Otago Rail Trail


Developed for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, the Otago Central Rail Trail follows the former Otago Central branch railway line for 150 kilometres from Clyde to Middlemarch.

This is in fact the original cycle trail of New Zealand and already receives 15,000 – 20,000 visitors per year.

The Rail Trail was the first to be established in New Zealand. On closure of the Otago Central Railway line, the line was vested in the Department of Conservation who, with the help of a newly established Rail Trail Trust converted the old railway line to a track suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The trail runs through country not seen from the road, so it introduces the traveller to areas surrounding the old Goldfields of Otago and the historic nature of this unique area of New Zealand. With 150 kms of track and no difficult hill climbs, the track is able to be traversed by most people.

Otago Central Rail Trail Distances

  • Clyde to Alexandra 8km
  • Alexandra to Chatto Creek 17km
  • Chatto Creek to Omakau 10km
  • Omakau to Lauder 9km
  • Lauder to Oturehua 23km
  • Oturehua to Wedderburn 11km
  • Wedderburn to Ranfurly 14km
  • Ranfurly to Waipiata 8km
  • Waipiata to Daisybank 13km
  • Daisybank to Hyde 11km
  • Hyde to Middlemarch 27km
This website brings you detailed information about the New Zealand Cycle Trail Project (Nga Haerenga). Plus the other great bike rides of NZ.

The mission of this website is to be the number one resource for all the cycle trails. With information about trail routes, trail descriptions, bike hire, transport, accommodation, restaurants/cafes and much more.

We provide you all the information you need in order for you to plan and book your entire cycling experience from one place.