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The lake Dunstan trail

52km | Grade 1-3 | 1 Day

The Lake Dunstan Cycle Trail might be New Zealand's newest cycle trail but that doesn't mean you won't get the same historic views. 

The 54km trail takes you on a journey from Pisa Moorings along the shores of Lake Dunstan to Old Cromwell Town. 

When the Clyde dam was completed in 1990, Cromwell's main street disappeared under Lake Dunstan. Some of the historic buildings dating back to the gold rush of the 1860s were saved or lovingly rebuilt on higher ground, creating the Cromwell Heritage Precinct. 

Central Otago is home to some of New Zealand's best wine producers and the sights of the vineyards overlooking the lake are too inviting to ignore. Pull into a cellar door in the Cromwell Basin or Bannockburn, enjoy a glass and grab a bottle for later. 

The final stretch into Clyde takes you through the glorious Cromwell Gorge. With sections built out around sheer rock faces, you won't find a trail quite like this anywhere else. The perfect end to your ride.  


Sights along the way


  • Step back in time at the Cromwell Heritage Precinct, with boutique galleries, retail stores, restaurants and cafes.

  • Pull over at Bannockburn Inlet, a popular picnic area with a designated swimming area.

  • Pop into one of the many vineyards in the Cromwell Basin and Bannockburn to sample the local wines with lunch. 

  • Prepare to be amazed as you ride through Cromwell Gorge on trails built out around sheer rock.

  • See the stonework faces of the Cairnmuir slide, a man-made terrace on the slopes above the lake.

  • Ride by New Zealand's third-largest hydro-dam, the Clyde Dam.

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Getting you to and from Lake Dunstan

Hop in one of our passenger services to the Lake Dunstan Trail to get to where you need to be. 


Our Bikes are Built for this Terrain

This landscape is a unique one and it requires bikes that can adapt to its geography. This is where we come in. Our specialist New Zealand cycling pro Dave has designed bikes that are perfectly suited to take on everything the trails will throw at you. Dave's extensive cycling know-how is the secret to building bikes that can adapt to every rider’s needs. Check out our bikes below. 


Don't settle for second best

Central Cycle Trail Co., a name well-known around these parts for providing exceptional and hassle-free service. Don’t settle for second best. Your ride along the trail deserves to be one to remember. We’ll get you sorted.

  • Award winning service for over 20 years

    We have been delivering great Cycle Trail experiences and memories for more that 20 years. We've been awarded Qual Mark Gold and are Trip Advisor People Choice 5 star rated.


    We can organise your Cycle Trail adventure hassle free and fee free. We've partner with the regions finest hospitality and accomodation providers that we know and trust to deliver you the best service.


    Our world class e-cycles and cycles are customised to you so you can enjoy the most comfortable ride. Our mobile app will keep you up to date and fully informed before, during and after your adventure.

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We used Central Cycle Trail Co. for a six day trip along the entire trial. They were extremely easy to deal with in planning the trip and were able to book at no extra cost accommodation in each of the towns in which we wanted to stay and even booked restaurants for us. Their custom-designed bikes perfectly suited the Trail. We have done a lot of rail Trail riding, though these were the most comfortable bikes we have used.

Geoff S, March 2020

The best bikes my partner and I have ever ridden, including our own. I would have bought my bike from them but I live in Australia! SO comfortable. Central Cycle Trail Co. organised the accommodation and transferred our luggage each night. It all worked perfectly and I would unreservedly recommend this company. It could not have been a better experience.

Robbie Sing, March 2020

We completed the Otago Rail Trail with a group of ten. I couldn’t fault a single thing. The scenery was stunning. The weather was kind to us. The bikes were brilliant. The accommodation served our needs perfectly. The people we met were lovely and accommodating. The transfers to and from the trail and the daily bag transfers ran like clockwork. Nothing was too much trouble for Central Cycle Trail Co. - they clearly wanted us to love it as much as they do! And we did. Even our kids aged 10 to 15 rated it a 10/10 holiday!! Highly recommend.

Anna B, October 2020

Totally amazing experience. Picked up by Dave from Queenstown Airport and driven to Clyde to get our bikes and have briefing. Very well done. Off to our accommodation and dinner all arranged by Central Cycle Trail Co. Great start to trip and carried on right through our journey. Cant fault their enthusiasm, organisation, gear and the effort shown in the accommodation, meals etc that they organized for us. Top job and would recommend to anyone looking to do the Trail.

Mary B, March 2020

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