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Clutha Gold & Roxburgh Gorge

 

Clutha Gold Trail – A journey of discovery

The Clutha Gold Trail will take you on a journey of discovery,
offering a unique heritage experience set within diverse and stunning landscapes. Ride or walk alongside the powerful Clutha Mata-au
River, through a secluded valley and gorge network and into lush green farmland. Open all year round, the 73km trail will take between two
to four days to complete. It is an easy grade trail that is full of variety,
from undulating to flat to meandering.

 

At your own pace – Grade 2 (easy)

 

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Roxburgh Gorge Trail – Discover another world

The Roxburgh Gorge trail is another world. It offers a wilderness
experience through the remote and stunning Roxburgh Gorge. The
beauty of this magnificent trail is that you can choose what you
want to experience, start to finish or just part of it.

 

Cycle or walk from Alexandra to Doctors Point and then back again, or
start from Lake Roxburgh Dam and head upriver to Shingle Creek and
return. Experiencing the whole trail, you will enjoy a leisurely boat transfer between Doctors Point and Shingle Creek. Sit back and become immersed
in the splendid isolation that is Roxburgh Gorge – another world.

 

Book your boat transfer

 

Grade 2-3 (intermediate)

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Check out the Roxburgh Gorge & Clutha Gold Trails Map below - you may cycle or walk these in any direction or section.

Clyde

Clyde is a town in Central Otago popular
for summer holidays. It is nestled in a sheltered basin at the foot of an immense and crooked gorge of the Clutha River,
now flooded by the huge concrete hydro-electric dam just up stream. The old gorge was a severe test of mettle for early goldfields traffic and horse teams often paused in Clyde to prepare for the rigours ahead. The town is surrounded by an area renowned first for gold then for its stone fruit orchards
- read more

Alexandra

Alexandra is known as the hottest, driest and coldest town in New Zealand, and it is because of those extremes that Alexandra, in Central Otago, is a popular destination for national and international visitors. Whether it be during the heat of summer or the cold, crisp winter days, Alexandra has four distinct seasons and is a unique place to visit at any time of the year. Born in the goldrush era, there are many examples of the town’s history on display at Central Stories Museum  - read more

Lake Roxburgh Village

Lake Roxburgh is a lake, created by the Roxburgh Hydro Electric Dam, one of the earliest built in the South Island of New Zealand. It lies on the Clutha River, some 160 kilometres from Dunedin. It covers an area of some 6 km², and extends for nearly 30 kilometres towards the town of Alexandra. Lake Roxburgh Village started life as part of the Dam constuction scene of management. Now all houses are in private ownership. There is accommodation, coffee and meals provided at the - read more

Roxburgh

Early European settlers started arriving in this district in the late 1850s. When gold was discovered by Andrew Young and James Woodhouse in 1862, the pair unwittingly triggered the beginnings of what would become the township of Roxburgh, now home to more than 600 residents. Discover more by crossing over the Clutha River bridge from the Trail into the township, visit the Roxburgh Visitor Centre on Scotland Street to find out the local ‘Must Do’s’ in
the area or take time just to
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Ettrick

Ettrick is well known as a premium apple growing district. It was one of the first places in New Zealand where settlers grew apples. It is home to several registered fruit pack houses, cool stores, a cardboard fruitbox making factory and  - read more

Millers Flat

Millers Flat was named after Walter Miller, who farmed the first great sheep station in the area “Oven Hill” from 1857. He established the first European ferry crossing just upstream. Millers Flat is located on the banks of the Clutha River in the south of the picturesque Teviot Valley and has many fishing spots for brown trout and salmon. Trout fishing is also at Lake Onslow a high country hydro electric storage lake. Access to the lake, 18km from Millers Flat is via Tima Burn Road.  Sheep and - read more

Beaumont

Beaumont is a small junction town which straddles the Clutha River and State Highway 8. From 1914, Beaumont served as the terminus for 11 years of the Roxburgh Branch railway line that ran from the Main South Line at Milton beside State Highway 1. This line ultimately  operated until 1968. Sections of the railway still remain, including a bridge over the Beaumont River (Andy’s Creek) used by the Clutha Gold Trail. Towards Lawrence the Trail follows through the disused Big Hill Rail - read more

Lawrence

Lawrence was Otago’s first gold-rush town, in the Tuapeka District, it was originally named The Junction, and then later renamed after the British war hero who defended Lucknow during the 1857 Indian Mutiny. At the height of the gold fever, it’s population was 11,500; double that of Dunedin, making it one of the largest communities in the country.  It is hard to believe that now, with a current population of only 417.  Situated 92km or just over an hour by car south-west of   - read more

Clyde

Pinders Pond

Shingle Creek

Doctors Point

Mrs Herrons

Cottage

Lonely Graves

Big Tunnel Hill

Gabriels

Gully

Changing from one Trail to the other

To change from one Trail to the other you will need to cross the Roxburgh Dam as shown on the map.  Take your time and watch for vehicles. Please note that there are 2 carparks on the Dam observation point road, the higher carpark is where the Roxburgh Gorge trail starts / ends.  The lower carpark offers a fantastic view of the Dam & the Teviot Valley.

Lonely Graves

Legend has it that near the end of 1865 William Rigney, an Irish miner at Horseshoe bend gold diggings, came across the body
of a young, good-looking man. The police were called and permission was given for the unknown man to be buried.  William Rigney died in 1912 and according to his instructions was buried alongside the unknown man. His headstone reads: Here lies the body of William Rigney, the man who buried Somebody's Darling."

Pinders Pond

Pinders Pond is a popular picnic and safe swimming spot. Set amongst mature trees and the rugged sculptured landscape, this

is a must see in the Teviot Valley.

 

 

Mrs Herons Cottage

Mrs Heron raised 7 children and ran a shop in this historical schist house. now right on the banks of the Clutha River.

Otago Central Rail  Trail

Also in this area is the Otago Central Rail Trail which is New Zealand's original great ride www.otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz

Otago Central Rail Trail

Gabriels Gully

The discovery of gold at Gabriel's Gully by Gabriel Read in May 1861 led to the Central Otago goldrush.

Big Tunnel Hill

Through sheer hard work and determination up to 100 men created a tunnel 22 chain or 434 metres in length. Rumour has it that gold was found in the quartz.

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Jetboat

Transfer

9.4km

Jet Boat Transfer Required

To Experience the whole Roxburgh Gorge Trail, you will need to book a jet boat transfer between Doctors Point jetty

and Shingle Creek jetty.  To book your boat transfer or for  more information, including making a booking, transfer times and costs, please contact the i-Site on 03 262 7999.

Be sure to book your boat transfer in advance before you begin the trail.

19.6km

24.7km

19.4km

Alexandra

Lake Roxburgh Village

Lake Roxburgh Village

Roxburgh

Ettrick

Millers Flat

Beaumont

Evans Flat

Lawrence

Fruitlands

Fruitlands is not only historically significant, but also exceptionally picturesque and one of Central Otago’s most photographed places during winter frosts and snows. Originally known as Bald Hill Flat - read more

Fruitlands

Evans Flat

It might be hard to believe this idyllic sheep farming country, known as Evans Flat, was originally densely covered with native tussock, matagouri, manuka, and flax, and with patches of bush land.  Then in the late 1800s it transformed into   - read more

Horseshoe Bend Bridge

The bridge was built to replace an old pulley chair that was then the only way for the children of Horseshoe Bend to cross the river to attend school.

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