Day 1 QUEENSTOWN - CROMWELL - CLYDE - ALEXANDRA (Cycling 8 km)
Arrive Queenstown and transfer by road to Crowell to visit this historic old gold-mining town now known for its' stone fruits and rich red wines. Enjoy a wine-tasting then continue to Clyde to be fitted for your bikes. Start with a short warm-up ride circuit ride to Alexandra. Overnight Clyde.
Day 2 ALEXANDRA TO OTUREHUA (Cycling 59 km)
Transfer to Alexandra and cycle an old train line built in the 1900s. Ccross numerous bridges and viaducts, winding our way along the smooth track past Raggedy Range and Rough Ridge. The Poolburn Gorge is a favourite spot, with stunning views. Climb gradually through the Ida Valley to the summit of the trail, Oturehua where you will be driven to Ranfurly, a small town known for its Art Deco. Overnight Ranfurly.
Day 3 OTUREHUA - KOKONGA (Cycling 43.5 km)
Resume the trail at Oturehua and cycle across 'big sky' country of the Maniatoto Plains. Pass Wedderburn at the base of the Hawkdun and Mt Ida Ranges. Cross the Taieri River at Waipiata on the famous iron bridge. Finish at Kokonga and the sunken depression that was once the freshwater Lake Taieri - until goldminers sent their sluicing's downriver, the lake silted up and it was eventually drained. Return by bus to Ranfurly for overnight.
Day 4 KOKONGA TO MIDDLEMARCH (Cycling 41.5 km)
Cycle the beautiful Upper Taieri Gorge, pass by Macrae's Flat, where a fully operational Gold Mine still runs, and the Rock & Pillar range, one of Otago's most distinctive upland features of impressive schist tors or rocky pillars. A gently rolling and flat landscape takes us to the end of the road at Middlemarch. Enjoy a celebratory lunch before heading back to Queenstown to arrive in time for an evening flight.
GUIDED - Regular departures every 4 days 30 November '20 - 26 April '21
SELF-GUIDED - Start any day
Guided NZ$2599 share twin per person
Self Guided from $950 per person
All meals on guided departures. Room only on self-guided.
Moderate cycling mostly on gravel surfaces. Winds can be strong so we recommend you cycle in the direction of Clyde to Middlemarch. Electric bikes are available.
Cycle this 152 km track along the route of the former Otago Central Railway between Clyde and Middlemarch. Discover the gorges, tunnels, immense viaducts, old gold mines and the distinctive landscape of the Maniatoto and Alexandra regions. Stop for a drink and a bite in the small characterful towns along the way that the Rail Trail has given new life to. It was voted NZ's #1 Place to Cycle.