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Roxburgh Gorge Trail

RIDING THE TRAIL

The Roxburgh Gorge Trail can be enjoyed as a day trip, or as part of a multi-day journey that includes the Otago Central Rail Trail and the Clutha Gold Trail.

Most of the trail is Grade 2 (Easy) with a few Grade 3 (Intermediate) sections.

From the centre of Alexandra, head south across the main bridge and immediately turn right, down a short track to the river.

Turn right again and pass under the road bridge that you just crossed and head down the valley on a wide smooth trail that weaves through a large stand of willows.

After a few minutes the landscape changes, becoming more and more desert-like with towering rocks and large drops.

Around 10km from Alexandra you will reach the end of this section of the trail at Doctor’s Point, where there is a toilet and a jetty.

From here a boat can take you down the river. The boat journey includes an excellent introduction to the history and geology of the area and costs $95 and must be pre-booked.

For boat options contact Clutha River Cruises on 03 449 3173 or Beaumont Jet on 03 485 9455.

The boat trip is 12km and ends at a second jetty at Shingle Creek.

From there the trail takes you down the valley to a car park high above the Lake Roxburgh Dam.

If you intend to continue on to the Clutha Gold Trail, cross over the dam and follow the signs down to about 500m below the dam to a car park where the Clutha Gold Trail begins.

Getting There

The Roxburgh Gorge 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.

From Queenstown airport to the start of the trail in Alexandra, head towards Cromwell on State Highway 8 and turn right towards Alexandra.

The trail head is just over the Clutha bridge heading out of Alexandra. Take the first turn left into O'Neill Crescent, then the first left again on to Old Bridge Road. The trail starts opposite the historic bridges. Take a right to start your Great Ride.

From Dunedin airport to the trail head at Roxburgh Dam, head south on State Highway 1 to Milton. Turn right on to State Highway 8 towards Roxburgh Dam and follow the signs to the start of the trail.

Distances (and estimated driving times):

  • Queenstown to Alexandra - 95 km (1 hr 30 mins)
  • Dunedin to Roxburgh - 150 km (1 hr 45 mins)

Bus services are also available.

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