Explore the beautiful scenery in a fun and friendly group
Discover the fabulous biking of the South Island
Ride this classic rails to trail route
Go on a delightful journey enjoying quality cuisine along the way
Try your hand at local activities as you ride through NZ
Ride this stunning route through to Dunedin
Start the tour off with a look around a local vineyard

Queenstown Otago Rail Trail

Duration
5 days
Site savings
$13
From
$1,247 USD

Ride through an array of spectacular southern landscapes on a fully guided, family-friendly and supported trip taking in both the Queenstown Trails and Otago Central Rail Trail. Explore the stunning Queenstown & Arrow River cycle trails as you enjoy easy riding in epic landscapes with big skies. Go deep into history through tunnels, over bridges, along railways & riverside paths and admire architectural gems in Clyde, Ophir, Ranfurly, Oamaru & beyond. Savor delicious local wine & food, and stay in great accommodation along the way. Ride to the Pacific Coast and try some unique optional activities, such as curling, on a fun-filled adventure.

  • Category
    Trail Riding
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    5 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    118.1 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    23.6 miles
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The adventure begins with a warm-up on Queenstown’s spectacular Arrow River Bridges Ride taking in the famous Kawarau ‘Bungy’ Bridge and vine-lined Gibbston Valley. 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.

The 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.

Children from 12 are very welcome on this tour as long as they can enthusiastically ride along over multiple days. The riding on this tour is all off-road along a designated cycle trail with easy gradients. There are lots of interesting side trips to do off the bike – such as a visit to St Bathans, Blue Lake, or try your hand at curling in Naseby.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Accommodation
  • Professional qualified driver/guide
  • Water and snacks while cycling
  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • Taieri Gorge Train trip to Dunedin
  • Otago Rail Trail passport
  • Private vehicle transport (except for Taieri Gorge train)
  • Tasty breakfasts (x4), dinners (x4) catered to all dietary requirements
  • Wine tasting at a Central Otago vineyard
  • Transport from Queenstown to Christchurch
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals where not specified in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Water bottle (help save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Optional activities (eg. Curling)
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please see the available rental options below.

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available