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Lake Dunstan Trail


Lake Dunstan Trail

The Trail

The newest Great Ride – Lake Dunstan Trail is a remarkable and scenic cycling route that winds its way through the captivating landscapes of the Central Otago region in New Zealand. This amazingly-constructed trail links the towns of Cromwell and Clyde. It is part of the ever increasing Central Otago cycling network. It provides great links to our other Great rides, namely Otago Central Rail Trail and Roxburgh Gorge trails

The trail follows the true right of The Kawarau River from Old Cromwell Town  to Bannockburn, and then through the Cromwell 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 ride from Clyde to Cromwell.  After the official opening, the lead group  departed Clyde at 10am.


  • Old Cromwell Town
  • Bannockburn Vineyards
  • Carrick Vineyard for refreshments
  • Amazing engineering on those Cantilevers
  • Coffeafloat
  • Cairnmuir Ladder
  • The Views of Lake Dunstan
  • Historic Clyde

Please note that parts of the trail are in remote terrain with some challenging grade 3 sections which are only recommended for confident and experienced cyclists. To understand what to expect, to help you choose the right section of trail for your ability, and how to prepare for your ride, click this


Check out the LATEST information on the Tourism Central Website, Lake Dunstan Trail

Check out the latest Facebook information from the Trail Experts themselves.

Trail Build

Two contractors (Wilson and Keen and M3) completed 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.


Suggested One Day and Multi Day Itineraries

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Lake Dunstan Trail

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Lake Dunstan Trail