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Conference May 1-4, 2014 in New Zealand
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Travel Classics International 2014

Auckland, New Zealand

Dunedin and Central Otago -
Heritage by Bicycle
Sunday 27 April - Wednesday 30 April

Central Otago is New Zealand's most inland region with a breathtakingly different landscape of snow-capped mountains surrounding interlinking valleys, clear blue rivers, deep gorges and tussock clad hills. It has three trails that are part of Nga Haeranga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail - a network of cycling trails that run throughout the country. The Otago Central Rail Trail is the original 'Great Ride' following the route of the former railway line from Middlemarch to Clyde.

27 April

Fly an hour and a half from Auckland to Dunedin, a thriving city founded by the Scots and laid out in the same street plan as Edinburgh - but set on steep hills edged by the sea. Explore Dunedin's literary provenance within its alleyways and avenues, then enjoy Southern hospitality with fine dining at Scotia restaurant. Stay at Fletcher Lodge, which was built by Sir James Fletcher in 1924 to serve as his private residence.
Dunedin Railway Station
photo: David Wall
photo: Central Otago Tourism
Otago Rail Trail
photo: Central Otago Tourism

28 April

Take one of the world's great train journeys on the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the world's most beautiful railway stations, Dunedin's railway station is one of New Zealand's loveliest heritage buildings. The journey will take you through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge, across wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago. From Middlemarch, you will be fitted out with a touring bicycle and transferred to Wedderburn, the halfway point of the Rail Trail. Here you will stay in accommodation nestled in a farming community and enjoy a meal at a country hotel.

29 April

On your bike and take your time; make the most of the shared pleasures of cycling today's 24 miles of flat trail. No need to worry about your luggage, this will be transferred for you to your next accommodation. Each town you pass through has its own personality with historic stone buildings, classic country pubs, boutique accommodation and, best of all, the people. You'll discover Otago's daring past and look in awe at the early engineering feats of the pioneers. Get up close and personal with scenery, tunnels and bridges that once were the secret preserve of railway workers. Check in at a quaint little B&B in Omakau and enjoy a well-earned hearty meal.

April 30

Cycle the final 22 miles of the Rail Trail to the historic township of Clyde. Take a short detour en-route to be among the first to cycle a section of one of the new trails, the Roxburgh Gorge Trail at Alexandra. Once you're done cycling, relax and enjoy a glass of Central Otago pinot noir with lunch at Bannockburn winery near Cromwell. After lunch, transfer to Queenstown Airport for your departing flight back to Auckland.




Tour are offered complimentary to Travel Classics delegates and include all transport, accommodation, meals and activities as stated on the itinerary. Delegates may choose either one pre-tour or one post-tour.

Partners of Travel Classics delegates are welcome to join this tour at the special rate of US$700. This includes accommodation shared with delegate, transport, meals and activities as outlined on itinerary. This rate is at-cost.

Tour registration deadline is 15 October, and delegates will be advised of their tour assignments by 30 October. Please state your first, second and third choice of tour as capacity is limited to 6 pax per tour.

To register for a tour please download the registration form, fill it in and email to: Yves Gentil, DQMPR,

Please do not make payment until you have received confirmation of your assigned tour in October. After you have been notified of the tour on which you and your partner are confirmed, use the Paypal button below to pay the partner fee.

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