Rail Trail Travel Planner

We can plan, organise and book your Otago Rail Trail trip from a range of options available. You can choose to ride or walk the 150km trail independently or enjoy the benefits of a fully supported package.

We will customise your trip to suit your needs, including time available and budget. Let us know your requirements and how we can best help to ensure a hassle free adventure.

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Client feedback:

I would really like to thank you for looking after Sue and myself so well on our rather gruelling Otago Rail Trail. We appreciated the attention you paid to our welfare. (Yes…. I remember!! We were wrong!).

Rose Cottage was by far the best bed and breakfast we stayed in on the Rail Trail. Noel was a most considerate and helpful guide. Noel’s knowledge of the area meant that we got to see very interesting sights after our day’s biking that we would never otherwise have known about. Noel took very good care of us. Accommodation and activities on our Rail Trail trip were carefully planned and were very enjoyable.

Despite our lack of preparation and the weather we both really enjoyed biking the Rail Trail and we attribute that enjoyment in large part to you Noel. Thank you.

Julie Girvan
Sue Pearson

Rail Trail Packages

At Rail Trail Planner we provide a number of customised, guided bike riding packages. Choose from the following:

  • Guided packages for small groups (maximum of ten people), which includes off-the-trail side trips
  • Super Comfort Packages – our premium tour includes river cruise, wine tasting and exceptional accommodation

Guided Rail Trail packages with side trips

Our guided Rail Trail packages are priced to include all accommodation, breakfasts, bike hires, transport and guiding. Side-trips to the historic goldfield towns of St Bathans, Naseby and Hamiltons are an important part of our Rail Trail experience. If your time permits we also include a visit to Dry Gully Vineyard on Earnscleugh Rd at Alexandra.

We book your evening meals after discussing with you the different dining experiences available. Although we can provide daily lunches it is recommended you choose to buy these, including snacks and coffee, at the various cafes and pubs along the way.

Chilled water, energy bars and sunscreen are available from your support vehicle. You will enjoy a relaxing and satisfying time surrounded by beautiful scenery.

These trips are limited to a maximum party size of ten and can be booked for dates to suit your group.

To request further information or to tell us about your requirements please email us at inquiries@railtrailplanner.co.nz or phone: 64 3 464 3755 Mobile: 027 251 0049

Guided Rail Trail sample package with side trips (5 days)

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These packages are fully supported. Minimum number for trip to go ahead: 4 people. Trips can be customized to meet your specific requirements.

Day One:
  1. Transfer from Dunedin Airport to Middlemarch.
  2. Accommodation: Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast or Strathmore Bed and Breakfast. Tariff: $140 per couple. Includes breakfast.
  3. Side-trip to Sutton Salt Lake - New Zealand’s only inland salt lake. Experience the remoteness and rocky landscapes of the Strath Taieri Valley whilst visiting historic sites.
  4. Venue for evening meal: Quench Café.
Day Two:
  1. We transport yourselves and bikes to Clyde.
  2. Cycle from Clyde to Omakau (35km)
  3. Accommodation: Omakau Accommodation.
    Tariff: $150.00 per couple. Includes breakfast.
  4. Side-trip to Ophir – to include historic post-office, goldfields jailhouse and Daniel O’Connell suspension bridge.
  5. Venue for evening meal: Omakau Hotel.
Day Three:
  1. Cycle from Omakau to Oturehua (32km)
  2. Accommodation: Inverlair Lodge. Tariff: $160.00 per couple. (Includes breakfast)
  3. Trip to historic towns of Cambrian and St Bathans. Visit Vulcan Hotel. View unique Blue Lake and soak up the atmosphere of historic gold-mining towns.
  4. Travel to the historic gold-mining town of Naseby. Experience Curling. Cost: $70.00 per couple for 90 minutes.
  5. Venue for evening meal: 2000ft Restaurant, Naseby.
Day Four:
  1. Visits: Hayes engineering and Gilchrist’s General Store.
  2. Cycle from Oturehua to Waipiata (33km)
  3. Accommodation: Tussock Lodge. Tariff: $160.00 per couple. Includes light continental breakfast.
  4. Trip to Hamiltons ghost town and restored cemetery located on the lower slopes of the Rock and Pillar Range.
  5. Venue for evening meal: Waipiata Hotel 
Day Five:
  1. Cycle from Waipiata to Middlemarch (51km)
  2. Celebrate completion at Quench Café in Middlemarch.
  3. Taieri Gorge Railway trip from Middlemarch to Dunedin. Departs Pukerangi at 4:45p.m. - Arrives in Dunedin at 6:30p.m.

