COVID-19 Trail Status Update


8 June 2020

COVID-19 Alert Level 1 implications for use of the Otago Central Rail Trail:

In alert level 1 the Otago Central Rail Trail (and trail facilities) are open, but people should continue to keep a record of where they’ve been and who they’ve seen, and follow the government’s Alert 1 golden rules..  


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 1 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: