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Otago Central Rail Trail

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Address: | Alexandra, 9340, New Zealand
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+64 3-447 3271
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06:00 - 23:59
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 23:59
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Otago Central Rail Trail - New Zealand's Original Great Ride. Open all...

The Otago Central Rail Trail - New Zealand's Original Great Ride. Open all year round this cycleway takes you through 152kms of remarkable Central Otago landscape away from roads and vehicles, yet never far from the next town. Whether you start from Clyde or Middlemarch, the wide easy gradient is suitable for riders, walkers and cyclists of all ages. You may choose to go solo, or share the experience with friends, either way it's a trail of discovery best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Discover historic villages, enjoy local food and drink and the famous southern hospitality. As you travel through this untamed natural environment there is plenty to explore on and off the trail. Don't miss this 'must do' experience.

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Great family trip

We had a wonderful ride on the Trail. We rode from Middlemarch to Clyde and copped a strong headwind on the second last day which was tough but, possibly, added to the overall... read more

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a wonderful ride on the Trail. We rode from Middlemarch to Clyde and copped a strong headwind on the second last day which was tough but, possibly, added to the overall experience. My family don't ride much and managed this trip with full camping panniers. We camped for two nights and had the middle night at Wedderburn Lodges... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Four of us cycled this route in early February making our own arrangements and using our own bikes. We started with the river section from Clyde and stayed at Omakau on day 1, Wedderburn day 2 and Hyde on day 3. We were surprised at how bad the track surface was on the first two stages - it was mostly... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I did the rail trail in Feb 2017 having booked through Bike-It-Now in Clyde. Bike-it-Now did a fantastic job making our arrangements and keeping up with some changes we made on the fly during the trip. Top notch organization and great, well maintained bikes. We ended up doing the trail with three days of riding and two overnights. This is... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent 3 days on this trail in Jan 2017 (myself and 2 teenage daughters). We had a great time, loved the peace and quiet. We used SheBikes to organize everything for us and couldn't have been happier with their service.It was fantastic to get out of the car for a bit and really back to nature. The smartphones were... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I cycled the route over three days from Clyde to Middlemarch. All our arrangements and information were through SheBikesHeBikes and everything except the unpredictable weather was perfect.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fantastic views of country South Island farming country combined with the virtuous feeling of exercise. Riding through the schist rock formations was especially good.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Otago Railtrail was fantastic. we hd so much fun doing it. Everywhere we stayed was great apart from our last night which was in Hyde, this was very average compared to what we were used to.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I recently did the 4 day luxury bikeitnow tour of the Otago Bike Trail. Everything well organized from the pickup in Queenstown to the briefing in Clyde right through to the final day catching the Tairi Gorge train to Dunedin. Thoroughly enjoyed getting out in the NZ countryside and getting some gentle exercise at the same time.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I did this trip from Clyde to Middlemarch by myself organized by the fantastic team of Bike It Now. Great trip, very good bike and excellent service. Distances in between the places where I slept were not too long. But you have to be lucky with the wind. I loved all the accommodation except Blacks Hotel in Ophir.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I did the rail trail over 4 days. Shebikeshebikes made everything very easy. They organised everything for us, bikes, accessories, accommodation, baggage transport and return transport. We went from Clyde to Middlemarch staying in Ophir, Wedderburn and Kokonga. My partner and I don't do much cycling and we found the ride easy over 4 days. Each day... More 

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