per person, twin share
• Return airfares flying Virgin Australia from Brisbane to New Zealand~
• Return Airport Transfers
• 2 nights pre Rail Trail accommodation in Dunedin
• 4 day Independent Luxury Otago Central Rail Trail travelling from Dunedin to Queenstown
• 2 nights post Rail Trail accommodation in Queenstown
Inclusions on the 4 Day Independent Luxury Otago Central Rail Trail:
• Cycle equipment: bicycle, helmet, repair kit, panniers, odometer and trail documentation
• Luggage transfers: 1 bag per person – limit 15kg per bag
• All en-suite luxury accommodation based on twin/double share with breakfast included
• Tour of Naseby and Curling
• Taieri Gorge Railway Train journey from Dunedin to Pukerangi
• Transport: Pukerangi to Middlemarch and Clyde to Queenstown
• Straight through bags from one end of the trail to the other
04 June – 22 September 2019.
A surcharge will apply to travel between 16 October – 10 December 2019.
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
Day 1 – Arrive Dunedin
Kia Ora. Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival at Dunedin Airport you will be transferred to your downtown hotel.
Day 2 – Dunedin
Today you have a free day to explore Dunedin
Day 3 – Middlemarch to Kokonga Distance: 43kms
The Otago Central Rail Trail adventure begins at the historic Dunedin Railway Station and the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway to Pukerangi. Our shuttle bus will meet you at the station and transfer you to our depot in Middlemarch where you will be fitted with your bicycles and briefed on the tour. The trail takes you through the wide open spaces of the Strath Taieri, past the site of the 1943 Hyde Rail disaster and on to Hyde. The landscape then narrows where the trail passes through a tunnel, over the Capburn and Prices Creek Bridges and alongside the Taieri River. Tonight’s accommodation is at Kokonga Lodge.
Day 4 – Kokonga to Oturehua Distance: 42kms
From Kokonga the next town is Waipiata and then onto Ranfurly, the Art Deco capital of Otago. From Ranfurly, there is a gradual climb to the highest point on the trail at Wedderburn followed by a steady downhill to your accommodation at Oturehua. Amazing views from the highest point as well as rolling countryside are part of the day’s highlights. From your accommodation in Oturehua, there is a tour of Naseby and curling. Other attractions in this area include the historic Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead, the old Gilchrist’s Store and the remains of the Golden Progress Mine just north
Day 5 – Oturehua to Ophir Distance: 31kms
Beyond Oturehua is the start of one of the most spectacular sections of the trail, the Poolburn Gorge, the home to the rare New Zealand falcon. It also features two tunnels and two viaducts in a secluded rocky setting. Lauder is a good place for a lunch stop or to consider taking some provisions from Oturehua as there are many opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery while you eat. Accommodation tonight is in Ophir where there are some historic buildings. The settlement is 2kms off the trail from Omakau.
Day 6 – Kokonga to Oturehua Distance: 39 - 46kms
A short detour to the Daniel O’Connell suspension bridge is recommended, before rejoining the rail trail in the morning. There are some good downhill stretches from Omakau to a lunch stop at Chatto Creek. The next town is Alexandra, the largest town on the trail. Feel free to take time to look around the town before continuing onto Clyde. You can cycle from Alexandra to Clyde past vineyards and over an old wooden trestle bridge on the Otago Central Rail Trail or, for the more adventurous, there is the option of riding on the River Track. The River Track option adds 7kms to the ride but offers amazing scenery alongside the stunning Clutha River / Mata-Au. At the head of the trail is our depot where you can shop, shower and get changed before catching the bus through to Queenstown.
Day 7 – Explore Queenstown
Today you’re free to explore Queenstown.
Day 8 – Depart New Zealand
It’s time to head home. You will be tranferred to Queenstown airpirt for your flight home.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 29 April 2019 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. All savings are included in the advertised price. ~Flights are based on return S class airfares with Virgin Australia and includes 23kgs of checked luggage. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. ANZCRO and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 29 April 2019 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. All savings are included in the advertised price. ~Flights are based on return S class airfares with Virgin Australia and includes 23kgs of checked luggage. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. ANZCRO and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.Read more