There's so many fantastic things to see and do while you're on your Rail Trail holiday ...
River track from Clyde to Alexandra
A good alternative to following the Rail Trail from Clyde to Alexandra is to leave Clyde Rail head and ride down into the township of Clyde. Cross the bridge and follow the signs leading to the Millennium walking/cycling track.
The millennium trail is a scenic trail that follows the true right of the Clutha River for 13 km, passing the Earnscleugh Tailings Historic Reserve en route to the Alexandra Bridge.
This small town is located just two km over the bridge of the Manuherikia River right beside Omakau. Be sure to check out the recently refurbished Pitches Store; a great place to stay or dine.
A quaint, eery little town off the beaten track about 17km from the Rail Trail at Oturehua. The local Vulcan Hotel is said to be haunted and the Blue Lake's 2km walking track is well worth doing.
Hayes Engineering Works
Farming folk are indebted to Ernest Hayes, a farmer and flour miller who began producing and selling farm tools from his Oturehua property.
As well as the internationally-acclaimed wire strainer, other Hayes inventions included pulley blocks and cattle stops – indispensable to farmers and still seen throughout New Zealand today!
The works and buildings have been well preserved and appear very much as they did when in operation. Well worth a look!
Also off the beaten track, 12km from Ranfurly, Naseby is surrounded by forest (with fantastic mountain biking tracks) and many of its historic buildings have been well-preserved. The town is also home to Maniototo Curling International which is an indoor centre turning out world-class curlers. You can have a go at curling yourself year-round and in the winter months, the ice luge and outside skate rink are also open.
If you're partial to the odd spot of trout fishing, you will find a number of rivers close-by which are natural spawning rivers for both rainbow and brown trout. But be sure to get a fishing licence!
Walk the Sutton Salt Lake
Sutton Salt Lake is located just south Middlemarch (Turn off SH 87 near the Sutton railway crossing. Turn west up Kidd Rd) The lake is nestled amongst tors, grassland and tussock and it's New Zealand's only salt lake. It has no water flowing in or out, so it is entirely filled by rainwater. The lake evaporates in dry periods.
Central Otago wines
Finish your Rail Trail holiday with a tour of some Central Otago's premier vineyards from Clyde to Queenstown. Phillip and Wendy at Appellation Wine Tours have been in the game a long time and know how to show you winos a good time!
Many accomodation places, restaurants and activity businesses will provide free transport when you book with them but somewhere along the way you might find you want your own set of wheels to go a bit further afield or to do things on your own time. With cars based at Wedderburn and Ranfurly, Trail Rentals is a good option.
Or, if you're looking for adventure, Maniototo 4WD Safaris is a great way to get around and see a bit of the high country!
We could go on and on...
Finding a highlight on the Otago Central Rail Trail is different for everyone. From stunning views, awesome eateries, cosy accomodations and unique off-trail activities ... it's all here... Book your Rail Trail holiday package with us and relax knowing you are about to experience the best of what the Rail Trail has to offer.