The Clutha Gold Trail was officially opened on 24 October 2013.
The 2-day Clutha Gold Trail, from Lake Roxburgh Dam to Lawrence, offers a unique heritage experience showcasing the area’s history of early Maori moa hunters, Chinese gold miners, European pastoral farming, mining and rail.
This wonderful trail follows the mighty Clutha Mata-Au River, as it weaves through trees, and traverses the beautiful Beaumont Gorge, before branching off into farming valleys and some sections of the historic Roxburgh Branch railway line inlcuding the 440m Big Hill Tunnel. Dotted along the trail are four small towns that were established during the gold rushes of a bygone era. Each has its own fascinating story and are now welcoming places to stop for a meal or the night.
The trail forms part of an extensive network of Great Rides in the Otago region, linking with the Roxburgh Gorge Trail at the Roxburgh Dam, on to the famous Otago Central Rail Trail at Alexandra. It is achievable for most fitness levels, and will appeal to family groups. An annual maintenance contribution of $25 per person, or $50 per family, covers the cost of trail maintenance for the use of both Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold Trails.