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.

Blacks Hotel

Come and discover a quirky new country pub on the block. Blacks is a 1920’s Art Deco Hotel with a unique …

Kokonga Lodge

With panoramic views of the Kakanui Mountains, Kokonga Lodge provides luxury bed and breakfast accommodat…

Pitches Store

Built 1883 as a General Store for John Pitches in Ophir, the schist stone building has been carefully res…

Olivers Central Otago

The historic 'Olivers' complex was originally built in 1869 as The Victoria Store, to service the early g…

Judge Rock Accommodation

Enjoy vineyard accommodation at its finest. Spacious open plan living and a stunning vineyard panorama ma…

Ranfurly Hotel

One of Ranfurly's most photographed art deco buildings, the Ranfurly Hotel accommodates up to 30 in king,…

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…

Mt Ida Station Farmstay

This lovingly maintained 1920s farmhouse, was once home to the Becker family, offers unique, self contain…

Trout 'n' Trail B & B

Handy for Rail Trailers, Anglers and Holiday Makers.

Burn Cottage Retreat

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

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…

Omakau Bedpost (self contained)

Come stay in the converted Omakau Post Office and Postmasters House

Blacks Hotel

Come and discover a quirky new country pub on the block. Blacks is a 1920’s Art Deco Hotel with a unique …

Kokonga Lodge

With panoramic views of the Kakanui Mountains, Kokonga Lodge provides luxury bed and breakfast accommodat…

Pitches Store

Built 1883 as a General Store for John Pitches in Ophir, the schist stone building has been carefully res…

Olivers Central Otago

The historic 'Olivers' complex was originally built in 1869 as The Victoria Store, to service the early g…

Judge Rock Accommodation

Enjoy vineyard accommodation at its finest. Spacious open plan living and a stunning vineyard panorama ma…

Ranfurly Hotel

One of Ranfurly's most photographed art deco buildings, the Ranfurly Hotel accommodates up to 30 in king,…

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…

Mt Ida Station Farmstay

This lovingly maintained 1920s farmhouse, was once home to the Becker family, offers unique, self contain…

Trout 'n' Trail B & B

Handy for Rail Trailers, Anglers and Holiday Makers.

Burn Cottage Retreat

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

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…

Omakau Bedpost (self contained)

Come stay in the converted Omakau Post Office and Postmasters House

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.