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'Mountains to The Sea' Otago Central Rail Trail Cycling 5D4N, Fully Guided Small Group

'Mountains to The Sea' Otago Central Rail Trail Cycling 5D4N, Fully Guided Small Group

'Mountains to The Sea' Otago Central Rail Trail Cycling 5D4N, Fully Guided Small Group


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At A Glance Departures

This cycle adventure is a 5 day/4 night guided tour on the Otago Central Rail Trail, a scenic and historic journey into the Central Otago heartland. You'll cycling 4 to 5 hours per day on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient, traversing ever-changing mountainous, rugged landscapes, tunnels, viaducts, spectacular river gorges, old historic gold-mining villages and more. Finish your Otago Central Rail Trail cycling adventure with Taieri Gorge Train ride - scenic, spectacular and riddled with history and nostalgia.

You will soon to understand why Otago Central Rail Trail is favoured by so many cyclists. You can get a Rail Trail Passport, which can be stamped at every historic station you pass through. You will ride passing many beautiful Mountain ranges, Rock and Pillar Range, the Kakanuis, Rough Ridge, Raggedy Range, the Hawkduns and the Dunstan Range. But you won't have to climb any of them, because the trail follows an old railway line. You will ride through many charming historic townships, with cafés and restaurants showcasing the region’s fantastic food, wine and beer. Let your thoughts wander to the next meal, because great food, wine and craft beer are part of this amazing adventure.

You'll be supported with a local experienced tour guide and support vehicle while you are on the trail. The guides are passionate and knowledgeable about the trail and the area and this will all add to making this a tour to remember.

Accommodation is included each night at old historic hotels. You luggages will be transferred to accommodation. You only need to carry a daypack.

All meals are included for the duration of the cycling tours as noted in the itinerary.

The trip starts from Queenstown and concludes either in Dunedin (by train) or Queenstown (by bus).

The 'Mountains to The Sea' Cycling 5D4N tour is a relaxed cycling tour for you to experience the iconic Otago Central Rail Trail.

2019 Departure Dates:
November: 18

2020 Departure Dates:
February: 3, 17
March: 2, 16, 30
April: 26
May: 11
October: 22
November: 16

2021 Departure Dates:
January: 18
February: 8, 22
March: 8, 22
April: 8

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates and availability. A date of your choice is available for groups of 6 or more people. Subject to availability.E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 


    Otago Central Rail Trail: Named after the original railway line, completed in 1921, the Otago Central Rail Trail was once a busy rail route that looked after farmers, orchardists and gold miners. Today it is New Zealand’s original ‘great ride’ - a multi-day cycle journey that is steeped in history. With the entire length of 150 kilometres, over 20 townships, you'll traverse ever-changing mountainous, rugged landscapes, tunnels, viaducts, spectacular river gorges, old historic gold-mining villages and more.

    Otago Central Rail Trail is open all year round. It's all off-road, no traffic, just Central Otago's big skies and distinctive landscape to enjoy. Each stage of this multi-day cycle adventure delivers something different. Highlights include tunnels, viaducts, historic buildings and gold mining relics.

    Otago Central Rail Trail
    The trail is easy to cycle on. It's compacted hard gravel pathway, not sealed. It's 2-way and wide enough for cyclists to pass each other comfortably. There are no really steep hills. The trail is suitable for all ages, but you need to be reasonably fit and competent on a bike.
  • Accommodation

    4 nights' accommodation at four different hotels (4 to 4.5 star).

    ASURE Avenue Motel (4 star)
    Situated for easy access to the town centre and easy access to the Central Otago Rail Trail, the motel offers quality units. 5-minute walk from Molyneux Park.

    Lauder School B&B
    Lauder School Bed and Breakfast is just 200m off the Otago Central Rail Trail and offers modernized heritage accommodation to suit everyone’s needs. Soak away your aches and pains in the complimentary outdoor spa, relax in the country garden, and socialize with friends

    Wedderburn Cottages (4 star)
    Wedderburn Cottages is situated right on the Central Otago Rail Trail with direct access from the trail itself. Nestled under the Hawkdun Range and surrounded by stunning landscape of farmland and tussock country, Wedderburn Cottages offer self-contained cottage accommodation. From the veranda and lounge you have an uninterrupted view of the Hawkdun Range.

    Waipiata Country Hotel or Tussock Lodge (4 star)
    Your last night accommodation is at either Waipiata Country Hotel or Tussock Lodge depending on availability. Standing on the site since 1899, Waipiata Country Hotel offers genuine country hospitality, with warm cosy fires for winter and an Alfresco deck for Summer and stunning views make the hotel the perfect place to stay all year round.

    Otago Central Rail Trail Waipiata Hotel
    Named after the prolific native grasses that dominate the Central Otago landscape, Tussock Lodge is secluded alongside the Otago Rail Trail. The Taieri river is a short walk away. Wildlife abounds in this secluded area and it’s easy to spot hawks, pigs, deer, goats, rabbits, skinks, geckos, owls and the rare blue herons.

