Trail Conditions

What to expect along the Trail

Central Otago is a landlocked region, sheltered from coastal weather with very distinct seasons. Winters are often dry and fine, but frosts are common at night. Roads can get icy, especially in early morning, so be careful when driving. Rainfall is infrequent, although the Strath Taieri valley which is closer to the coast can get more rain.  

Spring weather is the most changeable. Summers, also autumns, are generally warm and dry - but weather can still be variable. New Zealand, is an island nation so it is a good idea to be prepared with some emergency clothing. Warm air rising from the sun-heated plains, to be replaced by dense cooler mountain air, can result in strong winds. 

Notifiable conditions.

Pest Control

The Maniototo Pest Board will be conducting aerial rabbit control operations on 2 July 2021, along the rail trail corridor between Daisybank to Tiroiti.

Movement along the trail will controlled via traffic management personnel, and access restricted for no more than an hour.



Commencing Monday 21st June Benchmark Construction will be undertaking specific works for the OCRT Trust at the Clyde Rail head Site.  The work is designed to give the start/end of the trail more presence and in line with the agreed Landscape Plan for the site (attached). 

Work to include;

  • Asphalt 52 metre section at the start of the trail with imbedded railway sleepers designed to give a train track effect.
  • Installation of a second speedhump
  • Relocation of the shunting post

Benchmark will be undertaking traffic control on site and a detour around the work site will be in place for cyclists and walkers.


Bridge Repairs

Due to bridge repairs there will be detours around three small bridges between Middlemarch & Rock and Pillar station.  Detours will be in place between from 3 May 2021

Detours will be marked with signs at the relevant sites.



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