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.

Behind the Bike Sheds

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

Komako Peonies & Cottage Garden Accommodation

For your one night of difference on the Trail stay with us in rooms amongst the garden.

Hawkdun Lodge

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

Naseby Lodge

This Alpine Lodge and Restaurant is located on the grounds of the old Naseby School, soaked in history an…

Clyde Central

Come for the rooms, stay for the experience!

Stanleys Hotel

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

Lauderburn House

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

Explore Otago on a Budget Great for Groups (Sutton/Middlemarch)

Located just 57kms from Mosgeil or 74km from Dunedin near Middlemarch. If you want to explore the incredi…

Waipiata Motel

In the tiny Central Otago trailside historic settlement of Waipiata, sitting right on the Otago Central R…

Leviathan Heritage Hotel

Central to Dunedin, the Leviathan Hotel offers traveler and tourist, convenient, comfortable accommodatio…

Marchburn Luxury High Country Lodge

MARCHBURN Lodge offers the highest quality accommodation (3 ensuited double rooms) in the High Country of…

Behind the Bike Sheds

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

Komako Peonies & Cottage Garden Accommodation

For your one night of difference on the Trail stay with us in rooms amongst the garden.

Hawkdun Lodge

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

Naseby Lodge

This Alpine Lodge and Restaurant is located on the grounds of the old Naseby School, soaked in history an…

Clyde Central

Come for the rooms, stay for the experience!

Stanleys Hotel

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

Lauderburn House

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

Explore Otago on a Budget Great for Groups (Sutton/Middlemarch)

Located just 57kms from Mosgeil or 74km from Dunedin near Middlemarch. If you want to explore the incredi…

Waipiata Motel

In the tiny Central Otago trailside historic settlement of Waipiata, sitting right on the Otago Central R…

Leviathan Heritage Hotel

Central to Dunedin, the Leviathan Hotel offers traveler and tourist, convenient, comfortable accommodatio…

Marchburn Luxury High Country Lodge

MARCHBURN Lodge offers the highest quality accommodation (3 ensuited double rooms) in the High Country of…

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.