The trail offers cyclists and walkers an a 40.km ride (Grade 2-3) through unique and fascinating landscapes so characteristic of Central Otago as it journeys along Lake Dunstan, the Kawarau River and the mighty Clutha River Mata-au.
The trail follows the true right of The Kawarau River from Old Cromwell Town to Bannockburn, and then through the gorge to the Dunstan Arm Rowing Club, near Clyde. Work started in June. 2019… The trail forms part of 536km of new trails connecting Cromwell to other Central Otago, Queenstown and Wanaka trails.
The 40.2km trail is part of the $26million New Zealand Cycle Trail Project, funded by the Government, the Central Lakes Trust and the Otago Community Trust.
The trail was officially opened on the 8th of May with a ONE way ride from Clyde to Cromwell. After the official opening, the lead group departed Clyde at 10am.
From the 9th May onwards the trail has been able to be ridden in both directions.
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Two contractors (Wilson and Keen and M3) have done the bulk of the trail construction. A third contractor, Cliff Care, has also been involved in trail construction, along with rock scaling and clip-on bridge work.
|CYCLING DISTANCE FROM OLD CROMWELL TOWN BANNOCKBURN INLET 7KMS GRADE 2|
|Following the Kawarau arm of Lake Dunstan to the Bannockburn bridge, you will have amazing vistas across the lake to Bannockburn vineyards and the next section of trail which loops back round on the opposite side. Along the way there are sections where the land has been reshaped in the search for gold and then again when the lake was formed.
After crossing the Bannockburn bridge loop around to Bannockburn Inlet where there is a toilet, and parking available. It is possible to return to Cromwell on a trail alongside Bannockburn Road – making for a wonderful short and family friendly day ride.
|CYCLING DISTANCE FROM BANNOCKBURN INLET TO CAIRNMUIR GULLEY 11.3KMS Grade 2-3|
The trail loops around the Bannockburn Inlet which is a popular picnic area with a designated swimming area. As it continues toward Cornish Point it passes by vineyards and olive groves – with views back across to Cromwell and the Heritage Precinct.
|CYCLING DISTANCE FROM CAIRNMUIR GULLEY TO HISTORIC CLYDE 22.6KMS Grade 2-3|
This section requires the most attention and skills as there are narrow sections and more gradient.The aptly named Cairnmuir Ladder, may look daunting but the switchbacks have been designed to a maximum of 6 degree gradient with a 3m minimum radius. This is section contains the highest point of the trail, rewarded with magnificent views which also means exposure to the weather.
A dominant feature at the Clyde end of the trail is New Zealand’s third largest hydro-dam, the Clyde Dam. This was one of the ‘’Think Big” projects driven by the Muldoon led Government to diversify the economy and drive growth. Started construction 1977. The first power was generated in 1992.