Points of Interest

 All areas
Copthorne Hotel Grand Central
Go Kiwi Hotel Pass
Stewart Island Lodge
 Activity or tour
18 Day Pacific Escapade
Air Safaris
Fyffe View Ranch Adventure Park
Air New Zealand Flights
Tranz Scenic Rail
Real Journeys - Stewart Island
Airport Gateway Hotel Auckland
Best Western President Hotel
Cherry Court Motor Lodge
Citylife Auckland
Copthorne Hotel Auckland City
Crowne Plaza Auckland
Grand Chancellor Auckland Airport
Heritage Auckland
Hilton Hotel Auckland
Hotel DeBrett
Hotel Pullman Auckland
Oaks iStay Residences
Quay West Suites Auckland
Rendezvous Hotel Auckland
Rydges Auckland
Rydges Harbourview Auckland
Scenic Hotel Auckland
SKYCITY Grand Hotel
SKYCITY Hotel Auckland
Stafford Villa Auckland
The Langham
The Quadrant
The Sebel Suites
 Activity or tour
AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping, Auckland
Ananda Tours
Auckland America's Cup Sailing ...
Bush and Beach
Dune Rider - Cape Reinga via 90 ...
Great Sights - Auckland
Kelly Tarltons Underwater World
Mohio Tours
Pride of Auckland
Salt Air
TIME Unlimited Tours
 Bay of Islands
Peppers Carrington Resort
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of ...
The Lodge at Kauri Cliff
Paihia Pacific Resort
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
 Activity or tour
Adventure Puketi
Bay of Islands Dolphin/Sail Combo
Culture North
Otehei Bay
Waitangi Golf Club
Bay Of Islands Dolphin Cruises ...
Great Sights Tours - Overnight ...
Sailing & Dolphins, Bay of Islands
 Bay of Plenty
 Activity or tour
Kiwi 360
Spring Loaded Adventures
 Activity or tour
Explore Marlborough Tour
Marlborough Wine Tours
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Antonio's Motor Lodge
Chateau on the Park
Heritage Christchurch
Holiday Inn City Central ...
Holiday Inn on Avon Christchurch
Huntley Lodge
Ibis Christchurch
Otahuna Lodge
Peppers Clearwater Resort ...
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rydges Christchurch
Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
Terra Vive Luxury Motor Lodge
The George
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass
Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
 Activity or tour
Air Force Museum Christchurch
Alpine Horse Safari
Arthur's Pass National Park
Canterbury Leisure Tours
Christchurch - Canterbury
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Christchurch Kiwi Encounter
Great Sights - Christchurch
HELiPRO Christchurch
Hot Air Balloon Ride in ...
International Antarctic Centre ...
New Zealand Skydiving School
Nimbus Paragliding
Orana Wildlife Park
Russley Golf Club, Christchurch
Southern Encounter Aquarium ...
Waimak Jet Boat Tour
Welcome Aboard Christchurch
 Hunting and fishing
Lilydale Wilderness Area
Pure New Zealand Hunting
Black Cat Cruises
Fletcher Lodge
Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
 Activity or tour
Elm Wildlife Tours
Larnach Castle
Marine Studies Centre
Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
Nature Guides Otago
Otago Museum
Penguin Place
Royal Albatross Colony
Speight's Gold Medal Ale
 Franz Josef/Fox Glacier
Bella Vista Motel: Franz Joesph ...
Heartland Hotel Glacier Country
High Peaks Hotel Fox Glacier
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Wanaka Springs Lodge
Westwood Lodge
 Activity or tour
Fox Glacier Guiding
Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Glacier Helicopters Scenic ...
Glacier Hot Pools
Helicopter Line
Hollyford Track
Mount Cook Ski Planes
Scenic Flights Alpine Adventures
Ocean Beach Motor Lodge
Ashley Hotel Greymouth
 Activity or tour
Kea Heritage Tours
New Zealand Discovery Adventures
Ballinor Motor Inn
Le Grand Boutique Hotel
 Activity or tour
The Legendary Black Water Rafting ...
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Fyffe Country Lodge, Kaikoura
Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
 Activity or tour
Canterbury Trails - Kaikoura
Dolphin Encounter, Kaikoura
Kaikoura Kayaks
Seal Swim
Whale Watch
Wings Over Whales
 Lake Hawea
Lake Hawea Holiday Park
 Hunting and fishing
Glen Dene
 Activity or tour
Aoraki Balloon Safaris
 Naiper/Hawkes Bay/Martinborough
Peppers Parehua Martinborough
