1. Don't Forget Your Passport
OK, so whilst you’re not crossing any international borders on your Rail Trail adventure, the scenery really is like another world! To keep a record of your journey, the kids (and grown-ups too) can collect stickers along the way and place them in their Rail Trail Passport. At each old railway station site, a red-painted replica of an NZ Railways Department emergency phone box houses a sketch that matches to a sticker in your passport. Be sure to check out the interpretation panels at refurbished old stations too for interesting facts about the Rail Trail and surrounding regions.
You’ll also be helping support the trail as proceeds from buying a passport go towards trail enhancements. Click here to find out more.
2. A 152km Long Classroom!
So perhaps this isn’t the best way to sell a Rail Trail cycling holiday to the kids, but Rail Tales is a brilliant new integrated education resource for teachers, parents and students which provides an opportunity learning before, during and after the Rail Trail experience. With subjects ranging from history to conservation and geology there’s something to keep even the most active brains stimulated! Read more here.
3. An Out of This World Experience...Literally!
The Otago Central Interplanetary Cycle Trail lets you explore the vastness of the Solar System as your family journeys through space and time!
With sculptures depicting the planets located along the trail at a reduced scale of one hundred million to one, the Interplanetary Ride accurately reflects the size of the sun, planets and the moon, and the distances between them. The kids will think it's... ahem... really cosmic!