This is the one you've been looking for. The Otago Central Rail Trail encompasses everything that's stunning about Central Otago – amazing landscapes, history, the finest local wine and cuisine, and legendary Southern hospitality.
As its name will tell you, the Rail Trail follows the former railway line between Middlemarch and Clyde for 152km. It takes you through charming trailside towns where you can enjoy a pit stop and exchange stories with the locals.
Known as New Zealand's 'Original Great Ride,' this acclaimed trail has something around every bend. Ride over historic railway viaducts and through tunnels and explore what remains of the famous gold rush.
Take your time with this one. We recommend spending at least four or five days cycling the trail to truly to soak up all that Central Otago has to offer.
Stop off at the Hayes Engineering Workshop to see what 'Kiwi ingenuity' looks like.
See the famous Art Deco buildings in Ranfurly.
Ride through the picturesque Taieri Gorge and follow the Taieri River as it meanders south.
Grab a well-deserved beverage of choice and a meal at a quaint country pub in one of the trailside towns.
Snap a pic of the Wedderburn, the iconic shed from the Grahame Sydney painting.
Feast your eyes on the expansive vistas and 'big sky' landscapes that have put this region on every adventurer's map.
Ride over historic railway viaducts and through tunnels.
Step back in time and discover what remains of the famous gold rush.