Cycling the Lake Dunstan Trail. © Tourism Central Otago

Ride the cycle trails of Central Otago


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With wide open landscapes, gold-mining heritage and winding rivers, Central Otago is a great spot for cycling. 

The Otago Central Rail Trail is the best-known cycling trail in the region, but there are several other stellar routes, too. 

Follow the mighty Clutha Mata-au River on the easy Clutha Gold Trail, or tackle the more challenging Roxburgh Gorge Trail and stop along the way at many small heritage towns. 

For a new experience, try a section of the soon-to-be-completed Lake Dunstan Trail. Running between Clyde and Cromwell, the trail passes the Clyde Dam, Lake Dunstan and the famous pinot noir district of Bannockburn. Sections of the trail around Pisa Moorings and the Cromwell Heritage Precinct are already open to ride, with an official trail opening planned for January 2021.  

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