No luggage to carry or accommodation worries supply your own bike or rent from our quality fleet of hybrid bicycles with suspension and front bags (Cycle hire – NZ$ $130.00)
twin share accommodation in small hotels and lodges with single supplements available.
4 days of cycling on the 150 kms of Rail Trail relax and enjoy the 2 hour ‘not to be missed’ train ride through the lower Taieri Gorge with its spectacular viaducts and bridges and tunnels, enjoy lunches en route in small local cafes and historic hotels. Enjoy our final celebrationary dinner and awards in Dunedin – the Scotland of the south explore Oamaru and its spectacular coastline by cycle en route back to Christchurch
Accommodation Upgrade: A limited number of fully ensuited rooms are available at an extra cost. Depending on availability the price will range from NZ $175 to $355.00 per room.
F.A.Q’s – Otago Rail Trail Cycle Tour
We will come and pick you up from your pre tour accommodation in Christchurch and bring you back to the Adventure South depot in Addington at 7.00am. A quick check of your bike – or a fitting of one of our fleet of rental bikes will precede the loading of the bike trailer that will see us departing by 8.00am. After a quick lunch stop in Tekapo we start our cycle program with a quiet ride alongside a canal system with spectacular views of Mt Cook & the Southern Alps. Crossing over the Lindis Pass we descend down to Cromwell and travel alongside the scenic river gorge before we arrive at our historic accommodation in Clyde. The rest of the afternoon will be free to explore this old goldmining town or there are other cycling options that your guide can advise you on. The evening will then be finished off with our first group dinner.
Road Cycling: 24kms/15 miles
The real riding starts today as we leave town across the flat rural countryside. From Chatto Creek the trail starts to rise before leveling off to Omakau where we stop for lunch. We the take a drive around the quaint township of Ophir and to the top of the Raggedy Range to get a real bird’s eye view of the trail and the path that it takes. After lunch the remaining 9km 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
On this day we ride through the first two tunnels and two rail bridges on the trip. With the willow tree edged gorge below the trail and the welcoming pools beckoning we finally emerge into the scenic Idaburn valley. One last short easy climb takes us to the summit of the trail and the beginning of the downhill descent that will take us first to the art deco township of Ranfurly. We ride into our accommodation before wandering downtown for lunch at a local café. 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 people have the option of either joining us in playing curling; if you can imagine bowls on ice then you are on the right track – a lot of fun and its at the only dedicated curling rink in the Southern Hemisphere. If curling isn’t your thing then a relaxing pint at the iconic Royal Hotel is another option as is a walk around town or in the forest plantation. After the afternoons activities we all head to the Royal Hotel for a hearty meal before driving back to Ranfurly and our accommodation for the night.
Rail Trail Ride: 48 kms/29 miles
Its out of bed and back onto the bikes for our longest ride today but it is some of the best riding of 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 lovely café at 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 the Kissing Gate Cafe. However the day is not yet finished and if time allows we will visit the local “Stone Sheep Yards” before boarding the famous Taieri Express for a spectacular ride through the gorge described as one of the worlds great train journeys. We travel into Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. Our dinner tonight is in the form of a group celebration at a classic Italian restaurant to acknowledge the 150kms of Rail Trail riding.
Rail Trail Ride: – 59 kms/37 miles
Taieri Express – A trip not to be missed!
Taieri Express, PukerangiThe 58kms of rail travel into Dunedin is rated as one of the world’s great rail trips. The 2-hour route traverses the Taieri gorge travelling across high iron viaducts and tunnels. All trains feature heritage carriages and you may have a viewing carriage on your trip, which provides even better panoramas. The train arrives at the historic Dunedin railway station at 6.30pm in time for a transfer to our accommodation
The riding is still not finished as we head north to Oamaru, leaving behind those who wish to finish in Dunedin. Via the beautiful coastal roads we get to visit the famous Fluers café at picturesque Moreaki Village & the Moeraki Boulders before turning onto the final quiet 24km coastal ride along the cliff tops and farms that take us into Oamaru. Here in the old warehouse quarter the early buildings are being restored creating a fascinating opportunity to explore the past as you relax at a local cafe. Back on the road again we continue across the Canterbury Plains and finally reach Christchurch where we will deliver you to your chosen accommodation at the trip end.
Coastal Rides: 24-40 kms/15-24 miles
Tour Prices 2019/20
Options & Supplements
|Single Supplement ( extra ) NZ$325
|Cycle Hire NZ$155
|Curling (approx NZ$22)
|HS - Public Holiday Supplement (Additional cost applies, please ask for details)
Departure Dates 2015
|23 Mar - 27 Mar 1 G
|12 Apr - 16 Apr G
|12 Oct - 16 Oct A
|23 Nov - 27 Nov G
|07 Dec - 11 Dec A
|30 Dec - 03 Jan A
Departure Dates 2016
|01 Feb - 05 Feb A
|15 Feb - 19 Feb A
|15 Mar - 19 Mar A
|12 Apr - 16 Apr A
A: Available G: Guaranteed Departure C: Closed