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
The County Hotel Napier
The Crown Hotel Napier
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
The Nautilus
Travelodge Palmerston North
 Activity or tour
Art Deco Trust
Bay Tours & Charters
Grape Escape
Long Island Guides of Hawke's Bay
Mission Estate Winery
National Aquarium of New Zealand
New Zealand Wine Centre
Takaro Trails
Heartland Hotel Marlborough
Old St Marys Convent
Raetihi Lodge
Sherborne Villa Nelson
The Portage Resort Hotel
Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco
 Activity or tour
Abel Tasman Air
Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures
Bay Tours Nelson
Happy Valley Adventures
Helipro Helicopter Adventures
Marlborough Travel
Simply Wild
The Resurgence
Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park
World of Wearable Art & Classic ...
Azur Lodge
Blanket Bay
Copthorne Hotel & Resort ...
Crowne Plaza Queenstown
Distinction Te Anau Hotel
Eichardts Hotel Queenstown
Glenorchy Lake House
Heartland Hotel Queenstown
Heritage Queenstown
Millenium Hotel Queenstown
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Oaks Shores Resort
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel
Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown
Scenic Suites Queenstown
Sofitel Queenstown
Hotel St Moritz
Te Anau Distinction Luxmore
 Activity or tour
Air Fiordland the Friendly Scenic ...
AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping, ...
Appellation Central Wine Tours
Bularangi Motorbikes
Dart River Jet Safaris
Double Decker Bus Tour
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
Frogz White Water Sledging
G Force Paragliding
Gibbston Valley Winery
Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters
Hollyford Track
Kawarau Jet
Miford Sound
Milford Track
Nomad Safaris
Queenstown Rafting
Queenstown Sea Kayaks
Queenstown Wine Trail
Shotover Jet
Skyline Queenstown
Southern Discoveries
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Trail Jouneys
TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High ...
Air Milford
Real Journeys - Milford Sound
Armitage Hotel Tauranga
Distinction Rotorua
Hotel Ibis Rotorua
Koura Lodge Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Pepper on the Point
Regent of Rotorua Hotel
Rydges Rotorua
Silver Fern Motor Inn
Sudima Hotel Rotorua
Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort
 Activity or tour
Agrodome the Unique NZ Experience
Elite Adventures
HeliPro Rotorua
Hells Gate Waiora Spa
Mokoia Island Wai Ora Experiences
Nature Connection
New Zealand Riverjet
Off Road NZ
Paradise Valley Springs
Polynesian Spa
Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park
Rotorua Duck Tours
Rotorua Museum of Art & History
Skyline Rotorua
Tamaki Maori Village
Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland
River Rats Rafting & Kayaking
Bayview Chateau Tongariro
Bayview Wairakei Resort Hotel ...
Beechtree Motel
Hilton Lake Taupo
Huka Lodge
Lakeland Resort Taupo
The Point Villas
 Activity or tour
Chris Jolly Outdoors
Huka Falls
Huka Falls Jet
Huka Falls River Cruise
Huka Prawn Park
Paradise Tours
Taupo Bungy
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Taupo Tandem Skydiving
Wairakei Terraces
Whirinake Rainforest Experiences
Kiwi River Safaris
Rapid Sensations
 Hunting and fishing
Chris Jolly Outdoors
Fly Fish Taupo
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Peppers Bluewater Resort
 Activity or tour
Earth and Sky
Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking
Tekapo Helicopters
Edgewater Resort
Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort
Mackenzie Country Inn Twizel
 Activity or tour
Aspiring Air
Aspiring Helicopters
Classic Flights, Vintage Tiger ...
Eco Wanaka Adventures
New Zealand Scenic Flights
Ridgeline Adventures
Wanaka Flightseeing
Wanaka River Journeys
Wanaka U-Fly
Wilkin River Jets
Amora Hotel Wellington
Bay Plaza Hotel Wellington
CityLife Wellington
Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay
Hermitage Mount Cook
Rydges Wellington
Intercontinental Wellington
Museum Hotel
Wharekauhau Country Estate
 Activity or tour
Flat Earth
Hammonds Scenic Tours
HELiPRO Wellington
Zest Food Tours

