Weather & Trail Conditions

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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Trail Closure - Clyde

Posted By: Tania Murphy, 10/07/2019 9:00am

Trail Closure - Clyde

A detour will be in place on a section of the Otago Central Rail Trail near Clyde on weekdays for several weeks from Monday 15th July.  

A 2.5km section of the Trail will be closed between Young Lane and Coates Road from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, while construction work to build two major pipelines is under way in the area.  There will be no detour in the weekends.

A 3.4km detour will take weekday trail users along Springvale and Dunstan Roads before returning to the Trail.