Clyde, Dunedin, Queenstown
Otago Rail Trail & Bike Tours
The Central Otago Rail Trail is an iconic multi-day bike ride along a disused railway line amongst historic gold mining villages and tiny rural settlements. It has grown to be the best known of New Zealand's Great Rides. Ride over historic viaducts, through dark (but not too long) tunnels and stop along the way at small country hotels for scones or a beer, enjoy comfort in the evening at a mixture of Victorian cottages, farm houses or boutique lodges. The full trail runs between Clyde and Middlemarch for152 kilometres but you can also opt for shorter 1 or 2 day rides. Trail Journeys will assist you with full itinerary planning for a New Zealand biking holiday, guided or independent and supported. Generally riders start from either Clyde or Middlemarch.
Trail Journeys is a family owned and operated business providing all the services associated with bike touring including bike hire, transport, luggage transfer, accommodation bookings and friendly knowledgable guides. Their hire bikes are specifically designed with Avanti for reliability and comfort on the Trail. With depots at both ends of the trail, a large fleet of vans and buses and experienced drivers and guides they can provide personal service for all group sizes and trips.
Taste The Trail - Otago Central Rail Trail One Day Tour
If you only have limited time to spare you can still see and enjoy some of the best parts of the Otago Central Rail Trail. The Poolburn Gorge section is regarded as one of the most spectacular areas on the trail. Meet at Clyde then Trail Journeys will take you to the start of your adventure. The ride is unguided but Trail Journeys will provide you with bikes and everything you need to ensure a great day out. You ride through the Poolburn Gorge featuring two tunnels and two viaducts all set in a secluded rocky gorge and on to Omakau where you will stop for lunch. After lunch back on the bikes to cycle the remainder of the trail through Chatto Creek (option to be picked up from here if requested) and then Alexandra and back to the our office in Clyde. Alternatively take the slightly longer but very scenic Clutha River Track back to Trail Journeys. Minimum distance cycled: 30km, mostly downhill, maximum distance is 58km.
Departs 9am from Clyde | Duration 8 hours
Earlier departure from Queenstown.
Roxburgh Gorge Trail Cycle Tours
On arrival at our depot you will be transported to the Clyde Boat Ramp for a 1 hour jet boat ride on the stunning Clutha River with full commentary on the history of the area. You will then disembark at Doctors Point to spend the day cycling the 10kms on the Roxburgh Gorge Trail and then the 8kms (on the Otago Central Rail Trail) or 16kms (on the picturesque River Track) back to Clyde.
Departs 9.30am from Clyde | Duration 8.5 hours
Earlier departure from Queenstown.
Includes bike hire (mountain or comfort hybrid bikes), transport as indicated and light snack before departure.
Transfers from Queenstown or Dunedin can be arranged at extra cost.
Minimum group size of 2 people.
Price: $199 to $315
The Otago Central Rail Trail runs between Clyde and Middlemarch. The township of Clyde is located 1 hour's drive from Queenstown and Middlemarch is located 1 hour's drive from Dunedin.
The Taieri Gorge Train operates most days from Dunedin to Middlemarch or Pukerangi (just outside of Middlemarch) and return and is a great way to relax and reflect on your trip once you have finished cycling in Middlemarch.
CHILD POLICY Family Friendly.
CANCELLATION see website for full conditions | cancellation by Trail Journeys due to weather or other reasons Full Refund
SEASON Open year round
CHRISTMAS Closed Christmas Day
- Alana Rabbette
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16 Springvale Road, Clyde 9391
Trail Journeys operates supported day and multi-day cycle tours on the Otago Central Railtrail, the Roxborough Gorge Trail and the Clutha Gold Trail and Tasman Great Taste Trail in Nelson.
Queenstown to Clyde - 1 hour
Dunedin to Middlemarch - 1 hour