Itemized cost per couple for 5-day fully-supported and guided Rail Trail package:

Pick-up and transfer from Dunedin or Dunedin airport: $120.00
Accommodation 4 nights + breakfasts: $610.00
Mini bus transfer from Middlemarch to Clyde $120.00
Bike Hire: 4 days (panniers included): $360.00
Bag transfers / Side-trips / full support for trip: $500.00
Returning bikes to base: $20.00
Curling: $70.00
Taieri Gorge Train from Middlemarch to Dunedin: $150.00
Total cost per couple with full support, guiding and side-trips $1,960.00


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Super Comfort Rail Trail package – our premium tour (6 days)

These fully supported and guided six-day packages feature exceptional accommodation, fine dining, a river-boat cruise on the mighty Clutha River and a wine tasting tour.

These trips are limited to a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 people, and can be booked for dates to suit your group. Transport is provided in our 2014 4WD Land Rover Defender.

Super Comfort Rail Trail sample package

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Day One
  1. Transfer by Connexions bus from Queenstown to Clyde where we meet you for the tour briefing over a cup of coffee.
  2. Clutha River Boat Cruise commencing at 11a.m from Alexandra.
  3. 1:30p.m. Lunch: Courthouse Café in Alexandra.
  4. Vineyard Tour: Black Ridge, Dry Gully and Judge Rock Vineyards.
  5. Accommodation: Oliver’s Lodge and Stables. Tariff: $235.00 per couple. Includes breakfast
  6. Venue for evening meal: Oliver's Restaurant.
Day Two
  1. Cycle from Clyde to Omakau and then to Ophir (38km)
  2. Lunch at award winning Chatto Creek Tavern.
  3. Accommodation: Pitches Store at Ophir. Tariff: $295.00 per couple. Includes breakfast.
  4. Venue for evening meal: Pitches Store.
  5. Admire historic cottages; we visit the historic post-office, goldfields jailhouse and Daniel O’Connell suspension bridge.
Day Three
  1. Cycle from Omakau to Oturehua  (32km)
  2. Accommodation: Inverlair Lodge. Tariff: $160.00 per couple. Includes breakfast.
  3. Trip to explore the historic gold mining towns of Cambrian and St Bathans.
  4. Venue for evening meal: St Bathans Hotel.
Day Four
  1. Exploration Day.
  2. In the morning we cycle 2km to Hayes Engineering for a Hayes Roast coffee and a tour of the factory and homestead.
  3. We then cycle back into Oturehua to visit the historic Gilchrists Store and the Golden Progress Mine.
  4. Lunch at Ida Valley Kitchen.
  5. Trip to historic and picturesque Naseby. Experience the game of curling at the indoor international curling rink.
  6. Venue for evening meal: Oturehua Railway Hotel.
  7. Accommodation: Inverlair Lodge. Tariff: $160.00 per couple. Includes breakfast.
Day Five
  1. Cycle Oturehua to Kokonga (42km)
  2. Accommodation: Kokonga Lodge. Tariff: $295.00 per couple. Includes breakfast.
  3. Venue for evening meal: Kokonga Lodge.
Day Six
  1. Cycle Kokonga to Middlemarch. (41km)
  2. Celebrate trail completion at Quench Café.
  3. 4:00p.m. transfer from Middlemarch to Taieri Gorge train at Pukerangi.
  4. Taieri Gorge train to Dunedin leaving at 4:45p.m and arriving in Dunedin at 6:30p.m.

Itemised cost per couple for 6 day super comfort Rail Trail package

Connexions bus transfer from Queenstown to Clyde $70.00
Accommodation 5 nights + breakfasts $1,145.00
Bike Hire: 5 days (panniers included) $450.00
Returning bikes to base $20.00
Bag Transfers/guiding/ full support $800.00
Clutha River Cruise $190.00
Curling in Naseby $70.00
Hayes Engineering visit $30.00
Vineyard Tour and tasting $80.00
Taieri Gorge Train Transfer $44.00
Taieri Gorge Train to Dunedin $130.00
Total cost per couple for our fully guided super comfort Rail Trail package $3,019.00


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Last updated: 8 March 2016


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