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4 Day Lake Dunstan, Roxburgh & Clutha Trails

About 148 km Cycling over 4 Days

Days
4

Pricing From
$1275

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Overview

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.

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

Roxburgh & Clutha Trail Electric Bike Guided Tour

Roxburgh & Clutha Trail Electric Bike Guided Tour

Roxburgh & Clutha Trail Electric Bike Guided Tour

Roxburgh & Clutha Trail Electric Bike Guided Tour

Roxburgh & Clutha Trail Electric Bike Guided Tour

Itinerary

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Day 1Lake Dunstan TrailDistance: 40 km

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.

Day 2Clyde to Lake Roxburgh VillageDistance: 33 km

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 included: B

Day 3Lake Roxburgh Village to Millers FlatDistance: 30 km

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.

Meals included: B

Day 4Millers Flat to LawrenceDistance: 45 km

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 included: B

COST PER PERSON

June 2023 - May 2024

  • From Queenstown: NZ$1,445
  • From Clyde: NZ$1,275
  • e-Bike upgrade: NZ$320

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Lake Dunstan TrailDistance: 40 km

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.

Day 2Clyde to Lake Roxburgh VillageDistance: 33 km

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 included: B

Day 3Lake Roxburgh Village to Millers FlatDistance: 30 km

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.

Meals included: B

Day 4Millers Flat to LawrenceDistance: 45 km

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 included: B

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