Experience World Class Cycling Trails

Central Otago is home to three of New Zealand's 23 Great Rides; the Otago Central Rail Trail is the Original Great Ride and is 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. 

It's even possible to join these three trails together for over 250km of spectacular off-road riding through incredible scenery.

Mountain Bike Trails and Backcountry Rides

The entire Central Otago 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. Near Alexandra the Flat Top Hill recreation reserve has a range of newly developed singletrack trails that are becoming very popular for the intermediate to advanced rider. The historic township of Naseby is home to Naseby Forest which is a popular mountainbikers getaway with over 50 kilometres of singletrack mountain bike trails that are suited to all skill levels - a great weekend escape.

Mountain Bike and Road Cycling Events

Each year a range of events are held for cyclists across Central Otago - Highlights include The Naseby 12hr Mountain Bike Race, Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge, Rail Trail Duathlon & Mountain Bike Race, Linger and Die Series, Rock & Road Revolution, Bannockburn Gutbuster and Bannockburn Classic. For upcoming events see our event calendar.

Off Track Experiences

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.



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

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
Our Regional Identity - A World of Difference
Our Regional Identity - A World of Difference '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

Food & Wine
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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