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4 Day Otago's Rail & Cycle Trail

Dunedin offers a myriad of activities for the active, outdoor traveller ... from cycling to surfing, horse riding to bird watching, there is something for everyone.

Tour Overview

Dunedin offers a myriad of activities for the active, outdoor traveller. From cycling to surfing, horse riding to bird watching, there is something for everyone.

Taieri Gorge Railway
Taieri Gorge Railway

Enjoy the scenic splendour of the Taieri Gorge Railway and cycling one of the most scenic parts of the famous Otago Central Rail Trail on this fun day out. The tour commences with a shuttle ride to the unique Maniototo District from where you set off on your custom built bike to experience 30 km of cycling with a slight downhill gradient. The highlights include the lovely trail section between Daisybank and Hyde, with the Taieri River close by, Capburn and Prices Creek bridges followed by the last tunnel. It’s a very special part of the trail. You finish the cycling leg of your day at the Historic Hyde Hotel, where there is a superb character café and bar available for you to sit and reflect on your journey. We will then pick you up by bus and take you to Pukerangi and meet the fantastic Taieri Gorge Excursion Train for the 2 hour journey back to Dunedin.

Hare Hills, Horse Trek
Hare Hills, Horse Trek

Hare Hills is a 60 acre farm located in Deborah Bay on the north side of the Otago Harbour, close to Port Chalmers and just a 20 minute drive from the city. On your 1-2 hour scenic horse trek, you’ll take a leisurely circuit through farmland and plantation whilst admiring the stunning harbour views from horseback. This is the perfect trek for both beginners and those with a little more riding experience.

Otago Central Rail Trail
Otago Central Rail Trail

Dunedin is often referred to as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. It is a university city of Scottish heritage that possesses a unique combination of cultural riches, fine architecture and world-famous wildlife reserves. This vibrant, architecturally splendid city is framed by a magnificent harbour & there is plenty of sightseeing attractions and tours to choose from including wildlife tours and cruises, visits to historic stately homes and gardens, museums and galleries, golf, brewery and chocolate factory tours and much more!

Our Price From NZPer Person Package is based on twin or double occupancy and is inclusive of New Zealand Goods & Services Tax (GST). Enquire Now

Tour Info
Brief Itinerary
  • Day1On arrival, collect your rental car and make your way to your central city hotel. The rest of today is at leisure to enjoy the local sights.
  • Day2Enjoy a rail & cycle day trip on the famous Otago Central rail trail.
  • Day3This morning, visit Hare Hills for a scenic horse trek. This afternoon is free for further exploration.
  • Day4At leisure today for some last minute activities before returning your car and departing for your next destination.
Our Price From NZPer PersonPackage is based on twin or double occupancy and is inclusive of New Zealand Goods & Services Tax (GST).Enquire Now
Short Break Inclusions
  • 3 nights superior hotel accommodation at the Scenic Dunedin City Hotel
  • 4 days rental of 1.8L Toyota Corolla or similar (other car categories available on request)
  • GPS Navigation unit
  • Unlimited kms and vehicle insurance (excess applies)
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  • 1 day ‘Taste the Trail’ cycle ride of the Otago Central Rail Trail including all transportation, bike & helmet hire and lunch at the Hyde Cafe
  • Ride the world famous Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Scenic horse trek at Hare Hills Farm
Short Break Exclusions & Extras

Additional travel arrangements can be organised by Relaxing Journeys based on your requirements. International & domestic flights within New Zealand are not included in this package price.

Short Break Small Print

Valid for the following travel periods:

  • 1st April 2017 to 30th September 2017 (NZ $919 pp)
  • 1st October 2017 to 30th April 2018 (NZ $1061 pp)

Accommodation & activities are offered subject to availability at the time of booking. A credit card deposit is required to secure a booking. Please refer to our booking terms and conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions
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  • Can I book things like internal flights & car hire to go with my short break if it's not included?

    Some short break packages do not include (or may not require) a hire car, or internal flights. Relaxing Journeys can organise these extras for you and include them in your quote if you wish - or you can just book the short break 'as is', and organise everything else yourself. These extras can be requested after choosing your date and clicking 'Confirm Availability' on the right of this page.

  • What about airport transfers? If not, what would you recommend we do on arrival?

    The cost of getting to & from the airport to your accommodation is generally not included, although on some occasions it is, in which case we have specifcally mentioned it in the itinerary. There are always plenty of taxis or shuttles waiting at the airport. You also have the option in most cases to catch a bus into the city centres.

  • What happens once I have booked my short break?

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  • What happens once I have booked my short break?

    Your deposit is non-refundable. Relaxing Journeys would have already booked and confirmed all the components of your holiday and we will have to cancel everything and adhere to each suppliers cancellation policy. Should it become necessary for you to cancel your reservation 45 days or more prior to departure date, your deposit only shall be forfeited. Cancellations made within 45 days of departure date will incur the following charges: (Expressed as a percentage of the confirmed tour & holiday price plus your deposit).
    44-22 days prior to departure - 25%
    21-10 days prior to departure - 35%
    9 days or less prior to departure - 50%

  • Why should I book this short break with Relaxing Journeys?

    That's a no-brainer! All of the short break holidays on our website are exclusive and unique to Relaxing Journeys. We are New Zealands' leading inbound touring specialist, with an in-depth knowledge of New Zealand and it's regions. Our expertise will ensure your New Zealand holiday is second to none, and we have locals on the ground in NZ in case anything needs attending to while you are here.