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Trail Jouneys

Otago Central Rail Trail Guided Cycle Ride Tour

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Otago Central Rail Trail Guided Cycle Ride Tour - Trail Jouneys.

Daily Trip Descriptions

Day 1 Clyde to Alexandra 8km
Your adventure starts in Queenstown where you will be picked up by our shuttle at 9.00am to travel to Clyde and be taken to the Trail Journeys base at the start of the Rail Trail.If you are traveling by vehicle, you will need to be in Clyde by 10.30am to get fitted with your cycle and get briefed by your tour guide. You will have the day to yourselves, so time to check out the shopping in Clyde and Alexandra or visit the many attractions in the area. From Clyde you can cycle past vineyards and over an old wooden trestle bridge on the ride to Alexandra. For the more adventurous, there is the option of riding on the Clutha River Centennial Track to Alexandra which adds another 8km to your cycle ride. You will stay in Alexandra for the night. You are responsible for your own meal arrangements on this day. Trail Journeys staff can make recommendations for you.

Day 2 Alexandra to Omakau 28km
From Alexanda you bike to Galloway Station where we boil the billy for morning tea with good old home baking.You then bike to Chatto Creek, twice crossing over bridges on the Manuherikia River. You will reach the Chatto Creek Tavern, an historic stone building which is where you will stop for lunch. After lunch you cycle up Tiger Hill, an easy gradient of 1 in 50. From the top of Tiger Hill it is all down hill to your over night accommodation in Omakau. Sites of significant interest are the Daniel O'Connor Suspension Bridge and the Ophir Post Office which will be worth checking out in this old gold mining town. You will then travel a short distance by bus to the historic gold mining town of St Bathan's and a visit to the old Vulcan Hotel returning to Omakau where you will dine in the evening at the Omakau Commercial Hotel.B/L/D

Day 3 Omakau to Wedderburn 45km
Highlights of today's cycle ride is the beautiful Poolburn gorge section of the trail featuring two tunnels and two viaducts all set in a secluded gorge. You then cycle through the vast open expanse of the Ida Valley farm lands past the Idaburn dam, one of New Zealands few out door winter curling sites. A site visit to Hayes Historic Engineering Works, then there is a short ride to Oturehua for lunch at Oturehua Hotel. After lunch you'll cycle on to the Golden Progress mine just north of Oturehua, then on to Wedderburn just past the highest point on the rail trail before stopping the night at Wedderburn Lodge and Cottages B&B. When you arrive at Wedderburn your guide will take you on a short side trip to Naseby to try your hand at curling and look through the old gold mining town. The evening meal is a traditional farm style meal, at the Wedderburn Hotel.B/L/D

Day 4 Wedderburn to Hyde 43km
From Wedderburn the trail is mostly down hill to Ranfurly, the Art Deco Capital of Otago for morning tea by the old railway station, then crossing the Maniototo Plains on to the Waipiata Tavern for lunch. After lunch the days highlight must be the lovely trail section between Daisybank and Hyde alongside the Taieri river which snakes around the Rock and Pillar Range, crossing the stone Cap Burn bridge, the Price's Creek Viaduct which is 32m high and the last tunnel which 152m long arriving at the recently restored Otago Central Hyde Hotel, your over night stop, dinner, bed and breakfast. Depending on the time you arrive at Hyde, your guide may take you on a short side trip up to the goldmining town of Macraes, the site of New Zealand's largest working gold mine. B/L/D

Day 5 Hyde to Middlemarch 29km
Just a short ride today and slightly downhill with views of the Rock and Pillar, Taieri Ranges, and the Hyde Railway Disaster Memorial. We provide a morning snack along the way. For those traveling on the Taieri Gorge Train trip to Dunedin we will arrive at the Middlemarch Railway Station in time for you to depart by train at 1 p.m. The rest of the group will then return to Clyde by bus. If required we will arrange to get you onto Queenstown.Breakfast provided.

Otago Central Rail Trail Guided Cycle Ride Tour Video

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Trail Journeys has been built up around the very popular NZ Cycle Trail, The Otago Central Rail Trail offering bike hire, complete guided packages, personal railtrail itineraries and transport associated with the railtrail. We can book your accommodation for no extra cost to you, have your bags moved each day by our Railtrail Transport Service and finally bring you back on one of our buses to your starting point once you've finished your adventure! We are lucky to be working on one of the best New Zealand Cycle Trails.

Tom Smith Travel
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