Lake Dunstan Trail Shuttle

Date: July 7th, 2022, Posted by fletch

We offer daily shuttles from Clyde at 10am & 3:30pm. This can link with a return shuttle from Cromwell back to Clyde.

Drop Off Locations:

  • Old Cromwell Town
  • Bannockburn Bridge Car Park
  • Bike it Now! Cromwell (The Mall)
  • Forage Cafe

Shuttle Pricing:

NZ$45pp one way (includes bike transport)
NZ$25pp one way (passenger only)

To book the Bike it Now! Lake Dunstan shuttle please call us on 0800 245 366
We also offer a Lake Dunstan Trail One Day Wonder which includes standard or E Bike hire.

Posted in: All Tours, Lake Dunstan Tours, One Day Wonders Tours

ONE DAY WONDER: ROXBURGH GORGE

Date: July 7th, 2022, Posted by fletch

Additional Information

Firstly a little heads up; the Roxburgh Gorge Trail, is not like the Rail Trail you do need to have experience and for some sections you will need to be careful when riding them. However in saying that it is truly spectacular and a must for every-ones “Bucket List”.

From our perspective and to make things really easy we suggest you start at our shop in Clyde our bikes are very well suited to this trail being Trek Roscoe 7’s.

Our suggested itinerary would be then to bike the River Track to Alexandra (12kms) which is a great single track trail then head into the Roxburgh Gorge. You will then ride 10km of  seriously  spectacular countryside until you get to Doctors Point. We will have the boat waiting for you to transport you the 12kms down the lake to Shingle Creek. You would need to ensure you are at the Doctors Point Jetty at the arranged time. You will then ride the next 12kms to Roxburgh Dam, some of the sights are super impressive here and riding the switchbacks will be memorable. 

You cross the Roxburgh Dam and follow the Clutha Gold Trail for approximately 9kms and cross the Clutha River into Roxburgh town itself. We will then meet you at 103 The Store Cafe, load up your bikes and shuttle you back to Clyde

Approx riding times

Clyde to Alexandra 70mins

Alexandra to Doctors Point 80mins

Boat Trip Doctors Point to Shingle Creek (includes embarking and disembarking) 45mins

Shingle Creek to Roxburgh Dam 120mins

Roxburgh Dam to Roxburgh Town 30mins

Optional
Packed Lunch – Our local Cafe (The Bank) will provide this for you.

COST:  NZD$270 per person (Minimum of 2 people)
             E Bike option NZ$340.00

Queenstown departures extra $100pp (Minimum of 3pax), pickup 8am and return at approximately 6pm

Please contact us if you would like to experience this awesome “One Day Wonder” on New Zealand’s own “Grand Canyon”.

Posted in: All Tours, One Day Wonders Tours, Roxburgh Gorge, Self Guided Cycle Tours

Wedderburn to Clyde – The Ultimate Family overnight adventure on the Otago Central Rail Trail

Date: July 6th, 2022, Posted by fletch

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Includes:

Your Wedderburn to Clyde Fantastic Family Ride starts at 8.45am at our shop in Clyde. On arrival we will fit your bikes and go through a trail briefing.

CYCLING DISTANCE FROM WEDDERBURN TO OMAKAU 41.5KMS (Oturehua start 29.5kms)

Your family ride begins at the Wedderburn Goods shed made famous through landscape artist Graham Sydney. You will then head to Oturehua and experience quintessential rural New Zealand. Call by Gilchrists Store and Hayes Engineering before you cross the Ida Valley. Lunch beckons at the Oturehua Country Tavern or Hannah’s Cafe at Hayes Engineering, you can get one on the run from Gilchrist’s store. An Oturehua start will mean lunch at Lauderstationside Cafe or the Lauder Hotel.

The Poolburn Gorge Section is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Otago Central Rail Trail. It cuts through the Raggedy Range that separates the Manuherikia 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 finish for the day in Omakau- after passing through the lovely village of Lauder with its original Railway station.

Overnight – Hawksview BnB
 Hawksview is a gracious two-story home built in the 1930s with an attractive garden setting. It overlooks the Rail Trail, and is 75 metres north of the Omakau shops and food outlet.
Friendly, clean comfortable, bed and breakfast accommodation – 3 large double bedrooms upstairs including a twin with shared bathrooms.
Includes an outdoor therapeutic spa pool, furniture, and BBQ make a relaxing stop over for families.

DAY 2 OMAKAU  TO CLYDE CYCLING DISTANCE 37 KM

At the beginning of the day you have have the option (a must do) to take a side trip to historic Ophir. Cycling down the trail from Tiger Hill to the Chatto Creek Tavern is awesome. Relax and refresh yourself at the Tavern then continue on to Alexandra.  Two choices from there; stay on the Otago Central Rail Trail or head through Alexandra and return via the River Track a little more technical but great fun. This is the smart option to avoid the head wind that can sometimes strike up along the Otago Central Rail Trail later in the afternoon.

