COVID-19 Trail Status Update


12 August 2020

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 implications for use of the Otago Central Rail Trail:

In alert level 2 the Otago Central Rail Trail (and trail facilities) are open.  We ask that all Trail users to read and adhere to level 2 requirements in particular social distancing and keeping a record of where you have been and who you have had contact with. 


Experience our Trail in winter, dress warmly and enjoy early morning frost, clear blue skies, snow capped mountains in the distance and no crowds.
If your are planning a spring ride -  download our map, decide where you want to stay and book your accommodation early!

During winter months some service providers, for a number of reasons, may be closed.  If you are not using a Tour Planner, plan your trip well.

  • Contact the accommodation provider and book your stay
  • Wear warm clothing, Central Otago winters are beautiful but cold - wear wool for extra comfort and warmth
  • Give the sun time to warm up the day - plan for a later start in the morning and for the ride to take longer than usual 
  • Use our guide to help plan your trip...OCRT Planning Guide .....

 For information on how level 2 affects other Great Rides see the NZ Cycle Trail website:

For more information on COVID-19 see:


Contact your favourite Café’s & restaurant along the trail - although closed some are providing food or drink that can be ordered ahead &/or delivered. Contact them by the official trail website to see what they are offering during this period. Note: that food/drink cannot be to be consumed on premises.

Some Bike Operators along the trail maybe selling merchandise, bikes and/or taking bookings for future trips. See the Tour Planners listed on the official website: