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This trip is Guided allowing you to explore the area with the benefit of a knowledgeable ride leader and support.
This trip is ideal for Seasoned Cyclists.
British Cycling say: Drink plenty of water. Check out our advice on keeping hydrated on the bike.
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TRIP HIGHLIGHT WHAT WE LOVE

If there is a more breathtaking cycling experience than a two wheeled ride in New Zealand, then we haven't found it yet. In the adventure capital of Queenstown sits the Otago Rail Trail, a railway line built in the late 19th century.

Steeped in history, this pioneering trail offers 152km of stunning scenery. You’ll discover small towns and abandoned gold diggings scattered along the trail. Combine this trip with one of our other incredible New Zealand rides for a true taste of this spectacular country.
Departure Dates:

9 April 2018 - 13 April 2018  
19 November 2018 - 23 November 2018  
18 December 2018 - 22 December 2018 
14 January 2019 - 18 January 2019  
4 February 2019 - 8 February 2019 
4 March 2019 - 8 March 2019  
1 April 2019 - 5 April 2019
DAY 1Queenstown - Clyde

Your guide will collect the group and we will have a tour briefing and then a bike fitting. Then it’s time to explore the newly established Queenstown trails. We’ll cycle from the historic township of Arrowtown through to rugged Gibbston Valley, passing the famous Kawarau Gorge bungy bridge. We will stop for lunch in Cromwell and travel alongside the scenic river gorge before arriving at the railhead at Clyde. The rest of the afternoon will be free to explore this old gold mining town or meander along some alternative cycle trails. In the evening we will enjoy sampling some local boutique wines at a vineyard in Clyde before heading to our first group dinner.  

Today's cycling is approximately 35km.

DAY 2Clyde - Lauder

Today we commence the official Otago Central Rail Trail ride, as we leave town across flat rural countryside. From Chatto Creek the trail starts to rise, before leveling off to Omakau where we stop for lunch. We then take a drive around the quaint township of Ophir and to the top of the Raggedy Range to get a bird’s eye view of the trail and the surrounding region. After lunch the remaining 9kms flow under the wheels until we arrive at Lauder. Late afternoon we will take a drive to the historic gold mining village, St. Bathans, for a walk around the beautiful Blue Lake. This evening it is time for a relaxing beer and a game of pool at the local pub before dinner.

Today's cycling is approximately 44km.

DAY 3Lauder - Ranfurly

Our cycle ride today takes us through the first two tunnels and two rail bridges on the trip. With the willow tree-edged gorge below the trail and welcoming pools beckoning we finally emerge into the scenic Idaburn valley. Here we stop for a visit to the Hayes Engineering works, where some of New Zealand’s first industrial farm equipment was invented. The stop is also perfectly located to fuel up with a hearty lunch at their cafe before our afternoon ride. 

One last short easy climb takes us to the highest point of the trail and the beginning of the downhill descent that take us to the art deco township of Ranfurly. You’ll have some free time in the afternoon to relax, stroll around Ranfurly or catch up on some washing. Around 4:30pm we drive out to Naseby, a small foresting township, just off the trail. Here we have the option of trying our skills at curling: bowls on ice. This is a lot of fun and is the only dedicated curling rink in the Southern Hemisphere. If curling doesn’t appeal, a relaxing pint at the iconic Royal Hotel, or a walk around he village or in the forest plantation are alternatives. After the afternoons activities we head back to Ranfurly for dinner and overnight. 

Today's cycling is approximately 47km.

DAY 4Ranfurly - Dunedin

It’s out of bed and back onto the bikes for our longest ride today, but it is some of the best riding on the trip. From Waipiata the trail follows the edge of the old lake before entering the Taieri Gorge. The trail crosses through further tunnels and bridges before a fast downhill to the old hotel at Hyde. From here a final 27kms takes us past the scene of the famous Hyde rail disaster of 1943 and then out onto the rolling plains slowly descending into Middlemarch. This is the end of the trail and time for a celebratory drink at a local cafe. However the day is not yet finished and we board the famous Taieri Express for a spectacular train ride through the gorge to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of New Zealand. Our dinner tonight is a group celebration to acknowledge the 150kms of Rail Trail riding.

Today's cycling is approximately 59kms.

DAY 5Dunedin - Christchurch

This morning after breakfast we say good bye to any passengers leaving us in Dunedin, and we visit Baldwin Street, reputedly the “steepest street in the world”, for a short but challenging early morning stroll. Then we set off on our drive northwards, stopping enroute to visit the Moeraki Boulders. Shortly afterwards we unload the bikes and enjoy a final quiet coastal ride, past farms that takes us into Oamaru. We can wander around the old Victorian Precinct where the historic buildings have been restored creating a fascinating opportunity to explore the past and relax at local cafes. After lunch we continue northwards and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, where we will deliver you to your chosen accommodation. 

Today's cycling is approximately 24km.

DAY 6Departure

After an incredible trip it's time to say goodbye and continue with your homeward travel. Alternatively, you can book on to another of our New Zealand trips to extend your stay.

AREA
INFORMATION

If you're looking for bucket list rides, epic scenery and the world's playground, then you've found it in New Zealand. The country is littered with old railways converted into cycle trails taking you into the heart of the country. Crystal clear lakes reflect the towering snow capped mountains, suspension bridges snake their way through golden forests and on either side of the island, you can ride along the shore of New Zealand's crisp blue waters 

Weather
INFORMATION

The summer months between December and February are the best times to ride in New Zealand. Temperatures reach the mid 70s with warm breezes. Spring and autumn are also beautiful times to ride as the climate is mild, especially towards the coast, and the scenery becomes ever more spectacular as the seasons change.

PACKAGE DETAILS MORE INFORMATION

Your accommodation will be in a mixture of hotels, resorts and boutique residences.  
You will be met and collected at Christchurch International Airport, before being whisked away to the hotel in the city. On the final day of the holiday, you can join the transfer from the hotel to Christchurch International Airport, or make separate arrangements to stay in New Zealand. 
Your trip will include all breakfasts, lunches and four dinners. Fresh, local cuisine will be served for breakfast and lunch and bottled mineral water as well as local fruits and refreshments are provided on all cycling days. Please let our cycling experience team know if you have any dietary requirements that we need to be aware of.  
The holiday is guided by English speaking, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Your ride will be followed by a support van equipped with plenty of refreshments as well as a comprehensive first-aid kit. Alternatively, if you would like to do this tour privately, this can be arranged, just ask our cycling experts.     
You will have a well trained and knowledgeable guide who will carry a comprehensive first-aid kit. In the unlikely case of any medical emergency that requires a hospital, there is ground transportation on hand to provide assistance and a local speaking support team.  
The bike you will hire will give you a comfortable ride as you cruise through New Zealand it is equipped with  water bottle holders and an area to keep a small day bag. We can upgrade you to an electric bike if you prefer. If you would like to bring your own bike instead, please let our cycling experience team know.  
The air conditioned support van will be equipped with essentials such as bottled mineral water and local fruit and snacks during each day's ride. The guide will have a travel set of bike tools for emergency repairs and the support van will be equipped with spare parts and other tools.  
Your bags will be collected each morning and taken from your accommodation to the next night’s accommodation. We suggest you keep a day bag with you for all your essentials. 
Travel to New Zealand is not included but please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to book flights for you.   
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.