A must do: The Otago Rail Trail

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The Otago Rail Trail is New Zealand’s orig­i­nal rail cy­cle trail, en­com­pass­ing his­toric gold­min­ing towns, coun­try pubs and stun­ningly rugged Otago scenery.

The 152km trail opened in 2000, fol­low­ing the orig­i­nal route of the Otago Cen­tral Rail­way.

Cy­clists can start or end the trail at ei­ther Mid­dle­march or Clyde, or choose a sec­tion of the trail along the way to suit their timetable.

The former rail­way line trail takes in his­toric towns such as Ophir, Omakau and Clyde as well as plenty of gold­min­ing sites, his­toric build­ings and old coun­try pubs.

The com­pacted gravel path­way is easy to cy­cle or walk for adults and chil­dren of all ages, with chil­drens bikes, baby seats and child tow-alongs and trail­ers also avail­able for hire at cy­cle hire out­lets.

Many cy­clists al­low up to three to five days to com­plete the trip, cov­er­ing ap­prox­i­mately 35 to 40 kms per day to al­low for ex­tra ac­tiv­i­ties along the route in­clud­ing fish­ing, 4WD ad­ven­tures, horse trekking, or ex­plor­ing the many fas­ci­nat­ing gold­min­ing sites along the way.

There’s plenty of op­tions for din­ing and ac­com­mo­da­tion at each sec­tion along the trail, with cafes, restau­rants, his­toric pubs and bed and break­fast op­tions through­out.

Bike hire and bike trans­port com­pa­nies can be found across the route, with many op­er­at­ing de­pots at both ends of the trail.

For more in­for­ma­tion on this ex­cit­ing cy­cle trail, go to www.otago­cen­tral­rail­trail.co.nz.

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