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Queenstown Otago Rail Trail
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.
- CategoryTrail Riding
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration5 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance118.1 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance23.6 miles
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.