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“Staying in Ranfurly” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Off The Rails Cycle Tours

Off The Rails Cycle Tours
32 Charlemont St East, Ranfurly, New Zealand
+64 800 633 7245
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Ranfurly
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: Cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail in comfort. Our fully supported 4 day / 3 night cycling packages feature front suspension mountain bikes, helmet & waterproof panniers, our own superior heritage accommodation in Ranfurly, continental breakfast & afternoon tea, personalised transport & optional sightseeing excursions, all tailored for your comfort and enjoyment. Departures from Sept to May. Customised itineraries, stand alone accommodation, mountain bike hire and transfers also available.
Invercargill, New Zealand
11 reviews 11 reviews
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
“Staying in Ranfurly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We booked the accommodation in Ranfurly - the cottage and we were thrilled we did! From the start to communication with Nick was first rate and the welcome and support from Pauline was fantastic. We would highly. Recommend booking accommodation through the team at 'Off the Rails' there is everything you could need for your stay in the Maniatoto. Looking forward to the opportunity to get back to do the rail trail. Thanks guys for making our weekend the best

Visited January 2013
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Highly recommend Off the Rails”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

My 69 year old husband has wanted to ride the Otago rail trail for a long time and I'm very glad we chose Off the Rails because they took brilliant care of us over the four days. All our cycling needs were taken care of and as a very beginner rider I only attempted the easier parts of the trail, and it was an enormous relief to me to know that I could call up the van, to get a ride if I needed it. Nick the owner was very knowledgeable and helpful, as were his drivers John and John and I can't speak highly enough of Judy who was the den mother at our accommodation. She anticipated our every need, even to washing everyone's clothes and checking that we all had everything we needed to make our stay enjoyable. We also loved the curling at Nasby and really enjoyed the company of the other 10 people in our tour party

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Great people with local flair”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We used Off the Rails to ride the Central Otago rail Trail. We did the five day option,four days riding and one day wine tour.Although we initially hesitated about taking the wine tour option,we had an excellent experience. The owner of Off the Rails is a wine buff and he was able to get good access. We visited Two Paddocks,Northbourne Station,Felton Road,Mount Difficulty and Carricks.
Off the Rails has a maximum of ten/twelve riders per group and only one group on the track at any one time. The drivers were local farmers who had a very detailed knowledge of the area,the people and history. Our accommodation was the old nurses quarters attached to the Ranfurley Hospital. Seemed slightly strange at first but it was an excellent choice and provided an excellent base for the bike ride. The host at the accommodation was Judy. She was an absolute gem,real local identity.
We had four evening meals in old hotels/pubs in the area(Ranfurley,Wedderburn,Naseby and the iconic Vulcan.
We did not find the travel shuttle onerous at all.
In short, they were a great team and each days driver shadowed the trail for a while to ensure that all equipment was functioning well.
A really good bike ride,wonderful scenery and local culture all supported by an excellent team at Off The Rails

Visited November 2012
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“An Awesome Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

We have just biked the Otago rail trail with "Off the Rails". It was mid April 2012. The scenery is absolutely stunning and the whole experience was enhanced by the Off the rails team. The idea if staying at one place throughout the 4 day trip seemed strange at first but turned out to be a real bonus having a single base to unwind in every evening. The staff were very personal and welcoming having a very good knowledge of, and a passion for the area and has given us a memorable life experience. We would highly recommend this for everyone.

Visited April 2012
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Wonderful experience and so much fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

What a great trip with stunning scenery and a well thought out and carefully planned itinerary. The trip was made even more memorable by the four staff members we interacted with. John, John, Sam and Joan. They all played their part and as locals, had extra knowledge about the area, cared for us both individually and collectively and made our journey safe, fun and interesting.

Visited February 2012
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