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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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  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
| Alexandra, 9340, New Zealand
| Alexandra, 9340, New Zealand
+64 3-447 3271
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was a fantastic experience for the 4 adults and 2 children (10 and 12). Challenging enough to be interesting but not too difficult. Rode it in 3 days from Clyde to Middllemarch. Great accommodation and food organised by Bike It Now who also looked...More

Thank Sophia B
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I visited New Zealand in December and had the most amazing time riding the Otago Central Rail Trail. When we first arrived at Clyde to pick up the bikes, I didn't think I would be able to enjoy the trail as much...More

Thank Lindletoo
Reviewed 1 week ago

We started at Clyde and did the Anniversary Trail for the 1st section a little longer but a great choice - great cafe at Alexandra and on to Chatto Creek - awesome place - next day Omakau (great home made pies) & Ophir then on...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We used Trail Journeys and they were fantastic from start to end in arranging this trip for us with good communication and detailed answers to my lengthy questions. Trail itself was great and a very high quality with the accommodation and wee towns being top...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I did this trail through Shebikeshebikes and they organised all our accomodation once we had chosen it and everything went very smoothly. They were very friendly and organised and it was great just to have everything sorted for us. We were very...More

Thank Stewart_Tauber
Reviewed 1 week ago

3 of us from Hastings had a fabulous time doing the Otago Rail Trail. Shebikeshebikes made us feel so welcome & the organisation if our trip meant we had such a stress less time, just enjoying the ride, scenery, accommodation, meals. We found 5 days...More

Thank beached12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family of 4 kids-12, 10, 8 & 5. Did a 4 night, 3 day bike tour on the trail-can’t recommend enough. Fantastic signage, trail exceptional well kept, clean, interesting. Great family activity.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For the third year in a row a friend and I did 2 days cycling the rail trail from Oterehua out to Clyde.... about 75 kms in total. As usual we did all of our arrangements through the fantastic and highly recommended Shebikeshebikes. Their service...More

Thank Gythlian
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had such a fantastic holiday in NZ. The highlight amongst many was the Rail Trail and the team at SheBikesHeBikes were fantastic. Easy to deal with even though we live in another country and a great price with really good and modern equipment.More

Thank gouldfishe
OtagoCentRailTrail, Facilitator at Otago Central Rail Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are delighted to hear that we (your rail trail holiday) was your highlight on you NZ holiday - Thank you for providing your feedback about your rail trail holiday. We do you hope you are inspired to return :). Should you wish to sign...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Finally ticked off and completed the last remaing section. People rave about it but for us it was boring, featureless and endless kms of straight railway corridor that completely unmotivationg and soul destroying. But we've finished and so can now commentMore

Thank Andrew M
OtagoCentRailTrail, Facilitator at Otago Central Rail Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

That's a shame Andrew that your rail trail holiday was not what you had hoped. For many its about spending time with family and friends and taking the time to meet with the locals - enjoy the friendly hospitality, food and the many unique attractions...More

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5 April 2017|
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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
4 February 2017|
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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