This past Friday night we left Queenstown and headed towards Lauder in the Central Otago Region of New Zealand. One of the most popular activities in The South Island is cycling the Rail Trail and that is just what we set out to do! The full trail is 150 km each way so many people on a time crunch (aka those of us not fully on vacation) pick and choose which portion of the trail they wish to do. The DOC recommends 4-5 days to complete the whole trail, but since we only had 2 days/2 nights we started about 40 km into the trail and wrote a total distance of 80km over Saturday and Sunday. The trail was absolutly beautiful and the best part was the ever changing landscape as we made out way from Lauder to Kokanga. To read more about my trip check out my article on Travel Generation: Otago Rail Trail Lauder to Kokanga.
Our first day was spend traveling via bike from Lauder to Wedderburn. We traveled around 35 km and had a lovely day biking along, stopping off for short hikes and having a long and leisurly lunch at Ida Valley kitchen with yummy pasta salad and a bottle of white wine. That night we stayed in The Wedderburn Cottages, simple little self contained homes, where we began our night by sleeping outside listening to music and chatting- just us girls!