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....

 

Check out our local weather forecast...

 

Clyde

Omakau

Oturehua

Ranfurly

Middlemarch

Bridge Inspections

Posted By: Otago Central Rail Trail Trust Manager, 24/09/2018 8:00am

Bridge Inspections

DCL Consulting Engineers and Recreation Construction Ltd will be undertaking inspection work on the following large bridges from Monday 24 October.

Muttontown Bridge - Between Clyde and Alexandra,

Manuherikia No 2 - between Alexandra and Galloway

Manuherikia No 1 - Chatto Creek

Expect to see climbers on the bridge subframe.  There is should be only minimal impact on users.