Our Central Otago Rail Cycle Tours offer five days of cycling on the 150km Otago Rail Trail cycle route from Clyde to Middlemarch. Enjoy the wonderful scenery and exploring the small towns along the Otago bike trail route with full vehicle guide support along the way.
Tour starts with pick up from Christchurch Central Accommodation or Airport, then relax and be driven to Clyde in Central Otago. We are staying in historic accommodation tonight with dinner at a local restaurant.
Depart 9.00am. This is the beginning of your cycling tour, we pass through Alexander,known as the hottest, driest and coldest place in NZ, Chatto Creek which was first inhabited by Maoris and Omakau is the home of the Central Otago A&P show.
Landmarks of interest today include The Wooden Trestle Muttontown Viaduct, The Old Tucker Hill gold workings and views of The Raggedy Range and Dunstan Mountains. Try spotting brown trout in the clear blue waters of the Manuherikia River. We also have a detour to Ophir where there are historic buildings and a historic suspension bridge.
When we reach Lauder we drive to our night’s accommodation, and have a surprise organised for you. We will unload freshen up and head off to St Bathans to walk around Blue Lake and then have refreshments at The Old Vulcan Hotel sharing its history and the ghost.
Special features to look for include the engineering feat of the Poolburn Gorge Viaduct and tunnels, the vastness of the Ida Valley, the Idaburn Dam where winter curling takes place. A stop off at the Hayes factory in Oturehua with its history and how it changed NZ farming. There is a cafe available. Continue cycling to Wedderburn.
Load up and we drive to the forestry town of Naseby where curling is available. We later drive to Danseys Pass. The accommodation was built in 1862 it has history and ambience from the old gold days. All is neat and tidy with ensuites, a large fireplace, leather lounge suites, a bar and restaurant. Walk around the area discovering the paths taken by the old gold diggers.
Cycling from Wedderburn to Waipiata, passing through Ranfurly, the Art Deco centre of Otago, Waipiata a township with a varied rich history. Points of interest today are the vast Maniototo Plains, following the Taieri River winding its way around the Rock and Pillar Range, riding over the Cap Burn stone bridge, through the 150 metre long tunnel and over the Prices Creek Viaduct, quite high.
In the afternoon we can drive to Macraes lookout and view the mining operation at Taieri Ridge. Tonight we have dinner at our accommodation.
Depart 9.00am for Middlemarch mainly downhill riding today. The points of interest include views to the Rock and Pillar and Taieri Ranges and the Hyde Disaster Memorial. Middlemarch is a small farming community where they have the annual singles ball. We later drive to Christchurch.