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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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Easy riding through stunning scenery - what more could a family ask for! This is a brilliant way to see a unique part of NZ. The ride is suitable for people of any skill level... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Easy riding through stunning scenery - what more could a family ask for! This is a brilliant way to see a unique part of NZ. The ride is suitable for people of any skill level with maybe up to 4 hrs easy riding a day so plenty of time to lie by streams and absorb the scale of the surroundings

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I did the bike trail in 3 days over the new year period. The team at Bike It Now made things super easy from start to finish. We were given a warm welcome and fantastic information to make our trip even more enjoyable. The bikes were top notch, as were all the accommodation we were booked into. We wanted to... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Two of us did the Otago Rail Trail early January 2017 and loved loved loved it. We booked through 'Bike it Now' and they were brilliant. We hired e-bikes and did it in style, staying in B&Bs with en-suites over 3 days. Everything was organised for us by Jan from Bike it Now and she put us up in the... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We did the 4 day bike ride from Clyde to Middlemarch with family and friends through Bike It Now and we cannot recommend them enough. They catered for all our needs especially as we had little ones on our trip. The scenery was stunning and we stopped off at little quaint cafes along the way for morning tea and lunch.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

3 of us did this ride at the end of December 2016. The ride was straightforward with so many interesting features (viaducts, bridges and tunnels), the scenery is fantastic and the openness of the environment is something that is hard to witness elsewhere. The historical context was so interesting. It was really easy to stop off and enjoy a drink... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spent 5 days cycling with adult family and friends starting at Clyde and finishing at Middlemarch in January 2017. Booked with Shebikeshebikes who I would recommend. If you are keen for including the wineries on this trail they are only located around Alexandra via the Roxburgh Gorge Trail. We either didn't do our homework very well or were let down... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been trying to do the Otago Rail Trail for some years, and completed the trip over the Xmas - New Year break 2016-17, which proved to be a brilliant time to do it. The weather was awesome most days with long fine settled days, with only one day being windy and making riding uncomfortable. The start of each... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have now done this ride twice with Cycle Surgery. We can not recommend them enough. They had arranged everything we required, and the bikes suited us perfectly. I would suggest anyone doing this in around Summer to do it from Clyde to Middlemarch direction as the North West winds will be with you more. We pasted many people coming... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

10 of us friends aged 29-30 went for the 4 day 3 night bike tour arranged by BIKE IT NOW and it was the best New Years trip ever!!! The pick up from Queenstown was on time, bikes fitted all of us perfectly since we gave our heights, Scott mountain bikes were great quality with good sized waterproof panniers (bike... More 

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OtagoCentRailTrail, Facilitator at Otago Central Rail Trail, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback - we are delighted that a trip on the rail trail made your New Year! and that you got great service. We hope to see you back. Kind regards The Otago Central Rail Trail Team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just finished a 4 day cycle ride from Clyde to Middlemarch, hard enough to feel like an achievement but each day filled with changing scenery and lovely places to stay overnight. I'm retired and we passed and were passed by families, young people and similar retired people enjoying the sun and the freedom from traffic.

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Thank you for your feedback - its a great achievement to complete the trail. We do hope you return! Best wishes The Otago Central Rail Trail Team More 

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