Otago Central Rail Trail Trust; Rail Trail Passports
These passports will be included in your package. They will contribute immeasurably  to your trip as they are great for the kids and adults to complete throughout the 2 days. The funds go directly to the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust for maintenance of the trail so that others can enjoy the trail after you.

Accommodation is based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12.

There are three grades of accommodation, generally all accommodation includes a continental breakfast. The exact price will depend on the accommodation that is available and suitability for your group.

Standard Family package Accommodation ( share bathrooms) 

  •  from $800.00

Superior Family package Accommodation (ensuite/own bathroom) 

  •  from $900.00

Boutique/Lodge Family package  

  • Price on application, please talk to us about your requirements.

 

Posted in: All Tours, Family, Otago Central Rail Trail Tours, Rail Trail, Self Guided Cycle Tours, Two Days

SELF GUIDED RAIL TRAIL TOUR – 4 DAYS

Date: July 6th, 2022, Posted by fletch

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Options

  • Upgrade to a Merida Electric bike for an extra $50 per day ( Please specify if needs to be a step through version)

What it will cost:

There are three grades of accommodation, generally all accommodation includes a continental breakfast. The exact price will depend on the accomodation that is available and suitable for your group.

Standard Accommodation (mainly share bathrooms)

  •  from $700.00pp add a night in Clyde from $65pp B&B

Superior Accommodation (ensuite/own bathroom)

  •  from $800.00pp add a night in Clyde from $105pp B&B

Boutique/Lodge Accommodation

  • Price on application, please talk to us about your requirements. Upgrade to the best accommodation on the trail every night or one night for a special treat or occasion!

Accommodation is based on twin share and single supplements will apply for single travelers wanting their own room.

The trail finishes in Middlemarch .You have the choice of continuing on to Dunedin by door to door shuttle including stops at Dunedin airport or returning to Queenstown via Clyde by shuttle bus. You just need to let us know your preference and we will advise the cost and add it on to your tour.

Posted in: 3-5 Days, All Tours, Featured, Otago Central Rail Trail Tours, Rail Trail, Self Guided Cycle Tours

Lake Dunstan Cycling Trail “One Day Wonder”

Date: July 3rd, 2021, Posted by fletch

Tour Gallery

Additional Tour Info:

Our “One Day Wonder” begins at our Clyde Shop on Holloway Street – with your bike fitting and tour briefing at 9.30am. We then transfer you to Old Cromwell Town (or Bannockburn) to begin your ride. Downstream and downwind definitely the way to go! You have all day to enjoy this amazing ride.

The Lake Dunstan Trail is a TWO WAY trail that links the townships of Clyde and Cromwell. The trail offers cyclists and walkers a 41.2km ride (Grade 1-3) through unique and fascinating landscapes so characteristic of Central Otago as it journeys along Lake Dunstan, the Kawarau River and the mighty Clutha River Mata-au.

The ride has two very different sections Old Cromwell to Cornish Point – great Grade 1 riding along Lake Dunstan and the Kawarau River. Visit the Vineyards, cafes and Hotels along the way.
Once you pass Cornish Point the trail, changes to Grade 2 / 3. This section is highlighted by the stunning engineering associated with the cantilevers. You need to be prepared for climbing switchbacks (Cairnmuir Ladder has 9 of them), steep drop offs, narrowing of the trail so you need to be competent cyclists. Coffee Afloat beckons at the base of the Cairnmuir Ladder – allowing for a recharge before those switchbacks.

We are happy for you to go in the other direction Clyde to Cromwell – our shuttle leaves Cromwell at approximately 4.15pm to return to Clyde.

Cycling Distances:
Old Cromwell Town to Historic Clyde 41.2kms

Specific Cycling Distances:
Old Cromwell Town to Bannockburn Bridge 6kms Grade 1
Bannockburn Bridge to Cornish Point 7.3kms Grade 1
Cornish Point to Historic Clyde 27.9kms Grade 2 /3

What it costs:
E Bike Hire  NZ$150 – this includes your shuttle
Conventional Bike hire  NZ$100 – this includes your shuttle

If you have your own bike, the shuttle is $45.

Departure Times and Duration:
Trip departs daily throughout the year. We ask you are at our shop in Clyde at 9.30am for hire bike fitting and trail briefing.

Allow 4-6 hours for the whole experience, including some time to stop for a bite to eat and something to quench your thirst!

If wanting to start in Cromwell please call us directly on 0800 245 366 to discuss

Departures from Queenstown at 8am and returned at approximately 6pm,

Extra cost per person NZ$100.00 (3pax)

Bookings are Essential. Contact us to book!

