The Ultimate Experience

The Best of Central Trail

We’ve combined some of the best bits of all the trails into this one to create the ultimate cycle experience. 

Over four days, you’ll clock up 150km and see everything from historic railway viaducts, to grand views over the lakes, to historic buildings and, of course, a few charming towns along the way.

If you want a truly diverse ride (and a jet boat trip thrown in for good measure) then this will deliver on that promise, and then some. There’s bits of the Lake Dunstan Trail, the Roxburgh Gorge Trail and the Otago Central Rail Trail so you won’t be short on sights to see, meals to enjoy and k’s to clock up. Check out the full highlights list below for a taste of what you can expect. 


  • 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 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.

  • Jump on the Roxburgh Gorge Jet at Shingle Creek for a 30-minute jet boat ride to continue on the trail.

  • Stop off in Alexandra and sample the local produce from its renowned orchards and vineyards.

  • Experience genuine southern hospitality at the Historic Chatto Creek Tavern.

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