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Roxburgh Gorge Trail

New Zealand Cycle Trail

Central Otago, South Island

Planning on riding the Roxburgh Gorge Trail? Contact us for help in planning your itinerary and booking your trip. More details on jet boat transfers can be found below. 

The 44 km Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail starts in Alexandra and follows the Clutha Mata-au River through the Roxburgh Gorge to finish at the Roxburgh Dam. Opened on October 24th, 2013, the Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail gives access to fantastic rock formations, historic stone cottages and sweeping views of the river and lake.

The ride down the river from Alexandra is a complete contrast to the ride up the river to Clyde. After leaving Alexandra the ride quickly enters a steep rocky gorge, with no other access than the old bridle path.  A points the gorge rises above cyclists almost 350 metres on either side of the river. 

Old Chinese miners huts built from local schist rock are carved into the gorge and cyclists will make their way through two eerily deserted gold mining villages as they wind down beside what are now the upper reaches of Lake Roxburgh.  Riders will experience an immense feeling of loneliness in this rugged landscape that encompasses the visitor in in a timeless state.

After 10 kms of riding, you arrive at Doctors Point jetter where you will board a jet boat. The jet boat cruises 12 kms down the river to Shingle Creek. Here you will hop back on the saddle and ride the final 10 kms before arriving at Lake Roxburgh Village. This jet boat transfer must be organized in advance. 

The Gorge relents as you approach Roxburgh Dam and the steep rock walls give way to some farming and the swirling currents of the river ease into the still waters of the Lake Roxburgh.

The Roxburgh Gorge Trail can easily be linked with the Otago Rail Trail via Alexandra or the new Clutha Gold Trail (another of the new Great Rides) at Roxburgh.  In total these trails create more than 250 kilometres of fabulous riding in the Central Otago region.  The Roxburgh Gorge Trail is also one part of the Mighty Clutha River Trail which once finished will run from Lake Wanaka 338 kilometres south-east to the Pacific Ocean. 

Roxburgh Gorge Jet Boat Transfers

Due to the remote location bookings are essential and can be made by following this link. There are set departure times from Doctors Point jetty and Shingle Creek jetty - these times can be found below. The cost is $95 per person - minimum of two and max of 6 pax. 

Doctors Point (Alexandra End) Shingle Creek (Roxburgh End)
10:00 AM
10:45 AM
11:30 AM
12:15 PM
1:00 PM
1:45 PM
2:30 PM
3:15 PM
4:00 PM
4:45 PM


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  • Me and my mate rode the trail from Roxburgh till it bottomed out due to land issues, not too sure how far we got but it was awesome! Cant wait for it to be complete, any ideas on the date? cheers!

    Posted by Simon Smith, 25/06/2013 7:40pm (2 years ago)

  • when will this trail be opening

    Posted by keren, 21/03/2013 11:20pm (2 years ago)

  • Tori, I question your comment, it seems to me that it's a comment based on emotion without a real understanding of the construction of a narrow trail planned on a route constricted by many number of obstacles both environmental and land access. The RMA and consenting process is the time to voice such opinions and summit your concerns as others did which have all been addressed through appropriate channels. The positive benefits to the area and local community will be fantastic and give so many more people the opportunity to experience another beautiful part of NZ in the most environmentally friendly way. It's through access to areas like this that educate people of the important' s of protecting out environment, not locking this away for only a privileged few to access. I applored the people behind projects such as this, it's no easy task and very difficult to comply with the RMA and please everyone, it's very easy to post negative comments from your arm chair on posts such as this.

    Posted by Greig, 13/01/2013 1:57pm (2 years ago)

  • This sounds so incredible for every New Zealander to enjoy. A new wonder opens up for us all. I am so glad the likes of Tori, who want to deny people access to the wonders our magnificent Country has to offer, aren't always listened to.

    Posted by Claire J, 31/12/2012 9:26am (2 years ago)

  • this trail is good but it is destroying all the wild life and historic places it is going too close to the river and to close to many peoples houses. Thank you

    Posted by tori, 14/11/2012 12:07pm (2 years ago)

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