Posted in: All Tours, Featured, Lake Dunstan Tours, One Day Wonders Tours, Self Guided Cycle Tours

EPIC Lake Dunstan, Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold Trails

Date: April 26th, 2021, Posted by fletch

This trip encompasses three of our magic trails; the “Lake Dunstan Trail”, the spectacular Roxburgh Gorge and the riverside Clutha Gold. Three totally different environments.

Typical 4 day Tour (accommodation included below is Superior)

Pre ride – 2pm collection by us from Queenstown – informative tour back to Clyde, free use of bikes overnight. (overnight Dunstan House)

Then begin your trip;

Day 1– 36kms Old Cromwell Town to Historic Clyde via the new Lake Dunstan Trail, you will be transferred from Clyde to Cromwell at 9.30 to begin your ride. If you want a longer ride we can drop you to “Smiths Way” adding an extra 16kms. (Your 2nd night  is in Clyde again at Dunstan House)

Day 2– 33kms Clyde to Lake Roxburgh Village via river track and the spectacular Roxburgh Gorge. (overnight Lake Roxburgh Lodge)

Day 3– 29kms Lake Roxburgh Village to Millers Flat via Roxburgh town and Pinders Pond. (overnight The Quince Boutique BnB)

Day 4– 44kms Millers Flat to Lawrence via Horseshoe Bend bridge and the Lonely Graves. Returned to Clyde  (Queenstown / Dunedin)

What you get:
• Hire of our Trek Roscoe 7’s, these have hydraulic disc brakes, 27+ wheels and tyres for the smoothest ride possible. These come with; helmet, gender specific saddle, drop down panniers, dual density gel seat covers and ergo grips. We also have great Merida Electric Bikes.
• Accommodation with continental breakfast
• All transfers including luggage
• Informative 1.5 hour drive from Queenstown
• Bike relocations

What it costs:

Pricing on application as this will vary with your accommodation requirements and duration of trip. This itinerary is a guideline only and can be tailor-made to suit your group. We are able to do this at standard, superior or boutique / luxury level.

Posted in: 3-5 Days, All Tours, Combo Trail Tours, EPIC, Featured, Lake Dunstan Tours, Self Guided Cycle Tours

Winners of the Mountain and Adventure Non fiction awards

Date: May 20th, 2020, Posted by fletch

2020

The winner of the Mountain and Adventure Narrative award, Living the Best Day Ever, was compiled by close friends from the journals of the late Hendri Coetzee.

 The book takes readers on unique journeys throughout Africa, detailing the full descent of the Nile: through over 6,600km, 10 countries, 2 war zones, countless hippos and crocodiles, grade 6 rapids and the world’s largest swamp. Hendri’s writing is eloquent and raw, solemn and hilarious, deeply introverted and at other times wildly hedonistic. It is an engaging rollercoaster of adventure, true to his mantra “Today is the best day ever because tomorrow might not come.”  Hendri Coetzee was taken from his kayak by a crocodile, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2010. 

 

2019

Mountain and Adventure Narratives Award: My Polar Dream, Jade Hammiester.

Seventeen-year-old Jade Hameister’s book My Polar Dream won the Mountain and Adventure
Narrative award. In January 2018 Jade became the youngest person to complete the ‘Polar Hat- trick’: North Pole, Greenland & South Pole. Jade began her quest at the age of 14 when she became the youngest person to ski to the North Pole from anywhere outside the last degree. She went on to become the youngest woman to complete the 550-kilometre crossing of Greenland, unsupported and unassisted. In January 2018, Jade skied 600 kilometres from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole once again unsupported and unassisted. She completed the epic 37-day journey via a new route through the Transantarctic Mountains and up the Kansas Glacier, from the Amundsen Coast.

 

 

2018 

Non Fiction Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey for their book ‘To the Mountains’  

This book offers a fascinating glimpse into New Zealand’s mountaineering culture and history. New Zealand climbers have composed their alpine experience in letters, journals, articles, memoirs, poems and novels. Fearnley and Hersey drew from 150 years of published and unpublished material to capture a common Kiwi spirit of adventure.

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Lake Dunstan Trail

Date: May 12th, 2020, Posted by fletch

The Trail

The Lake Dunstan Walking and Cycling Trail links the townships of Clyde and Cromwell. 

The trail offers cyclists and walkers an a 40.km ride (Grade 2-3) through unique and fascinating landscapes so characteristic of Central Otago as it journeys along Lake Dunstan, the Kawarau River and the mighty Clutha River Mata-au.

The trail follows the true right of The Kawarau River from Old Cromwell Town  to Bannockburn, and then through the gorge to the Dunstan Arm Rowing Club, near Clyde. Work started in June. 2019…  The trail forms part of 536km of new trails connecting Cromwell to other Central Otago, Queenstown and Wanaka trails.

