Otago Rail Trail Highlights

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    Independent traveller
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    This 2-day / 1-night independent cycle adventure takes you to the most scenic parts of the famous Otago Central Rail Trail. The trail is vehicle-free, and its easy gradient takes you through amazing scenery, over viaducts and through tunnels. Along the way there are many historic hotels to visit, wonderful cuisine to experience and local characters to meet.

    This two-day Highlights package is the perfect option for people wishing to experience the best parts of the trail, but have limited time available. Accommodation is twin/double share en-suite room. This package is available in the opposite direction


    • Cycle the mid-section of the Rail Trail
    • Explore the many small townships both on and off the trail, and experience the ‘southern hospitality’
    • Learn a thing or two at the information filled Gangers sheds and old station sites
    • Experience genuine southern hospitality


    Day 1 Omakau to Wedderburn: Cycle 44km
    Your adventure starts in the morning at the Clyde Depot where you will be fitted on your bikes, and briefed about your tour. You will then be transported to Omakau where you will start your ride to Wedderburn. The highlight of today’s ride is through the Poolburn Gorge, featuring two tunnels and two viaducts in a secluded rocky setting. The gorge then opens out to the vast expanse of the Ida Valley, made famous by the paintings of Graham Sydney. Oturehua is a good lunch stop with the old Gilchrist’s Store and the Oturehua Tavern. Other attractions in this area include the historic Hayes Engineering Workshop, and the remains of the Golden Progress Mine just beyond Oturehua. Your accommodation is in Wedderburn and dinner can be arranged at the Wedderburn Tavern (price not included).

    Day 2Wedderburn to Hyde: Cycle 45km
    From Wedderburn, the ride is mostly downhill to Ranfurly, the Art Deco Capital of Otago. The trail then passes through the small town of Waipiata – a great stop for a cold drink or lunch. The day’s highlight must be the scenic section between Daisybank and Hyde with the Taieri River close by, and the Capburn and Prices Creek Bridges, followed by the last tunnel before reaching Hyde. The shuttle bus will pick you up mid-afternoon from here and take you back to Clyde. (B)


    • Cycle equipment: trail bicycle, helmet, repair kit and odometer.
    • 1 nights accommodation based on economy twin share – option to upgrade to standard or luxury
    • 1 breakfast
    • Daily luggage transfer – weight limit of 15kg
    • Personalised itinerary and map
    • Transport Clyde to Omakau and Hyde to Clyde. (Connecting transport available)
    • Emergency trail support
    • E-bikes (optional upgrade)
    • Panniers (optional extra)


    Images courtesy of WorldExpeditions/Toni Wythes