Otago Central Rail Trail


New Zealand’s Original Cycle Trail.  Follow the route of the former Otago Central branch railway line for 152km from Clyde to Middlemarch through heartland Central Otago.  With no steep hills, most people complete their ride over 4- 5 days.

Suggested Multi-Day Itineraries:

We recommend you arrive in Clyde the morning or afternoon before your ride.  Relax, unwind and explore this delightful historic town.  On the first Sunday of  each month from October to March, the Clyde on Sunday Market operates which brings together artisans and entertainers.  Visit the Clyde Museum and Herb Factory, enjoy one of the short walks or visit local artists.  We fit your bikes on arrival so they are ready for you the next morning.   Alternatively add an extra day’s hire  to explore the local vineyards on your bike.  Stay the night, so you are rearing to go the next morning after breakfast.

5 days  (cycle 2.5 – 3 hours a day)

Day 1: Cycle Clyde to Omakau or cycle to and stay off-trail at Ophir
Day 2: Cycle to Oturehua
Day 3: Cycle to Ranfurly, Waipata or stay off trail at Naseby
Day 4: Cycle  to Hyde
Day 5: Cycle to Middlemarch

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4 days  (cycle 4 – 4.5 hours a day)

Day 1: Cycle Clyde to Omakau, Ophir or Lauder
Day 2: Cycle to Wedderburn, Ranfurly or stay off trail at Naseby
Day 3: Cycle to Kokonga or Hyde
Day 4: Cycle to Middlemarch

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3 days  (cycle 4.5 – 5 hours a day)

Day 1: Cycle Clyde to Lauder
Day 2: Cycle to Waipiata
Day 3: Cycle to Middlemarch

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Day 1: Queenstown to Alexandra
Day 2: Alexandra to Omakau
Day 3: Omakau to Oturehua
Day 4: Oturehua to Kokonga
Day 5: Kokonga to Middlemarch

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