The 40.2km trail is part of the $26million New Zealand Cycle Trail Project, funded by the Government, the Central Lakes Trust and the Otago Community Trust.

The trail was officially opened on the 8th of May with a ONE way ride from Clyde to Cromwell.  After the official opening, the lead group  departed Clyde at 10am.

From the 9th May onwards the trail has been able to be ridden in both directions.

Check out the LATEST information on the new Tourism Central Website, Lake Dunstan Trail

Check out the latest Facebook information from the Trail Experts themselves.

Two contractors (Wilson and Keen and M3) have done the bulk of the trail construction. A third contractor, Cliff Care, has also been involved in trail construction, along with rock scaling and clip-on bridge work.

PICTURE STEPHEN JAQUIERY
Setting up an adventure . . . Contractors plank a cycle trail “clip on” at Hartley Bluff, near the Cromwell end of the Lake Dunstan Cycle Trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out a brief precise of the ride

TOTAL CYCLING DISTANCE FROM OLD CROMWELL TOWN TO HISTORIC CLYDE 40.2KMS

 

 
CYCLING DISTANCE FROM OLD CROMWELL TOWN BANNOCKBURN INLET 7KMS  GRADE 2
Following the Kawarau arm of Lake Dunstan to the Bannockburn bridge, you will have amazing vistas across the lake to Bannockburn vineyards and the next section of trail which loops back round on the opposite side.  Along the way there are sections where the land has been reshaped in the search for gold and then again when the lake was formed. 
After crossing the Bannockburn bridge loop around to Bannockburn Inlet where there is a toilet, and parking available. It is possible to return to Cromwell on a trail alongside Bannockburn Road – making for a wonderful short and family friendly day ride.     

 

CYCLING DISTANCE FROM BANNOCKBURN INLET TO CAIRNMUIR GULLEY 11.3KMS  Grade 2-3
Girls on the LDT 

The trail loops around the Bannockburn Inlet which is a popular picnic area with a designated swimming area. As it continues toward Cornish Point it passes by vineyards and olive groves – with views back across to Cromwell and the Heritage Precinct. 
This section includes the first of the bluff bridges, and you will cycle at the base of the stonework faces of the Cairnmuir slide, a unique feature high on the slopes above the lake. It was designed to protect the river from a major land slide, which could overwhelm the Clyde Dam, a short distance downstream.
As you go, look out for the drainage tunnels dotted along the length of the gorge. There are 13 tunnels (total 18.5km of tunnels) drilled into the hillsides of the gorge in the mid 1990’s. These tunnels are also used to mitigate against landslips into the Clutha River. This section of trail takes you into the Cromwell Gorge. You will be amazed at the skills of trail builders with sections built out around sheer rock faces. A coffee awaits at Coffee Afloat.

CYCLING DISTANCE FROM CAIRNMUIR GULLEY TO HISTORIC CLYDE 22.6KMS  Grade 2-3

This section requires the most attention and skills as there are narrow sections and more gradient.The aptly named Cairnmuir Ladder, may look daunting but the switchbacks have been designed to a maximum of 6 degree gradient with a 3m minimum radius. This is section contains the highest point of the trail, rewarded with magnificent views which also means exposure to the weather.
The Hugo suspension bridge is in the middle of this section with a walkable steep land option for those uncomfortable on the bridge.
Toilets are at either end of this section at Cairnmuir Gully & Halfway Hut Close to Halfway Hut you will find a short switch back section with tight corners and a good climb / descent.  There are plenty of picnic spots to stop at and enjoy the lakeside.

A dominant feature at the Clyde end of the trail is New Zealand’s third largest hydro-dam, the Clyde Dam. This was one of the ‘’Think Big” projects driven by the Muldoon led Government to diversify the economy and drive growth. Started construction 1977.  The first power was generated in 1992.
This section then follows the sealed road in places, and shares the Clyde road bridge before climbing up towards the Clyde Heritage Precinct.

 

 

Posted in: All Trails

One day Wonder “Roxburgh Gorge Trail” – family day out

Date: April 27th, 2020, Posted by fletch

This is the ultimate one day trip, it has everything you would want in a cycle journey and all in one single day.

It is this easy; arrive in Clyde and then approximately 7 hours later you are returned to Clyde having had a fantastic experience.

What you will get:

A bike suited to the terrain, with Hydraulic disc brakes and high spec Shimano componentry including; helmet, gender specific saddle, dual density gel seat cover, top mounted pannier, ergo grips, pump, bottle cage and a NZ Manufactured Bike It Now! drink bottle.
Boat ride with informative commentary from Doctors Point to Shingle Creek.
Shuttle from either Roxburgh Lodge or Roxburgh Town back to Bike It Now! in Clyde
Maintenance Tags

Optional
Packed Lunch – Our local Cafe (The Bank) will provide this for you.

