The Roxburgh Gorge Trail was officially opened on 24 October 2013.
The 34km, Roxburgh Gorge Trail provides a spectacular one-day ride between Alexandra and the Roxburgh Dam, following the Clutha Mata-au River.
Starting from Alexandra, riders soon enter the Roxburgh Gorge, with bluffs rising almost 350 metres on either side of the river at its most dramatic point.
The trail opens up access to areas of historic significance, with old schist huts built into the rock by Chinese miners and remains of two small mining settlements. The opportunity to explore these well preserved mining relics set within an imposing and inspiring landscape appeals to a wide range of people looking for a great one day ride.
The middle section of this trail is currently not accessible by bike, therefore 10km from Alexandra riders will enjoy a 12km boat trip ($95 per person) down the river before continuing on their bikes over the last 12km to the Roxburgh Dam. For boat transportation options contact Clutha River Cruises.
The trail ends at the Roxburgh Dam, but on the other side of the river another Great Ride begins – the Clutha Gold Trail. A maintenance contribution of $25 per person, or $45 per family, covers the cost of trail maintenance for both trails.
The Roxburgh Gorge Trail also connects with the Otago Central Rail Trail at Alexandra. Together these three trails provide almost 250km of non-stop Great Riding!