Kokonga - Hyde

Kokonga - Dasiy Bank Car Park 4km

  • The Trail runs adjacent to State Highway 87 with the impressive Kakanui Mountains to the east.
  • The Daisy Bank car park is an ideal place to meet support vehicles, as it is clearly signposted on State Highway 87 and the Rail Trail itself. 

Daisy Bank Car Park - Tiroiti 4 km

  • Be careful when crossing State Highway 87 because it is a sweeping corner.
  • This section has dramatic terrain with many cuts and fills making the trail easy for cyclists today but tough to construct back in the day of the pick, shovel and wheelbarrow when the railway line was constructed.
  • A remaining feature is the Red Dwarf Gangers Shed with a window to poke you head out of for a photo opportunity.
  • Daisy Bank Campsite is an excellent location to pitch a tent and enjoy the wilderness. No open fires permitted during the closed season. The area has a basic toilet without running water. Contact DOC for more information. It is recommended that you hop off your bike and walk through the pines to the banks of the river at the camping area.
  • At the Daisy Bank Campsite relax under one of the many willow trees and admire the grand rock face wall.
  • Cool off with a swim in the Taieri River but be cautious about the river’s water levels.
  • A couple of km’s later at Tiroiti there is an information kiosk and sign-posts by Highway 87 with car parks available.
  • A Red Gangers Shed is also here.

Tiroiti - Hyde 6.5 km

  • Not too far past the information kiosk is the Historic Capburn Railway Bridge.
  • The Capburn Railway Bridge is 40 metres in length and 7 metres in height.
  • This bridge still has its original sleepers and railway lines.
  • Cyclists should dismount and walk across this bridge.
  • The Capburn Creek that runs underneath the Capburn railway bridge flows into the Taieri River nearby.
  • Keep going down the trail to the spectacular Prices Creek Viaduct, which is 91 metres long and 32 metres high.
  • The Viaduct is made of steel and concrete construction and is one of the last structures to be built on the Rail Trail.
  • An alternative route for horseback riders is signposted on both ends approaching the bridge.
  • Cyclists should be aware of strong wind gusts when crossing the Viaduct.
  • Approaching the Hyde Tunnel there is a new walkway which leads down to the Taieri River to see the Hyde diversion tunnel created for gold mining.
  • The walkway offers stunning scenery, interesting history, and great photo opportunities (highly recommended).
  • Back on the trail you go through the slightly curved Hyde Tunnel at 151 metres long.The basalt based Hyde Tunnel is the only completely bricked tunnel on the Trail.
  • A gentle gradient takes you to the township of Hyde where there is a public car park and information kiosk.
  • Across Highway 87 is the Otago Central Hotel where you can enjoy well-earned refreshments.
Daisy Bank Campsite

Cool off with a swim in the Taieri River.


Kakanui Mountains

The impressive Kakanui Mountains to the east.


Hyde Tunnel

The Hyde Tunnel at 151 metres long and slightly curved.


Red Dwarf Gangers Shed

A remaining feature is the Red Dwarf Gangers Shed with a window to poke you head out of for a photo opportunity.


Hyde diversion tunnel

Approaching the Hyde Tunnel there is a new walkway which leads down to the Taieri River to see the Hyde diversion tunnel created for gold mining.

Early European miners peppered the Taieri river with gold and then on sold the mining rights to some Chinese gold miners who were led to believe it was a substantial claim. The Chinese gold miners built a tunnel to divert the river and make it easier to mine the gold. Whilst the diversion tunnel was laboriously and successfully constructed to the Chinese miners dismay the effort was in vain when the “planted” gold ran out shortly afterwards.


Historic Capburn Railway Bridge

The Capburn Railway Bridge is 40 metres in length and 7 metres in height, still has its original sleepers and railway lines.


Prices Creek Viaduct

The Viaduct is is 91 metres long and 32 metres high, made of steel and concrete construction and is one of the last structures to be built on the Rail Trail.


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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