Clyde to Middlemarch

Muttontown viaduct


All your transport requirements must be booked well in advance of setting off your cycle journey.

We recommend you organise to have your luggage transported from one overnight stop to the next by Bike Hire/ Tour Operators.

Deciding on transport options to get from Queenstown/Queenstown Airport to Clyde is a good start to self-planning your Otago Central Rail Trail experience. 

We hope the following helps with your decision-making.

  • Daily Intercity bus service from Queenstown/Queenstown Airport to the Rail Trail head at Clyde. Check Intercity Timetable ( ).
  • Should you hire a vehicle in preference to busing, Queenstown spoils you for rental vehicle choices.
  • A third option is organising with your a bike hire company / tour operator to shuttle you from Queenstown Airport or Queenstown itself to Clyde. 
Clyde station

3 Day Itinerary

app. 50 km per day

3 days and 152km cycling on the Rail Trail’s gravel surface calls for reasonable cycling skills and a good degree of fitness. The availability of hire electric-assist bikes is something to consider to help make 3 days more achievable.

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4 Day Itinerary

app. 38 km per day

The most popular itinerary is 4 days. It is a enjoyable and achievable distance for most people giving time to explore the trail and the surrounding area.

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5 Day Itinerary

app. 30 km per day

The benefit of the 5-day option is ideally suited to those who are struggling with their fitness or simply wish to spend less time cycling and have more time for leisure. Ideal for families with young children.

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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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