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Between Alexandra and the Roxburgh Dam, this trail is described as New Zealand’s own ‘Grand Canyon’...


A spectacular one-day ride through truly iconic country, between Alexandra and Roxburgh Dam along the Clutha Mata-au River is a Central Otago cycle trail worth exploring. 

Opportunities to discover well preserved mining relics set within an imposing and inspiring landscape will appeal to a wide range of people looking for a great one day ride, perfect for any time of the year. 

From bluffs rising almost 350m on either side of the river at its most dramatic, the trail is described as New Zealand’s own ‘Grand Canyon’.  The colour palette is amazing!  In late spring, the hillsides are covered in purple with flowering wild thyme, in summer the blue green of the Clutha River is in graphic contrast to the grey schist rock outcrops and in autumn the willow trees on the waters edge turn brilliant gold.   Look for the New Zealand native falcon, the Karearea who has made its home in this spectacular gorge.

The trail’s proximity to the Otago Central Rail Trail and the Clutha Gold Trail will also ensure that visitors to the area will have the opportunity to experience even more of Central Otago’s unique scenery.

  For more information about the Roxburgh Gorge Trail, click here to view the New Zealand Cycle Trail website. 

Distance: 34 km    
Fitness:  Beginner


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