Otago Central Rail Trail

The famous Rail Trail takes you through traditional country towns and sheep-farming land farmed by families for many generations.

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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.


The Otago Central Rail Trail is proudly managed by the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai in partnership with the Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust

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The trail runs for 152 km between Clyde and Middlemarch and takes in twelve towns in total.

A map is available here.

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