NZ Cycle Trails - Roxburgh and Clutha Trails


Roxburgh Gorge Trail

The Roxburgh Gorge Trail in Central Otago, New Zealand runs from Alexandra to Lake Roxburgh Dam and follows the stunning Clutha River.  This trail gives you the opportunity to explore by bike the remote and unique Roxburgh Gorge. 

This one day trail can be cycled in either direction and includes a 12km boat trip along a section that is not accessible by bike.

From Alexandra to Doctors Point is 10kms of cycle trail, followed by 12kms by boat and another 12kms of cycling from Shingle Creek to Lake Roxburgh Dam.

This trail provides a spectacular one-day ride filled with incredible scenery and gold-mining history.

The trail is open all year round with a well formed gravel surface and some climbs. It will take four to five hours to complete, depending on how you choose to experience it.

The Roxburgh Gorge Trail finishes at the Lake Roxburgh Dam but from here you can connect with the Clutha Gold Trail which travels through to Lawrence. There is also the option to connect the Roxburgh Gorge Trail with the Otago Central Rail Trail in Alexandra.

NOTE: A voluntary contribution of $25 per person or $50 per family, covers the cost of trail maintenance for the use of the Roxburgh Gorge Trail. The fee also covers the use of the Clutha Gold Trail, which follows on from the Roxburgh Gorge Trail.

 

Clutha Gold Trail

With secluded valleys, green farmland, the powerful Clutha River,  the Beaumont Gorge and a 434m tunnel, the Clutha Gold Trail will captivate you with its scenery and diversity.

The trail also showcases a variety of history in this area including the Chinese gold miners, Maori Moa hunters and much more.
There are four main towns along the Clutha Gold Trail – Roxburgh, Millers Flat, Beaumont and Lawrence with accommodation and food options available at each one.

The Clutha Gold Trail is 73kms long and most people cycle the trail over 1-3 days. Another popular option is to add an additional day and link it with the Roxburgh Gorge Trail from Alexandra to Lake Roxburgh Dam.

The trail is open year round and suitable for all ages.  It is an easy grade trail (graded level 1-2) and is of a similar standard to the Otago Central Rail Trail.

NOTE: A voluntary contribution of $25 per person or $50 per family, covers the cost of trail maintenance for the use of the Clutha Gold Trail. The fee also covers the use of the Roxburgh Gorge Trail, which you can connect with this trail. 

Enquire here for itinerary options on the Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold Cycle Trails