What to expect out there
Central Otago is a landlocked region, sheltered from coastal weather with very distinct seasons. Winters are often dry and fine, but frosts are common at night. Roads can get icy, especially in early morning, so be careful when driving. Rainfall is infrequent, (although the Strath Taieri valley which is closer to the coast can get more rain) - but the Trail itself is flood-free. Spring weather is the most changeable. Summers, also autumns, are generally warm and dry - but weather can still be variable (this is New Zealand, an island nation), so it is a good idea to be prepared, with some emergency clothing. Warm air rising from the sun-heated plains, to be replaced by dense cooler mountain air, can result in strong winds - but they can come from all over the place. The weather forecast displayed here should give you an idea....
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Posted By: Tania Murphy, 18/12/2018 1:00pm
Heavy rain has left sections of the Central Otago Rail Trail very muddy. Trail users have several washouts to negotiate and are asked not to stop on sections where rockfall signage is in place.
Heavy Machinery will be operating on the Trail between Middlemarch and Wedderburn this week clearing Rocks, slips and slumps. Please take care riding past machinery at work.