About the Trails
Otago Central Rail Trail - the iconic 152km trail follows the old railway line through the heart of Otago, passing through charming towns and offering stunning views of the region's autumn landscapes.
Roxburgh Gorge Trail - this grade 2-3, 34km trail winds through a spectacular river gorge, with towering cliffs and stunning foliage creating a breathtaking backdrop.
Clutha Gold Trail - following the mighty Clutha River, this 73km grade 1-2 trail takes you through picturesque rural landscapes and past historic gold mining sites, all set against a backdrop of colourful autumn leaves.
Lake Dunstan Trail - a more challenging grade 2-3, 55km ride, the trees along the trail turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, creating a stunning display of colours. You can also expect cooler temperatures and crisp, clear days, making it the perfect time to get out and explore the trail.
Queenstown Trail - a network of 130kms of trails is divided into several sections, each offering its own unique scenery and challenges. Some of the highlights of the trail include the Gibbston River Trail, which takes you through the picturesque Gibbston Valley wine region, and the Arrow River Trail, which offers stunning views of the Arrow River and the surrounding mountains which are all set against a backdrop of vibrant autumn colours.
Click here for a useful guide to the best places to see autumn colours in Queenstown.
Backcountry for Beginners
The Mount Ida Water Race is a great backcountry mountain bike ride for beginners.Read more about Backcountry for Beginners
The Best Pies in Otago
A guide to the best pies in Otago along the cycle trails.Read more about The Best Pies in Otago
Mastering Shared Path Etiquette
A guide to safe and courteous trail sharing.Read more about Mastering Shared Path Etiquette
Tips for cyclists to avoid swooping magpies this spring.Read more about Marauding Magpies
Cycleways to Fairways
A Guide to the Golf Courses Along the Otago Cycle Trails.Read more about Cycleways to Fairways
The Upper Taiari River Scroll Plains are one of the most important and unique wetlands in NZ, and an easy detour off the Rail Trail.Read more about Taniwhā's Tail
In Pictures - the Queenstown Trails
A stunning photo gallery of the Queenstown Trail - a network of over 130km of purpose-built walking and cycling trails.Read more about In Pictures - the Queenstown Trails
In Pictures - The Otago Central Rail Trail
Best of the Otago Central Rail Trail - a stunning video and photo gallery.Read more about In Pictures - The Otago Central Rail Trail
The Movie Pedlar
Brett is the Taupō-based founder, curator, and self-described pedlar, of the Big Bike Film Night – a film festival that celebrates cycling in all its glorious shapes and forms.Read more about The Movie Pedlar