Central Otago Rail Trail and Other Cycling Options

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Otago Central Rail Trail

Cycle Trails abound in Central Otago's impressive landscape including New Zealand’s premier cycleway, the Otago Central Rail Trail, which begins (or ends) at Clyde. The 152 km long trail follows the former route of the Otago Central Railway and is a journey into the region's heartland. Suitable for most abilities, this well graded trail passes vineyards, farmland, old mining settlements and spectacular river scenes with the ever-changing mountains and dry, rocky hills as a backdrop. Peddle over viaducts and through tunnels under Central Otago's big sunny skies. A recent survey by AA Travel has ranked the Otago Central Rail Trail as number 4 of 101 "must do's" in New Zealand for tourists.

For those who haven’t ridden a bike for some time – electric bikes have recently been approved for the Otago Central Rail Trail and other bike trails. They are available to rent from cycle companies in the area.

Day trips on the Otago Central Rail Trail can be organised with a little notice, so talk to us about making arrangements.

Clyde / Alexandra Loop

Just over the historic Clyde Bridge, the Millennium Track follows the swirling waters of the mighty Clutha River through the pretty Earnscleugh Valley. Arrive in Alexandra and after coffee/lunch return to Clyde along a section of the Otago Central Rail Trail. Total distance approximately 20 kms.

Roxburgh Gorge Trail / Clutha Gold Trail

Through Alexandra, these trails take you down the other side of the Clutha River for 34 kms before arriving at the Roxburgh Dam. Requiring moderate fitness, this pretty trail is a riot of colour in Autumn when willow trees on the waters edge turn brilliant gold and in the summer the emerald waters of the river are a wonderful contrast with the dry, burnt rocky hills that it flows through.

More advanced trails

There are also more challenging mountain bike trails around Clyde if you are fit and experienced. We can help you with exploring these options.


Find Out More

Cycle Surgery / www.cyclesurgery.co.nz
Bike It Now / www.bikeitnow.co.nz
She Bikes He Bikes / www.shebikeshebikes.co.nz