Otago Rail Trail Explorer
Our travellers tell us that the Otago Rail Trail is as much about the cycling as it is about discovering the intriguing reality of life in the Maniototo Basin. This itinerary has been designed to ensure you have enough time to soak in the rich history and spectacular landscapes along the iconic Otago Rail Trail from Clyde to Middlemarch. Each day you'll enjoy sensational cycling as you pedal your way to explore the historic works along the way, including the beautifully engineered water canals from past gold mining days and the secrets of St Bathans, with its stunning blue lake and character filled pub. The farm tour and optional curling will bring you in closer contact with the delightful local people and throughout the trip you will enjoy some great food and superb wine. In addition to your explorations, travel by train out to Dunedin via the spectacular Taieri Gorge. Your cycle journey concludes as you return to Christchurch via the picturesque coastal route with a visit to the gorgeous harbour town of Oamaru to experience its proud heritage and colourful characters.
|DAY 1||Join Christchurch, set up bikes, drive to Tekapo, cycle canal roads, drive to Clyde|
|DAY 2||Cycle Rail Trail to Alexandra, Omakau|
|DAY 3||Cycle the tunnels and viaducts through to Wedderburn, transfer to Ranfurly, evening option to try the sport of curling|
|DAY 4||Return to Wedderburn for farm tour, cycle to Daisybank and return to Ranfurly|
|DAY 5||Cycle the tunnels and viaducts to Middlemarch, take the Taieri Gorge Train to Dunedin|
|DAY 6||Drive to Kakanui coast, cycle into Oamaru, drive back to Christchurch where trip concludes|
I just wanted to send through a big thank you! My girlfriends and I were in NZ last week and cycled the rail trail with Adventure South and had a wonderful time. Lots of fun! Lots of cycling... chatting...sightseeing... met some lovely people... ate some yummy food.. drank some delicious wines... made some great friends. Our two non cycling grannies were with us as well and they also had a great time and were very well looked after! Rossco and Nick were our tour guides and very much helped make the trip the great holiday that it was. So... thank you again!