    Please contact us for accommodation upgrades. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Food & Wine

    While you're cycling along the Otago Central Rail Trail you can let your thoughts wander to the next meal, because great food, wine and craft beer are part of this amazing adventure. All meals are provided except for lunch and dinner on Day 1, and lunch on Day 5. The tour also includes 4x morning teas and 3x afternoon teas.

    Breakfast A continental breakfast or cooked breakfast is included each day.

    Lunch A freshly packed lunch (sandwich, home baking, fruit and a juice) will be provided.

    Morning and Afternoon tea snacks are will be provided on the trail each day.

    Otago Central Rail Trail Waipiata Hotel Food
    Dinner Dinners at accommodation or local restaurants.
  • Experiences

    - Guided cycle adventure with a local experienced tour guide and support vehicle while you are on the trail. The guides are passionate and knowledgeable about the trail
    - Small group of 10 or less
    - Four nights accommodation at historic hotels close to the trail
    - 4x breakfasts, 3x lunches, 3x dinners
    - Taieri Gorge Train ride from Middlemarch to Dunedin
    - Sidetrips (Ophir, St Bathans and Naseby for Curling)
    - Queenstown return transfers
    - All cycle equipment provided
  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • What's included

    - Cycle equipments: bicycle, helmet, repair kit, panniers, odometer and trail documentation
    - One knowledgeable driver/tour guide to accompany tour party and for on trail support
    - All ensuite accommodation based on twin/double share
    - Queenstown to Clyde to start your cycling trip
    - All meals as specified (except the first night in Alexandra and lunch when you finish in Middlemarch) 4 morning teas and 3 afternoon teas
    - Secure car storage if driving yourself to Clyde
    - Sidetrips (Ophir, St Bathans and Naseby for Curling)
    - Bus transport from Middlemarch to Clyde or Queenstown if required (Hotel drop off)
    - Taieri Gorge Train from Middlemarch to Dunedin
  • cycle distance

    Day 1: Cycle 8 -16 km
    Day 2: Cycle 28 km
    Day 3: Cycle 42 km
    Day 4: Cycle 43 km
    Day 5: Cycle 29 km

    Total: Approximately 150 km cycling

    Easy to Moderate
  • FAQs

    Extremely low rainfall along most of the Rail Trail means drinking water is not as freely available as in other parts of New Zealand.
 Be prepared by taking plenty of water with you when venturing out on to the Trail. If you do run short, many businesses stock and sell bottled drinking water.

    To avoid getting saddle sore we recommend you do some regular biking before your tour. During the trip, you can help avoid soreness by easing up off the saddle each time you are going down hill. If you do get saddle sore try bland creams such as Vaseline, or commercial products such as Chafe Ease.

    The tour will allow time for toilet stops at frequent intervals when you stop for meals and snacks. There are also quite a few trailside toilets and you would be advised to carry a small supply of paper or tissues for use in these. WHAT TO BRING
    Choose which items are necessary for your tour:

    - Shoes - sneakers, gym shoes, trainers, bike shoes etc with good solid soles (not bare toes)
    - Comfy shorts, track pants (no heavy seams). Bike shorts are a worthwhile investment
    - Polypropylene clothing
    - Sunscreen, hat, Lip balm and sunglasses
    - Cell phone (bear in mind there is no signal in some Central Otago areas)
    - Camera
    - Windproof/waterproof jacket
    - Torch (for tunnels)
    - Water bottle  our bikes have bottle cages that hold a 750ml bottle; you can purchase these at our depots
    - Bike Gloves
    - Casual eveningwear if required
    - If you have any special medication, please remember to pack with you day gear on arrival.

    WHAT YOU WILL BE SUPPLIED - Cycle equipments: bicycle, helmet, repair kit, panniers, odometer and trail documentation
    - Spare inner tube, tools, puncture repair kit, and pump. Your guide will also have repair equipment.

    We will supply first aid pack which will be located in the support vehicle.

  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Queenstown
    - Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Queenstown

    We provide private car or helicopter transfer service. Please contact us to quote and arrange private transfer. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Weather and Climate

    Central Otago has the most distinctive climate in New Zealand, hot summers, cold winters and low rainfall. You can experience four seasons in one day on the Otago Central Rail Trail, so carry clothing sufficient to cope with a range of temperatures. Be sure to apply sunscreen no matter what the season as the sun can burn in even in colder months.

    Check out the local weather forecast for Alexandra.
  • Other Information

    OCT4 Pty Ltd trading as ONLY LUXE CLUB acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by ONLYLUXE CLUB.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to ONLYLUXE CLUB. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price. The current surcharge for all credit cards is 3% of the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    The participant agrees to indemnify OCT4 PTY LTD, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise OCT4 PTY LTD and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. OCT 4 PTY LTD and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which OCT4 Pty Ltd or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure OCT4 Pty Ltd will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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