Otago Central Rail Trail, Central Otago

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." Using our custom trip planner, Omakau attractions like Otago Central Rail Trail can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We coupled a cycle along the rail trail with the Roxburgh gorge. The gorge was excellent, however the rail trail can be a slog if the wind is against you like it was for us. A few bits of railway memo...  more »
  • Four days cycling from Clyde to Middlemarch on the old rail trail. Fabulous scenery, was disappointed when it finished. Bring a camera! With all the stops on the way it was about 3 to 4 hours cycling ...  more »
  • I rode this trail over 4 days Clyde to Middlemarch. We booked through Cycle Surgery and were really happy with everything. You do need to book ahead as this is a very popular ride and the accommodatio...  more »
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