The Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold 4-day Trail are two spectacular cycling trails located in the stunning landscape of Central Otago, New Zealand. The Roxburgh Gorge trail offers a thrilling adventure through a rugged and dramatic gorge, where cyclists are surrounded by towering cliffs and the pristine waters of the Clutha River. On the other hand, the Clutha Gold Trail takes riders on a historical journey, passing through charming old gold mining towns, picturesque vineyards, and alongside the meandering Clutha River. Both trails provide cyclists with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the region’s rich history, natural beauty, and welcoming local communities. These trails are a must do this coming Spring/Summer!
Part One: Anniversary River Track Clyde to Alexandra – 12km – 1 hour
A scenic walking and cycling track between Clyde and Alexandra. This track takes you along the south bank of the Clutha River. From Clyde cycle down Matau Street, across the bridge and turn left onto the Anniversary River Track. You will cycle past relics and tailings of the last gold dredges in Otago. When you reach Alexandra you can either head up and over the bridge and cycle into the Central of Alexandra for a refreshment or continue on the track under the bridge and onto The Roxburgh Gorge Trail.
The Roxburgh Gorge Trail starts at the Bridge at Alexandra. From the River Track continue along the trail, under the bridge and onto the Roxburgh Gorge Trail. Stranded in the river alongside it are the remaining piers of the original suspension bridge, built in 1882. The trail passes through a forest of silver poplars now covering Frenchmans Point, formerly rich gold deposit workings. It then enters the narrow Roxburgh Gorge, flanked by bluffs up to 350 metres high. Suddenly, you’re in another world. The trail keeps meandering gently towards Butchers Creek, an old gold-mining site marked by the water races, fashioned from stone, used to channel water to the sluicings. The trail continues winding through the gorge, climbing a zigzag to access The Narrows, an ancient rock slide where care is required to negotiate the narrower trail section and boardwalk. The contrast of blue water, grey schist, purple thyme, willows and poplars, green or gold depending on the season. It is a feast for the eyes.
Clutha River Cruises – Jet Boat Transfer – 12.30pm Departure: Doctor’s Point to Shingle Creek – includes standard bike transfer
Experience a 40 minute jet boat transfer down the spectacular Clutha River. The trips start from the Doctor’s Point Boat Jetty and offers a unique opportunity to explore these isolated reaches of the Mighty Clutha (Mata-Au) River and view some of New Zealand’s best examples of European and Chinese gold mining. The perspective of the Gorge from the water is even more spectacular than from the trail!
From Shingle Creek you will cycle through an isolated landscape of rugged landcapes and spectaular views. On this section fo the trail be prepared for some hill climbing!!!! You will then head away from the river into sweeping hill country farmland and pass through a small secluded valley with regenerating Ka-nuka (tea tree) scrubland. You will then be rewarded with a welcome downhill and spectacular views of Lake Roxburgh. However, be prepared for the little climb at the end of trail!
Lake Roxburgh Lodge is tucked away in a serene garden setting and steeped with local history. The Lodge offers well-appointed studio rooms and suites, breakfast and dinner in the restaurant along with Central Otago wines and locally crafted beers. It is the ideal location to base yourself whether it be for exploring the world class Roxburgh Gorge or Clutha Gold cycle trails, or for indulging in a relaxing break away.
You are booked into The Lake Roxburgh Lodge Restaurant for an evening meal – Evening meal not included.
From Roxburgh you will cycle alongside the Clutha River, keep an eye out for stunning hillside rock formations and large stands of regenerating native Kan-uka (tea tree). There are new scenes around every bend as the trail meanders along the rivers edge. Pinders Pond, 5km from Roxburgh, is a pleasant place to pause for a while, and offers safe swimming in the otherwise treacherous Clutha Mata-au. 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.
Cycling down the valley, the trail returns to the riverside and heads through the Beaumont Gorge. Keep your eyes peeled for the sunken gold dredge that may be seen stranded in the current. 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.
Welcome to Mata-Au Lodge, a spacious Central Otago holiday home offering modern lodge accommodation, located in a peaceful riverside setting. Mata-Au Lodge provides the perfect retreat after a day on the bike trails or as family/group accommodation for a holiday or weekend away. With lots of space for everyone in your group and a huge outside deck overlooking the river, you can relax and unwind at Mata-Au Lodge. Added luxuries include spa pool, sauna and massage chair
You are booked into Beaumont Hotel for an evening meal – Evening meal included.
Part One: Beaumont to Lawrence – 19km – 2 hours
The last leg of the Clutha Gold climbs gently along the old railway line to the highest point of the trail, Big Hill Tunnel. After a 440m pedal through the dark tunnel, 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. The Clutha Gold Trail ends at Lawrence, Otago’s first gold rush town.
The section between Lawrence and Waitahuna traverses rolling farmland which is quite different to the rock and tussock landscape experienced in the Roxburgh Gorge.
From Waitahuna to Mt Stuart the trail generally follows the old railway corridor through rail cuttings and includes two tunnels and viaduct. This section of trail also passes through some picturesque woodland glades.
From Milton, you will be transported to Mata-Au Lodge in Beaumont for your final night’s accommodation
Evening Meal – Self Catering BBQ & Dessert Pack. Enjoy a delicious two course self cater evening meal at Mata-Au Lodge. Dinner packs include meat, a potato dish and salad finished off with a lovely dessert.
Arrive in Queenstown at approximately 2pm.
-3 nights Accommodation for 2 as Listed Above
-Daily Breakfast for 2, 1x Self Catering BBQ & Dessert Pack for 2 + Evening Meal at Beaumont Hotel for 2
-Central Cycle Trail E-Bike Hire & Transfers for 2 with Helmet, Charger, Quality back pack with Puncture Repair Kit, Spare Tube and Pump + Bike Hire Insurance
-Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold Maintenance Pass for 2
-Shuttle Transfers for 2: Queenstown to Clyde + Beaumont to Queenstown (+Bike & Bag Transfers)
-Jet Boat Transfer from Doctor’s Point to Shingle Creek for 2
*Rate is Valid until 30 April 2024
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