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  • 4 days self guided cycling
  • 3 nights comfort level
  • Superior and economy levels available
  • 3 Breakfasts


4 daysfrom


Trip Code: TJDR

Trip highlights

  • Ride through the stunning Cromwell Gorge on the new Lake Dunstan Trail
  • Follow the mighty Clutha River/Mata-au through dramatic gorges, past orchards and lush farmland
  • Discover old gold mining relics through the Roxburgh Gorge
  • Enjoy a jet boat transfer from Shingle Creek to Doctors Point
  • Experience the local 'southern hospitality' of Central Otago

Combine the new Lake Dunstan Trail with the Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold trails on this 4 day self-guided trip.

From Cromwell you'll head through the wine-country of Bannockburn before heading through the stunning Cromwell Gorge featuring swing bridges and 'clip-on' trails.

Cycle through the vibrant Roxburgh Gorge, featuring a jet-boat transfer to join two sections of the trail. Learn about the gold mining history, and see the remaining relics scattered along the hill-side. Ride through lush farmland and visit the local townships of Roxburgh and Lawrence.

We'll move your luggage each day, book the best suited accommodation and transport you where you need to be. All you need to do is pedal and unwind from everyday life.

Scroll down to view the full itinerary, select your dates and fill out our booking form (please note this is tentative).

A morning briefing and bike fitting at our Highlands Depot in Cromwell or Clyde will get you set for your first day of cycling on the Lake Dunstan Trail. You can meet us there or you can add on a shuttle from Queenstown. Cycle through the Bannockburn wine-country before heading through the breathtaking Cromwell Gorge along the Clutha / Mata-au River to Clyde, stopping at the coffee boat along the way (if it's there). Stay the night in Clyde.

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast you'll set off on the the river trail to Alexandra. From here, the trail makes its way down the Roxburgh Gorge to Doctors Point Boat Ramp. Here you will meet with a local boat operator who will transfer you to Shingle Creek. Relax on board the boat while you take in the stunning scenery and history of the area. At Shingle Creek the trail continues to Lake Roxburgh Village. Take a look at the Roxburgh Dam Lookout with its great photo opportunity. Accommodation this night is in the Lake Roxburgh Village.

Meals:  B

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.

Meals:  B

After breakfast, set off, on the trail that follows the river through the Beaumont Gorge before leaving the Clutha River/Mata Au and heading inland through rolling farmland. Parts of this route follow an old rail bed through Tunnel Hill and onto your final destination of the historic gold-mining town of Lawrence. This was where gold was first discovered in New Zealand and is an interesting town to explore. There will be time for lunch before your mid-afternoon transport back to Clyde.

Meals:  B


  • Standard bike hire for 4 days including helmet, repair kit and odometer (e-bike upgrade available)
  • 3 nights' comfort accommodation on twin share basis (superior upgrade available)
  • Transport from Lawrence to Clyde at the end of the Clutha Trail
  • Transport from Clyde to Cromwell at the end of your trip
  • Jet boat transfer and history tour: Doctors Point to Shingle Creek
  • 3 x breakfasts
  • Daily Luggage transfers (weight limit of 15kg per bag, 1 bag per person)
  • Detailed trip itinerary and map
  • Lake Dunstan, Roxburgh Gorge & Clutha Gold Trail Trust Donations

  • Extra transport (e.g. to/from Queenstown)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities and upgrades
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Bike information

Trail Surface


Suggested extensions


Introductory to Moderate  

The 4 day Lake Dunstan, Roxburgh and Clutha Trails is graded Introductory to Moderate. The Lake Dunstan and Roxburgh Gorge Trails have a mix of introductory and moderate trails that include some narrow, hilly and remote sections with some tight turns. If you are not a regular cyclist or are worried about these features, we recommend practicing riding on similar features at home before your trip. The more training you have done on compacted gravel ad undulating hills the more enjoyable your trip will be. E-bikes are also suitable as long as they are ridden appropriately and have sufficient battery capacity.

Departure dates

Departs daily


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 contact our office
Due to the rural location of these trails, our superior upgrade offers a higher level of lodgings at locations where available.

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.

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Options & Supplements*
  • Transport from Queenstown to Clyde (return)NZD$215
  • Electric Bike UpgradeNZD$320
*Prices listed are per person and also from


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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.

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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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