Central Otago Rail Trail
Cycle through the heart of Central Otago
Step away from the normal tourist route and lose yourself in the unspoiled beauty of the Central Otago back country.
The Central Otago Rail Trail follows New Zealand's first rail line so it is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It is one of New Zealand's safest, and most scenic bike rides.
A Trip through the heart of Central Otago gives you the opportunity to enjoy a remote area full of history, view the stunning Central Otago landscape, across wonderful farmland, and through spectacular gorges. Travel over wooden trestle bridges and viaducts, through tunnels cut into schist bluffs and so much more, while enjoying mainly flat and gentle gradients. This truly is a special way to see the country perfect for a groups of friends, couples and singles.For cycling adventure of a lifetime through 157km of some of New Zealand's most memorable scenery and awe-inspiring gold mining history this is a must .
The Central Otago Rail Trail can be accessed throughout the year, and has been specifically created for mountain bikers, walkers and horse riders. The Trail follows the old Central Otago branch railway line from Clyde to Middlemarch passing though many towns along the way.
The Rail Trail is a public reserve, and motorised vehicles are not permitted on the Trail. One of the best ways to to get the most out of your trip is go to with one of the companies that orangise tours such as Rail Trail Active, Trail Tours & Guides, Central Otago who know the area well and can also supply you with a mountain bike and arrange accommodation and all your other needs on a cycling adventure to suit your schedule and budget You can also start your journey in Dunedin. Catch the historic Taieri Gorge Railway that takes you on a journey through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge from Dunedin's historic Railway Station to Middlemarch.This trip travels through some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery which can not be seen by road! The train departs daily from the magnificently restored railway station in the heart of this vibrant city acclaimed for its preserved heritage This train journey can connect to the Otago Rail Trail.
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