• This is the answer for those on a short time frame
• Experience the Otago Central Rail Trail - NZ's Original Great Ride
• Spectacular scenery.
• Enjoy an informative 1 hour drive via historic Ophir to Wedderburn.
Day One Wedderburn to Lauder 34.5km
Shuttle from Clyde to Wedderburn to begin your ride
Places to see along your ride; Wedderburn Goods Shed, Wedderburn railway station, Wedderburn Red Shed, Golden Progress Mine, Gilchrist Store ( NZ's oldest), Hayes Engineering, Pool burn Gorge with tunnels and the Poolburn Viaduct finally the longest bridge on the trail and it is curved.
Day Two Lauder to Clyde 44kms
Places to see along your ride; Omakau Goods shed, side trip to Ophir ( NZ's oldest Post office and awesome bridge), Tigerhill, Chatto Creek, Galloway (The original ladies waiting room), Alexandra, choice of The River trail or Rail trail to Clyde
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)
Superior Accommodation (ensuite/own bathroom)
Accommodation is based on twin share and single supplements will apply for single travelers wanting their own room.