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.

Planning
Otago Central Rail Trail
The Otago Central Rail Trail journeys into the region’s heartland. A 150 Kilometre trail between Clyde and Middlemarch ideal for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Explore this recreational passage of discovery, revealing truly breathtaking treasures not readily accessible by any other means and unlike any other in New Zealand. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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! Read More

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. Read More

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. 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

Central Otago Towns
Central Otago Towns To travel to Central Otago is to journey into New Zealand’s golden heartland. Its many towns and settlements are founded on the pioneering spirit and back-breaking toil of farming run-holders and adventure-seeking gold miners. These places lie nestled amid the grandeur of towering mountain ranges, stunning rocky tors, sweeping plains, valleys, gorges and meandering and mighty rivers. Read More

Cycle Central Otago
Cycle Central Otago 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. Read More
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