The Rail Trail offers many off-trail activities to enrich your Rail Trail Experience. Please select from this comprehensive list of available activities.
Sutton Salt Lake
Enjoy a walk through tussocks and spectacular schist rock formations to the Sutton Salt Lake, New Zealand’s only inland Salt Lake.
For some of the most superb fishing in New Zealand, the Taieri River is probably the best kept fisherman's secret there is. The Taieri River is a river of huge importance to the area. Its catchment is almost 20 percent of Otago and it is New Zealand's third longest river at 318 km. It has a variety of fish life, most notable the introduced brown trout and salmon. Enjoy 2 hours fishing on the Taieri River with a local guide who knows the bests spots to cast a line.
The township of Naseby in the Maniototo has become the country’s curling capital with the completion of New Zealand’s first International and Olympic standard indoor curling rink. Curling is a sport enjoyed by both sexes and by all ages. It is a true lifetime sport, instilling team spirit and respect for one’s opponent, any discrepancy being amicably resolved amongst the players themselves. The traditions of curling strongly emphasise fair play and proper etiquette on and off the ice. It is a sport where beginners are warmly welcomed into more experienced company – curlers are keen for others to share their enjoyment! Partake in a 2 hour ‘Have a Go’ session and learn how to play the ancient sport of curling. Sessions include tuition, stones, brooms and ice time.
Make your hunting dreams come true amidst the spectacular scenery of the Maniototo. Your experienced guide will offer both serious trophy hunters and recreational hunters the opportunity to hunt big game and small game in their natural habitat.
Naseby Forest has everything a XC rider could hope for, excellent single track (up, down and all around), open fast fire roads, creeks and gully tracks and many a friendly tree to remind you to concentrate on your riding while bouncing along the picturesque forest paths. The track crisscrosses an old gold miners race, a unique bit of Naseby History for you to enjoy on route. Try the “Bowl” at the head of the Hog Burn Gully – it’s a dug out hill side that has a way of spitting you out at speed into the air. Great fun!
Maniototo 4WD Safari
You will travel 4000ft above sea level into the Mount Ida Range. You will pass through spectacular rugged tussock country and enjoy breath-taking views of the Maniototo before being dropped off at your accommodation.
Relax and unwind and enjoy some of Central Otago's best gardens by visiting some of Central Otago’s most beautiful and fascinating gardens. After a day’s cycling you will be transported to a local garden where you will be taken on a garden tour. At Clachanburn Garden, a garden of National Significance registered with the NZ Gardens Trust, you can enjoy a scrumptious lunch, afternoon tea or even a BBQ tea. This expansive garden has many different plants for you to enjoy throughout the season. Clachanburn Cottage is situated close to the upper Taieri River and provides a self-contained cottage which is ideal for fishermen. It also appeals to gardeners, honeymooners, or just anyone wanting to enjoy the many activities available in the Maniototo.
Enjoy a guided wine tour of some of Central Otago's most prestigious wineries, a stylish end to a Luxury Rail Trail Tour.
Finish off a days cycling with a round of golf. There are many golf courses along the trail waiting for you to tee off.
Be taken back to the gold mining days with a spot of gold mining at the historic Bonspiel Station.
Enjoy a unique experience on horseback into the hinterland of historic St Bathans.
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