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THE LUXURY

Gourmet Rail Trail

Our premier luxury experience, this cycling culinary journey takes you on a gastronomical adventure along the Otago Central Rail Trail. If you love food, wine and craft beer while being active and enjoying luxury, this gourmet experience is for you. Cycle through the breath-taking views, fascinating history and sample some of Otago’s finest accommodation, gourmet and country pub dining.

Highlights

  • The Otago Central Rail Trail
  • Dine in Central Otago’s best restaurants along the Trail
  • Some of the best regional wines, craft beers and non alcoholic beverages
  • The best rooms and luxury accommodation throughout
  • Visit two of Central Otago’s best wineries

Your Luxury Experience Includes:

  • 4 nights luxury / boutique accommodation
  • 5 days e-bike hire with all accessories
  • All breakfast, lunch and evening meals
  • Have a Go Curling Session
  • Sightseeing trip to St Bathans
  • Return transfers – Queenstown to Clyde, Ranfurly to Naseby return, Middlemarch to Queenstown or Dunedin
  • Fully supported private trip with The Luxury Trail Co, private van and driver throughout.

Itinerary

This is a taste of what your Luxury Gourmet Rail Trail experience will look like.

You will be picked up from Queenstown and transferred to the historic township of Clyde. Once a bustling gold mining village, today Clyde is famous for its historic precinct, cafes, restaurants and galleries. Enjoy lunch at one of the Clyde cafes. Enjoy an afternoon ride on the Clyde to Alexandra River Track – a lovely walking and cycling track which runs alongside the mighty Clutha River. On your return cycle to Clyde on the Rail Trail you may wish to call into one of the Alexandra Vineyards.

Today you will cycle through typical Central Otago landscapes of wild thyme and schist rock. Enjoy lunch before ascending Tiger Hill a gentle ‘S’ bend climb to the top of Tiger Hill. It is then downhill into Omakau.

Today you will enjoy a sightseeing trip to the historic Gold Mining town of St Bathans before Cycling the most popular and scenic section of the Otago Central Rail Trail – The Poolburn Gorge. You will cycle through schist cuttings, through two long tunnels and over the 37m high Poolburn Viaduct. With spectacular 360 degree views, you will be immersed Central Otago beauty! Visit Hayes Engineering, 1km before Oturehua, and marvel at the workshop and homestead of inventor Ernest Hayes, 19th century pioneers whose resourcefulness, skill and determination define the spirit of “kiwi ingenuity”. Enjoy a well-earned coffee and lunch. After lunch cycle into Oturehua and step back into yesteryear and visit the Gilchrist General Store.

Today you will cross the highest point on the Trail then drop down into Wedderburn and cross the Maniototo Plains to the art deco town of Ranfurly. The team from Luxury Trail Co. will meet you in Ranfurly and transport you to Naseby for a Have a Go Curling Session – enjoy a hot time on ice!

Today is your final day on the Otago Central Rail Trail. From Kokonga you will enter the upper Taieri Gorge, another scenic and popular section on the Rail Trail. The picturesque gorge follows the Taieri River as it meanders south through the Strath Taieri Valley. You will cross the Prices Creek Viaduct and enter the 152m long Prices Creek tunnel. Between Hyde and Middlemarch, you will pass the site known as Straw Cutting, where on 4 June 1943 the Cromwell to Dunedin passenger train crashed, killing 21 passengers. You will cycle through the heart of the Strath Taieri with the vast Rock and Pillar range on your right.

Helpful information

We’re all about giving you the best experience possible, here are some notes that you might find helpful.

Yes, return transfers to and from Queenstown and back to Queenstown or Dunedin. And you will be fully supported privately with The Luxury Trail Co, with private van and driver throughout. Daily baggage transfers (2 bags per person – maximum weight limit per bag – 15kg).

  • Lunches, snacks and drinks
  • Alcoholic beverages

We supply a fleet of excellent, comfortable e-bikes with high spec components. Along with all the accessories you might need like gel seats, panniers and more to ensure a comfortable ride.

Grade 1 (Easiest) – Suitable for novice riders, families and those seeking an easy, relaxing cycling experience. Gravel surface with only gentle climbs.

Itineraries are subject to changes due to availability, weather conditions and or factors outside our control.

What people say

  • star rating  We were booked and had to postpone 3 times due to Covid restrictions. We had paid the full price up front and were encouraged to postpone, which was fine. However... read more

    Barbara L
    28 November 2021

    star rating  A very special trip, what a wonderful team who provided everything for a great, comfortable and very well fed trip.

