ON YOUR BIKE
the otago Central Rail traiL
& Local Activities
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 or two 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
At Lauder Store we offer BIKE HIRE (&helmets) to guests (at a reduced rate) and other cyclists.
Just turn up, hire a bike and take off on a riding adventure.
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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 on the RailTrail. They serve delicious home baking and excellent coffee, as well as a range of delicious breakfast and lunch options.
Within ten minutes drive you'll find a great selection 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 historically 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.