Distance and Time

The 152 km Trail runs in an arc through the valleys between Middlemarch and Clyde; you can traverse it in either direction, or just do part of the Trail.

The Middlemarch Rail Trail start/finish point is located 400 ms north of the Railway Station, while the Clyde start/finish point is at the corner of Springvale Road and the main highway.  

With road transport support you can join the Trail at various places where there is road access and/or car parking allowing good access for best half-day or one-day trips. 

The following information gives the distance in km of each Trail section and provides a time estimate based on the average cycling speed of 10 kph or average walking speed is of 4-6 kph.   

Cycling Time / Distance in km on the Trail in sections

Clyde Railhead to Alexandra - 8km - cycling 50mins - walking 1hr 40mins      

Alexandra to Chatto Creek - 17km - cycling 1hr 45mins - walking 3hrs 30mins

Chatto Creek to Omakau - 12km - cycling 1 hr 10 mins - walking 2hr 20mins   

Omakau to Lauder - 7km - cycling 45 mins - walking 1 hr 30 mins        

Lauder to Auripo - 10.5km - cycling 1 hr - walking 2 hrs

Auripo to Oturehua - 12km - cycling 45mins - walking 1hr 30mins  

Oturehua to Wedderburn - 12km - cycling 45mins - walking 1hr 30mins  

Wedderburn to Ranfurly    13.5km - cycling 1hr 20mins - walking 2hrs 40mins  

Ranfurly to Kokonga - 18km - cycling 1hr 50mins - walking 3hrs 40mins  

Kokonga to Hyde - 14.5km - cycling 1hr 30mins - walking 3hrs 

Hyde to Rock and Pillar - 14km - cycling 1hr 25mins - walking 2hrs 50mins  

Rock and Pillar to Middlemarch - 13.5km - cycling 1hr 20mins - walking 2hrs 40mins

Road distances – to key points with vehicle access to the Trail - for those who want to meet/drop off/pick up cyclists -

Queenstown to Clyde -  83km

Dunedin to Clyde - 199km

Clyde to Middlemarch - 151km

Clyde to Alexandra - 9km

Alexandra to Omakau - 27km

Omakau to Lauder - 7km

Lauder to Thurlow Road  - 27km

Thurlow Road to Oturehua - 19km

Oturehua to Wedderburn - 11km

Wedderburn to Ranfurly - 14km

Ranfurly to Kokonga - 22km

Kokonga to Hyde - 13km

Hyde to Rock and Pillar - 13.8km

Rock and Pillar to Middlemarch - 14.3km

Middlemarch to Dunedin - 80km