• This is the answer for those on a short time frame
• The perfect way to introduce your family to multi-day cycling adventures
• Experience the Otago Central Rail Trail - NZ's Original Great Ride
• Enjoy an overnight experience on the trail • Spectacular scenery.
• Enjoy an informative 1 hour drive via historic Ophir to Wedderburn.
Day One Wedderburn to Omakau 41.5km
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, the longest bridge on the trail and it is curved and finally the Omakau Goods shed.
Day Two Omakau to Clyde 37kms
Places to see along your ride; 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 Wedderburn to Clyde Fantastic Family Ride starts at 8.45am at our Bike it Now! shop in Clyde. On arrival we will fit your bikes and go through a trail briefing.
Your family ride on the Otago Central Rail Trail begins at the Wedderburn Goods Shed made famous through landscape artist Grahame 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 also get one on the run from Gilchrist’s store). An Oturehua start will mean lunch at Lauder Stationside Cafe or the Lauder Hotel.
Next 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. plus 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 B&B
Hawksview B&B is a gracious two-storey 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.
At the beginning of the day you have have the option (a recommended 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 also the smart option to avoid the headwind 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.
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. Pricing is based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12.
2. Superior Family Package Accommodation (ensuite/own bathroom)
3. Boutique/Lodge Family Package Accommodation