Otago rail trail

Arguably the most iconic trail in our collection.
Operating since 2003, the Otago Rail Trail gently winds through gorges, towns and across farmland.
The perfect tour for those wanting to stretch their legs.

About this tour

Cycle through beautiful ‘big sky’ country and timeless landscapes. Meet the locals and communities with histories dating back to the 1860s.

Total Distance: 150km
Difficulty: Grade 1
Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights
Price From: $2,295 NZD pp
Start | End: Starts & finishes in Christchurch, or Queenstown, Clyde or Dunedin


Rated as one of the easier cycle trails in New Zealand due to its gentle inclines, the Otago Rail Trail is the perfect place to start exploring this special part of the country by bike. Soak up the epic scenery, take in the huge amount of history, and meet the local legendary characters famous for their ‘Southern hospitality’.

  • Explore the historic gold mining town of St Bathans
  • Visit the Strath Taieri Plain, an area used in the filming of the Hobbit Trilogies.
  • Visit Hayes Engineering Works
  • Feel the warmth of the 4th & 5th generation hospitality

Tour Dates

If your preferred tour date below has been marked as ‘fully booked’, please get in touch with us. We may have cancellations, and therefore some space might become available.

23-27 Oct 2024$2295Spaces AvailableBook now
19-23 Nov 2024$2295Spaces AvailableBook now
28 Jan -1 Feb 2025$2295Spaces AvailableBook now
4-8 Mar 2025$2295Spaces AvailableBook now
8-12 Apr 2025$2295Fully BookedBook now

If you have a group and the above dates don’t suit, please get in touch with us. We specialise in Private and Bespoke Tours and we will put one together for you. 🙂

Trail Map

The Otago Rail Trail traverses the region’s isolated unique heartland and takes you to places preserved by the dry climates and distinct seasons. This trail follows the former Otago Central railway line between Middlemarch and Clyde.


“Wow. What a fantastic trip with PureTrails NZ. Well organised with great accommodation and meals. From start to finish our host was fun and professional at the same time. Bikes were well maintained without fault. I would thoroughly recommend PureTrails if you are thinking about this ride or any other.”

Craig McKay | Bowentown