Otago Central Rail Trail
The Otago Central Rail Trail is located in the Central Otago region of New Zealand.
Central Otago's Rail Trail is a unique recreational facility preserving, largely intact, an important part of Otago's history.
The 150-kilometre section of former railway line has been redeveloped by the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust and the Department of Conservation. The trail is designed for use by walkers, cyclists and horse riders who can enjoy the unique Central Otago scenery and experience a sense of remoteness and history in the South Island of New Zealand.
A special feature of the trail is the section between Lauder and Auripo. This section contains the longest bridge on the trail at 111.8 metres and two tunnels which have been cut through the schist hillside. All the bridges have been redecked and have had handrails added.
The Otago Central Rail Trail is now a huge drawcard to the area with over 10,000 people using the trail in its first year.
The trail takes approximately four days to travel in its full length by cycle or approximately six days by foot.