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Suggested Itineraries

There are many options available in designing a Central Otago itinerary. The following suggested Itineraries are prepared by Tourism Central Otago to ensure that your clients have the best possible experience in the region.

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We look forward to assisting you in planning your clients’ holiday to our region.
3 – 5 Days Rail Trail 3 Days Queenstown to Christchurch 2 Days Queenstown to Dunedin
3 – 5 Days Rail Trail 
The Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand’s first Rail Trail. It is a 150km gravel path following the former Branch railway line from Middlemarch to Clyde. Its gentle gradient has no steep hills and cycling takes 3-5 days to complete. How far do you travel each day, where do I plan to stop – here is a sample itinerary to help you out. 
3 Days Queenstown to Christchurch
If you are planning to travel between Queenstown and Christchurch, here is an itinerary with a difference. Explore the living heritage of Clyde, the magic of the Maniototo plains, Ranfurly’s Art Deco buildings, unique agricultural heritage and more. Try your hand at the ancient ice sport of curling, explore remote high country and gold heritage towns like St Bathan’s, then travel the oddly named ‘Pig Root’ (SH 85) to rejoin the coast route via Oamaru to Christchurch.
2 Days Queenstown to Dunedin
The towns of Alexandra or Roxburgh are great places to break your journey on your drive from Queenstown to Dunedin. Visit small boutique studios, gourmet food producers and artists in the area. Roadside stalls sell fresh fruit and gourmet products. Journey the isolated reaches of the picturesque Roxburgh Gorge. Try a famous Jimmy’s Pie in Roxburgh, view spectacular orchard vistas of the Teviot Valley – 2 days may not be long enough.
2 Days Queenstown to Christchurch
2 Days Queenstown to Christchurch
Taste Award Winning wines at vineyards in dramatic settings. Glimpse past goldmining at Bendigo or Bannockburn. Wander through the reconstructed buildings of Old Cromwell Historic Precinct. Pack a picnic and relax on the shores of Lake Dunstan. Experience the thrill of fishing for trout, walk or cycle one of the many trails that follow the lake’s shoreline. Tarras, at the head of Lake Dunstan, has a reputation for high quality Merino wool products.

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