Cycle New Zealand: Otago Rail Trail

4 Days | Jump in the saddle and follow the Central Otago Rail Trail through an unforgettable landscape

5 out of 5 based on 49 reviews submitted.
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It’s almost like New Zealand was made for cycling. This is a land known for its natural beauty, welcoming people and delicious wine, and this cycling trip just happens to take in the best of it. Kick things off in the outdoor paradise of Queenstown, then cycle the famous Central Otago Rail Trail through small gold-mining towns like Alexandra, Omakau, Wedderburn and Hyde. Meander through the open plains with pristine rivers, enjoy some proper South Island hospitality at local taverns, and rediscover the joy of pedalling through one of the most gorgeous areas in the entire country.

Trip overview

Map of Cycle New Zealand: Otago Rail Trail including New Zealand
Start
Queenstown, New Zealand
Finish
Queenstown, New Zealand
Theme
Cycling
Destinations
New Zealand
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
PHXC
This trip generates 10 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Cycle the spectacular Otago Central Rail Trail, the oldest rail trail in the country and voted 'New Zealand's Favourite Ride' for the past two years.
  • Ring along flat, traffic-free paths alongside some of the South Island's most stunning scenery.
  • Begin your journey in Queenstown, an outdoor paradise set among the stunning Southern Alps of New Zealand.
  • Experience firsthand the famous hospitality of New Zealanders on a trail built specifically to cater to cyclists.
  • Cycle in the company of an experienced guide as they share their unique perspective of this fascinating region.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Accommodation on the Otago Rail Trail can be booked out months in advance so there may be occasions where we stay in nearby locations to those advertised.
  • This itinerary does not have a full-time support vehicle constantly following the group. Your luggage is always transported for you (by vehicle) between accommodations.
  • Due to the relatively small distances cycled on this trip, we have a single leader that rides with the group.

Itinerary

Map of Cycle New Zealand: Otago Rail Trail including New Zealand

Inclusions

Meals

3 breakfasts

Transport

Bicycle, minivan (e-bike available, subject to availability)

Accommodation

Hotel/Guesthouse (3 nights)

Activities
  • Guided bike ride - Otago Rail Trail
  • Otago Rail Trail - 4 days Otago Central Rail Trail bike hire
  • Transfer to Queenstown
Add on activities
  • Jet boating - NZD135
  • Bungy Jumping - NZD205
  • Queenstown - Skyline Gondola from - NZD52
  • Side trip to Naseby - NZD30
  • Naseby Indoor Curling Rink - NZD40

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Important notes

1. It is vital that you provide us with your height at least 30 days prior to your trip starting so we can ensure the correct sized bike for you. If we do not have your height we cannot guarantee a bike that fits you perfectly. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price
2. This trip starts at 8am and finishes on arrival back to Queenstown on Day 4 (approx 6pm)
3. To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
4. Bicycle helmets are compulsory on this trip. Please bring your own helmet.
5. On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group.
6. This trip does not have a support vehicle but your luggage is transported for you from accommodation to accommodation each day.
7. Luggage is limited to 1 bag per client, no heavier than 15kgs. Fees apply if baggage limit is exceeded and extra weight will need to be in a separte bag. If staying in Queenstown before and after your trip, you may want to ask your accommodation provider to store your extra belongings as they may allow this free of charge. 
8. Our riding is done mostly on a well-graded and maintained gravel cycle path, so there are no technical cycling skills required.
9. An e-bike option (at additional cost) may be available on this trip. We have limited numbers of these bikes available and they are on an 'on request' basis only - it is important to advise us of your height at the time of request.. A request does not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed booking. Please ask your agent for more details at the time of booking.
10. If you are bringing your own bike please advise us at the time of booking so we can ensure the correct 'on-ground' transport arrangements.
11. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 49 reviews submitted.
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Deanna · Traveled March 2024
My cycling trip in Otago was a breathtaking experience. The weather was perfect, showcasing the region's picturesque beauty. The landscape, with its rolling hills and stunning vistas, was a delight to explore. What truly made the trip memorable were the amazing meals, adding a flavourful touch to an already perfect journey.
Review submitted 31 Mar 2024

Kelly · Traveled March 2024
Griff was our guide for this trip his excellent level of professionalism and knowledge made it an unforgettable trip that we thoroughly enjoyed. Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone, you will love it.
Review submitted 01 Apr 2024

Helen · Traveled March 2024
A fabulous trip with stunning views, nice accommodation and good food along the way. The tour guide (Griff) was exceptional and took care of all of our needs. The bikes were of an excellent quality. I would highly recommend this trip.
Review submitted 06 Mar 2024

Sheree · Traveled March 2024
I highly recommend the Otago Rail Trail bike ride in New Zealand. Riding through wonderful scenery on a historical trail lends to a great fulfilling experience. Intrepid were very well organized in getting the trip together. Our guide Rod Griffith ‘Griff” was great with not just his knowledge of the area and the rail trail he also had a wonderful sense of humor, we had lots of laughs. He made everyone feel very comfortable, all our needs were catered for & we felt very safe in capable hands!
Review submitted 06 Mar 2024

janine · Traveled February 2024
Otago Rail Trail is a super easy trail to do on a mt bike with fat tyres! Beautiful, stunning scenery - lots of farmland (cows/sheep/deer), rivers, bridges, tunnels, ... quaint towns - especially Ophir, great cafes/pubs along route, amazing accommodation - the Black Hotel in Ophir was a great stay, super friendly- helpful guide (thank you Griff). Had a great 4 days!
Review submitted 16 Feb 2024
Cycle New Zealand: Otago Rail Trail
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CHF  1,075