After a rest day in Queenstown, you head to Cromwell and on to the historic central Otago Rail Trail. On the rail trail you tackle gentle gradient off-road riding through the historic gold and farming towns of Central Otago as you head across dramatic backdrop of the Maniototo Plains. From Middlemarch there is a short bike ride and then a spectacular train ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway to your final destination of Dunedin.
Equipment Included: Trek mountain bike for touring (with road tyres), Ortlieb rear pannier bags, front handlebar bag and comprehensive repair kit. Detailed itinerary, maps and notes on points of interest that you will pass.
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation in twin rooms with bathroom ensuite, in carefully selected B&B's, home stays and small friendly motels (breakfast included).
Difficulty: Days 1-9 Moderate to demanding route with longer days, averaging 60 to 100 kms per cycling day. Days 10-15 Moderate route with days averaging 60 kms per cycling day.
Day 1: Collect bicycle & equipment in Christchurch, and cycle to Methven.
Day 2: Methven to Geraldine.
Day 3: Geraldine to Lake Tekapo.
Day 4: Rest day/sightseeing.
Day 5: Lake Tekapo to Omarama.
Day 6: Omarama to Wanaka.
Day 7: Wanaka to Queenstown.
Day 8: Queenstown rest day and sightseeing.
Day 9: Queenstown to Clyde (start of the rail trail).
Day 10: Clyde to Lauder.
Day 11: Lauder to Ranfurly.
Day 12: Rest Day in Ranfurly.
Day 13: Ranfurly to Middlemarch.
Day 14: Middlemarch to Dunedin (via Taieri Gorge train ride).
Day 15: Sight seeing in Dunedin.
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