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Otago Central Rail Trail

| Alexandra, 9340, New Zealand
+64 3-447 3271
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Otago Central Rail Trail Bike Tour
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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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“days cycling” (19 reviews)
“tiger hill” (34 reviews)
“side trips” (29 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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| Alexandra, 9340, New Zealand
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+64 3-447 3271
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"days cycling"
in 19 reviews
"tiger hill"
in 34 reviews
"side trips"
in 29 reviews
"head wind"
in 17 reviews
"easy ride"
in 26 reviews
"hayes engineering"
in 16 reviews
"excellent accommodation"
in 10 reviews
"cycle trip"
in 10 reviews
"southern hospitality"
in 11 reviews
"comfortable bikes"
in 11 reviews
"bucket list"
in 36 reviews
"cycle surgery"
in 47 reviews
"hired bikes"
in 16 reviews
"great ride"
in 29 reviews
"new zealand"
in 59 reviews
"clutha river"
in 11 reviews
"lucky with the weather"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fantastic ride through a beautiful part of the world. Not too strenuous, but a good challenge. The weather was kind, but a bit windy at times and really cold at the end. Lovely cafes along the way and great scenery helped ease the...More

1  Thank Andre L
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OtagoCentRailTrail, Facilitator at Otago Central Rail Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Andre thanks for your feedback about your rail trail holiday. We do you hope you are inspired to return :). Should you wish to sign up for our quarterly newsletter please see the official trail website. We would also love to have you as...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we just completed the rail trail from Clyde to Middlemarch. An awesome experience on really well maintained trails. The river section at Clyde is really cool. Thanks to Lois and the others at Bik it Now for arranging a superb trip. The bikes, accommodation and...More

1  Thank Alan E
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OtagoCentRailTrail, Facilitator at Otago Central Rail Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Alan Thank you for providing your feedback about your rail trail holiday - pleased BIKE IT NOW have done a great job in co-ordinating your trip. We do you hope you are inspired to return :). Should you wish to sign up for our...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have just completed the One Day Wonder Rail Trail ride finishing at Clyde. Bike hire and transport from BIKE it NOW, Clyde.A most amazing days ride. The best out of all the other one day rides we did in Queenstown area. The bikes were...More

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OtagoCentRailTrail, Facilitator at Otago Central Rail Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for providing your feedback about your rail trail holiday - great to hear you enjoyed the BIKE IT NOW service... We are please you are inspired to return to complete the whole trail... :). Should you wish to sign up for our quarterly...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

Our family of four cycled this wonderful trail in five days, and shebikeshebikes organised everything for us. Their advice was spot-on and all the arrangements were perfect. The bikes were sturdy and reliable - and I would really recommend their E-bike for those who may...More

Thank brood_13
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OtagoCentRailTrail, Facilitator at Otago Central Rail Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for providing your feedback about your rail trail holiday, its great to see you spend 5 days to enable you to fit in those activities. Pleased you were happy with shebikeshebikes. We do you hope you are inspired to return :). Should you...More

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Reviewed 11 May 2018

Absolutely fantastic trail ride with my whanau of 12, ages ranging from 11 - 68 years old, though very hard to distinguish the adults from the kaumatua (apart from the two moko), with helmets and SpEEd Bikes. Thoroughly recommend a great way to catch up...More

Thank Kororia1952
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OtagoCentRailTrail, Facilitator at Otago Central Rail Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for providing your feedback about your rail trail holiday, we are delighted you enjoyed your trip on the trail with your whanau. Sounds like you had great service from Trail Journeys and enjoyed spending time with loved ones. We do you hope you...More

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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

We did a two day trip on the Rail Trail in January 2018. We organised our trip and bike hire with SheBikesHeBikes. They were excellent - suggested the itinerary that would work best for us, had info on food and accommodation along the trail. Also,...More

Thank Catherine H
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OtagoCentRailTrail, Facilitator at Otago Central Rail Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Catherine Thank you for providing your feedback about your rail trail holiday, and we are delighted you had great service with SheBikesHeBikes. That is an awesome effort with a young family. We do you hope you are inspired to return :). Should you wish...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2018

I went with two friends in February 2018, Trail Journeys were superb, I had done the ride twelve years ago, with my late partner, and it was virtually the same at all the stay overs, which was nice to see, keeping it simple , but...More

Thank shirln2018
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OtagoCentRailTrail, Facilitator at Otago Central Rail Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for providing your feedback about your rail trail holiday, its great to see you've had superb service from Trail Journeys and its wonderful you've come back to do it. We do you hope you are inspired to return again :). Should you wish...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

Really enjoyed riding bikes for the day on the Otago Central Rail Trail. A well-kept trail which has a fairly easy gradient most of the time as well as interesting bridges, tunnels and great views. The second time in five years we've used She Bikes...More

Thank Maree C
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

Trail journeys A well organised and efficient service to book your trip for bikes higher ,accommodation transporting luggage, train ride from Middle March to Dunedin what a fantastic trip thank you trail journeys

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

Awesome trip. We covered the trail in 4 biking days with a day in Clyde at the beginning and a day in Middlemarch at the end. Trail Journeys were fantastic - from pickup in Queenstown to the train trip to Dunedin at the end. They...More

1  Thank jbeauAuckland
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briemil
18 January 2018|
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Response from gouldfishe | Reviewed this property |
If you stay at Peter's farm near Hyde you can access the rivier on his property. Its a lovely spot to stay and the river was warm in November so March would be perfect.
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Response from Colin H | Reviewed this property |
We found the company shebikeshebikes. excellent to communicate with. It is a small family company, and they will provide suggestions and costings to ensure you have a great stress free ride. We found the ride going from... More
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Response from MarkTwainNZ | Reviewed this property |
November is Spring. It's very variable then, we found late summer or autumn is most settled we have found. But we have done it in October and we had great weather so it's bit of luck what weather you get. Rainfall tends to... More
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