All this for for a minimum of 2 people,  if it was large group than the cost per person would change. The boat leaves Doctors Point at 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.30pm, 4.00pm.

Some Important Trail Information
 
Firstly a little heads up; the Roxburgh Gorge Trail, is not like the Otago Central Rail Trail you do need to have experience and for some sections you will need to be careful when riding them. However in saying that it is truly spectacular and a must for every-ones “Bucket List”.
 
From our perspective and to make things really easy we suggest you start at our shop in the center of Historic Clyde Our bikes are very well suited to this trail being the latest Trek Roscoe 7’s. You might like to try our Merida or Scott Electric Bikes.
 
Our suggested itinerary
Bike the River Track to Alexandra (12kms) which is a great single track trail then head into the Roxburgh Gorge.
Then ride 10km of  seriously  spectacular countryside until you get to Doctors Point.
The boat awaits you to transport you the 12kms down the lake to Shingle Creek. This journey will allow you to be immersed in the Gold Mining history of this area – not to be missed!
Then ride the next 12kms to Roxburgh Dam, some of the sights are super impressive here and riding the switchbacks will be memorable.
You will be meet at  Lake Roxburgh Lodge, load up your bikes and shuttle you back to Clyde. Lake Roxburgh Lodge has a very nice cafe a fantastic way to finish your journey.
 
Optional to carry on to Roxburgh and we can pick you up there. Possible pick up points include Jimmy’s Pies, 103 The Store or Roxburgh I Site
 
So some things to think about. We could also drop you at Alexandra to start the Trail but we feel the 12kms of the River Track if you have time are well worth the effort.
 
Approx riding times
Clyde to Alexandra (via River Trail) 70mins
Alexandra to Doctors Point 75mins
Boat Trip Doctors Point to Shingle Creek (includes embarking and disembarking) 45mins
Shingle Creek to Roxburgh Dam 120mins
Roxburgh Dam to Roxburgh Town 30mins
 
Price; From $250 per person departure from Clyde. From $360 per person departure from Queenstown. Upgrade to an Electric Bike for an extra $70.
 
Please contact us if you would like to experience this  “One Day Wonder”.

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Otago Central Rail Trail “Family” One Day Wonder

Date: April 25th, 2020, Posted by fletch

This trip is perfect for the Family, whether it is part of  a 10 day stay in Central Otago or you have a spare day on on a road trip.

Your Day

The Poolburn Gorge Section will be one the highlights for your “Family One Day Wonder”. 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 (curved) and Central Otago stunning landscapes.

Optional ride is; to take a side trip to historic Ophir

Leaving the Poolburn Gorge you head through the little towns of Lauder and Omakau, great cafes at both locations. Continue on cycling down Tiger Hill to the Chatto Creek Tavern a great place to relax and refresh yourselves. Your “Family” One Day Wonder can finish here with us collecting you.  Choosing to ride all the way back to Clyde via the Otago Central rail Trail or the very scenic Alexandra to Clyde River Trail is a popular finishing option.

Cycling Distances:
Auripo to Chatto Creek: 29.5km, 34.5km 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 bikes and attachments that will suit the requirements of your family. The adult bikes will be Trek Roscoe 7 with Hydraulic disc brakes and 27+ wheels and tyres , includes helmet, NZ Manufactured Water Bottle, dual density saddle cover and a top mounted pannier bag. Our kids Trek Roscoe 20’s and 24’s with cycle computers are very popular. Find out more about our bikes here.
• Transport to Auripo

• Pick up from Chatto Creek 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  (4 people min) .

What it costs:

With a pickup; at Chatto Creek;  NZ$140
per child under 12  NZ$100

Family Specials (June 2020 to May 2021)
2 Adults and 2 Children NZ$400
2 Adults and 3 Children NZ$400
2 Adults and 4 Children NZ$400

Riding back to Clyde: NZ$100 per adult
NZ $70 per child 12 and under

E Bikes

Merida  Electric Bike for an extra $55 per person. We also have E Bikes for the shorter / younger members of your family – very safe and appropriate

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!

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New for 2017 / 2018 Season – Kids Scott Scale 20’+ and 24′ +

Date: August 14th, 2017, Posted by fletch

 

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Trek Roscoe 7

Date: August 14th, 2017, Posted by fletch

Our  multi day hire bikes are Trek Roscoe 7’s, these are more laid back, focused on capability, confidence  and versatility. They have 27.5+ wheels and tyres with a 120mm fork for even more confidence, stability and comfort providing for  the smoothest of  rides. With the  1 x 10 wide range drive train it keeps shifting simple and extremely reliable. Another major benefit is that we offer a bike with XS to XXL frames all with the same 27.5+ wheels and tyres to make sure everybody is enjoying the same great riding experience. They have puncture resistant tyres, hydraulic disc brakes and high spec Shimano componentry.

