The Otago Central Rail Trail, New Zealands Original Great Ride, the trail that started them all. It’s almost become a “rite of passage” for many people, sitting in the top 10 of the AA’s 101 things to do in New Zealand and top 10 item on just about everyone’s “bucket list”. Shebikeshebikes has been providing FREE itineraries, bike hire, transport services and accommodation for rail trailers since 2009 and we’d love to help you put together all the bits of the puzzle so you can turn those pedals and take away memories to last a lifetime.
The “Rail Trail” has been ridden by hundreds of thousands of people and is New Zealands most well known and probably best resourced trail. It ticks all the boxes for stunning landscapes, budget to luxury accommodation options, plenty of refreshment options and it’s accessible for a broad range of people from young children to retirees and you’ll find accessible accommodation options in most townships. Although the trail is known for its cycling, every year you’ll find people walking the trail as well.
Located in Central Otago the Rail Trail has international airports close to either end with Queenstown Airport only one hour from the Clyde end and Dunedin Airport only 50 mins from the Middlemarch end.
So, in a nutshell, the Otago Central Rail Trail
- Is surrounded by a stunning landscape
- Has a gradient that makes it accessible to most people (and E-Bikes are now allowed on the trail for those that require some “E-ssistance”)
- Provides an active holiday or special occasion activity that can be shared by singles, couples, groups of friends, and families of all ages
- Is open year round
- Has lots of services and accommodation options along the length of the trail