• Our Package

    Get ready to pedal your way around the stunning landscape of New Zealand’s South Island with this Queenstown Otago Rail Trail cycle tour.

    Your 150km scenic journey starts in Queenstown and follows the iconic Otago Central Rail Trail over a period of 5 days. By night, you'll stay in hotel/motel accommodation (twin share basis) so you can unwind after being active all day.

    Breakfast and dinner will be included, as well as a lunch and local wine at a central Otago winery. You will also be supplied with snacks and water while cycling.

    Be one of the first 20 bookers and receive FREE E-Bike rental valued at NZD$480 per person.

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  • Itinerary

    Day 1 Queenstown to Clyde

    Your guide will collect the group and we will have a tour briefing and then a bike fitting. Then it's time to explore the newly established Queenstown trails. We'll cycle from the historic township of Arrowtown through to rugged Gibbston Valley. We will stop for lunch at a winery where you can also choose an optional wine-tasting (own expense) and we then drive through to Cromwell and travel alongside the scenic river gorge before arriving at the railhead at Clyde. The rest of the afternoon will be free to explore this old gold mining town or meander along some alternative cycle trails. In the evening we have our first group dinner. Cycling distance: 35 kms/22 miles Important: The night before your tour is to depart your guide will call your pre tour accommodation to advise what time they will collect you the following morning. (Please make sure you have given us information as to where you are staying). If you are not around when your guide calls they will leave a message at reception – its really important that you check with reception if you have not heard from your guide directly. If for any reason you have not heard from your guide by the morning of the tour please call us in the NZ office on 0800 00 11 66 (from within NZ).

    Meals:  D


    Day 2 Clyde to Lauder

    Today we commence the official Otago Central Rail Trail ride, as we leave town across flat rural countryside. From Chatto Creek the trail starts to rise before leveling off to Omakau where we stop for lunch. We then take a drive around the quaint township of Ophir and to the top of the Raggedy Range to get a bird’s eye view of the trail and the surrounding region. After lunch the remaining 9kms flow under the wheels until we arrive at Lauder. Late afternoon we will take a drive to the historic gold mining village, St. Bathans, for a walk around the beautiful Blue Lake. This evening it is time for a relaxing beer and a game of pool at the local pub before dinner. Rail Trail Ride: 44 kms/27 miles

    Meals:  B,D


    Day 3 Lauder to Ranfurly

    Our cycle ride today takes us through the first two tunnels and two rail bridges on the trip. With the willow tree-edged gorge below the trail and welcoming pools beckoning we finally emerge into the scenic Idaburn valley. Here we stop for a visit to the Hayes Engineering works, where some of New Zealand's first industrial farm equipment was invented. The stop is also perfectly located to fuel up with a hearty lunch at their cafe before our afternoon ride. One last short easy climb takes us to the highest point of the trail and the beginning of the downhill descent that take us to the art deco township of Ranfurly. You’ll have some free time in the afternoon to relax, stroll around Ranfurly or catch up on some washing. Around 4:30pm we drive out to Naseby, a small foresting township, just off the trail. Here we have the option of trying our skills at curling: bowls on ice. This is a lot of fun and is the only dedicated curling rink in the Southern Hemisphere. If curling doesn't appeal, a relaxing pint at the iconic Royal Hotel, or a walk around he village or in the forest plantation are alternatives. After the afternoons activities we head back to Ranfurly for dinner and overnight. Rail Trail Ride: 47 kms/29 miles

    Meals:  B,D


    Day 4 Ranfurly to Dunedin

    It’s out of bed and back onto the bikes for our longest ride today, but it is some of the best riding on the trip. From Waipiata the trail follows the edge of the old lake before entering the Taieri Gorge. The trail crosses through further tunnels and bridges before a fast downhill to the old hotel at Hyde. From here a final 27kms takes us past the scene of the famous Hyde rail disaster of 1943 and then out onto the rolling plains slowly descending into Middlemarch. This is the end of the trail and time for a celebratory drink at a local cafe. However the day is not yet finished and we board the famous Taieri Express for a spectacular train ride through the gorge to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of New Zealand. Our dinner tonight is a group celebration to acknowledge the 150kms of Rail Trail riding. Rail Trail Ride: 59 kms/37 miles

    Meals:  B,D


    Day 5 Dunedin to Christchurch

    This morning after breakfast we say good bye to any passengers leaving us in Dunedin, and we visit Baldwin Street, reputedly the “steepest street in the world”, for a short but challenging early morning stroll. Then we set off on our drive northwards, stopping enroute to visit the Moeraki Boulders. Shortly afterwards we unload the bikes and enjoy a final quiet coastal ride, past farms that takes us into Oamaru. We can wander around the old Victorian Precinct where the historic buildings have been restored creating a fascinating opportunity to explore the past and relax at local cafes. After lunch we continue northwards and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, where we will deliver you to your chosen accommodation. Trip concludes on arrival at approx 6:00 pm. Coastal Ride: 24 kms/15 miles

    Meals:  B

  • Fine Print

    Pricing: Price is per person, twin share   

    Valid for travel: Various Departure dates from 09 April 2018         

    Valid for purchase: 22 January 2018 to 28 February 2018

    Surcharge for specific dates: Surcharge applies for public holidays             

    Bike rental - NZD$170    

    E-Bike Rental - NZD$480               

    Single Supplement - NZD$385    

    FLIGHTS                              

    Airline:  Airfare not included       

    This deal is available for the duration of the sale dates, unless sold out, subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.            

    Until the booking has been confirmed the supplier may change the price of their service, which will impact the package price.                  

    Unless otherwise stated, this package is inclusive of applicable booking and MasterCard or Visa card fees.

    Not all packages are refundable. If you choose to cancel this package after you have booked, a cancellation fee of $250 applies, on top of any fees the suppliers (airline, hotel etc) charge.

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