A laidback and immersive journey between Roxburgh and Lawrence, it serves up everchanging landscapes alongside colourful history spanning Māori moa hunting to gold rushes and hydropower generation. Cycle the Clutha Gold Trail in full or as day rides, with the option to add on the Roxburgh Gorge Trail and other Great Rides in Central Otago.
This trail stretches from Roxburgh Dam(opens in new window)to Lawrence, winding along the banks of the swirling Clutha Mata-au River with a backdrop of the bald Old Man Range.
Much of the trail follows the old railway corridor, making for a gentle ride that can be ridden in either direction. Cycling the trail over a couple of days will allow you to discover its hidden secrets and enjoy local hospitality in small settlements such as Roxburgh, Millers Flat, Beaumont and Lawrence.
The upstream starting point is the elegant Roxburgh dam at the end of the Roxburgh Gorge Great Ride. Its history is retold in the first of a series of excellent trailside storyboards that bring the landscapes and places to life.
The Clutha Gold Trail is well signposted and frequently passes small settlements and farms dotted along country roads.
Food and drinkare available in towns dotted along the route. Toilets at dotted at convenient intervals.
Homely accommodation and convenient transport (including luggage transfers) make an overnight stop not only easy but an opportunity to soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this rural, southern region.
The trail can be cycled at any time of year, each season coloured with a striking palette, from golden willow to purple thyme. Central Otago’s temperatures are extreme – hot and dry in summer, icy in winter, making spring and autumn both fantastic seasons to ride.
Whether you’re looking for a short ride or the full, multi-day adventure, there are plenty of tour companies offering everything from bike hire and shuttles to full package tours with everything included.