Otago Central Rail Trail - Simply Stunning!
On another day off from skiing (and I realise I've not blogged about this year's skiing yet!) we tackled part of the Otago Central Rail Trail.
Its a 152km gravel track that goes from Clyde to Middlemarch and is used by cyclists mainly, walkers and also horses. There are also a fair number of side trips you can do along the way but the main track normally takes 3 to 4 days taking it easy. As far as bike tracks go its pretty good and classed as grade 1 or easiest with only ever a gradient of 2% being that it was originally built for trains!
The busiest time of the year for tourists doing the trail is summer and being that it was the middle of winter we were hopeful to have it all to ourselves and except for one local, commuting somewhere, we did!....all 30km approximately that we did.
We were so lucky with our winter weather as other that being a little nippy the weather was glorious! Mathilda (4 yrs) cycled a fair way before heading for the trailer with her sister. They especially liked shining torches as we passed through tunnels and we enjoyed stunning views over the Poolburn gorge and across the Poolburn viaduct.
I would hugely recommend this trail if you like cycling and are visiting New Zealand. There are plenty of places to hire bikes and tag alongs and toddler seats etc, no need to bring your own from Europe!...so I personally don't really think there is anything to stop you whatever the age of your children. Google Otago Central Rail Trail and you'll get all the info you need.
Can anyone recommend any multi day bike trails in their neck of the woods??
About the Author
About Me & Mine
Me - Joanne, Tim - daddy, Mathilda and Isabel. We love being outdoors, it doesn't have to stop when children appear. Mathilda started skiing at 2 and a half. They have both already done New Zealand's alpine Tongarino crossing.
Favourite place in the world:
On top of a mountain, if the climb was good and the view is magnificent and you're with your favourite people, you could often be anywhere!
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Walking and hiking, skiing, snowboarding and sledging. Biking, jumping in puddles, watching Daddy play football, going to the beach, having picnics.