Clutha Gold Cycle Trail

Clutha Gold PolaroidTrail: Clutha Gold Cycle Trail
Distance: Approx. 73km
Grade*: 2
Duration: 2 days
Fitness: Average

Weather: Central Otago is known to be hot and dry in summer and cold and dry in winter. As always in New Zealand, be prepared for colder temperatures, even in summer.

Overview: The Clutha Gold follows the mighty Clutha River from Roxburgh to Lawrence. It’s all on cycle trail or unsealed roads and has an easy flow to it. Although not as much variety as some other trails, you still get a feeling of remoteness, some beautiful scenery and an stunning 440m railway tunnel that creates some excitement and adventure!

Want to ride this trail? For more information, click here…Clutha Canyon Combo Cycle Tour

Clutha Gold Trail Information

The Clutha Gold Trail is one of the ‘Great Rides’ of the Nga Haerenga, New Zealand Cycle Trail and links in with the Otago Rail Trail and the Roxburgh Gorge Trail. At 73km long, it’s an easy walking and cycling trail along side the Clutha River between Lawrence and Roxburgh, only 2 hours away from Queenstown. Open year-round, this smooth and wide, well-formed trail requires moderate fitness. Whether you walk it or ride it, this trail is full of variety, from undulating to flat to meandering, different around every corner.

No matter which end of the trail you start, this trail offers a real rural heartland experience combined with a wealth of fascinating local gold mining history. Start at the Roxburgh Dam to follow the Clutha River downstream. Start at Lawrence and head back to Roxburgh to add on the Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail or Otago Rail Trail. Ride it in sections or, if you’re very fit, ride it in one day, it’s up to you. So much diversity, history and scenery in such a small area. We run tours along this trail in combination with the Roxburgh Gorge Trail into our Clutha Canyon Combo. This combo makes a great addition to either the Around the Mountains Trail or the West Coast Wilderness Trail to create week long experiences. Of course, if you have a private group of 6 or more, we’ll arrange almost anything you want!

Want to ride this trail? For more information, click here…Clutha Canyon Combo Cycle Tour

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