They all come with:

  • helmet
  • dual density gel seat cover
  • plush comfort saddle
  • wireless cycle computer
  • ergo grips
  • stand
  • 2 x side mounted panniers (have either shower covers or are seam sealed these hold a maximum of 3kgs each)
  • Bike It Now! complimentary drink bottle, NZ manufactured, on all pre-booked hires

Check them out below fully kitted out:

Day Hire Bikes

Our day hire bikes are Trek Roscoe 6  the perfect little brother / sister to the Roscoe 7.

See them below.

They come with:

  • Helmet
  • Dual density gel seat cover
  • plush comfort saddle
  • ergo grips
  • bottle holder
  • stand

Posted in: Bike Hire, Uncategorized

“Big Loop”

Date: July 23rd, 2017, Posted by fletch

Three totally different environments, with a twist! This trip encompasses three of our magic trails; the “Original Great Ride” The Otago Central Rail Trail, the spectacular Roxburgh Gorge and the riverside Clutha Gold. The twist is a wonderful ride (a little challenging) from Middlemarch to Lawrence via Lake Mahinerangi.

9 Day Self Guided Cycle Tour 

330kms of Great Cycling!

Possible Itinerary 

Pre ride – 2pm collection by us from Queenstown – informative tour back to Clyde, free use of bikes overnight.

Then begin your trip;

Day 1– 37kms Clyde to Omakau / Ophir via river track and Chatto Creek

(overnight Tigerhill Lodge)

Day 2 – 41.5kms Ophir / Omakau to Wedderburn – enjoy the stunning Poolburn Gorge (maybe curling late afternoon)

(overnight Wedderburn Lodge and Cottages)

Day 3 – 46kms Wedderburn to Hyde via Rural Art Deco, Ranfurly, then the upper Taieri Gorge enjoy another tunnel and viaduct.

(Overnight Hyde School Accommodation and Eatery)

Day 4– 27kms Hyde to Middlemarch, pass the site of one of NZ’s worst train disasters and in to the small town of Middlemarch.

(overnight Annandale BnB)

Day 5– 21kms Middlemarch to Clarkes Junction, todays challenge is “Deep Stream”.

(overnight Clarkes Junction Country Hotel)

Day 6– 51.5kms Clarks Junction to Lawrence, Lake Mahinerangi awaits.

(overnight The Lawrence Townhouses – with Massage chairs and a spa)

Day 7– 43kms Lawrence to Millers Flat via The Big Hill Tunnel, Lonely Graves and Horseshoe bend bridge  (overnight The Quince Boutique BnB)

Day 8– 30kms Millers Flat to Lake Roxburgh Village via Roxburgh town and Pinders Pond. 

(overnight Lake Roxburgh Lodge)

Day 9– 33kms Lake Roxburgh Village to Clyde the spectacular Roxburgh Gorge and Alexandra to Clyde Anniversary River Trail (overnight Dunstan House).

What you get:
• Hire of our latest Trek Roscoe 7’s, these have 27+ wheels and tyres for the smoothestd and have hydraulic disc brakes. These come with; helmet, tool kit, drop down panniers, dual density gel seats and ergo grips. We also have Electric Bikes – Scott E Sub Tour and E Aspects
• Accommodation with continental breakfast
• All transfers including luggage

• Informative 1.5 hour drive from Queenstown

What it costs:

Pricing on application as this will vary with your accommodation requirements and duration of trip. This itinerary is a guideline only and can be tailor-made to suit your group. We are able to do this at standard or  superior .

Posted in: 5+ Days, All Tours, Combo Trail Tours, EPIC, Otago Central Rail Trail Tours, Roxburgh Gorge & Clutha Gold Tours, Self Guided Cycle Tours

A little Luxury on The Roxburgh Gorge / Clutha Gold Trails

Date: July 23rd, 2017, Posted by fletch

Clyde to Clyde, 4 days / 3 nights

What you can get:

Cycle the Roxburgh Gorge / Clutha Gold Trails over 4 days 

  • Bike Hire on the latest Trek Roscoe 7’s, with 27+ wheels and tyres for a smoother ride, these have hydraulic disc brakes and high spec Shimano componentry, including; 2 side mounted panniers & helmet – we recommend staying the night before you start riding in Clyde.  You can collect your bikes after 3pm that day at no extra cost.
  • Personalised bike fitting and trail briefing over a coffee at one of our local cafes.
  • Accommodation at the best the trails have to offer
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfers with 15kg per bag weight allowance, extra bags can be stored or transferred to the end of the trail.

