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In pictures: Otago Central Rail Trail, New Zealand

February 17, 2012 - Jo Lane

THE Otago Central Rail Trail has fast become a highlight for adventurers on the south island of New Zealand. Traipsing for 15o kilometres it goes through varied scenery from rocky tor country and dramatic gorges to open plains and farmland.

The trail can be completed in roughly 3-4 days of easy but continual cycling but the scenery, the historic towns and friendly locals – be that the publican, some sheep, deer or other bikers – makes this a trip you won’t forget in a hurry.

Bikes can be rented at either end of the trip and transport will ferry you from these points. A real highlight at the start or end of the trip is the dramatic ride on the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Bikers on the trail.

 

It's all about the bike - taking a rest in Middlemarch.

 

Rocky tor country near Cromwell.

The trail takes you through some interesting and historic backwaters.

One of the many bridge crossings.

 

Something all the family can do - a Dutch family on the trail.

 

Woolly companions.

 

Sunset on the trail.

 

The Taieri Gorge train back to Dunedin.

 

The historic Dunedin train station at the end or start of the trail.

All images above are from Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

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