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Cycle side by side through Central Otago's spectacular landscapes before settling in for a romantic escapade in a boutique lodge.  This is true romantic bliss.


Romantic getaway

A trip for lovers

Central Otago is a romantic paradise and we've brought it all together for a trip to remember. Stay in boutique accommodation, taste the delicious cuisine, indulge in the local wines and craft beers,  and don't forget to take in the stunning vistas. 

Cycle side by side through Central Otago's spectacular landscapes before settling in for a romantic escapade in a boutique lodge.  This is true romantic bliss.

The Otago Central Rail Trail is the perfect escape from your day-to-day life, and a great way to create memories and share a few laughs, all surrounded by beautiful scenery.


  • Get a true taste of the South at the Oturehua Hotel – one of the best country pubs in Central Otago!

  • Ride  through the picturesque upper Taieri Gorge and alongside The Taieri River.

  • Enjoy a delicious two-course evening meal at Kokonga Lodge.

  • Rest and recharge in boutique accommodation each night.

  • Visit the romantic town of Ophir and relax in the outdoor spa after a day of riding. 

  • Take your time to appreciate the Poolburn Gorge,  one of the most spectacular sections of the Rail Trail.

Here's what's waiting for you


Spend five days soaking up the beautiful Central Otago views, cuisine and hospitality.

Day 1
Welcome to Clyde
Queenstown - Clyde

You will be picked up from Queenstown and transported to Clyde. Clyde is one of the most romantic towns in Central Otago. Collect your bikes and have a ride around Clyde before settling into your accommodation at Oliver’s Central Otago – Pure luxury!


Day 2
Ride then spa
Clyde - Ophir

After a leisurely breakfast, set off at your own pace. Cycle 37km from Clyde to Omakau, approximately 4 hours cycling. Cycle 2km from Omakau to the small romantic town of Ophir. Pitches Store, your boutique accommodation awaits you. Relax in the outdoor spa and enjoy an evening meal at the on-site restaurant.


Day 3
Sights like no other
Ophir - Oturehua

Today you will cycle through one of the most picturesque sections of the Rail Trail - The Poolburn Gorge. Make sure you carry plenty of snacks and water today. Today’s cycle will see you cycle 29km from Omakau to Oturehua. Oturehua is one of the smallest towns on the Rail Trail, but with the most to see! Overnight at Marchburn Country Lodge and enjoy an evening meal at the Oturehua Hotel – one of the best country pubs in Central Otago!


Day 4
All downhill from here
Oturehua - Kokonga

Today you will reach the highest point on the Rail Trail at Wedderburn – it's all downhill from here! You will cycle 43km through the heart of the Maniototo from Oturehua to Kokonga. Your hosts Frank and Alexis from Kokonga Lodge will be waiting to welcome you. Enjoy a delicious two course evening meal at Kokonga Lodge.


Day 5
A Ride to Remember
Kokonga - Dunedin/Queenstown

Today you will cycle 41km from Kokonga to Middlemarch, through the picturesque upper Taieri Gorge and alongside The Taieri River. From Hyde you will cycle through the heart of the Strath Taieri Valley to Middlemarch. Celebrate cycling 152km in Middlemarch before heading to Dunedin or alternatively back to Queenstown.



No wonder this organisation is 5 star! I would give it a 6. From the very first phone call right through to our arrival in Middle March and our transportation back to Wedderburn the service we got was impeccable. The accommodation booked for us was great and the dinner venues also great. A big thank you to a great bunch of people.

GlobeTrotting650476, October 2019

I cant fault our experience with Central Cycle Trail Co. Bikes were great, accommodation excellent we didn't have to think about anything and the cost was very reasonable. I would highly recommend. This is a great blue print for the other great rides in NZ.

Sarah P, June 2019

This is the second time some of our group have used cycle surgery to plan all aspects of our bike trip. Everything went without a hitch. Accommodation was very good, the bikes, particularly the ebikes were excellent and made what could be a bit of a slog into a pleasant few days outings. will use them again no doubt.

AudsBT, May 2019

We (5 mates), have just finished the Otago Central Rail Trail with Central Cycle Trail Co. From before the trip, the communication were clear and they were very flexible as they allowed us to add 1 additional person in the last minute. The bikes were very comfortable and durable and the accommodation for both nights were fantastic. The Old Post Office at Omakau was an absolute gem and the outdoor jacuzzi after a day of riding was a welcomed surprise. The ride itself was spectacular. Overall the cost for the bike/equipment/accommodation/dinner was very reasonable and a great value. The team which met us on the first day, and on the last day were accommodating and easy to deal with.

Asharabi, April 19


  • Shuttle from Queenstown to Clyde.

  • Four nights’ accommodation including breakfast.

  • Two Course Evening Meal at Kokonga Lodge.

  • Central Cycle Tours Rail Trail 29ner Bike Hire.

  • Daily bag transfers – 1 bag per person.

  • Shuttle from Middlemarch to Dunedin.

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What do I need to wear?


Central Otago weather can be very changeable. We recommend being prepared for all seasons and always carrying a waterproof jacket and leggings, gloves, sunscreen, a hat and warm clothes to put on if you get wet.  These items will all easily fit into your panniers.


What should my fitness level be?


Much of the Rail Trail is relatively flat, as the railway line which once ran through its course between Middlemarch and Clyde could not be built on steep gradients. This makes it the perfect off-road experience for the whole family, regardless of fitness level. Only more experienced riders should tackle the Adrenaline Junkie trails. 




As New Zealand’s weather is notoriously changeable, pack for all conditions, regardless of the season. You may encounter glorious sunshine, driving rain, gusting winds and snow – all in the same day!


What should I bring with me on the trail?


Our luggage shuttles will carry your main bags between locations each day. But here are a few essentials to have on you for the ride. Snacks and water - there are great cafes and shops along the way so you also can purchase as you go. There are eco-toilets along the trail, however, please carry your own toilet paper. Sunscreen. Mobile phone and charger. Small first aid kit. Torch for exploring the tunnels along the trail.


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