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Otago Central Rail Trail

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Ranked #2 of 111 Attractions in Otago Region
Type: Biking Trails, Trails, Outdoors
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Owner description: The Otago Central Rail Trail - New Zealand's original slow trail.
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Nelson, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had our own bikes so made for a cost effective trip, shebikeshebikes organised the accommodation at no charge,they were excellent & planned our cycling legs perfectly. This time of year was perfect,not too hot & not many on the trail. We took our time with lots of stops to take in the history of the area. We also carried... More

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Four days cycling, sun, wind, rain, wonderful accommodation, helpful locals, as much food as we could eat and a great sense of satisfaction. Thanks Shebikeshebikes. Everything was wonderfully organised and the bikes were supremely comfortable. I normally ride a standard mountain bike but the low entry comfort bike was my best friend. Not the coolest looking bike but a saddle... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I have just spent the last four days enjoying the challenges and delights of the Central Otago Rail Trail in NZ. It's a wonderful experience, in which you are out amongst the beautiful scenery of the south island of NZ and enjoying the friendly hospitality of the locals along the way. A special 'thank you' to Cycle Surgery, through whom... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

It even happens in NZ! Great service, a wonderful holiday and an experience we won’t forget. Right from our first approach to Central Otago First Class my wife and I had ongoing contact with them. All our requests were dealt with efficiently and the arrangements for our time on the rail trail organised expertly. We chose to spoil ourselves for... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The trail offered us a wide range of weathers, the joys of spring weather. Our bikes provided by Ranfurly Bike Hire (Excellent service) were great. Despite gale force winds on two of the days sometimes head and sometimes tail, most times side on, which ensured we walked some more exposed stretches to avoid being blown off the track, which happened... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Not the most interesting of New Zealand's great rides by far but still a relaxing jaunt through central Otago countryside. I got all weather in the 3 days I spent on it with hot and sunny one day and heavy rainfall the next. I'd recommend it in any conditions since the easy grade nature of the trail means that rain... More

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Tauranga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My friends and I have just returned from a fantastic week riding on the Otago Rail Trail, our bikes were provided by Shebikeshebikes and their gear was great, their organisation and help was fantastic, everyone was so friendly and nice, our accommodation at Clyde in Dunstan House, Omakau at Tiger Hill Lodge and Naseby at Naseby Lodge and Tussock Lodge... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Four friends aged 50-57 spent five really enjoyable days cycling the Otago Rail Trail from Clyde to Middlemarch over the middle of October. A little bit of everything weather wise but mainly dry beautiful days through postcard type scenery. No crowds anywhere and the South Island hospitality was a breath of fresh air. I booked through Shebikeshebikes which planned and... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A group of 4 over 50's decided to do the 2 night winter option on the Otago Rail Trail in July this year with Shebikeshebikes after this company was recommended to us by friends. We threw caution to the wind as we didn't quite know what we would experience weather wise plus one of our party had only trained for... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed by our group, 50 to 65 year olds, totally organised by Shebikeshebikes who organised and transported and recommended places to stay. Great for everyone to do. October is a great time to do it not busy but warm enough. Track is free but you need to pay for the rest but Shebikeshebikes will organis it all for you... More

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