5 November to 13 November 2021
Your adventure begins in Queenstown.
- 250km of traffic free or low traffic cycling
- Tunnels, bridges, viaducts, jet boat ride and lots of great cycling to experience
- Learn about the history of the rail trail
- See the remains of gold mining
- Enjoy a fun session of curling
- A variety of animals to see as you cycle along
- Magical scenery every day
The ride covers 152km on the Otago Rail Trail. The original train track fell into disuse but has been resurrected as a cycling/walking/horse riding route through beautiful countryside. Completing the Otago Rail Trail will then lead you to your next cycling adventure - another 100km on the newer Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold tracks which showcase the gold mining history of the area. Some sections of the old rail corridor are utilised on this track. The gradient on the Otago Rail Trail is mostly flat or, at most, 3% grade. The gradient on the other tracks is slightly more and we have one larger hill to conquer on day 6. A medium level of fitness is required. The Otago Rail Trail is a Grade 1 mountain bike trail. Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold are Grade 2 and 3.
The trip includes 8 nights accommodation in private rooms with mainly en-suite facilities. Your accommodation will be a mix of motel, hotel and lodge rooms.
- 8 nights twin share accommodation in superior rooms (with en-suites)
- 8 days bike hire (includes helmet and 2 panniers)
- 6 breakfasts
- 2 Evening meals
- Luggage transfers to accommodation whilst on the ride
- Bike transfers
- Shuttle - Queenstown to Clyde
- Shuttle - Lawrence to Queenstown
- Shuttle - Middlemarch to Alexandra
- Shuttle - Wedderburn to Naseby
- Shuttle - Naseby to Wedderburn
- Jet boat Doctor's Point to Shingle Creek
- Roxburgh Gorge Session Trail Pass
- Have a Go Curling session at Naseby
- Souvenir snood, beanie and re-usable cup
- En-route support by Cycle Away staff
- Travel insurance and medical insurance
- On-trail food and drinks (lunch, morning/afternoon tea and dinner)
- Air fares to/from New Zealand
- Shuttle to/from airports
- Single supplement of $400
- ebike hire - please enquire at time of booking
Total trip cost: $3,100.00 (1 July 2021)
Deposit $1,000.00 to be received before 1 May 2021
Remaining balance to be received before 1 July 2021
$3300 if paid after 2 July and before 31 August 2021
Tour price is based on twin share accommodation.
Single rider supplement $400.00 - if you would like us to match you with a fellow rider for twin share accommodation, please advise at time of booking and we will put you in touch with other riders willing to share.
CANCELLATION & REFUNDS POLICY:
Notice of cancellation must be in writing directly to Cycle Away, with an email as an acceptable form of communication. The following cancellation conditions apply:
Cancellation 60 days plus prior to trip departure - loss of deposit
Cancellation 59 - 30 days prior to trip departure - 50% loss of the tour cost
Cancellation 29 - 15 days prior to trip departure - 75% loss of the tour cost
Cancellation within 14 days of the trip departure - 100% loss of the tour cost
No refund is available after departure of a tour has commenced.
Capped at: We need a minimum of 7 riders and will take up to 10 riders on the trail. The ride will only proceed if minimum numbers obtained.
Day 1 -
Bus shuttle Queenstown to Clyde - 2.00pm departure, arriving approximately 3.00pm in Clyde.
Collect, and be fitted to, bikes and roll out for a shakedown ride along the 150th Anniversary Track to Alexandra - 20kms return.
Overnight accommodation at Clyde.
Day 2 - Clyde to Ophir - 40km
Commence riding the trail from Clyde to Omakau, passing through a semi-rural landscape of vineyards, orchards and small lot farms. We will pause at Chatto Creek Pub for lunch before cycling on to Omakau. We keep pedalling for a few more kilometres to the even smaller town of Ophir for our accommodation at the local hotel.
Overnight accommodation at Ophir.
Day 3 - Ophir to Wedderburn (Naseby)- 41km
Day 3 of our adventure and we cycle from Ophir to Wedderburn. Ophir has the freshest air so breathe it in before we head through Lauder and on to our morning tea stop. Pick up some provisions and head off for a lovely ride and a picnic on the trail. We travel past Hay's Engineering on our way to Oturehua, Gilchrist's General Store and Golden Progress Mine. All things to see and explore. The highest point of the rail trail is conquered just before Wedderburn - make sure you take a photo! We leave our steeds at Wedderburn and travel by shuttle bus to Naseby and our accommodation for the night. We also try our hand at curling before dinner.
Overnight accommodation at Naseby.
Shuttle to Naseby included
Have a Go Curling included
Day 4 - Wedderburn to Hyde - 46 km
We shuttle back from Naseby and pick up our bikes and continue along the trail. Off to Ranfurly, our largest town on the trail, and we will be surrounded by mountain ranges. We will explore the town and enjoy a lovely morning tea. Turning our wheels toward Hyde, we will pass through Waipiata and cross the Taieri River Rail Bridge and cycle through the last tunnel on the trail. On to Hyde, past lovely green fields and yet more sheep.
Overnight accommodation at Hyde
Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 5 - Hyde to Middlemarch - 27km
Our final day on the Otago Rail Trail - an early start and off to the end of the trail at Middlemarch. Well done, make sure you take a photo at the end point. We have a bus to catch, so don't dilly dally!
Middlemarch has lovely cafés to try before we board the shuttle bus to Alexandra.
Overnight accommodation in Alexandra.
Breakfast is not included - plenty of cafes nearby.
Day 6 - Day off
Spend the day around Alexandra and recharge your batteries or join us on a day trip cycling around the Alexandra Basin and enjoying tastings at the local vineyards. Overnight accommodation in Alexandra.
Breakfast is not included - plenty of cafes nearby.
Day 7 - Alexandra to Doctor's Point, jet boat to Shingle Creek and cycle to Lake Roxburgh - 22km
Cycle from Alexandra to Doctor's Point along a path which passes through silver poplars and the remains of gold mining activities. Then we will board a jet boat which will transfer us to Doctor's Point - we'll have 40 minutes to watch the river go by.
A short but scenic 12km cycle to Shingle Creek, with vistas across the lake for the first part of the journey (ah, the serenity of it all).
Overnight accommodation in Lake Roxburgh. Breakfast included.
Day 8 - Lake Roxburgh to Millers Flat to Ettrick - 30kms
Cycle beside the Clutha River surrounded by hillside rock formations and large stands of regenerating native Kan-uka (tea tree). Lots to see as the river winds along. We will be shuttled from Millers Flat to Ettrick for our accommodation this night. Lovely cottages to relax in while remembering our day on the bikes.
Overnight accommodation in Melrose Cottage, Ettrick.
"Make your own BBQ and Dessert Pack" provided. Breakfast included.
Day 9 - Millers Flat to Lawrence - 44km and shuttle to Queenstown
Cycling down the valley, the trail returns to the riverside and heads through Beaumont Gorge. You may see sunken gold dredges in the river, will cycle over suspension bridges and through tunnels on today's route. We will take a few detours to see other interesting historic items along the trip.
After dropping our bikes at the depot, catch the shuttle bus leaving Lawrence at 2.30pm for the last leg back to Queenstown, arriving at approximately 5.30pm.
Overnight accommodation in Queenstown not included. Breakfast included.