Introductory to Moderate

Traveller Rating


  • 1 day self guided cycle


1 dayfrom


Trip Code: TJR

Trip highlights

  • Cycle through the remote, idyllic Roxburgh Gorge
  • Discover old gold mining relics and mining huts
  • Enjoy a jet-boat transfer, and gold mining history tour on the Clutha Mata-Au River
  • Cycle the river trail from Alexandra to Clyde (optional)

The 1 Day Roxburgh Gorge Trail is a self-guided cycle tour from the Roxburgh Dam to Clyde along the mighty Clutha Mata-au River.

Keep an eye out for historic gold mining relics and huts as you make your way through the gorge. A jet-boat transfer from Shingle Point to Doctors point joins each end of the trail and is a highlight for many, with commentary of the gold mining history scattered in the hillside. Cycle back from Alexandra along the river trail or the Otago Central Rail Trail to Clyde.

We'll shuttle to you to the start and provide detailed maps so all you need to do is pedal. Scroll down to view the full itinerary, select your dates and fill out our enquiry form.

Trips operate year round.

This morning you'll meet at the Trail Journeys Depot in Clyde for bike fitting and tour briefing, before taking the shuttle to the Roxburgh Hydro Dam. The first section of the trail leads into the stunning Roxburgh Gorge to the Shingle Creek boat ramp. Here a local boat operator will meet and transfer you Doctors Point. Along the way, there is the chance to take in the stunning scenery from river-level and listen to an informative, historical commentary. From Doctors Point, the trail continues to Alexandra where there are two options for the return to our depot. One is to cycle over the Clutha River/Mata Au, through the town and connect with the Rail Trail to return to our depot. Or, alternatively, take the scenic River Track and ride to Clyde township and on to our depot. This route is approximately 6kms longer and does require a little more energy and confidence, but definitely worth it if you have the time.

Meals:  Nil


  • Standard bike hire for 1 day including helmet, repair kit and odometer (e-bike upgrade available)
  • Transport from Clyde to Roxburgh Dam at the start of your trip (Transport to/from Queenstown can be added)
  • Jet boat transfer - Shingle Creek to Doctors Point
  • Detailed trip itinerary and map
  • Panniers (optional extra)

  • Transport to/from Queenstown
  • Meals
  • Optional activities and upgrades
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Bike information

Trail Surface



Introductory to Moderate  

The 1 Day Roxburgh Gorge Trail is graded Introductory to Moderate. The trails are mostly wide with a compacted gravel trail surface but there can be exposure in places along the Gorges. Most of the trails are a gentle gradient, with some hills, switchbacks and undulations. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and we recommend training on compacted gravel trails. E-bikes are suitable as long as they are ridden appropriately with battery management.

Departure dates



All bookings are tentative. Our team will do their best to get back to you within 48 hours to confirm your booking. If your preferred date is within 48 hours please ring 0800 724 587.

Want to organise a customised tour?

School groups, friends, family trips, corporate events and even making the trail accessible for everyone. Learn how you can organise a Customised Tour with Trail Journeys.

Total Priceper person from


Options & Supplements*
  • Return Transport from QueenstownNZD$130
  • Transport from Queenstown to Clyde (return)NZD$140
*Prices listed are per person and also from

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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.


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.

Quality services

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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