Accommodation

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 between.

Inverlair Lodge

At the halfway point along the Otago Central Rail Trail, our lodge is the perfect stop to enjoy the regio…

Hawkdun Lodge

Hawkdun Lodge is quality accommodation beside the Otago Central Rail Trail in Ranfurly.

Danseys Pass Hotel

The Danseys Pass Hotel offers 19 rooms within our main Hotel building and Lodge, with a variety of config…

Burn Cottage Retreat

A beautiful property with a series of private self-contained cottages set amongst the rolling hills of Cr…

Alexandra Heights Motel

Spacious, modern accommodation on Alexandra's main street.

Quest Apartments Dunedin

Quest Dunedin is the prefect place to stay when visiting this magical city, for work or for pleasure.

Schist Rock Lodge

Boutique Omakau Accommodation, King Studios with private deck, amazing garden views, luxury furnishings, …

Hartley Homestead

Hartley Homestead Bed and Breakfast Welcomes You. We hope your stay is memorable and you are able to enj…

Lauderburn House

A unique rural setting in Central Otago. Situated right next to the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Old Post Office Backpackers (self-contained)

You'll be writing home about this bright, cheerful and clean budget and backpacker accommodation.

Woodlands Motels & Apartments

Woodlands Village Motels & Apartments Dunedin offer a range of units to suit your needs. Relax in spaciou…

Stanleys Hotel

Built in 1882, Stanleys Hotel is not only a fabulous country pub it is also a unique historic hotel.  

Inverlair Lodge

At the halfway point along the Otago Central Rail Trail, our lodge is the perfect stop to enjoy the regio…

Hawkdun Lodge

Hawkdun Lodge is quality accommodation beside the Otago Central Rail Trail in Ranfurly.

Danseys Pass Hotel

The Danseys Pass Hotel offers 19 rooms within our main Hotel building and Lodge, with a variety of config…

Burn Cottage Retreat

A beautiful property with a series of private self-contained cottages set amongst the rolling hills of Cr…

Alexandra Heights Motel

Spacious, modern accommodation on Alexandra's main street.

Quest Apartments Dunedin

Quest Dunedin is the prefect place to stay when visiting this magical city, for work or for pleasure.

Schist Rock Lodge

Boutique Omakau Accommodation, King Studios with private deck, amazing garden views, luxury furnishings, …

Hartley Homestead

Hartley Homestead Bed and Breakfast Welcomes You. We hope your stay is memorable and you are able to enj…

Lauderburn House

A unique rural setting in Central Otago. Situated right next to the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Old Post Office Backpackers (self-contained)

You'll be writing home about this bright, cheerful and clean budget and backpacker accommodation.

Woodlands Motels & Apartments

Woodlands Village Motels & Apartments Dunedin offer a range of units to suit your needs. Relax in spaciou…

Stanleys Hotel

Built in 1882, Stanleys Hotel is not only a fabulous country pub it is also a unique historic hotel.  

How long does it take?

The Trail is 152km long. How far you travel in one day will depend on your level of fitness. When cycling the average speed for most of us is 10km per hour, many people allow 3 - 5 days. The average walking pace is 4 - 6km per hour, allow at least 6 days.

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.

What level of fitness is required to complete the Trail?

The Trail is described as Grade 1 Novice cyclists, families and others seeking an easy cycling experience.  If you or some of your group have not been on a bike for some time it would be a good idea to take a few weeks to get bike fit before you complete the Trail. The more accustomed you are to a bike seat the more you will enjoy the trip.

Where there are slopes on the trail they are gradual and there are no sudden dips or tight bends. The Trail is a compacted gravel pathway although in some short sections you may experience some loose stones. The Trail is wide enough for cyclists to ride side by side if they wish or to pass each other comfortably. People of all ages have completed and enjoyed this Trail.