So glad we did this, worth every pedal! – review of otago central rail trail, central otago, new zealand – tripadvisor gas in oil causes

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This was one of the best adventures my husband and I’ve been on. Everything was perfect, from our bike rentals from SheBikesHeBikes and their amazing help building our itinery, to the well maintained trail and all of the coffee shops, boutique hotels and country pubs and inns. Some of the highlights for us being; our stay at the Lauder schoolhouse BB while a Ukelele community jam was across the road at the Lauder Hotel. We got to listen to festive Christmas tunes and chat with friendly locals while having our dinner (one of the best burgers my husband has had). Also, stopping in at Hays Engineering Cafe and shop was awesome, they had the best carrot cake I’ve ever had, great coffee and a lovely boutique gift shop that we ended up spending more than we should have, that we then had to transport on our bikes afterwards (unexpected Christmas shopping). I was worried that my body, with all it’s aches and pains, wouldn’t hold up to 3 days of cycling and with a lot of stretching and self massage it managed great. Were my muscles exhausted? Yes gas quality! Was my bum and inner thighs bruised and sore? Yep. The one unexpected issue were my wrists and hands not used to the constant gripping of the handlebars or holding my upper body weight but this is where I concentrated a lot of… From Clyde to Hyde we took a ride 🙂 This was one of the best adventures my husband and I’ve been on. Everything was perfect, from our bike rentals from SheBikesHeBikes and their amazing help building our itinery, to the well maintained trail and all of the coffee shops, boutique hotels and country pubs and inns. Some of the highlights for us being; our stay at the Lauder schoolhouse BB while a Ukelele community jam was across the road at the Lauder Hotel. We got to listen to festive Christmas tunes and chat with friendly locals while having our dinner (one of the best burgers my husband has had). Also, stopping in at Hays Engineering Cafe and shop was awesome, they had the best carrot cake I’ve ever had, great coffee and a lovely boutique gift shop that we ended up spending more than we should have, that we then had to transport on our bikes afterwards (unexpected Christmas shopping). I was worried that my body, with all it’s aches and pains, wouldn’t hold up to 3 days of cycling and with a lot of stretching and self massage it managed great. Were my muscles exhausted? Yes! Was my bum and inner thighs bruised and sore? Yep. The one unexpected issue were my wrists and hands not used to the constant gripping of the handlebars or holding my upper body weight but this is where I concentrated a lot of my stretching and it was fine. Day two we took ibuprofen with breakfast to help with the sore bums and I think it helped a lot. I can electricity physics khan academy’t wait to do it again, perhaps with friends or family next time! More Show less

Any kiwi who doesn’t do the rail trail are missing out on a real blast. Unreal hospitality on the trip starting with cycle surgery in Clyde. Do the River trail first to Alexander instead of the rail trail ….. Nothing short of awesome. day 1 , Tiger Hill lodge for country hospitality including the Omakau Country pub. Day 2, to wedderburn and stopping at the Lauder cafe for lunch, followed by a tough climb then a brilliant 2 km downhill run to wedderburn lodge for more country hospitality, dinner and and a beer with the locals at the wedderburn pub was a treat. Day 3 rest day, hired a car from the pub and went curling at naesby , fun fun fuen before retiring at the wedderburn pub for even more country fare. Day 4 to Hyde, forget about staying at Hyde, a cafe with a rare bad attitude and not tuned into reality , luckily we booked into Kokanga lodge who picked us up for a night of luxury. Day 5 Hyde to ranfurly, an awesome day. TIPS FOR THE TRIP Along the way, do take the time to meet the locals Take time to take in the sights and read about all the local history on the way. This will really make the trip so more enjoyable. If you are not über fit take a rest day half way. Pack and gas pain in shoulder prepare for all weather. Book we’ll I advance to the best accomodation choices Take your time, we did it in 5 days including a rest day, no one got shattered and it made it more enjoyable, each day was an easy 3 half hours so we made heaps of stops. Lastly use Cycle Surgery for bookings , cycle hire and shuttles, they are local, will look after you, and offer the BEST service. An example of this was one of group had an injury 1 day in, without hesitation (and charge) they were shuttled to the next stop and this. Gave them time to recoup ready for the rest of the trip.

