4
Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • 4 days guided cycling
Accommodation
  • 3 nights in hotels
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 3 Lunches
  • 3 Breakfasts

Price

4 daysfrom

$1835NZD

Trip Code: TJRG

Trip highlights


  • Follow the flow of the might Clutha River/Mata Au through dramatic gorges, past orchards and lush farmland
  • Enjoy the support of your local guide
  • Explore an isolated section of the mighty Clutha River/Mata Au by jet boat
  • Discovering the local hospitality in the historic towns along the trail

This guided cycle adventure is a 4 day – 3 night specialised electric bike tour on the Roxburgh Gorge & Clutha Gold cycle trails cycling 4 to 5 hours each day.

These trails not only have some amazing cycling but also includes an enjoyable and informative Jet Boat ride on the Clutha River/Mata-Atu. The trail is vehicle-free with a moderate gradient. In places it can be steeper than the Rail Trail with some climbs and downhill sections, but the views and scenery make it well worthwhile. The trail takes you through remote gorges, lush farmland and follows the majestic Clutha River/Mata-Atu.

Relax knowing that you have a local experienced tour guide and support vehicle while you are on the trail. Our guides are passionate and knowledgeable about the trail and the area, and this will all add to making this a tour to remember. Accommodation is in a twin/double share room.

Your adventure starts in Queenstown where you will be picked up from your accommodation and brought to our Clyde Depot. Here you will be fitted on your bikes, then enjoy morning tea with your tour guide including a briefing on your adventure. Today you will cycle with your guide from Clyde on the River Track to Alexandra along the banks of the Clutha River/Mata-Atu. This is mainly flat with one or two boardwalks and bridges nearer Alexandra. You are free to explore Alexandra for the afternoon or enjoy a wine tour departing from your accommodation at 2.30pm (not included in tour price)

Meals:  Nil

The Roxburgh Gorge Gorge trail begins in Alexandra and makes its way to Doctors Point Boat Ramp. Here you will meet up with a local boat operator who transfers you to Shingle creek. Relax on board the boat while you take in the stunning scenery and history of the area. Disembark at Shingle Creek and continue with your guide on your cycle adventure to Roxburgh township another 21 kms, passing the Roxburgh Dam, which is New Zealands biggest gravity fed dam. Its story is retold in the first of many excellent interpretation panels dotted along the cycle trail. Picnic packed lunch is provided to enjoy on the trail Accommodation and evening meal Roxburgh Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

Today’s ride starts from Roxburgh township which is famous for fruit orchards that serve up a splash of colour in every season. Roxburgh is also the home of famous Jimmy’s Pie shop. Clutha Gold trail starts here and follows the sparking Clutha River/Mata-Atu to Millers Flat where you will enjoy lunch at Faigans Store (20km). Towards the end of this section the trail cuts across pastoral farmland to reach Millers Flat. This wee town started life as a stop on the branch railway line to Dunedin which closed in 1968. After lunch you continue your journey to Beaumont, continuing down the valley where the trail returns to the riverside and head through the Beaumont Gorge on a mix of quiet roads and railway line spliced together with a custom-built cycle path. It’s well worth taking a couple of short detours signposted off the trail around here. The first is horseshoe Bend Bridge, an impressive pedestrian suspension bridge built in 1913. The second nearby are the lonely graves – humble testament to the kindness of strangers. The trail emerges at the highway, from here you make your way to your accommodation at Mata-Au Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast you will start your journey to Lawrence heading in land through rolling farmland. The last leg of the Clutha Gold trails climbs gently along the old railway line to the highest point of the trail, Big Hill Tunnel. After a 440m pedal through the dark the trail sets off on its final sweep down to Lawrence. Lush farmland surrounds the route, which crosses the highway several times on its way through Evans Flat with its bygone vibe of early industry – gold mining, flax milling, and pioneer sheep farming. Lunch in Lawrence then take a historic guided walk through time of the Lawrence town centre, with facts provided by your host to inspire your imagination and minds-eye to see what Victorian style Lawrence was like during the gold rush and the years after. Shuttle transfer back to Clyde departing 2.30pm

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • Cycle equipment: electric bike, helmet, repair kit, panniers and odometer and trail documentation.
  • 3 nights Accommodation: ensuite accommodation based on twin/double share
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • Boat Transfer: Doctors Point to Shingle Creek
  • Shuttle transport from Queenstown to Clyde (includes 7:45am hotel pick up)
  • Shuttle transport from Lawrence to Dunedin (Optional Extra)
  • Shuttle transport back to Clyde or Queenstown
  • One knowledgeable driver/tour guide to accompany tour party and for on trail support
  • Side trip – Lawrence Guided Heritage walk
  • Wine tour Alexandra/Clyde on afternoon of day 1 (Optional Extra)
  • Luggage Transfers

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature including laundry, phone calls, etc
  • Travel insurance

Bike information


Accommodation


Grading

Introductory to Moderate  
4

Suitable for casual riders and others seeking an easy to moderate, cycling experience. E-bikes are also suitable as long as they are ridden appropriately and have sufficient battery capacity. Off-road trails are compacted gravel, with only gentle climbs and generally wide enough for side-by-side riding.


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$1835NZD

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Why travel with us

First On The Trail

Trail Journeys is the largest and longest serving bike hire business on the Otago Central Rail Trail. We have helped more cyclists explore our region since the trail opened in 2000 than any other company.

EXPERT LOCAL ADVICE

Our team is passionate about the Central Otago Region and their extensive knowledge and experience means you get the very best advice - every time. We will help you tailor the right cycling itinerary for your needs.

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Expect first-class and flexible support both on and off the trail. With regular bag, passenger and bike transport services, expert cycle mechanics and experienced consultants, enjoy a stress free cycling trip with Trail Journeys.

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