About Us

Off The Rails is a well established cycle tour company specialising in premium cycle tours of the Otago Central Rail Trail. Our wonderful Central Otago staff are the real stars of the show. They offer our guests unparallelled hospitality and service - nothing is too much bother for them. Over the years they have brought hundreds of smiles to hundreds of faces. 

Whether you are a couple, a family or a group of friends getting together to tick the Otago Central Rail Trail off your bucket list, our tours provide you with a one stop shop. Bikes, accommodation and transport are all included in our tour price. We will pick you up from Queenstown at the beginning of your tour and return you to either Queenstown or the Taieri Gorge train to Dunedin at the end of your tour. Our drivers all have a wealth of local knowledge, which they will share with you each day.

Our guests love staying in the same accommodation each night. This is a real point of difference when you travel with Off The Rails. You can relax and enjoy the wonderful country hospitality of our staff and the Maniototo area after your riding each day. Our drivers will take you out to a different country hotel for a meal each evening The curling at Naseby on the last evening of your stay is a real highlight for our guests. 

Our dedication to sustainable business practices in this unique environment is paramount, as is working alongside the local community. We invite you to read about the practical initiatives we have taken, and continue to develop, in our Responsible Tourism Policy.  

We are also an official Central Otago Brand user and a member of the Rail Trail Operators Group, marking our involvement with the Rail Trail's local tourism industry.

We are proudly a Qualmark accredited business with an Endorsed Visitor Activity rating. This ensures that you will be receiving first class service all of the time!

OFF THE RAILS is located in the heart of the Maniototo -  Ranfurly, Art Deco capital of the South Island and hub of the Rail Trail. Ranfurly is the location for the company's two restored heritage properties used for guests' accommodation and an Art Deco commercial building to house our bikes and passenger transport.

Between us, we know the characters and quirks of Central Otago. We know the best fishing spots, back roads and country pubs. We love the Rail Trail's history, its landscape and its people.

Our passion is sharing it with others - let us share it with you.

 

Staff

Nick Simpson

Owner/operator, drivers and mechanic

Judy Elder

Judy is your Hostess. She ensures that guests are welcomed and that they are well looked after. You will see her every day.

Sam McSkimming

Sam is one of our drivers.

Pauline Simpson

Co-owner, hostess and driver - a lady of many talents!