My husband and I, in our mid 40’s decided to take it slowly in 3 days – from Middlemarch to Clyde. We get Trail Journey to organise the transport (Track n Trail), accommodation and luggage transfer for us from Clyde to Middlemarch – to start the trail. Trail Journey – They are really good. Very informative and very fast reply to all your enquiries, and take responsibility for everything they organised. I strongly recommend using them. Track n Trail – they do not take responsibility of your bike. You have to tie the bike yourself to the rack they provided, aside from that, all good. We stayed in Peter’s farm (Waipiata), and Lauder Hotel (Lauder). Peter’s farm – A Great place full of character ! Although there is no wifi, tv or radio, you won’t be bored. The host is very nice person and with a cute little dog. The house has 2 lounges with fireplace, you can spend your time there reading. Yes, they have some very interesting books about Central Otago. The farm has a great view that you can look at it all day ! Peter also provides bbq dinner too, with juicy steak, salads, dessert etc. Lauder hotel – it is a historical hotel, just like hundreds years ago, except it has electricity (today). The room we stayed was only a room (area grade 6 electricity experiments size approx 3m x 3m) with 2 beds, lighting, and a small fan heater. There was no commuter kitchen for you to cook your own food. So you have to eat in the restaurant. Side trips that we have done : –7km (1 way) from Waipiata – Orangapai Sanatorium and Hamilton Cemetery. -2 km (1 way) from Omakau – Ophir. Go to the back street, I think it is called “McDonald street”, there is a little farm with a few cute animals. A very friendly goat would ask you for a pat ! From Alexandra to Clyde – use the Alexandra Anniversary Track (instead of the actual Rail Trail), it is much more interesting to ride on ! The track started at the SW of the town. Follow the main road to your right, after crossing a bridge, you will see a track under the bridge. Or, get a town map before you start the trail. Re weather : If not raining, apply lots of suns cream. UV is very high in NZ. If predicted raining, bring a few plastic bags with you plus other rain wear. When it rains, use the plastic bags to cover your shoes and hands if you need to. We have 1 rainy day on the trail. Having wet feet and hands really made you cold. Yes, it was summer, and still very cold. If you like to immerse in nature for hours and hours, the Rail Trail would be very interesting to you. The sceneries are endless. On your way, try to identify the mountain ranges: Rock and Pillar, Ida range, Rough Ridge, Raggedy range…..

We had an excellent four days on the rail trail. We started from Middlemarch and stayed at Waipiata electricity 4th grade powerpoint, Oturehua and Omakau on the trail. On the fouth day we carried on cycling through to Cromwell (as we were cycling NZ) but could have happily stayed in Alexandra. This allowed us to do about 20-30 miles per day so we could take it nice and easily. The trail is almost completely flat – the topography shows an incline but if you are relatively fit you won’t feel it. The track is also well traveled so the gravel is not too bad to ride on and we were fine using hybrid bikes. Pete’s Lodge in Waipiata is one of the best places we have stayed whilst traveling NZ. Pete is an amazing character and I would do whatever you can to stay there! We stayed at the old shop bb in Oturehua which I would also recommend and the tavern opposite is great for food. In Omakau we stayed at the Commercial Hotel which could do with an upgrade but isn’t too bad and the food is good (as well as the muddy creek cafe opposite for a flat white and homemade pie) We had a mixture of weather from sunny days to pouring rain but the scenery always looked spectacular. We started the rail trail by catching the Taieri Gorge gas prices going up train from Dunedin. I wouldn’t rate the journey but its an easy way to get to Middlemarch to start the trail and they allow you to take bikes for free. The train only goes to Middlemarch on certain days, otherwise you can get the train most of the way and then get a transfer. The ticket office at Dunedin train station will help you with this but does work out quite expensive for such a short transfer. There is also the option to do the Alexandra to Clyde anniversary trail along the river side but I would only recommend this to people on mountain bikes or who aren’t carrying too much luggage. It’s not flat or as nice as riding the trail!