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Otago Central Rail Trail

Find out on this page some general information on Otago Central Rail Trail.

The Otago Central Rail Trail (link to external website, new window) runs between Middlemarch and Clyde. It follows the old Central Otago Branch railway line for 150km, making it the longest rail trail in New Zealand. The trail is suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The surface can be variable with some loose rock and rutting but is generally flat to gently sloping.


Along the Rail Trail there is a variety of accommodation types available including hotels, motels, lodges, self-contained units, B&Bs and campgrounds.

On the trail itself there are no formal camping facilities but wilderness camping is available on the recreation reserve adjacent to the Trail. See the Department of Conservation for more information.

Book accommodation through the i-SITE Dunedin Visitor Centre.

Bike hire

You can hire bikes through several bike shops in Dunedin and elsewhere. Find out about bike hire through the i-SITE Dunedin Visitor Centre.

Rail Trail Passport

Rail Trail Passport contains a Rail Trail map that includes location of shelter sheds. It is a great souvenir and record of your achievement. Buy your passport from the i-SITE Dunedin Visitor Centre.

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