Staying in the South Island of New Zealand next on my list – The Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand’s original Great Ride. Covering 152kms from start to finish, the Otago Central Rail Trail follows the former route of the Otago Central Railway.
It was New Zealand’s first off-road cycleway and walking trail and continues to go from strength to strength. The compacted gravel pathway makes for super-easy cycling and there are no real steep hills on the trail making it ideal for beginners and recreational cyclists.
Paths are two way which means you can ride sociably alongside others as long as you keep an eye out for cyclists coming the other way!
The trail is suitable for all ages making this a firm family favourite and a great way to explore this beautiful part of New Zealand.