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Otago Central Rail Trail E-Bike Self-Guided Cycling Trail

1. Otago Central Rail Trail E-Bike Self-Guided Cycling Trail

In Clyde, you are fitted with your E-bike and briefed for your tour. Your driver will then take you to Auripo, on the way go through historic Ophir crossing one of New Zealand’s most iconic bridges, the Daniel O Connell Bridge. Built in the 1880's, Lord of the Rings fans may recognise it and your driver will give you a full commentary on all things local on the way. On arrival at Auripo, you will cycle off down the trail to the Poolburn Gorge. First up is the 40m high Railway Viaduct, closely followed by 2 tunnels. You will then cross the longest bridge on the Trail, and find little village of Lauder with the original train station (returned to the original spot after years of fundraising) awaits. From Lauder continues onto Omakau, from here you can add on a short detour to Ophir, check out New Zealand’s oldest operating Post Office, cross the historic stone bridge and re-join the Trail in Omakau. Crossover Tiger Hill and earn a drink at a local country hotel, before following the Manuherikia River to Alexandra. Then it is back via Rail Trail to Clyde or divert through Alexandra and follow the stunning River track back to Clyde.

Otago: Rail Trail Self-Guided Biking Experience

2. Otago: Rail Trail Self-Guided Biking Experience

Feel the breeze through your hair and explore Otago by bike with this unique self-guided tour. After arriving at your meeting point and being fitted with a bike, you will set off to discover this stunning part of New Zealand. To kick off your tour, a driver will take you on a 45-minute journey to your drop off point in Auripo. On the way, you will pass through the historic town of Ophir, crossing one of New Zealand's most iconinc bridges built in the 1880s. As you travel, learn about all things local from your experienced driver/ guide.  After arriving in Auripo, you will head off down the cycle trail into the Poolburn Gorge. Enjoy a spectacular ride over a 40 meter high railway viaduct, through tunnels and across the longest bridge on the trail. Stop off for a delicious coffee at the Stationside Café before reaching the quaint village of Lauder with its original train station.  Once you reach Omakau, you can take a short detour to Ophir and visit New Zealand's oldest operating post office. After rejoining the trail near Domain, pedal up Tiger Hill before cycling along the beautiful banks of the Manuherikia River. Take your time to enjoy everything the region has to offer by simply riding back to your starting location. 

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