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, Alexandra attractions like Otago Central Rail Trail can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • As previous reviewer, I would also bypass Hyde pop-up cafe, over-priced at 5 NZD (put money in 'honesty box') for a cup of tea you make yourself! Otherwise, all cafes visited along way, Chatto Creek, ...  more »
  • What an awesome place! Our family did a one day ride from Auripo to Clyde which was close to 60km. The weather was hot at around 30 C but since most of the ride was downhill, it was easy. Favourite le...  more »
  • We booked our 4 day ride through Bike It Now. Their standard of bikes, accomodation and tips for the ride were superb. We were blessed with beautiful weather and each day rode approximately 40km throu...  more »

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