Central Otago - Dunedin
Central Otago is surrounded by stunning landscapes of rugged mountains, lakes, rivers and rolling farmland, steeped in history.It is full of cycling trails and adventures. Cyclists can experience freedom and the joy of getting off the beaten track throughout the stunning landscapes of the region.
Arriving at Alexandra’s AL Park View Motel on a sweltering late summer afternoon, my host Tony Martin is departing for his Wednesday mountain bike ride. He’s typical of people I will meet over the next few days, when pedalling 100km along the Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold trails...
For a moment I might be forgiven for thinking I am in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, or some other bicycle-crazed city. Coffee in hand, I am gazing at a busy bicycle park with cyclists arriving and departing.
If anyone had said to me 20 years ago 'hey, would you want to ride from Wanaka to Dunedin on fully loaded mountain bikes?', I might have thought less of the offer. Having hatched the idea on a few trips to Dunedin this winter, my workmate, Rossco, and I pretty soon had a tiger by the tail. While we had plenty of bikes, we just didn’t have the right bike. I did once; but I’d sold it a year ago for an upgrade.
Maniototo has been described as the timeless land, the real Central Otago, the last, loneliest and loveliest land; a place to reflect on complex lives when experiencing the clear and simple definitions of nature in Central Otago.
Phil Oliver is a local in Alexandra, Central Otago. He has been riding mountain bikes since the early 1980s, semi-competitively back in the day, but he is more into trail riding these days, and enjoys lots of the technical trails in Central Otago.
By Small Town Productions for Tourism New Zealand with the support of Tourism Central Otago NZ
The Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail in Central Otago, the trail starts in either Alexandra or from the Lake Roxburgh Dam and includes a jet boat transfer through the middle of the Gorge.