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 in the area
- A variety of animals to see as you cycle along
- Magical scenery every day
- Travel on the Taieri Gorge Train
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 en-suite facilities. Your accommodation will be a mix of motel, hotel and lodge rooms. Some caravan park rooms with be used at Millers Flat.
The Otago Central Rail Trail adventure dates are timed to coincide with the Taeiri Gorge train schedule. When you finish cycling you will board the train and travel through beautiful countryside on your way back to Dunedin. We start the cycle trip on a Sunday in Queenstown and finish at 2.00pm in Dunedin on the following Thursday.
On Friday we catch a bus to Lawrence and then cycle, jet boat ride and shuttle bus our way back to Queenstown by Sunday afternoon.
What an adventure awaits us!
- 7 nights twin share accommodation in superior rooms (with en-suites)
- 7 days bike hire (includes helmets and 2 panniers)
- 6 breakfasts and 1 dinner (Hyde)
- Luggage transfers to accommodation whilst on the ride
- Bike transfers
- Bus shuttle - Queenstown to Clyde
- Bus shuttle - Middlemarch to Pukerangi
- Bus shuttle - Dunedin to Lawrence
- Taieri Gorge train from Pukerangi to Dunedin
- Jet boat transfer
- Souvenir snood, beanie and re-usable cup
- Souvenir Rail Trail passport
- 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
Total trip cost: $2150.00 (3 July 2020)
Deposit $1000.00 to be received before 1 May 2020
Remaining balance to be received before 3 July 2020
$2350.00 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 train to catch, so don't dilly dally!
Middlemarch has lovely cafés to try before we board the shuttle bus to our train departure point at Pukerangi. The Taieri Gorge train journey is a wonderful trip through some spectacular scenery and a great way to relax before we start the second part of our adventure. We disembark at Dunedin Railway station at approximately 2.00pm so there is time to explore the town if you still need a little more exercise....
Overnight accommodation in Dunedin.
Breakfast is not included - plenty of cafes nearby.
Day 6 - (Friday 6th November) Dunedin via Lawrence to Millers Flat - 44kms
We take the City Bus shuttle from Dunedin to Lawrence, arriving around 9.45am, and collect the new bikes for the next leg of our adventure. Morning tea at Lawrence and then cycle to Millers Flat, via a hill which is the highest point of the trail. History abounds in this area - gold mining, flax milling and the arrival of Chinese prospectors to the goldfields. Our lunch stop will be in Beaumont before heading on to Millers Flat. We have tunnels to traverse and the Clutha river to follow on our purpose built cycle trail.
Overnight accommodation in Millers Flat. Breakfast included.
Day 7 - (Saturday 7th November) Millers Flat to Lake Roxburgh - 29kms
Head out for a 20km ride along the Clutha River to Roxburgh. The famous Jimmy's Pies await us at Roxburgh, after a very scenic morning cycling past rock formations and large stands of tea trees - you might even want to dip your toes in the river at Pinders Pond. After lunch, 9 kms of cycling through orchards and alongside the Clutha River, will bring us to our final destination of Lake Roxburgh.
Overnight accommodation Lake Roxburgh. Breakfast included.
Day 8 - (Sunday 8th November) Lake Roxburgh via Doctors Point to Clyde and shuttle back to Queenstown - 34km
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). We will then board a jet boat which will transfer us to Doctor's Point - we'll have 40 minutes to watch the river go by. Lunch at Doctor's Point (but remember that 4.00pm shuttle bus) and then cycle on to Clyde via Alexandra. We know a very nice spot for afternoon tea. Back on the bikes for the final 12kms along the Anniversary River Track which started our adventure 8 days ago.
After dropping our bikes at the depot, catch the shuttle bus leaving Clyde at 4.00pm and arrive back in Queenstown at approximately 6.00pm.
Overnight accommodation in Queenstown not included. Breakfast included.