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Mountain biking the Otago Central Rail Trail from Middlemarch, near Dunedin (3 days)

Follow a certified guide into the beautiful wilds of New Zealand’s South Island and cruise the Otago Central Rail Trail on a guided three-day mountain biking program near Dunedin, exploring the rugged landscape from Middlemarch to Clyde.

Duration3 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelAll Levels
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate


  • Spend multiple days in the natural splendor of the South Island of New Zealand.

  • See an incredible mix of terrain, including river-cut gorges and tunnels.

  • Bike 151 kilometers at a reasonable pace with plenty of sites to visit.


Take on a classic New Zealand route and mountain bike the Otago Central Rail Trail from Middlemarch to Clyde! This guided three-day program takes you through the high country near Dunedin for three days of fantastic riding, viewing canyons and viaducts along a 151-kilometer trail!

Just 80 kilometers from Dunedin, the Otago Central Rail Trail is a remarkable journey for sight-seeking mountain bikers. Built between 1891 and 1907, this route follows the old railway through the heart of New Zealand countryside.

Loaded with historic gold mining towns, a rugged and meandering landscape, and an abundance of picturesque scenery on both sides of the trail, the Otago Region is a great way to explore an iconic region of New Zealand and the South Island. You can even grab a Rail Trail Passport and commemorate your stops in the twenty villages you ride through.

This is precisely what you will be doing! After meeting early in Middlemarch on the first day, we will embark on our 151-kilometer journey into Otago, enjoying two nights on the trail. There are plenty of comfortable and accommodating places to stop along the way, so the options are endless on our way to the finish at Clyde. It is a perfect way for family and friends to explore the beautiful setting of South New Zealand.

The Otago Central Rail Trail is well-posted, so you will never feel lost on your journey. We can modify our itinerary to fit your needs and abilities. Bridges, meadows, tunnels, stunning outcropping, and so much more await in the Otago region. Ride by drylands and grasslands while taking in the immaculate nature sprawling out in every direction.

There is no return to the beginning of the trip, so make sure you plan your return trip ahead of time. The Taieri Gorge Railway provides access from Dunedin to Middlemarch and back, so personal travel and private transport of luggage from Clyde to your next destination in Otago can easily be arranged.

This is a captivating and pleasant ride open to all. A general fitness level and mental fortitude to complete a sustained three-day ride averaging 50 kilometers a day is required. The adjustable pace of the ride makes it a perfect experience for everyone, as do the diverse attractions along the way.

Book this unforgettable Otago Central Rail Trail guided mountain biking program NOW and spend three days in the pristine wilderness on a class course from Middlemarch to Clyde, just outside of Dunedin!

We can also shorten the itinerary and head out onto the Otago Peninsula from Dunedin on a mountain biking day program!

Meeting point

We will meet in Middlemarch. Contact us upon booking for more information regarding our meeting point.



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Prices per person

Group of 1

NZD 1794 each

Group of 2

NZD 897 each

Group of 3

NZD 598 each

Group of 4

NZD 449 each

Group of 5

NZD 361 each

Group of 6

NZD 299 each

Group of 7

NZD 258 each

Group of 8

NZD 227 each

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• Guiding fee

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• The price includes the guiding fee only.

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