Alexandra - Chatto Creek

Alexandra to Chatto Creek   Distance: 17 km 

  • The Rail Trail crosses State Highway 85.
  • On the outskirts of town you will cycle over the Manuherikia Bridge No. 3.
  • Galloway is a popular stopping and meeting point for cyclists and support vehicles.
  • Further up is a red Line Ganger’s shed with information panels about the local area inside.
  • Keep an eye out for the colourful lupins flowering over the spring and summer seasons.
  • Continuing further up is the impressive Manuherikia No. 2 Bridge which is 120 metres long and 14 metres high. From the bridge you can watch trout or on a hot summer’s day swim in the river.
  • Leaving the Manuherikia River you will now follow the sublime Chatto Creek. Willows line the stream to the left and you will see and smell the thyme spread amongst the schist rock formations on the right.
  • Chatto Creek Tavern will draw you in with their fine food and friendly service.
Galloway Station

Galloway is a popular stopping and meeting point for cyclists and support vehicles.


Manuherikia Bridge No. 3

On the outskirts of town you will cycle over the Manuherikia Bridge No. 3.


Historic Galloway Pastoral Run Buildings

Galloway Station Homestead and Oubuildings date from the early 1860s, the earliest period of settlement in Central Otago. The Homestead, Stable, Chaff House and Men's Quarters are constructed from local stone and show considerable technical accomplishment in the stonework. This is privately owned but you can view it from the road side. Approximately 200 meters off the trail. 


Manuherikia Bridge No.2

Manuherikia Bridge No.2 is 120 metres long and 14 metres high. From the bridge you can watch trout or on a hot summer’s day swim in the river.


The Rail Trail Guide Book

The single most important resource when travelling the Central Otago Rail Trail

A beautifully crafted book with amazing photography by Peter Andrews showing Central Otago as it truly is, one of the most rugged, extreme and beautiful locations on the planet. Stunning scenery, amazing and important historical and current information, detailed maps, lists of accommodation, frequently asked questions, where to eat, how far between towns, etc. It’s all in here.

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