Day 7: Queenstown – Omakau (part of the Otago Central Rail Trail)
1 hour and 23 minutes
Bus or shuttle
This morning you will transfer out to the start of the Otago Central Rail Trail in Clyde with your chosen operator. Arrive in time to cycle the first third of the trail in the afternoon.
Day 1 of the Central Otago Rail Trail Queenstown to Lauder via Clyde, 44 km
This stunning cycle way extends 150kms along the former railway line from Clyde to Middlemarch passing through rocky mountain landscapes, lush farmland, deep river gorges, tunnels, viaducts and historic goldmining towns.
Its wide gravel pathway is an easy 1 to 50 gradient, ideal for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
The Rail Trail is busiest from October to April when temperatures can reach 35 degrees Celsius or above. Autumn and spring is more moderate, but temperatures can fluctuate drastically during the course of a day, whatever the season. It’s best to prepare for all weathers.
The trail is open during winter (June-August), but few people travel then and fewer services operate.
Enjoy a fairly flat ride from Clyde to Alexandra, passing through orchards, vineyards and farmland covered with merino sheep.
Take a break in the bustling town of Alexandra before heading into the stark beauty of the unique Central Otago landscape with its schist rock.
Take a detour from the Alexandra end of Galloway to see the Manorburn Dam. It’s worth the 1km return trip
Take a 2km side trip from Omakau, across the Manuherikia River to the charming historic gold town of Ophir with its quaint stone buildings
Return to Omakau via the 1880 Daniel O’Connell Suspension Bridge (5km round trip)