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Queenstown: Executive Railtrail Experience

Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 533

This independent cycle adventure is a 3 day/2 night tour on the Otago Central Rail trail. Cycling on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient approximately 40-60kms (25-37 miles) per day. Amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, through tunnels and encountering old historic hotels staying in twin/double share accommodation. Cyclists will experience wonderful local cuisine and meet colourful local people.


This 3-day cycling vacation from Queenstown takes you across New Zealand’s spectacular South Island. Staying at comfortable lodges and B&Bs, cycle the Clyde River region until your journey ends in Middlemarch.

Your bus meets you in Queenstown to take you to the Trail Journeys depot in Clyde, a short drive east of town. Picking up your bike, your trail takes you past vineyards and over historic bridges, all set within some of the most picturesque country in New Zealand. The Poolburn Gorge is an undisputed highlight, particularly as you take in the view from its 37 metre high viaduct. Along the way, you’ll enjoy top notch South Island hospitality, not to mention a lift to those historic townships just a bit beyond cycling range. Dismount in Middlemarch for your onward journey.


 

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Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 533

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Day 1

Depart Queenstown

Your adventure starts in Queenstown where you will be picked up by bus from your accommodation at 9:00am to travel to Trail Journeys Clyde Depot. Upon arrival you will be fitted with your bikes, briefed on your tour then start your cycling adventure to Lauder. From Clyde you can cycle past vineyards and over an old wooden trestle bridge on the ride to Alexandra. For the more adventurous, there is the option of riding on the Clutha River Centennial Track to Alexandra which adds another 8km to your cycle ride. Lunch options are available to purchase at Alexandra, Chatto Creek or Omakau.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Lauder School B&B

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  • Lauder School B&B



    Lauder School Bed & Breakfast is situated in the charming village of Lauder, deep in the heart of Central Otago. We offer a range of tastefully-decorated, historic accommodation at the former Lauder Railway School. With capacity to cater for up to 22 guests in either ...

    Lauder School Bed & Breakfast is situated in the charming village of Lauder, deep in the heart of Central Otago. We offer a range of tastefully-decorated, historic accommodation at the former Lauder Railway School. With capacity to cater for up to 22 guests in either ensuite or shared-facilities rooms, Lauder School B&B is well situated to provide quality accommodation for groups, couples or solo travellers. With its spacious Common Room, lovely country gardens and outdoor spa, Lauder School B&B offers a wide variety of places for guests to come together and socialise. Bruce and Esmé are proud of the Certificate of Excellence awarded to Lauder School by Trip Advisor this year as it reflects the independent feedback given by their guests.

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Day 2

Cycling Day

From Lauder you begin one of the most spectacular sections of the trail, the Poolburn Gorge. This is home to the rare New Zealand Falcon. Travel through two tunnels and across the 37m high Poolburn Viaduct, through the Ida Valley and onto Oturehua where lunch options are available. Cycle from Oturehua to Wedderburn and then onto your accommodation at Ranfurly. You will be picked up later that afternoon from your accommodation and taken for your tour around the historic township of Naseby and to also try your hand at curling.

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hawkdun Lodge

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  • Hawkdun Lodge



    Hawkdun Lodge is a quality motel-style complex offering a relaxing escape with an abundance of comfort, style and space. The hotel offers thirteen spacious units plus an indoor spa pool, free laundry, secure bike storage and free Wi-Fi. If you wish to stay in and ...

    Hawkdun Lodge is a quality motel-style complex offering a relaxing escape with an abundance of comfort, style and space. The hotel offers thirteen spacious units plus an indoor spa pool, free laundry, secure bike storage and free Wi-Fi. If you wish to stay in and relax it has an attractive communal kitchen and lounge where you can make your own meal or enjoy one of our dining options.

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Day 3

Arrive Queenstown

This morning make your way to Waipiata where you can have morning tea at the local Tavern. Suggestion for this day for lunch is to order a lunch pack from Ranfurly or Waipiata Hotel as from Waipiata through to Middlemarch there are no other refreshment stops. The days highlight must be the lovely trail section between Daisybank and Hyde alongside the Taieri River which snakes around the Rock and Pillar Range, crossing the Capburn Bridge, the Price's Creek Viaduct which is 32m high and the last tunnel which is 152m long before you arrive in Hyde. From Hyde you will pass through the wide open spaces of the Strath Taieri plain passing the site of the Hyde Rail disaster where 21 lives were lost in 1943. Continue to the end of the trail at Middlemarch. Upon arrival at our depot in Middlemarch you can drop off your bikes and will be able to access showers (charges applies). Transfer by coach back to Queenstown and this is the end of your Rail Trail Experience.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Cycle equipment which includes bicycle, helmet, repair kit, panniers, odometer and trail documentation
  • 2 night's accomodation
  • Luggage transfers (weight limit 15kgs per bag) from 1 May - 30 Sep only
  • All en suite or private bathroom accommodation based on twin/double share with breakfast included
  • Transport: Queenstown to Clyde  and Middlemarch to Pukerangi
  • Bus transport from Middlemarch back to Queenstown if requiredTransport from Ranfurly to Naseby which includes tour of Naseby and curling for 1.5 hours
  • Taieri Gorge Train from Pukerangi to Dunedin, guests are required to make their own way from the train station to their accommodation

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • 2 hour St Bathans and Blue Lake Tour
  • Pick up and drop off from Lauder accommodation. (extra charge applies)
  • Straight through bags to Middlemarch to be collected at end of tour. ($15.00 per bag)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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24 Sep 2018
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