Central Otago rail trail worthy competitor

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was not surprised that the Otago Central Rail Trail had been named as a finalist for a competition to find New Zealand's favourite place to cycle because she said it was one of the best routes in the country.

“I’m not surprised at all that the Otago Central Rail Trail is in the running to win the title of New Zealand's favourite place to cycle.

“The 152km trail, which opened in 2000 and follows the former route of the Otago Central Railway, is a hugely popular ride which attracts people from around the country and overseas.

“It’s just such a great way to see Central Otago and it’s an enjoyable and healthy way to do it – on a bike.

“This trail has been popular for years – it was hugely successful long before the Government promoted the New Zealand Cycle Trail – and to my mind is an iconic ride that others can only follow.

“The trail remains popular today with about 14,000 people cycling it each year and many thousands more riding parts of the trail.

“The NZ Transport Agency and Bike Wise aim to discover the best cycle spots in New Zealand through their competition, with winners announced in March.” 

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru