Otago Central Rail Trail

Otago Central Rail Trail, Central Otago: Hours, Address, Otago Central Rail Trail Reviews: 5/5

Otago Central Rail Trail
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6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Stuart & Maryanne
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Couples
The friendliness of our hosts.Good food,accommodation.Great scenery,good trail condition.Well organized by Shebikes.
Thankyou
Written 6 May 2022
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Alana from Alaska
2 contributions
Mar 2022
One my favorite things my partner and I did on our tour of the South Island. I would highly recommend even if you do not have a lot of biking experience. We used Shebikeshebikes outfitter, and they were amazing to work with. Highly recommend :)
Written 4 May 2022
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Pauline S
New Plymouth, New Zealand41 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Central Rail trail company organized our trip on the Otago Rail trail. They did a superb job with transfer, accommodation and pick up. They are well worth booking with as went the extra mile for us. The trail is an amazing experience and it has left us wanting more.
Written 20 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for your feedback we are delighted you had an awesome trip - sounds like you had a great time! We hope you are inspired to return and hopefully spend even longer on & around the trail :).. Should you wish to sign up for our bi-annual newsletter please see the official trail website. We would also love to have you as a friend on facebook or follower on instagram. Alternatively, you may wish to share your pics via these platforms or email to: facilitator@otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz Ngā mihi The Otago Central Rail Trail Team
Written 29 April 2022
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porchapoo
2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Had a wonderful trip with a group of 8 friends. Can’t speak highly enough of Central Cycle Trail Co, who organised an excellent schedule with great bikes, accomodation and plan. Their service level is excellent. We had a minor issue with 1 bike that was sorted quickly with no impact. Recommend e-bike option if you haven’t biked a lot and it evens the playing field for the whole group. We did the 5 day option with luxury accomodation which was superb. Make sure you do the curling option at Naseby. Scenario is stunning.
Written 4 April 2022
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Thank you for your feedback we are delighted you had an awesome trip - sounds like you had a great time! We hope you are inspired to return and hopefully spend even longer on & around the trail :).. Should you wish to sign up for our bi-annual newsletter please see the official trail website. We would also love to have you as a friend on facebook or follower on instagram. Alternatively, you may wish to share your pics via these platforms or email to: facilitator@otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz Ngā mihi The Otago Central Rail Trail Team
Written 29 April 2022
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Mike Silva
29 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
5 of us Totally enjoyed the Rail Trail, I was only one on a Manual bike but it was still very comfortable. Do wear padded bike pants. Only one tuff day with head winds.Accomodation & Hosts were totally Amazing!! Food & wines , OMG. Highly Reccomend all to do this
Written 29 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for your feedback we are delighted you had an awesome trip - sounds like you had a great time! We hope you are inspired to return and hopefully spend even longer on & around the trail :).. Should you wish to sign up for our bi-annual newsletter please see the official trail website. We would also love to have you as a friend on facebook or follower on instagram. Alternatively, you may wish to share your pics via these platforms or email to: facilitator@otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz Ngā mihi The Otago Central Rail Trail Team
Written 29 April 2022
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NapierAro
napier470 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
This cycle adventure far exceeded our expectations. From the ease of communication with the company, to the organization that meant our luggage arrived ahead of us at the next destination to the tailored app with every bit of information we needed, we can easily recommend Central Cycles. The actual journey was fabulous and we'd advise all riders to also add the Lake Dunstan ride. Thank you all the team
Written 26 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for your feedback we are delighted you had an awesome trip - sounds like you had a great time! We hope you are inspired to return and hopefully spend even longer on & around the trail :).. Should you wish to sign up for our bi-annual newsletter please see the official trail website. We would also love to have you as a friend on facebook or follower on instagram. Alternatively, you may wish to share your pics via these platforms or email to: facilitator@otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz Ngā mihi The Otago Central Rail Trail Team
Written 29 April 2022
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Jill J
2 contributions
Mar 2022
What a fantastic trip a big tick off the bucket list,

Something I have always wanted to do and to share with my husband and an amazing group of friends, the memories will be life time.

To see the countryside this way is just so beautiful, we live in such a stunning country.
Written 13 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for your feedback we are delighted you had an awesome trip - sounds like you had a great time! We hope you are inspired to return and hopefully spend even longer on & around the trail :).. Should you wish to sign up for our bi-annual newsletter please see the official trail website. We would also love to have you as a friend on facebook or follower on instagram. Alternatively, you may wish to share your pics via these platforms or email to: facilitator@otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz Ngā mihi The Otago Central Rail Trail Team
Written 29 April 2022
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Lena J
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Couples
Cycling the Rail Trail is an amazing experience and Central Cycle Trail Co made it so easy. Everything was taken care of, even making reservations for our dinners each night. Highly recommend getting ebikes. It will make your experience easier and more enjoyable.
Written 11 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for your feedback we are delighted you had an awesome trip - sounds like you had a great time! We hope you are inspired to return and hopefully spend even longer on & around the trail :).. Should you wish to sign up for our bi-annual newsletter please see the official trail website. We would also love to have you as a friend on facebook or follower on instagram. Alternatively, you may wish to share your pics via these platforms or email to: facilitator@otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz Ngā mihi The Otago Central Rail Trail Team
Written 13 March 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

John L
Cambridge, New Zealand212 contributions
Mar 2022
Two years ago, we cycled the trail north to south. This month we did the reverse. Simply put, this is the most spectacular experience you can have. we absolutely love it.
The glorious tranquility and scenery, the wonderful accommodation en route. We did it over five days and its well worth taking this extra time but please just enjoy the journey and not focus on the destinations.
This year i stayed with a conventional bike but my wife chose an electric bike. I loved it but she was rather disappointed as she felt a lack of achievement because she didn't have to extend herself. This track is easily done by conventional bikes given of course, a reasonable level of fitness
Written 10 March 2022
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Thank you John for your feedback - interesting your views on bike vs ebike. We are are delighted you had an awesome time trip and have returned to do it. Should you wish to sign up for our bi-annual newsletter please see the official trail website. We would also love to have you as a friend on facebook or follower on instagram. Alternatively, you may wish to share your pics via these platforms or email to: facilitator@otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz Ngā mihi The Otago Central Rail Trail Team Delete Response
Written 13 March 2022
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TRACY C
6 contributions
Feb 2022
Fantastic - highly recommend - ideal for all levels of bike riders - we hired electric - made the 3 days (3 days & not 5 was enough for us but we live in the area) super enjoyable - not arduous and if the weather was terrible I knew we could get it done quickly. I'd book months earlier so went electric for the weather reason mainly. Having now done it, standard bikes is totally do-able - just harder work on the gravel but no big hills, so down to fitness and your family dynamic. Our Kids loved it - even the hormonal teen who actually enjoyed the family time - it was lovely to see the siblings take off ahead of us and re-bond. We played cards even night, sat in the spa - a really good family time (for those with teens this is good to know) We started in Waipiata - great pub food. We were to start in Ranfurly but asked the driver to take us to Waipiata - only 10km more and all down hill and beautiful. All cafes/pubs are fantastic. We loved seeing the countryside - I didn't think that would be a highlight but trust me, its 100% better than steering out a car window. Plus the history of the railway is always impressive. Tunnels, Bridges, Cows, Sheep, Rabbits - its all action packed. The planet statues are super cool also.
Written 11 February 2022
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Hey Tracey Thank you for your feedback we are delighted you had an awesome family trip - sounds like you had quality family time! We hope you are inspired to return and hopefully spend even longer on & around the trail :).. Should you wish to sign up for our bi-annual newsletter please see the official trail website. We would also love to have you as a friend on facebook or follower on instagram. Alternatively, you may wish to share your pics via these platforms or email to: facilitator@otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz Ngā mihi The Otago Central Rail Trail Team
Written 13 February 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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