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.

Transpower Transmission Line Upgrade

Upgrade work on the electricity transmission lines mean there will be 10 -15 minute delays for Rail Trail users as follows:

Ida Valley (Between Agnew Rd and Ida Valley/Ōmakau road crossing) 11 – 13 April, 20 – 23 April

Wedderburn (Between Trail highest point and Wedderburn) 24 – 27 April

Transpower contractors will be onsite to direct Rail users.”

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 3 May and 10 June.

Detours will be marked with signs at the relevant sites.  

 

 

Weather

Clyde

  • Fri 11.73 °C
  • Sat 12.34 °C
  • Sun 11.86 °C
  • Mon 16.92 °C
  • Tue 16.61 °C
  • Wed 17.36 °C
  • Thu 15.47 °C

Middlemarch

  • Fri 12.73 °C
  • Sat 11.62 °C
  • Sun 14.49 °C
  • Mon 16.78 °C
  • Tue 17.36 °C
  • Wed 17.67 °C
  • Thu 17.08 °C

Omakau

  • Fri 10.84 °C
  • Sat 11.17 °C
  • Sun 11.74 °C
  • Mon 15.53 °C
  • Tue 15.64 °C
  • Wed 16.42 °C
  • Thu 15.48 °C

Oturehua

  • Fri 10.84 °C
  • Sat 9.76 °C
  • Sun 12.36 °C
  • Mon 14.54 °C
  • Tue 14.97 °C
  • Wed 15.03 °C
  • Thu 15.2 °C

Ranfurly

  • Fri 11.27 °C
  • Sat 9.9 °C
  • Sun 13.11 °C
  • Mon 15.52 °C
  • Tue 15.34 °C
  • Wed 15.55 °C
  • Thu 15.89 °C