Options

  • Step through bikes with a more upright riding style.
  • Upgrade to the latest Merida, Scott or Haibike Electric bike for an extra$50 per day
  • Add on a door to door collection from Queenstown by one of our friendly team and a scenic drive Clyde.  We run two services a day 8am and 2pm.

What it will cost:

 Accommodation (ensuite/own bathroom)

  •  from $900.00pp add a night in Clyde from $85pp B&B

Accommodation is based on twin share and single supplements will apply for single travelers wanting their own room.

The trail finishes in Lawrence .You have the choice of continuing on to Dunedin by public transport or returning to Queenstown via Clyde by shuttle bus. You just need to let us know your preference and we will advise the cost and add it on to your tour.

Suggested Itineraries:

HIGHLIGHTS

This itinerary is a guideline only and can be tailor-made to suit your group.  Additional days and activities are easily added. 

POSSIBLE ITINERARY

PRE-TOUR OPTION – STAY A NIGHT IN HISTORIC CLYDE

We recommend you arrive in Clyde (Population 1000) the morning or afternoon before your ride.  Relax, unwind and explore this delightful historic town. The small but eclectic retail precinct has Art Galleries, Home-wares stores, specialist food-stores and an artisan ice cream shop.  The range of restaurants is second to none with at least 5 choices of places to eat; from casual fine dining to an outstanding local takeaway. 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.

DAY 1 – CLYDE TO ROXBURGH  – 44 KM also 13 KM Boat ride

Your Roxburgh Gorge / Clutha Gold Trails adventure starts at our Bike It Now! depot in Clyde.

We fit your bikes and then enjoy a complimentary drink while we run through our tour briefing.

You then cycle the river route to Alexandra, joining the Roxburgh Gorge Trail there.

Clyde to Alexandra 12kms

This section of the Trail follows the Clutha River from The Big Red Bridge to the Big Grey Bridge in Alexandra. This is easy single track riding you just need to be aware of other users as it is a walking and cycling track. Our bikes all have bells very useful in this section.

Alexandra to Doctors Point 10kms

This part of the trail begins in Alexandra passing under the Alexandra bridge and beside the historic bridge piers. The Manuherikia River joins the Clutha river and you enter into the gorge within 1km on the track start. Be amazed by the quick transition from urban to remote and the awe inspiring gorge setting. The trail gains height as it makes its way to Butchers Creek (4.1km) where you will see stone walled water races and signs of the old gold mining days.  The trail stops beside the boat jetty at Doctors Point.  This is where you will meet the boat at a pre-arranged time for a relaxing transfer down the lake to Shingle Creek.

Shingle Creek to the Roxburgh Dam  12kms

From the Shingle Creek Jetty you ascend gradually into a more rural setting, passing through small secluded valleys. As you approach the Roxburgh Dam the rugged isolated landscape allows you to take in stunning vistas up and down the lake. Then a short 9kms down the river to Roxburgh.

Commissioners Flat to Roxburgh 9kms

Start by crossing over the Roxburgh Dam, turning right to Commissioners Flat. This is the starting point of the Clutha Gold Trail. This part of the trail takes you alongside the mighty Clutha Mata-au Rivers – its distinctive turquoise colour, constant flow and ever changing moods become interwoven with your experience.  Look out for signs of the original search for gold and imagine what the hardy settlers faced in the early days.

As you travel downstream you cannot miss the orchards on both sides of the valley creating a splash of colour at every season.

Overnight: Roxburgh 

At Villa Rose apartments

DAY 2 – COMMISSIONERS FLAT TO MILLERS FLAT – 20 KM

Roxburgh to Millers Flat 20kms

Meander along the riverside and enjoy a break in your journey at Pinders Pond, 5km beyond Roxburgh. There are many things to look out for along this part of the trail, including stunning rock formations both on the hillsides and in the river, and the largest stand of regenerating native Kanuka (tea trees).

Overnight: Millers Flat

The Quince Boutique BnB

DAY 3 – MILLERS FLAT TO LAWRENCE – 44.1 KM

Millers Flat to Beaumont 25kms

This section of the trail takes you from the pastoral farm land and orchards around Millers Flat through the remoteness of the Beaumont Gorge before re-emerging beside the main highway at the Beaumont Bridge. Visit the historic Horseshoe Bend Bridge, and for an added story take a short detour from the Horseshoe Bend Bridge car park up the road to the site of the Lonely Graves.

Beaumont to Lawrence 20kms

From Beaumont you start the climb towards the highest point of the trail and through the Big Hill Tunnel.  After the tunnel you descend into lush green farmland connecting with and crossing the highway several times.  There are many reminders of the area’s history along the route, including the discovery of gold, milling of flax fibre for rope making around Evans Flat and the arrival of the Chinese prospectors to the goldfields.

