Cycle New Zealand: Otago Rail Trail

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  • No booking fees
  • COVID-19protected
  • CO2 neutral
  • Bicycle tour
  • Explorer
  • Active and outdoor
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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 4 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • max group size 12
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  • Starts Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Ends Queenstown, New Zealand
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  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Cycle the spectacular Otago Central Rail Trail, the oldest rail trail in the country and voted 'New Zealand's Favourite Ride' for the past two years.
  • Ring along flat, trafficfree paths alongside some of the South Island's most stunning scenery.
  • Begin your journey in Queenstown, an outdoor paradise set among the stunning Southern Alps of New Zealand.
  • Experience firsthand the famous hospitality of New Zealanders on a trail built specifically to cater to cyclists.
Start and end in Queenstown, the trip "Cycle New Zealand: Otago Rail Trail" is a guided active and outdoor tour that takes 4 days. You will travel through Otago Central Rail Trail, Hyde and Queenstown in New Zealand. "Cycle New Zealand: Otago Rail Trail" is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

It’s almost like New Zealand was made for cycling. This is a land known for its natural beauty, welcoming people and delicious wine, and this cycling trip just happens to take in the best of it. Kick things off in the outdoor paradise of Queenstown, then cycle the famous Central Otago Rail Trail through small gold-mining towns like Alexandra, Omakau, Wedderburn and Hyde. Meander through the open plains with pristine rivers, enjoy some proper South Island hospitality at local taverns, and rediscover the joy of pedalling through one of the most gorgeous areas in the entire country.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT INTREPID TRAVEL
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 108 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • From Britain
  • On Dec 03 2019
5 - Excellent
Review for another Intrepid Travel tour
“Excellent”
  • Katie
  • From USA
  • On Oct 28 2019
5 - Excellent
Katie's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
“Had a very good tour. Perfect booking experience. And perfect tour execution. Really all I could have hoped for. The itinerary was neither too rushed nor to loose. Great way to explore Europe and nice to have a guide showing the way.”
  • Anonymous
  • From Germany
  • On Aug 25 2017
5 - Excellent
Review for another Intrepid Travel tour
“Had an amazing tour. The guide was professional. The tour was well arranged and the group was great. Overall, easy booking and a 'waugh experience'!”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Queenstown & Otago Rail Trail
  • Day 2: Otago Rail Trail - Omakau to Wedderburn
  • Day 3: Otago Rail Trail - Wedderburn to Waipiata
  • Day 4: Otago Rail Trail - Waipiata to Middlemarch/Queenstown
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Hotel/Guesthouse (3 nights)
Meals
  • 3 Breakfasts
Transport
  • Bicycle , minivan (e-bike available , subject to availability)
Guide
  • An expert tour leader
Included Activities
  • Guided bike ride - Otago Rail Trail
  • Myrtleford - 3 days Bicycle Hire
  • Transfer to Queenstown
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to/from Queenstown are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Cycle New Zealand: Otago Rail Trail tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycle New Zealand: Otago Rail Trail tour. You can cancel the tour up to 30 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 29 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 23 October 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 23 October 2021, a deposit of 99 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 29 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Cycle New Zealand: Otago Rail Trail tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Cycle New Zealand: Otago Rail Trail tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Is this trip right for you:
  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
  • Accommodation on the Otago Rail Trail can be booked out months in advance so there may be occasions where we stay in nearby locations to those advertised. Your leader will inform you at the initial group meeting if this is the case on your departure.
  • Unlike most Intrepid Cycling trips this itinerary does not have a full-time support vehicle constantly following the group. As well as the short cycling distances making it unnecessary, no vehicles are allowed to drive along the rail trail itself. Your luggage is always transported for you (by vehicle) between accommodations.
  • Due to the relatively small distances cycled on this trip, we have a single leader that rides with the group. There may be times when the leader asks one of the group to act as a backmarker.
COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Departures will be limited to an average group size of 10 travellers to ensure COVID-19 safety for all travellers.
  • Hygiene and safety guidelines will be followed to ensure your well being is looked after during travels.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated. Children aged 17 years and under must present either a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery or proof of full vaccination. Any customer who is unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons can apply for an exemption. Customers must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. These new safety measures apply on all trips, except for tours in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands.
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