Five Days or more
A 5-Day (or more) trip (2.5 - 3 hours cycling per day) allows you even more time to relax, to meet the locals and explore the interesting and historical places in this part of Central Otago. Add some more adventure to your trip – go river cruising, 4 Wheel driving, horse trekking, curling, fly over Lord of the Rings movie sites, go fishing, take yourself on a Wine Trail, or Art Trail, explore old gold mining villages…
Check out Things to see and do when planning your days.
Suggested 5-Day Itinerary starting at Clyde:
Day 1 – Clyde to Omakau (37 km) – or stay off-Trail at Ophir
Day 2 – Omakau to Oturehua (29.5 km)
Day 3 – Oturehua to Ranfurly (25.5 km) – or stay off-Trail at Naseby
Day 4 – Ranfurly to Hyde (32.5 km)
Day 5 – Hyde to Middlemarch (27.5 km)
Suggested 5-Day Itinerary starting at Middlemarch:
Day 1 – Middlemarch to Hyde (27.5 km)
Day 2 – Hyde to Ranfurly (32.5 km) or stay off-Trail at Naseby
Day 3 – Ranfurly to Oturehua (25.5 km)
Day 4 – Oturehua to Omakau (29.5 km) or stay off-Trail at Ophir
Day 5 – Omakau to Clyde (37 km)
Add on some side trips and really get to know Central while you are here:
* Naseby Forest cycle tracks
Stay at Naseby (off the Trail) and explore the historic township and Forest Trails, try curling at the ice rink.
* Middlemarch to the Sutton Salt Lake (23 km return)
Take a short walk to this unique lake through countryside scattered with sculptures – spectacular rocky tors (a Lord of the Rings setting).
* Visit the historic villages of St. Bathans and Cambrians
* Cycle up to Hamiltons Cemetery near Waipiata