Our Recommendation: Day 1/Night 1 ( start Clyde finish Omakau/Ophir or Lauder )
The Intercity bus from Queenstown drops you in Clyde. ( Intercity Bus Timetable ) If you choose to start early 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.
If you arrive in Clyde in the afternoon we suggest overnighting there. Enjoy the historic and quaint township and then follow our advice above for Day 1/Night 1 on the Otago Central Rail Trail.