The Central Otago Rail Trail – New Zealand’s Original Great Ride
The Central Otago Rail Trail is a 150-kilometre walking, cycling, and horse riding track in the South Island. Taking its name from the railway line, built between 1891 and 1907, many consider it to be one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Rides’. The rail-trail travels through the rugged Otago country. Consequently, cyclists traverse an ever-changing dry and rocky landscape, high-country sheep stations, spectacular river gorges, tunnels, and viaducts. Hence, the trail is not just about the cycling but rather exploring the many small towns and old gold diggings.
It is one of a network of special cycle trails throughout New Zealand