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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  • We were able to spend an amazing 5 days cycling the trail with our family including two grandsons. We found that we could enjoy the riding each day and know we were staying at comfortable accommodatio...  more »
  • My wife and I (both in our 50's) spent 5 days on the Central Otago rail trail during just after Easter and cannot speak highly enough of the trail and Shebikeshebikes. We experienced fantastic weather...  more »
  • I found the rail trail to be beyond my expectations. It was a great 5 days of beautiful scenery, pleasant and sometimes excellent accommodation, food and meeting great people along the way. I would re...  more »

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