The Otago Central Rail Trail is a hike and bike trail that follows the old railway line built through Central Otago in the late nineteenth century. It is 150 km long and has been developed for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
This excellent, thorough guide divides the trail into 12 easy-to-complete sections and includes information on:
*transport options to, from and along the trail, including luggage transfers, length and approximate times to comfortably complete each section
*what terrain to expect at each stage and interesting features along the way
The Otago Central Rail Trail attracts over 10,000 people every year (using the track in its entirety) with a significantly higher amount of people utilising some part of the track on a regular basis or on day trips. A large number of the trail users are from the North Island and overseas. The Otago Central Rail Trail will become incorporated into the planned national cycleway to be developed over the next few years.
Gerald Cunningham is a photographer and author who has written several books on Central Otago including Otago Central Rail Trail: A Pictorial Journey (2007). He lives beside the Rail Trail in the village of Lauder and has both cycled and walked the trail from one end to the other.
GUIDE TO THE OTAGO CENTRAL RAIL TRAIL
by Gerald Cunningham
Raupo - $30