Viaduct, Otago Central Rail Trail, Poolburn Gorge, Ida Valley
New Zealand's original great ride. Developed for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, the Otago Central Rail Trail follows the former Otago Central branch railway line for 150 kilometres from Middlemarch to Clyde. It is part of Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail.
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The Otago Central Rail Trail is a unique recreational facility, following the former Otago Central Branch railway line from Middlemarch to Clyde.
The Rail Trail is similar to riding or walking on a level gravel road or track.
You can stay in camping grounds, hotels or backpackers in the area.
How to get there and a basic guide for trail users.
Sheep farming has long been a key element of the New Zealand economy. Cycle 150km through traditional New Zealand farming communities and old gold mining towns.
When the railway lines were pulled up from Central Otago the tiny local towns had a tough time. Now, as this video shows, the Otago Central Otago Rail Trail attracts thousands of visitors a year.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services for the Otago Central Rail Trail.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Otago Central Rail Trail website
Tourism Central Otago website
Stop the spread of didymoCheck, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Otago places