New Zealand Cycle Trail Project

By: Conservation  05-Apr-2012

Poolburn Viaduct, Central Otago Rail Trail

The Otago Central Rail Trail first opened to cyclists in 2000 and joined the New Zealand Cycle Trail Nga Haerenga in March 2012. The 150km stretch of railway from Middlemarch to Clyde provides stunning views of Central Otago's vast 'Big Sky' landscape and travels through Central Otago townships.

The trail is an easy gradient, mostly flat with gentle climbs and takes about 4 days to complete.

Spot the clouds: they can be spectacular, an everchanging artwork created by nature. There can be skies of popcorn, towers of fluffy cumulus clouds or lines of lenticular cloud formations.

The gold mining history is still visible and there are many relics throughout the trail. See superb examples of the stonemasonery and visit the Poppethead at the Golden Progress Mine, 2 minutes cycle off the trail near Oturehua.

Other highlights along the Rail Trail include the Tunnellers Camp, the art deco town of Ranfurly, tunnels and viaduct of the Poolburn Gorge and the iconic Wedderburn Station made famous by Graham Sydney painting.

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