The Otago Central Rail Trail was voted NZ’s No. 1 Place to Cycle in both 2016 and 2017 and currently hosts more that 15,000 visitors every year who ride the complete length of the Trail. 

Planning Tools

The Otago Central Rail Trail provides 152 km of relaxation through wide open spaces and spectacular landscapes. Your journey starts here.

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Trail Map

The Trail traverses the region’s isolated unique heartland and takes people to places preserved by the dry climate and distinct seasons, not easily accessible by any...

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Tour Planner

Take the hassle out of planning your trip. Engage a Tour Planner, tell them what you want, then just ride, relax and enjoy.

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A range of accommodation types are available along and close to the Trail. From budget accommodation and holiday parks to luxury lodges and cottages or something in...

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Riding Independently

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 ...

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Bike Hire

Bike hire is readily available along the Trail. Trail operators provide a wide range of bikes and e-bikes and can accommodate individuals, families and large groups.

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Walking the Trail

If you just enjoy walking and are reasonably fit, you may want to consider walking the Trail, or a part of it – you could also organise a walk on the Trail as an int...

Things You May Need To Know

Having a great experience is all about gathering relevant information...


Rail Trail Passport

The proceeds of the Otago Central Rail Trail Offical Passport contributes to the development and enhancement of the Rail Trail experience.

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Fitness and Gear

You don’t have to be into extreme sports – but as with any activity, the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the Trail. 

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Popular Itineraries

Plan and organise your trip independently. Which way to go? Where to start/stop/stay? How long will it take you? You can cycle the whole trail – or a part of the Tra...

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Holiday Types

The Trail itself is free – and you can also organise your trip so that it doesn’t cost the Earth but If you want to spoil yourself, or celebrate a special occasion w...

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Getting Here

The Trail is free to use - you can choose where you go, what to do, and how long to take. You are going off the beaten track, so if you want assistance with transpo...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Be Prepared - Check out the questions that we are most often asked...

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 use an E-bike on the Trail?

Yes, power-assisted cycles (not exceeding 300watts) are permitted on the Trail.

Is there water available along the Trail?

Take plenty of water with you, and purchase more along the way. Be sure to fill your water bottle at your place of accommodation before you start your trip each day. There are some towns along the way where water can be restricted in the summer months.

There is a tap at the Ranfurly and Oturehua Station sites.