Sunday 1 November to Sunday 8 November 2020
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
- 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 Clutcha Gold are Grade 2 and 3.
The trip includes 7 nights accommodation in private rooms with mainly en-suite facilities. Your accommodation will be a mix of motel, hotel and lodge rooms.
The Otago Central Rail Trail adventure dates are timed to coincide with the Taeiri Gorge train schedule. However, at this time the Taeri Gorge train is currently not running due to COVID-19 restrictions so we have amended our itinerary to allow for this. We start the cycle trip on a Sunday in Queenstown and finish at 4.00pm in Alexandra on the following Thursday.
On Friday we depart Alexandra and then cycle, jet boat ride and shuttle bus our way back to Queenstown by Sunday afternoon.
What an adventure awaits us!
- nights twin share accommodation in superior rooms (with en-suites)
- 1 night twin share accommodation in lodge rooms with shared bathroom facilties
- 7 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
- Jetboat Doctor's Point to Shingle Creek
- Roxburgh Gorge Session Trail Pass
- Souvenir snood, beanie and re-usable cup
- En-route support by Cycle Away staff
- Travel 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 $330
- ebike hire - please enquire at time of booking
Total trip cost: $2,150.00 (3 July 2020)
Deposit $1,000.00 to be received before 1 May 2020
Remaining balance to be received before 3 July 2020
$2,350.00 if paid after 3 July and before 3 August 2020
Tour price is based on twin share accommodation.
Single rider supplement $330.00 - 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 - (Sunday 1st November)
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 - (Monday 2nd November) - Clyde to Omakau - 37km
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 and our accommodation.
Overnight accommodation at Omakau.
Day 3 - (Tuesday 3rd November) - Omakau to Wedderburn - 45km
Day 3 of our adventure and we cycle from Omakau to Ophir, smell the freshest air in the world and then continue on to Oturehua. A tour of Hays Engineering, nestled next to the trail, is optional. Past the Oturehua Hotel and we stop for an afternoon coffee on the way to our overnight stop. The highest point of the rail trail is conquered just before Wedderburn - make sure you take a photo!
Overnight accommodation at Wedderburn.
Day 4 - (Wednesday 4th November) - Wedderburn to Hyde - 46 km
Today we cycle 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 - (Thursday 5th November) - 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 - (Friday 6th November) - Alexandra to Doctor's Point, Jet boat to Shingle Creek and cycle to Lake Roxburgh - 20km
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 7 - (Saturday 7th November) - Lake Roxburgh to Millers Flat to Lake Roxburgh - 29kms
Cycle along 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.
Overnight accommodation in Melrose Cottage, Ettrick.
"Make your own BBQ and Dessert Pack" provided. Breakfast included.
Day 8 - (Sunday 8th November) - Millers Flat to Lawrence - 44km and shuttle to Queenstown
Cycling down the valley, the trail returns to the riverside and heads through the Beaumont Gorge. You may see sunken gold dredges in the river. 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.
Overnight accommodation in Queenstown not included. Breakfast included.