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Lake Dunstan and Otago Central Rail Trail
Ride through an array of spectacular southern landscapes on a fully guided and supported trip taking in both the Lake Dunstan Trail and Otago Central Rail Trail. The adventure begins with a warm-up ride alongside the shimmering waters of Lake Dunstan before you have the option to ride through the dramatic Cromwell Gorge on the new Lake Dunstan Trail.
- CategoryTrail Riding
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration5 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance118.1 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance23.6 miles
Then you’re off on New Zealand’s first and most famous Great Ride - the Otago Rail Trail. Following the old Otago Central railway line from Clyde to Middlemarch, this iconic, multi-day ride takes in grand landscapes, charming towns, country hospitality and rich history. Enjoy easy riding in epic landscapes with big skies and go deep into history through tunnels, over bridges, along railways & riverside paths.
Try your hand at curling in Naseby and admire architectural gems in Clyde, Ophir, Ranfurly, Dunedin, Oamaru & beyond. Explore Oamaru’s atmospheric Victorian precinct and the epic Pacific Coast.
Expert guides will show you the best trailside highlights such as heritage sites, architectural gems, and vineyards. You’ll also enjoy delicious local food and drink, and friendly welcomes in accommodation full of character.
The Lake Dunstan & Otago Central Rail Trail is graded introductory. There is a mix of wide and narrow trails with a few undulating hills. The gorge section of the Lake Dunstan Trail on day one is optional as it is more difficult with some short hills, narrow track and tight corners. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and the tour operator suggests two hours of cycling per week for the three months leading up to your trip. They also recommend training on compacted gravel trails and completing a multi-day ride prior to your trip to get used to being in the saddle for long periods of time. The more training you have done on hills and on compacted gravel, the more enjoyable your trip will be.