Otago Rail Trail 5-Day Cycle Tour
- Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
- Location: Amberley, North Canterbury
- Product code: PFNUVS
Day 1 - Tour starts with pick up from Christchurch, relax and be driven to Clyde in Central Otago. Overnighting in Clyde tonight with dinner at a local restaurant. D
Day 2 - Clyde to Lauder [43kms Biking] Depart 9.00am.
This is the beginning of your cycling tour, we pass through Alexander, known as the hottest, and coldest place in NZ, Chatto Creek which was first inhabited by Maoris and Omakau is the home of the Central Otago A&P show. Land marks of interest today include The Wooden Trestle Muttontown Viaduct, The Old Tucker Hill gold workings and views of The Raggedy Range and Dunstan Mountains. Try spotting brown trout in the clear blue waters of the Manuherikia River. We also have a detour to Ophir where there are historic buildings and a historic suspension bridge. When we reach Lauder, we will unload freshen up and head off to St Bathans to walk around Blue Lake andvisit the Old Vulcan Hotel sharing its history. BLD
Day 3 - Lauder to Wedderburn
[34kms Biking] Depart 9.00am we drive to Lauder then cycle to Wedderburn.
Special features to look for include the engineering feat of the Poolburn Gorge Viaduct and tunnels, the vastness of the Ida Valley, the Idaburn Dam where
winter curling takes place. A stop off at the Hayes factory in Oturehua with its history and how it changed NZ farming. There is a café available. Continue
cycling to Wedderburn. Load up and we drive to the forestry town of Naseby, there is a curling rink here if you would like a game. Staying at Danseys Pass tonight. BLD
Day 4 - Wedderburn to Waipiata [24kms Biking]
Cycle from Wedderburn, passing through Ranfurly, the Art Deco centre of Otago, to Waipiata a township with a varied rich history. Points of interest today are the vast Maniototo Plains, following the Taieri River wedeling its way around the Rock and Pillar Range, riding over the Cap Burn stone bridge, through the 150-metre-long tunnel and over the Prices Creek Viaduct, quite high. In the afternoon, we can drive to Macraes lookout and view the mining operation at Taieri Ridge. Tonight, we have dinner at our accommodation. BLD
Day 5 - Waipiata to Middlemarch [52kms Biking]
Depart 9.00am for Middlemarch mainly downhill riding today. The points of interest include views to the Rock and Pillar and Taieri Ranges and the Hyde Disaster Memorial. Middlemarch is a small farming community where they have the annual singles ball. We later drive to Christchurch. BL