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.

Quest Apartments Dunedin

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

Aurora on George

What Aurora on George has now is simply the best of the best - 4 Star Plus facilities, contemporary chic …

Naseby Holiday Park

Naseby lies just 1.5 hours from Dunedin, 15 km from Ranfurly and just 10 km from the Otago Central Rail T…

Big Sky Cottage

Gorgeous, self-contained character deco-style mud brick house right in Lauder village, 100m from Rail Tra…

Old Post Office Backpackers (self-contained)

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

Behind the Bike Sheds

We offer two gorgeous cabins designed to provide a fantastic experience in a unique country setting.

Hawkdun Lodge

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

Havrincourt Farm Cottage

Boutique accommodation in a peaceful, sun drenched cottage overlooking beautiful farmland, Havrincourt is…

Hartley Homestead

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

The Old Doctor's Residence

The Old Doctor’s Residence is a Five Star Qualmark Bronze rated Bed and Breakfast set in the delightful v…

Holiday Inn - Queenstown

Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park is your new hub for South Island exploration. With a convenient l…

Quest Apartments Dunedin

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

Aurora on George

What Aurora on George has now is simply the best of the best - 4 Star Plus facilities, contemporary chic …

Naseby Holiday Park

Naseby lies just 1.5 hours from Dunedin, 15 km from Ranfurly and just 10 km from the Otago Central Rail T…

Big Sky Cottage

Gorgeous, self-contained character deco-style mud brick house right in Lauder village, 100m from Rail Tra…

Old Post Office Backpackers (self-contained)

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

Behind the Bike Sheds

We offer two gorgeous cabins designed to provide a fantastic experience in a unique country setting.

Hawkdun Lodge

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

Havrincourt Farm Cottage

Boutique accommodation in a peaceful, sun drenched cottage overlooking beautiful farmland, Havrincourt is…

Hartley Homestead

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

The Old Doctor's Residence

The Old Doctor’s Residence is a Five Star Qualmark Bronze rated Bed and Breakfast set in the delightful v…

Holiday Inn - Queenstown

Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park is your new hub for South Island exploration. With a convenient l…

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.