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Central Rail Trail


· Distance: 150 km
· Time: 7 Days
· Grade: Easy / Medium
· Island: South
· Location: Central Otago

The Otago Central Rail Trail is a year-round recreational facility, designed for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders. It is a public reserve and can be walked or ridden in either direction. The Rail Trail was developed by the Department of Conservation in Otago

The disused railway’s potential for outdoors enthusiasts, after six years, and over $850,000, preparing and upgrading the closed railway for its current use, which involved redecking the trail’s 68 bridges, and furnishing them with hand rails.

All the railway’s original sleepers, rails and crushed rock ballast have been removed, and users now find a trail similar to a good gravel road.

More Info at rail trail website - Central otago rail trail

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