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 of New Zealand. A cycling holiday in Central Otago is an opportunity to sample the finer things in life not just incredible scenery, but heritage, history, award winning wineries, great food and friendly locals.


In Spring & 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.

Our World Class Cycling Trails

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

Otago Central Rail Trail

The Otago Central Rail Trail will take you on a recreational passage of discovery, revealing truly breathtaking treasures not readily accessible by any other means and unlike any other in New Zealand.
This is a journey into the region’s heartland of ever-changing mountainous, dry, rocky landscapes, productive farmland, spectacular river gorges, tunnels, viaducts, thriving townships, old stone and mud-brick dwellings and preserved gold mining settlements – shaped and seasoned by the harsh, continental climatic extremes unique to Central Otago.

Roxburgh Gorge Trail

The Roxburgh Gorge Trail is another world. It offers a wilderness experience through the remote and stunning Roxburgh Gorge.  In late spring, the hillsides are covered in purple with flowering wild thyme, in summer the blue green of the Clutha River is in graphic contrast to the grey schist rock outcrops and in autumn the willow trees on the waters edge turn brilliant gold. Look for the New Zealand native falcon, the Karearea who has made its home in this spectacular gorge.

Clutha Gold Trail

The Clutha Gold trail offers a real rural heartland experience combined with a wealth of gold mining history. Be immersed in a tapestry of diverse landscapes from seductively rugged semi-arid dry lands through to lush green contoured farmlands. Almost two thirds of the trail travels alongside the powerful Clutha Mata Au River and its distinctive turquoise colour.

Mountain Bike Trails and Backcountry Rides

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.

Off Track Experiences

Once it’s time to hop off the saddle, Central Otago also has a lot to offer those who appreciate fine dining and sensational wines. 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.

Discover unique experiences like the Highlands Motorsport Park, try your hand at the ancient sport of Curling in Naseby, meet winemakers in the vineyard, or cruise the Clutha River on a heritage tour.

Otago Central Rail Trail
Discover New Zealand's Original Great Ride - The Otago Central Rail Trail is a relaxing 4-5 day ride through big sky landscapes and through historic townships. Read More

Roxburgh Gorge Trail
Explore New Zealand's Grand Canyon - The Roxburgh Gorge Trail is a unique one day experience. Described as 'Another World' this 34km trail includes a unique jet boat transfer. Read More

Clutha Gold Trail
A 73km journey of discovery through a tapestry of diverse landscapes from seductively rugged semi-arid dry lands through to lush green contoured farmlands that follow powerful Clutha Mata Au River. Read More

Cycling & Mountain Biking Trails
Central Otago boasts a diversity of cycling and mountain bike trails that beckon the cyclist to experience the freedom and the joy of getting off the beaten track. Read More

Getting to Central Otago
The Central Otago region is located in the middle of the South Island of New Zealand. A scenic a 1hr drive from Queenstown International Airport and accessible via road from Dunedin & Christchurch airports. Read More

Cycle Hire, Bike Rental & Tours
Central Otago has several specialist cycling operators who offer fully escorted tours or individual itineraries. These businesses can hire cycles and organise luggage transfers, accommodation and transport so you can cycle as much or as little as you choose. Read More

Cycling & Mountain Biking Itinerary Ideas
There's no need to rush to get the most out of Central Otago. Take the time to enjoy everything that there is to offer on this spectacular region. See some of our itinerary ideas for your next holiday. Read More

Download or request a Cycle Brochure
Download or request a 16-page colour brochure on cycling in Central Otago, featuring some of the region's key trails and inspiring imagery. Read More
Central Otago - Our Regional Identity
Central Otago - Our Regional Identity 'A World of Difference' defines what is uniquely Central Otago as a place and a community. Read More

Central Otago NZ - Through Local Eyes
Central Otago NZ - Through Local Eyes Meet some unique and passionate Central Otago locals and be introduced to their favourite places and activities. Read More

Central Otago Food & Wine
Central Otago Food & Wine Central Otago is a place of sheer indulgence – whether it’s fine dining, a casual al-fresco lunch or café culture. You will be spoilt for choice when enjoying local fare and award winning wines at the great selection of cafés, restaurants, cellar doors and country pubs. Read More
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