Central Otago is surrounded by stunning landscapes of rugged mountains, lakes, rivers and rolling farmland, steeped in history. It is full of cycling trails and adventures. Cyclists can experience freedom and the joy of getting off the beaten track throughout the stunning landscapes of the region.
Central Otago Dirt Features
Alexandra to Clyde
Part of the Otago Rail Trail, the 8 kilometre well formed gravel top ride, links Alexandra to Clyde and is suitable for all abilities and all levels of fitness.
Starting from the south side of Alexandra’s town bridge, follow your nose across the bridge and take a sharp right on the other side. The trail follows the bank of the mighty Clutha River all the way to historic Clyde. There are numerous places to stop on a hot summer’s day to eat, swim and enjoy this quiet part of the country side. The small town of Clyde has historic buildings, plenty of cafes and restaurants to enjoy. Just up the hill is one of the Muldoon era’s “think big” projects, the Clyde Dam.
Flat Top Hill
Flat Top Hill is a small haven of technically demanding and unique single track
The riding here is dry, loose and rocky and requires a reasonably high degree of riding ability. It’s all in the open so be prepared for some sun exposure during high summer! It is one of the little known gems of the South Island.
Old Man Range
This big day ride is a stunning example of the opportunities that are available to riders who are willing to head a little farther afield than the local town trails.
It is a 1400m climb, but worth the grind for the stunning views from the top. The Obelisk rock, a towering monument that looks over the vast Central Otago landscape, sits at the top. The reward, a huge 10km downhill on the other side! This is one of those rides that you should do at least once in your life time.
Otago Rail Trail
Built on the foundations of an old disused railway between the townships of Clyde and Middlemarch, the Otago Central Rail Trail offers a 150 kilometre journey of discovery, revealing unique treasures not readily accessible by any other means. With numerous entry points along the way, you can ride the trail for a few hours or a few days.