Image of the Otago Central Rail Trail ; photo by One Shot 10022899.

It’s not just about the bike! This three to four-day journey is also an invitation to experience a living heritage. The now-disused rail route you’ll ride upon was built from 1893 to 1907 and enabled sheep-farming and fruit growing to prosper. Some descendants of the first pioneers still farm here today. You’ll experience warm, rural hospitality as you travel, stop, eat and quench your thirst in the small towns, and sleep in the farm-stays, hotels and cottages along the route. You can sip a beer with the locals in the pub, enjoy home baking at the cafés, and shop in a general store.

Related links

Otago Central Rail Trail official website

Department of Conservation Track overview

Central Otago - Rail Trail map

Otago Daily Times - Rail trail, sluicings recognised as landmarks

Updated on 26th July 2018