The Poolburn Gorge Section is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Otago Central Rail Trail as it cuts through the Raggedy Range that separates the Manukerikia and Ida Valleys. Highlights of this section of the trail include the 37m high Poolburn Viaduct, two tunnels, the trails longest bridge and Central Otago stunning landscapes.
You also have the option to take a side trip to historic Ophir before cycling down Tiger Hill to the Chatto Creek Tavern. Relax and refresh yourself at the Tavern and we collect you from here, or you can carry on to Alexandra and we will pick up you and your bikes there. You can also choose to ride all the way back to Clyde via the Rail Trail or the very scenic Alexandra to Clyde River Trail.
Auripo to Chatto Creek: 29.5km, 34.5km if you do the side trip to Ophir
Auripo to Alexandra: 46.5km, 51.5km if you do the side trip to Ophir
Auripo to Clyde: 48.5km, 63.5km if you do the side trip to Ophir and ride the River Trail
What you get:
• Hire of the latest Scott or Avanti 27.5 or 29ers with Hydralic disc brakes and 27 speed, including helmet, tool kit and a top mounted pannier bag. Find out more about our bikes here.
• Transport to Auripo
• Pick up from Chatto Creek or Alexandra and return to Clyde
• Monday -Friday we can also offer complimentary transfers from Cromwell to Clyde with collection from your accommodation at around 8.45am and return to Cromwell at 4.30pm with 4 or more people .
What is costs:
With a pickup at Chatto Creek or Alexandra; NZ$130 per adult
NZ$100 per child 12 and under
Riding back to Clyde: NZ$100 per adult
NZ $70 per child 12 and under
Upgrade to a European manufactured Scott Electric Bike for an extra $50 per person.
Departure Times and Duration:
Trip departs on demand with a minimum of 2 people. We ask you are at our shop in Clyde at 9am.
Allow 5- 6 hours for the whole experience including some time to stop for a bite to eat and something to quench your thirst!
Bookings are highly recommended. Contact us to book!