Otago Central Rail Trail, Central Otago
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Walk, cycle, or ride horseback along Otago Central Rail Trail to discover the spectacular landscape of the Otago region. This 150 km (93.2 mi) route runs between Middlemarch and Clyde, where the Otaga Central Railway used to operate. You'll pass vast countryside, mountains, and numerous attractions along the way, including the historical Old Dunstan Road, which was used by gold miners in the 1800s. Towns in the area are well equipped with restaurants and accommodations, but it's a good idea to bring plenty of food and water. Pubs serve as a particularly cozy rest spot after a long day on the trail--giving the route its affectionate nickname, the "Ale Trail." Arrange to visit Otago Central Rail Trail and other attractions in Omakau using our Omakau trip builder.
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  • A brilliant initiative by the New Zealand people. Showcases great scenery, local produce, small towns, comfortable accommodation & local businesses. Everyone works together to provide a great local ex...  more »
  • Have just completed this over 2 days from Clyde to Middlemarch. I have to say I was actually really disappointed in the trail and the scenery compared to the riding I have done with 11 friends in Nz p...  more »
  • Two couples in early 60's took this challenge, average to above average fitness. Only one of us was a cyclist. Did some basic preparation and managed it well enough over 4 days. Enjoyed the challenge....  more »