Otago Central Rail Trail tunnel
Image: James Jubb / Otago Central Rail Trail ©

Introduction

Pack a picnic, grab your bicycles, and set off to explore this very scenic stretch of New Zealand rail history.

Highlights

  • Admire the Central Otago landscape as you cycle past land rich in native grey shrubland and rugged schist bluffs.
  • As you pass over towering bridges and explore dark tunnels, consider the extreme challenges faced by those who had to build them.  Make sure you bring a torch. 
  • Keep your eyes peeled for kārearea – New Zealand’s native falcon.

Kiwi Guardians adventure map for Otago Central Rail Trail.
Kiwi Guardians adventure map for Otago Central Rail Trail

Get ready

Download the Otago Central Rail Trail adventure map (PDF, 2,068K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there: The Kiwi Guardians stretch of the cycle trail starts at Lauder Station on SH 85, between Ranfurly and Alexandra. It ends on Thurlow Road. There is parking at both ends.

Time needed: 2 hr one way walking, 1 hr one way mountain biking

Claim your reward

Tell us the Otago Central Rail Trail code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

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