Think about doing the Rail Trail with an accompanying vehicle?

An accompanying vehicle is a great way to ‘widen’ the rail trail by enabling you to visit some truly remarkable off-trail places …             

  • Matakanui an almost ‘ghost town’ out of Omakau/Ophir or depending on time available, from Omakau/Ophir visit the Poolburn Dam that featured in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy)
  • St Bathans out of Lauder, Oturehua and Wedderburn and a place to stay in its own right
  • Naseby out of Wedderburn or Ranfurly/Waipiata and home of the ‘must-do’ year round indoor curling and a good choice of accommodation       
  • Danseys Pass/Kyeburn 25.5km north east of Naseby with accommodation and historic evidence of extensive goldmining
  • Hamiltons/Patearoa & Paerau/Styx is goldmining history accessible from Ranfurly, Waipiata and Kokonga)
  • Macraes Flat/Oceana Gold Mine is easily accessible from Hyde
  • Of course, at opposite ends of the Rail Trail, Clyde/Alexandra and Middlemarch offer plenty of scope.

As for the accompanying vehicle driver, there’s no chance they’ll get bored with exploring opportunities galore, cafés, pubs and breath-taking scenery.   

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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