NZ's Original Great Ride

Trail Partners

The Department of Conservation

The Rail Trail has been developed by DOC in partnership with the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust as a recreational facility for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

The Department of Conservation manages natural and historic heritage on roughly one third of New Zealand’s land area, as well as marine environments. Part of this role includes managing recreational opportunities within these areas. 

DOC works with a wide range of organisations and individuals to protect native species and special places, and help New Zealanders get involved in conservation.

In Central Otago, DOC works with ecological groups to protect populations of threatened lizards and undertake native replanting programmes. It also works with local communities and clubs to improve recreational facilities and to open up new areas for recreational activities on DOC managed lands.  Additional information on DOC and the Otago Central Rail Trail can be found:

The Rail Trail Operator’s Group, The role of the organisation is to address matters pertinent to the rail trail operators and matters that may impact on the Otago Central Rail Trail visitor experience.  It works in partnership with all other stakeholders involved with the trail; the Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust, Department of Conservation, Tourism Central Otago, Tourism Dunedin, Central Otago District Council, Dunedin City Council, and the Otago Chamber of Commerce.  It currently has 70 members and contact for affiliation can be made to

Tourism Central Otago

Tourism Central Otago is the Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) for Central Otago.  Otago Central Rail Trail is a lead visitor experience within the Central Otago Region.  Tourism Central Otago works with the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust and tourism operators to promote the trail both to New Zealand and overseas visitors.   Additional information on Central Otago can be found at

Enterprise Dunedin

The Dunedin City Council’s newly formed organisation, Enterprise Dunedin, is responsible for the role of Regional Tourism Organisation for Dunedin, New Zealand, promoting the city as an international and domestic visitor destination. The Dunedin marketing group is part of the Enterprise Dunedin team and conducts the same activity as previously undertaken by Tourism Dunedin.

Enterprise Dunedin works with the local tourism industry, businesses, event organisers, conference organisers, national and international media, trade wholesalers, inbound tour operators, travel agents, Tourism New Zealand and the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand to promote awareness of Dunedin as the nature and heritage destination of New Zealand.

Enterprise Dunedin assists export-ready operators with opportunities to reach their markets by promoting the city to trade, industry, media and consumers as a desirable visitor destination, both nationally and internationally. The organisation develops a tourism and convention planner that includes products from the region, takes part in and initiates road shows around the world and also takes part in New Zealand's largest annual international tourism trade show, TRENZ, which brings together many of the country's operators and international tourism buyers from around the globe to showcase products, forge relationships and organise business for seasons ahead.  Additional information on Enterprise Dunedin can be found at