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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
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts in Queenstown and ends in Christchurch.
Fly into Queenstown Airport (ZQN) and out of Christchurch International Airport (CHC).
How long is the tour? How many cycling days?
The tour is 5 days long with all 5 days being cycling days.
What's the tour like?
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 1 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 2 hours of cycling per week for the three months leading up to your trip. They 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.
Who will lead the group?
The guides are one of the biggest assets of the tour operator and they have pride for their level of quality and high standards. Once the trip reaches 8 people, two expert guides will join to maximise your enjoyment and overall experience. You’ll know you’re in safe hands as all of the guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many of them are trained bike mechanics. They come from all walks of life but the guides have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you.