Otago | Total Trail Luxury Experience

Your Otago Cycling Tour Includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation and consists of hotels, farm stay and bed-and-breakfast accommodation. 
  • 5 days bicycle hire
  • Naseby Curling Rick voucher
  • 4 breakfasts
  • One way transfer from Queenstown to Clyde
  • From Middlemarch, choice of Taieri Gorge Railway to Dunedin or coach transfer to Queenstown
  • Baggage transfers for one bag (15 kilogram limit per person)

5 Day / 4 Night Total Trail Luxury Experience
This independent cycle adventure is a 5 day/4 night tour on the Otago Central Railtrail. Cycling 3.5 to 4.5 hours per day on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient. Amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, through tunnels and encountering old historic hotels staying in twin/double share accommodation.

Day 1- Clyde to Alexandra: Cycle 8 or 16km
Your adventure starts at our Clyde Depot for bike fitting and a briefing before setting off on the ride to Omakau. Between Clyde and Alexandra, the trail takes you past vineyards and over an old wooden trestle bridge. For the more adventurous, there is the option of riding on the River Track to Alexandra, along the banks of the Clutha River/Mata Au. The River Track adds about 8km to your ride, and requires a bit more confidence and concentration, but it is well worth it if time and energy allow. If you wish to explore further, the Roxburgh Gorge Trail follows the river into the gorge for 10km to Doctors Point.

Day 2- Alexandra to Omakau: Cycle 28km
From Alexandra, the trail heads out to Chatto Creek where the tavern serves an excellent lunch and is a recommended stop before Tiger Hill. The gradient is steady but easy, and then it is downhill to your overnight accommodation in Omakau. If you have time, we suggest riding the 5km loop to Ophir. This is an interesting settlement with historic wooden and stone buildings from the gold-mining era and a small, but iconic suspension bridge. There is also good food and coffee to be found in Ophir.

Day 3- Omakau to Wedderburn: Cycle 42km
Beyond Lauder is the start of one of the most spectacular sections of the trail. The Poolburn Gorge, home to the rare New Zealand falcon and features tunnels and 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 an interesting settlement with the old Gilchrist's Store and the Oturehua Tavern. Other attractions include the historic Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead, as well as the remains of the Golden Progress Mine, just north of the town. The trail then takes you over the highest point, and down to your accommodation at Wedderburn. For your evening meal, the Wedderburn Tavern is just a short walk from your accommodation.

Day 4- Wedderburn to Hyde: Cycle 43km
From Wedderburn, the trail is mostly downhill to Ranfurly, the Art Deco capital of Otago. Consider stopping here for morning tea and visit the I-Site in the old railway station and learn more about the history of the rail. Cross the Maniototo Plains to lunch at the Waipiata Tavern. The afternoon's highlight is between Daisybank and Hyde, where the trail runs alongside the Taieri River over the Capburn and Prices Creek Bridges and through the last tunnel before arriving at your accommodation in Hyde.

Day 5- Hyde to Middlemarch: Cycle 29km
The trail from Hyde passes the site of the 1943 Hyde railway disaster and on down through the wide-open spaces of the Strath Taieri Valley and alongside the impressive Rock and Pillar Range. The ride is downhill to the end of the trail at our Middlemarch Depot where you return your bike and equipment and consider purchasing a memento of your trip. If there is time, have a shower, before your onward transport back to Clyde at 2:30pm.
  • Twin/Double Room (4 Nights)
  • Travel Dates: 1 Oct 20 - 31 Mar 21
  • Twin per person fr $1,569
Note: Departs: From Queenstown at 7:45am Returns: Dunedin or Queenstown, varies with transport option selected on day 5
4 nights accommodation and consists of hotels, farm stay and bed-and-breakfast accommodation. All accommodation will be on a twin share basis. 5 days bicycle hire, Naseby Curling Rick voucher, 4 breakfasts, one way transfer from Queenstown to Clyde, from Middlemarch, choice of Taieri Gorge Railway to Dunedin or coach transfer to Queenstown, baggage transfers for one bag (15 kilogram limit per person).

Per Person, from $1,569

*Terms and Conditions

It is our policy to present the cost of our holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase.. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices. Closeout and blackout periods apply over school holidays and peak holiday periods & availability of seats & rooms is likely to be very limited over this time . Valid for sales to 31 Mar 2021. Valid for travel commenced and completed within the period 1 Aug 2020 to 31 Mar 2021 (unless otherwise specified).Based on land only tours, no pre/post tour accommodation or flights included Moderate level of fitness required for all tours. Please enquire for sole use and child pricing Prices shown are based on per person costs in New Zealand Dollars, for payment by cash, cheque or eftpos only. Credit card sales not permitted unless Travel Agent acts as a merchant. Events beyond our control such as currency fluctuations and changes to the price of aviation fuel may result in prices variations . Strict cancellation fees apply. Packages are based on consecutive nights. For full terms and conditions and cancellation fees please contact your local travel agent for more information. Trade enquiries via GO Holidays.

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