Clutha Gold Trail


The 73km, Grade 2 (Easy) Clutha Gold Trail provides a great opportunity for day trips or a multi-day cycling holiday when combined with the Roxburgh Gorge Trail and even possibly the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Commissioners Flat (Lake Roxburgh Dam) to Roxburgh, (Grade 2 Easy) 10km

The trail starts at Commissioners Flat, a small car parking area 500m below the Lake Roxburgh Dam on the eastern side of the Clutha Mata-au River.

From the car park, follow obvious signs down the valley on a smooth wide trail that leads to the Roxburgh township. There are kilometre marker posts on the trail to inform you of your progress.

After 10km you will see Roxburgh township on the other side of the river where you will find plenty of shops and accommodation.

Roxburgh to Millers Flat, (Grade 2 Easy) 21km

From the Roxburgh township the trail continues for approximately 19km. It follows the river past a popular swimming spot called Pinders Pond and eventually heads inland to reach Millers Flat.

This small town offers a few accommodation places, a Four Square store and the Bridge Hotel across the river offering food, drinks and accommodation.

Millers Flat to Beaumont, (Grade 2 Easy) 20km

From Millers Flat the trail heads through a small park and back to the riverside. It is 24km down the valley on a mix of new trail, historic road and historic railway line to the settlement of Beaumont.

As soon as you reach the highway you will see Beaumont Hotel on the other side of the river. Food, drinks and accommodation are offered at the hotel.

Beaumont to Lawrence, (Grade 2 Easy) 22km

This section has a moderate climb leading to a railway tunnel, followed by a long downhill to Evans Flat and Lawrence, the site of one of the world’s largest gold rushes.

Getting There

The Clutha Gold Trail is located in the Central Otago region of New Zealand's South Island.

The nearest airports are Dunedin International Airport and Queenstown International Airport, which offer flights to and from Australia, as well as main centres around New Zealand.

Distances (and estimated driving times):

Dunedin to Lawrence - 92 km (1 hr 15 mins)
Queenstown to Roxburgh - 135 km (1 hr 30 mins)

Bus services are also available.

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