Any time of year, including winter, there’s loads to see and do along the Otago Central Rail Trail.
Snow-capped mountains on the horizon against a big blue sky, the scenery is unforgettable. Days are short, but often clear, but overnight frosts can be severe – so early starts or late finishes are not recommended. Accommodation choices may be more limited, so plan this first.
Off trail, you can indulge in some of the winter activities on offer. Go ice skating, or try the traditional Scottish sport of curling at the outdoor rinks in Naseby, or Alexandra. If you're up for more adrenalin rush try Naseby’s ice luge, it’s the only one in the Southern Hemisphere.
From the Clyde end of the trail it's less than an hour to the bottom of the Queenstown ski fields, so you could add skiing to your winter activities on and around the trail.
Warm up at nights in front of the roaring fires and that wonderful Central Otago Pinot.