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Otago Central Rail Trail easy guide

This innovative pocket-guide will change the way people ride the Rail Trail in Central Otago.


Over 10 000 people ride and enjoy the rail trail each year but too many ride each section without stopping to enjoy the side-trips.

This compact illustrated guide packed with useful facts, cross-sections, easy-to-digest information and suggested side trips will enhance your experience on the trail. A book to buy before the trip and to use as you do the trail.

The first section explains why Central Otago is so special, with an overview of natural history,  geology, climate, plants and animals. Photos help bikers identify the common plants and animals. The human history is equally fascinating and all about the first travellers, the squatters, the discovery of gold and the building of the Otago Central Railway on which the trail is built.


The cross-sections of each part of the trail along with maps of main towns and surrounding areas make it easy for trail trippers‚ to plan their movements. Includes tips for good lunch spots, fun quiz questions to enliven these breaks, locations of loos.

Also web-site links, to an Events Calendar for those who want to link their trip to regional activities, hints for taking better photos and biking tips.


This pocket-sized guide is so full of useful facts and easy-to-digest information that it should find a home in the pocket of every track visitor.


iCommunicate’s Donald L. is delighted that his below image of a New Zealand Bush Falcon has been included in this book. Capable of flying at speeds over 100 km/h and catching prey larger than itself, this New Zealand falcon / Krearea (Falco novaeseelandiae) is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular birds…