On your bike these holidays!

Those looking for a fun activity the whole family can enjoythese holidays, may like to hire a bike?

Ranfurly Bike Hire is situated halfway along the rail and offers a range of 60 leisure mountain bikes, including children's bikes, tag-along bikes, baby-trailers and babyseats, so the entire family can participate.

Ranfurly Bike Hire can organise packages to suit the needs of individuals, groups and families wanting to ride the trail, including bike hire, accommodation, food, luggage, and shuttle transfers. It can also deliver "fully serviced" bikes to any destination along the trail, whether it be Clyde, Alexandra, Middlemarch or any other location.

The Otago Central Rail Trail runs for 150km between Clyde and Middlemarch, along the way encompassing some spectacular scenery; mountain ranges, hills and gorges across the Maniototo Plain, through old gold-mining towns and finishing in the picturesque fruit-growing areas of Central Otago.

Because the rail trail follows an old railway line, it is suitable for most age groups and fitness levels to cycle, as it offers a level gravelled surface with no steep hills to climb. It is recommended people allow at least four days to cycle the trail, riding for approximately four hours each day - anything more can become quite uncomfortable!

The owners of Ranfurly Bike Hire (and booking agents for therail trail), Janet and Dick Parker live locally, making them familiar with the trail and the surrounding area's weather and gradients. They are more than happy to assist those wanting to embark on this extraordinary journey whether it be by bike oron foot.

Bookings are essential and can be made by phone on 0800245-464 or email freebookings@otagorailtrail.co.nz or r.j.parker@xtra.co.nz