About Our Trail

New Zealand's Original Great Ride is open all year round. It's all off-road, no traffic, just Central Otago's big skies and distinctive landscape to enjoy.

Come and experience for yourself why thousands of people love exploring Otago Central Rail Trail at a leisurely pace. Whatever your interests are, there's something here for you. Discover old historic gold-mining villages, country pubs, rugged scenery, or try some great off-trail adventures... check out all the things to "See and Do" on our site. Get a group of friends together and come and find what "Southern Hospitality" is all about.

  • Otago Central Railway

    Otago Central Railway

    The Otago Central Railway – from 1879 – 1990. Called “One of the Great...Read More

  • NZ's Original Great Ride

    NZ's Original Great Ride

    New Zealands’s first Rail Trail and Original Great Ride opened in 2000...Read More

  • Strategic Plan

    Strategic Plan

    The Otago Central Rail Trail - New Zealand's Original Great Ride Strat...Read More

  • Rail Trail Numbers

    Rail Trail Numbers

    Trail users comprise of those who complete the entire trail together w...Read More

  • Trail Trust

    Trail Trust

    Who we are  The Otago Central Rail Trail Trust was originally establi...Read More

  • Trail Partners

    Trail Partners

    The Department of Conservation The Rail Trail has been developed by DO...Read More

  • Trail Characteristics

    Trail Characteristics

    The compacted gravel pathway is easy to cycle or walk on – as it was m...Read More

  • Open all seasons

    Open all seasons

    Central Otago is one of the few places in New Zealand with four truly ...Read More

  • Your Feedback

    Your Feedback

    We would love to hear your feedback!  We would appreciate you taking t...Read More

Our Region

  • Climate


    Central Otago has the most distinctive climate in New Zealand. Summer ...Read More

  • Dramatic Landscapes

    Dramatic Landscapes

    Central Otago landscapes have been immortalised by artists – distant, ...Read More

  • Farms


    Cycling lazily through farmland, getting up close to farm animals, sme...Read More

  • Irrigation


    You may be cycling past green pastures, but take a look at the dry gro...Read More

  • Gold


    Central Otago was founded on gold – old stone buildings, dredgings, wa...Read More

  • Electricity


    Water has been called the “white gold” of Central Otago. The Clyde Dam...Read More

  • Flat-topped mountains

    Flat-topped mountains

    Central Otago is often called a “World of Difference” – and part of th...Read More

  • Taieri Pet

    Taieri Pet

    This is a "pet" you may not want to see - unless you are a meteorologi...Read More