Overnight: Lawrence

At Lady of Lawrence

DAY  4 – RETURN TO CLYDE OR MOVE FURTHER A FIELD

Posted in: 3-5 Days, All Tours, Boutique/Luxury Bike Tours, Clutha Gold, Roxburgh Gorge, Roxburgh Gorge & Clutha Gold Tours, Self Guided Cycle Tours

Wedderburn to Clyde – a fantastic ride

Date: March 21st, 2017, Posted by fletch

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Your ride begins at the Wedderburn Goods shed made famous through landscape artist Graham Sydney. You will then head to Oturehua and experience quintessential rural New Zealand, call by Gilchrists Store and Hayes Engineering before you cross the Ida Valley.

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 Manuherikia 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.

Overnight – Lauder School B&B
Situated across the road from the Otago Central Rail Trail at Lauder. The unique century-old school building has been transformed into three lovely ensuite rooms and a communal dining/social space. There are self-contained studio units which are standalone rustic-style cottages in the school gardens. They also have some very nice shared facility rooms like the aptly named Sports Shed. The Spa pool is always a relaxing way to end the day.

DAY 2 LAUDER TO CLYDE CYCLING DISTANCE 44 KM

Begin with a morning coffee and scones at the Lauder Stationside Cafe, then head to Omakau, you have have the option (a must do) 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 then can carry on to Alexandra, you have two choices from there stay on the Otago Central Rail Trail or head through Alexandra and return via the River Track.

Otago Central Rail Trail Trust; Rail Trail Passports
These passports are included in your package. The funds go directly to the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust for maintenance of the trail so that others can enjoy the trail after you.

There are three grades of accommodation, generally all accommodation includes a continental breakfast. The exact price will depend on the accommodation that is available and suitable for your group.

Standard Accommodation ( share bathrooms)

  •  from $270.00pp

Superior Accommodation (ensuite/own bathroom)

  •  from $340.00pp

Boutique/Lodge Accommodation

  • Price on application, please talk to us about your requirements.

Accommodation is based on twin share and single supplements will apply for single travelers wanting their own room.

Posted in: All Tours, Otago Central Rail Trail Tours, Rail Trail, Self Guided Cycle Tours, Two Days

THE EPIC

Date: March 20th, 2017, Posted by fletch

This trip encompasses; the “Original” Otago Central Rail Trail, the spectacular Roxburgh Gorge and the riverside Clutha Gold. Three totally different environments.

Typical 7 day Tour (accommodation included below is Superior)

Pre ride – 2pm collection by us from Queenstown – informative tour back to Clyde, free use of bikes overnight.

Then begin your trip;

Day 1– 33kms Clyde to Lake Roxburgh Village via river track and the spectacular Roxburgh Gorge. (overnight Lake Roxburgh Lodge)

Day 2– 29kms Lake Roxburgh Village to Millers Flat via Roxburgh town and Pinders Pond. (overnight The Quince Boutique BnB)

Day 3– 44kms Millers Flat to Lawrence via Horseshoe Bend bridge and the Lonely Graves. Returned to Clyde for the evening. (overnight Dunstan House)

Day 4– 44kms Clyde to Omakau / Ophir via river track and Chatto Creek (overnight Tigerhill Lodge)

Day 5 – 35.5kms Ophir / Omakau to Wedderburn – enjoy the stunning Poolburn Gorge (maybe curling late afternoon) (overnight Wedderburn Lodge and Cottages)

Day 6 – 45kms Wedderburn to Hyde via Rural Art Deco, Ranfurly, then the upper Taieri Gorge enjoy another tunnel and viaduct. (Overnight Hyde Lodge and Cottages)

Day 7– 27.5kms Hyde to Middlemarch, pass the site of one of NZ’s worst train disasters,  return to Clyde to further your journeys or catch the shuttle to Dunedin airport or city

What you get:
• Hire of our latest Trek Roscoe 7’s, these have hydraulic disc brakes, 27+ wheels and tyres for the smoothest ride possible. These come with; helmet, gender specific saddle, drop down panniers, dual density gel seat covers and ergo grips. We also have  great Merida Electric Bikes 
• Accommodation with continental breakfast
• All transfers including luggage

• Informative 1.5 hour drive from Queenstown
• Bike relocations

What it costs:

Pricing on application as this will vary with your accommodation requirements and duration of trip. This itinerary is a guideline only and can be tailor-made to suit your group. We are able to do this at standard, superior or boutique / luxury level.

Posted in: 5+ Days, All Tours, Clutha Gold, Combo Trail Tours, EPIC, Otago Central Rail Trail Tours, Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge, Roxburgh Gorge & Clutha Gold Tours, Self Guided Cycle Tours

Bike it Now!

THE EPIC