The Central Otago Rail Trail is a 150-kilometre walking, cycling, and horse riding track in the South Island. Taking its name from the railway line, built between 1891 and 1907, many consider it to be one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Rides’. The rail-trail travels through the rugged Otago country. Consequently, cyclists traverse an ever-changing dry and rocky landscape, high-country sheep stations, spectacular river gorges, tunnels, and viaducts. Hence, the trail is not just about the cycling but rather exploring the many small towns and old gold diggings.Steam trains chugged along this railway line for 83 years, but once the roads improved and the gold rush was long over, the line was officially closed in 1990 and the tracks removed leaving a long, relatively flat path through Central Otago. There are countless reminders of the railway and associated gold rush including long dark tunnels, trestle and stone bridges, abandoned gold diggings and remains of mining machinery, old stone and mudbrick dwellings and preserved gold-mining settlements.
It is one of a network of special cycle trails throughout New Zealand.
Enjoy this great looking and wonderfully informative map.
Size: 14″ x 11″. Will fit either a 14″ x 11″ frame or 20″ x 16″ frame with 14″ x 11″ opening.