Our Recommendation: Day 1/Night 1
The Intercity bus from Queenstown drops you in Clyde at 9.05am to be greeted and briefed by a representative of your bike hire company. With this earlyish start and, of course, depending on fitness and cycling skills, or whether you're using electric assist (e-bike) it’s not overstretching or overreaching to book your first night’s accommodation at Omakau/Ophir or even Lauder.
However should you decide to explore the historic features and cafes of Clyde before making a late morning or early afternoon start, our recommendation is to book Chatto Creek or Omakau/Ophir accommodation for your first night’s stop. When booking Omakau or Ophir accommodation, do ask hosts that should you arrive at Chatto Creek too exhausted or saddle sore for the Tiger Hill climb, would they collect and return you in the morning. Almost certainly the response will be ‘not a problem’ although there will likely be a charge for this service.
The afternoon Intercity bus arrives in Clyde from Queenstown at 5.50pm so we suggest overnighting in Clyde and then follow our advice above for Day 1/Night 1 on the Otago Central Rail Trail.