Central Otago shifts up a gear with new trail

Cyclists can now add another trail to their must-rides on a trip to New Zealand’s South Island.

Lake Dunstan Trail (credit: Tourism Central Otago - Will Nelson)

Opened to the public on 8 May, the Lake Dunstan Trail offers cyclists and walkers the chance to venture into the heart of Central Otago’s rugged natural beauty.
 
The grade 1-2 (easy) track starts from the quaint township of Clyde (or Cromwell) and meanders through landscapes rich with gold-mining history, world-famous pinot noir and striking natural and man-made features.  

Bolt-on bridges showcase the trail builders’ skills, as the track hugs the rocky outcrops of the Cromwell Gorge – offering views of Lake Dunstan’s teal waters below.
 
For those taking on the full 55 km, there are plenty of picturesque places to rest and refuel along the way, as well as designated swimming spots in the clear Kawarau River near where it joins Lake Dunstan. 
 
And no Central Otago cycling experience would be complete without a visit to a winery – the trail passes several so your clients will be spoiled for choice.
 
The Lake Dunstan Trail complements the well-established Great Rides in Central Otago and the Southern Lakes, providing a key link with the Otago Central Rail Trail and the Roxburgh Gorge Trail.
 
The trail is well supported by tour companies offering bike hire, shuttles, luggage transfers and accommodation packages. 
 
Contact these Clyde-based operators for more information: 

Maps and further details can be found on the Lake Dunstan Trail website.
 

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