The unique Rail Trail experience is created by the blend of physical and social components. Each Stakeholder, every Trail Community, all Service Providers and each Trail User plays an important part in its success.
Rail Trail Trust
The OCRT Trust was formed in 1994 with representatives from local businesses and communities to raise funds for the development and ongoing enhancements of the Rail Trail.
Department of Conservation
The Department of Conservation has worked in partnership with the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust since the formation of the Trust. They administer the Rail Trail as a recreation reserve under the Reserves Act and maintain and manage the infrastructure along the Trail.
Nga Haerenga - The
New Zealand Cycle Trail
The New Zealand Cycle Trail’s genesis dates back to a government ‘jobs summit’, early in 2009. The idea was to build a network of world-class cycle trails that would not only provide a safe and sustainable way to explore New Zealand’s special places, but also generate lasting economic, social and environmental benefits for surrounding communities.
The Otago Central Rail Trail Operator’s Groupis a registered society. Operating since 2005, the group provides a voice and support for all operators who offer services to the users of the rail trail.
TCO’s primary role is to promote the whole Central Otago visitor experience. TCO provides a marketing and liaison role for the Trail through all its core marketing material promoting the Rail Trail in both domestic and international markets.
Dunedin is a beginning and completion destination for the Otago Central Rail Trail, and is seen as a significant component of the Trail. Enterprise Dunedin is interested in the city’s role as a hub for the cycle trails that are being developed regionally that can theme and connect with the Otago Central Rail Trail.
Friends of the Trail
Over the years the Trail has been supported by individuals, groups and businesses who give freely their time and energy in support of the Trail.
Patron of the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust, John was an original Trustee and contributed many long hours to Trail. John is a practical personal and these skills have been of great value to the Trail over the years.
Lauder Beautification Society
The Lauder Station site shines as the centre of the Lauder Community, due largely to the work of the Lauder Beautification Society. Recently this group raised over $120,000 to return the Lauder Railway Station to its original site.
Steve and Carol, owners of Shebikeshebikes, give generously back to the trail all profit made from the sale of the Rail Trail Passports. This contribution is greatly appreciated by the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust.
Although now retired, Dave follows his past professional involvement with the Rail Trail, with practical assistance, concept planning, some project management and hands-on duties where and when required.
The Omakau Station Site is undergoing a face lift. The project is being driven by the Omakau Community.
Keep Alexandra Beautiful
The Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful group volunteers have completed a significant planting around the carpark next to the old Alexandra Railway Station site. This is part of a long-term project by the group to beautify sections of the trail within the Alexandra Community.
How much does it cost to ride the Trail?
The Otago Central Rail Trail is a Recreation Reserve managed by the Department of Conservation in partnership with the Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust. It is free to ride the trail itself. The cost to you will be in accommodation and meals while you are riding the trail. We suggest you plan your trip and book accommodation.
Can I ride the Trail as an independent traveller?
Yes, you and/or your family can be independent travellers. This is where you plan the trip for you and your family yourself. You will need to arrange bike hire, if required, through bike hire operators on the Trail and book the accommodation yourself. My advice would be to start planning as soon as you can and get your accommodation booked early. Start by deciding how far you want to cycle each day so that you can then focus on a place where you need to book accommodation. Our website has a 'Plan your Trip Guide' and some suggested itineraries you may wish to consider.