    Scottrodgers
    13 April 2021

    star rating  Right from the beginning of enquiring to the celebration lunch at the end of the trail, it was an incredible experience. Nick, Andrea and team are so professional, easy to... read more

    WLMD0
    17 December 2020
  • star rating  This tour exceeded all expectations from the brilliant accomodating communication to the food, accom, bike equipment and scenery. Don't miss curling in Nasby, it is 'must do'.
    Cheers Sos... read more

    Sunshine53563689895
    7 December 2020

    star rating  We did the Otago Rail Trail in the last week of March. We had a great time. Nick,Andrea, Rosco, Claire and Gwyneth were amazing, friendly and welcoming. Accommodation was outstanding... read more

    Wharepoa63
    12 April 2021

    star rating  We were fortunate enough to have an amazing 4 days with great friends, cycling the Rail Trail from Clyde to Middlemarch.

    The weather was fantastic, the daily... read more

    Sabbatical2018LoveIt
    1 February 2021
  • star rating  We had a wonderful experience cycling the Otago Rail Trail with friends and family. LRT are a first class operator and made the experience super easy and fun. ... read more

    SophieM4161
    7 February 2021

    star rating  I had an amazing time thanks to Nick, Andrea, and Clare. The three of them worked together as a team to look after me and to make sure that... read more

    BobBlackadderJones
    17 February 2021

    star rating  Highly recommended, we had the most wonderful time. Nick and Andrea are very knowledgeable, professional and great to talk to. Them and the rest of the team made... read more

    29Silviarue
    11 January 2021
  • star rating  An amazing tour thanks to the team at Luxury Rail Trail Tours.
    We travelled with 12 friends for two special occasions and everyone is still raving about this holiday.... read more

    Paradisebeachpapamoa
    4 April 2021

    star rating  We were initially a little overwhelmed by the choice of operators to help us cycle the rail trail and almost gave up booking anything. We wanted a personal experience... read more

    RidgwayPark
    17 January 2021

    star rating  Very very good organisers, both the owner Nick and our main guide Roscoe
    Accommodation was perfect, no small beds, lots of fluffy towels, and small touches.
    Everything well organised. Great... read more

    RobertS13200
    15 March 2021

What people say

  • star rating  We were initially a little overwhelmed by the choice of operators to help us cycle the rail trail and almost gave up booking anything. We wanted a personal experience... read more

    RidgwayPark
    17 January 2021
  • star rating  A very special trip, what a wonderful team who provided everything for a great, comfortable and very well fed trip.

    Scottrodgers
    13 April 2021
  • star rating  Highly recommended, we had the most wonderful time. Nick and Andrea are very knowledgeable, professional and great to talk to. Them and the rest of the team made... read more

    29Silviarue
    11 January 2021
  • star rating  I had an amazing time thanks to Nick, Andrea, and Clare. The three of them worked together as a team to look after me and to make sure that... read more

    BobBlackadderJones
    17 February 2021
  • star rating  We did the Otago Rail Trail in the last week of March. We had a great time. Nick,Andrea, Rosco, Claire and Gwyneth were amazing, friendly and welcoming. Accommodation was outstanding... read more

    Wharepoa63
    12 April 2021
  • star rating  Very very good organisers, both the owner Nick and our main guide Roscoe
    Accommodation was perfect, no small beds, lots of fluffy towels, and small touches.
    Everything well organised. Great... read more

    RobertS13200
    15 March 2021
  • star rating  Right from the beginning of enquiring to the celebration lunch at the end of the trail, it was an incredible experience. Nick, Andrea and team are so professional, easy to... read more

    WLMD0
    17 December 2020
  • star rating  We were booked and had to postpone 3 times due to Covid restrictions. We had paid the full price up front and were encouraged to postpone, which was fine. However... read more

    Barbara L
    28 November 2021
  • star rating  We were fortunate enough to have an amazing 4 days with great friends, cycling the Rail Trail from Clyde to Middlemarch.

    The weather was fantastic, the daily... read more

    Sabbatical2018LoveIt
    1 February 2021
  • star rating  An amazing tour thanks to the team at Luxury Rail Trail Tours.
    We travelled with 12 friends for two special occasions and everyone is still raving about this holiday.... read more

    Paradisebeachpapamoa
    4 April 2021

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