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Cycle Central Otago

CYCLE CENTRAL OTAGO

Race to Dinner or pace yourself to breakfast



There’s no need to rush to get the most out of Central Otago. Take the time to enjoy everything there is on offer in this spectacular region. A holiday in Central Otago is an opportunity to sample the finer things in life not just incredible scenery to cycle through and explore, but heritage and history wineries, great food and friendly locals.

Central Otago is home to three of NZ's great rides; the Otago Central Rail Trail is the original great ride on many peoples 'must-do' lists, and the new Roxburgh Gorge trail is known as the grand canyon of New Zealand, and then the Clutha Gold Trail follows the Clutha River and showcases the regions farming, fruitgrowing and goldmining history.

The entire region is criss-crossed with smaller cycling and mountain biking trails for the adventurous or the leisure cyclist and there are lengths to suit any time you might have available. Whether you’re looking to take a holiday with the family, a weekend with friends or a romantic escape, cycling in Central Otago offers something different and memorable.

Once it’s time to hop off the saddle, Central Otago also has a lot to offer those who appreciate fine dining. Hidden away inside heritage buildings and in sometimes unlikely places are some fantastic Central Otago fine dining options. Cooked, served (and sometimes hunted) by the typically friendly locals, you’ll be treated to some of the most delicious food New Zealand can offer.

In summer, coast alongside rivers between sunspeckled Central Otago wineries. Maybe even stop in for a glass. In the cooler months up the pace to keep warm, and enjoy the uniquely beautiful scenery that is the essence of Central Otago. You'll be able to explore one of the historic gold mining regions of New Zealand, uncover a wealth of colonial history, imagine the conditions that some of the hardiest and most determined New Zealand settlers had to deal with.

Otago Central Rail Trail

This 150km gentle gradient trail journeys into the region’s heartland between Clyde and Middlemarch is ideal for cyclists. 

Explore this recreational trail not readily accessible by any other means and unlike any other in New Zealand. Complete the trail in 4-5 days or enjoy one of the short day excursions.

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Roxburgh Gorge Trail

A spectacular one-day ride through truly iconic country between Alexandra and Roxburgh Dam along the Clutha Mata-au River is a trail worth exploring.

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Clutha Gold Trail
 
The Clutha Gold Trail is one of the 'Great Rides' of the Nga Haerenga, New Zealand Cycle Trail. The trail is full of variety - from undulating to flat to meandering, there is a journey of discovery around every corner.

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Central Otago Cycling Trails

A diversity of trails and experiences beckon you to experience the freedom and joy of getting off the beaten track with family and friends throughout the stunning landscapes of the region.  Our best kept secrets at your pace!

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Ride with the Locals 

Cycling in Central Otago amongst dramatic landscapes with an organised or informal group of riders is the best way to experience the countryside and meet fellow cyclists. Whether it be in a racing event or out with a regular group ride, ‘weekend warriors’ to elite riders are welcome – enjoy the competitive but friendly spirit and make new friends along the way.

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Packages Book Now!

Whether you’re looking to take a holiday with the family, a weekend away with friends or a romantic escape, take the time to enjoy everything that there is on offer in Central Otago. Book a package today and take the opportunity to explore and sample the finer things of life – not just incredible scenery to cycle through but heritage and history, unique accommodation to experience and friendly locals to meet.

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Accommodation & Activities

There’s no need to rush to get the most out of Central Otago. Take the time to enjoy everything that there is on offer in this spectacular region. A holiday in Central Otago is an opportunity to sample the finer things in life – not just incredible scenery to cycle through and explore, but heritage and history, wineries, great food, friendly locals and unique accommodation to experience.

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Cycling Calendar of Events

Central Otago is a natural arena for cycling events, offering something for everyone! Whether participating or just watching, our events have that unique Central difference – it’s a world of difference, where even an event can be like a holiday!

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Family Rides

Central Otago boasts a diversity of cycling trails and experiences that beckon the family, group of friends or enthusiastic individuals to experience the freedom and adventure of taking the path less travelled throughout the stunning landscapes of the region. There is something for everyone, experience our place at your pace.

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