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Celebrate Eat Taste Central by Bike

Check out the 'Central Otago Regional Menus' celebrating a World of Flavour.

Eat.Taste.Central 2023

Hannah's Cafe at Historic Hayes, Otago Rail Trail
James Jubb

                            Food & Wine

Celebrate Eat.Taste.Central on the Otago Trails this spring!

If ridden in its entirety, the Lake Dunstan Trail is a challenging 55km, grade 2-3 trail. However, the easier section of the trail between Cromwell and Bannockburn and as far as Coffee | Burger Afloat before the steep Cairnmuir Ladder climb, is the perfect distance and grade for a gentle weekend walk or ride allowing you the time to slow down and discover a range of cafes, cellar doors and restaurants that have combined local and regionally sourced ingredients to create a special Regional Menu.

Scroll though the short videos below from each of the establishments along the Lake Dunstan Trail which have lovingly created a dish for Eat.Taste.Central 2023. 

The Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand's original Great Ride and has become affectionately known as the "ale trail" thanks to the abundance of cosy country pubs conveniently located every 15km or so along the ride.

As well as the great pubs, the Rail Trail offers the opportunity for walkers and cyclists to taste sensational local produce at the cafes and restaurants the full length of the 152km trail. Whilst many people choose to ride the whole trail as a multi-day experience, it's also perfect for a day ride to sample the regional menus celebrating Eat.Taste.Central.

Check out the videos below to see what the local Rail Trail chefs have cooked up for E.T.C. 2023.

Although not located directly on a cycle trail, it would be remiss not to mention The Cloudy Bay Shed and Highlands Pit Stop Cafe which both have a mouthwatering menu on offer and are only a short detour from the main cycle networks.

Find out what you can expect below!