Who does the trail?
Is the Otago Central Rail Trail really “your thing?” Ask anyone on the Trail why they are there and you may get a different answer each time.
The Trail is suitable for any age (as long as you are reasonably fit). Lots of retired people, looking for an adventure, are getting back on bikes, some are including just parts of the Trail in their new Campervan lifestyle. Doing parts (or all) of the Trail can also be a great family experience, and camping grounds can add to the whole adventure. Doing the Trail can be a unique way to celebrate a special occasion. School groups include the Trail as an outdoor learning experience. Social clubs often organise “outings with a difference” (add a quirky theme, dress up for fun, etc.) The Trail is perfect for walkers wanting to recover their health – (it gets the “Heart Tick”) and it is an ideal way for fitness and sports groups to add some novelty to their regime as well as build team spirit. The Trail may seem easy to some, but “super athletes” can test their endurance in races like the two-day Rail Trail Duathlon or head off into the hills on their mountain bikes.
The Trail is long enough to allow plenty of moments of peace and solitude and “time-out” for those with a busy lifestyle. The more arty or spiritual amongst us may just be inspired to pick up a brush or a pen or a camera to capture a part of this “World of Difference.”
And of course many overseas visitors also want to experience the real heartland of New Zealand.