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The Otago Central Rail Trail

 

RIDE IT   |    WALK IT    |    EXPERIENCE IT 


Once the route of a bustling railway line, the Rail Trail is a 150km gravel path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It's gentle gradient has no steep hills, and takes 3-5 days to complete starting in either direction.  The many friendly small towns along the way offer good food and accommodation. Make sure to spend a night with us in Lauder on your travels!

 

This is New Zealand’s first Rail Trail and it will take you across old wooden trestle bridges and viaducts, past schist rock, parched hills, tussock grasses, awesome gorge scenery and spectacular mountains, through farmlands and tunnels to historic landmarks, goldfields and pioneer settlements.

 

Lauder is the perfect spot from which to set out on half day or day rides on the Rail Trail. Within only 7km of Lauder you'll experience some of the most spectacular and historical aspects of the trail:

  • A view of the Niwa dome

  • Manuherikia No 1 bridge - the longest bridge of the trail  

  • Poolburn Tunnels No. 2 and No. 1

  • Poolburn Viaduct 

At Lauder Store B&B we offer Bike Hire onsite, so just turn up and take off!

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Dining in & around LaudeR
 

Within walking distance from Lauder Store Accommodation you'll find Lauder Hotel and Stationside Cafe. Lauder Hotel is directly across the road from us, and is well worth a visit for it's genuine country welcome along with great meals and local wines. Stationside Café, is another minute or so away,right beside the old Lauder Station site. They serve delicious home baking and excellent coffee, as well as a range of delicious lunch options.

 

Within ten minutes drive you'll find a host of dining options in Omakau and historic Ophir. The hosts at Becks Hotel, Blacks Hotel (Ophir) or Omakau Hotel will offer free transportion in their courtesy vans.

THINGS TO DO
 

We can provide information and directions to beautiful and hstoriacally significant sites and towns in our local area. For example you may enjoy day or half day trips to St Bathans, Ophir, Naseby, the Lower Manorburn Dam, Conroys Dam, Alexandra, Clyde, Clyde River Trail, Clyde Hydro-Dam, and many other attractions including those listed below.

Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead

Marvel at a fully operational Victorian workshop where Ernest Hayes invented devices still used today, and imagine his wife Hannah, in full skirts and corset, pedalling through Central Otago selling them!

Great Rides App

New Zealand's best guide and tracking app for the Great Rides:
- track your position on the trail
- see key stops on the trail
- find information about trail sections
- find bike related services

Because they have been operating self-drive, self-guided 4×4 tours for the past 20 years the High Country Journeys team have plenty of experience in making sure you’ll have many happy, memorable experiences on your own self-drive adventure that’ll take you into the heart of the South Island high country. 

Naseby Curling Rink

If you’ve considered trying curling, but thought it looked too difficult, think again! Indoor Curling is a lot easier than you may think! Forget the professionals - Curling is for everyone! Bring your whole family and head down to the rink. 

Maniototo 4WD Safaris & Tours

With Maniototo 4wd Safaris you can experience the spectacular scenery and ‘big skies’ of the rugged tussock lands of our high country as well as visiting many picturesque and historical places and goldfields on the Maniototo plain. 

Alexandra

It's known as the hottest, driest and coldest town in New Zealand, and it's because of those extremes that Alexandra, in Central Otago, is a popular destination for national and international visitors.

Alexandra Blossom Festival

An entire weekend celebrating the arrival of spring, the festival celebrates it's 60th year in 2016. Celebrations will take place on the weekend of 22nd September in 2016.

The Alexandra Thyme Festival, held in November, in Pioneer Park, Alexandra, is a week which celebrates the arts and sustainability with the theme of Cherishing our Environment. 

The festival is Central Otago’s biggest celebration of locally produced wines and is held every year on Easter Sunday. From humble beginnings when about five wineries took part, the festival has grown over the years with more than 20 wine producers now attending.

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WEDDINGS IN LAUDER

Central Otago Country Weddings are the people to see for a beautiful Central Otago country wedding! Wedding parties and guests will enjoy staying with us while attending weddings. Our accommodation sleeps up to 14 people and provides a scenic setting for friends and family to gather and celebrate.

Central Otago Country Weddings

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