Immerse yourself in the Central Otago landscape. © Otago Central Rail Trail Trust.

Otago Central Rail Trail: the original Great Ride


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The Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand’s original ‘Great Ride’ cycle trail.

Winding for 152 kilometres from Clyde to Middlemarch through the stunning Central Otago landscape, the Central Rail Trail is graded as easiest, which means it’s achievable for anyone who can ride a bike. 

Discover the freedom of big open spaces and wild, wide skies. Explore the relics and history of abandoned gold mining villages. Ride across viaducts, through tunnels and over bridges. 

Along the way, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the heartland hospitality at pubs and cafés, plus operators who can help with everything from luggage transport to bike hire.  

Whether you’re tackling the whole route over a few days or simply getting a taste of it on a day ride, if you want to immerse yourself in this lovely landscape, follow the rail trail. 

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