite to eat at the spectacular Otago Central Hotel, Hyde. This hotel has been completely refurbished by its owner Ngaire Sutherland and is definitely a sight to see!

We will have you traveling back on the shuttle bus to Clyde to pick up your car or onwards travel.

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