Clyde to Clyde, 3 days / 2 nights
What you can get:
Cycle the Roxburgh Gorge / Clutha Gold Trails over 3 days (4 – 6 hours cycling a day)
What it will cost:
There are three grades of accommodation, generally all accommodation includes a continental breakfast. The exact price will depend on the accommodation that is available and suitable for your group.
Standard Accommodation (mainly share bathrooms)
Superior Accommodation (ensuite/own bathroom)
Accommodation is based on twin share and single supplements will apply for single travellers wanting their own room.
The trail finishes in Lawrence .You have the choice of continuing on to Dunedin by public transport or returning to Queenstown via Clyde by shuttle bus. You just need to let us know your preference and we will advise the cost and add it on to your tour.
This itinerary is a guideline only and can be tailor-made to suit your group. Additional days and activities are easily added.
PRE-TOUR OPTION – STAY A NIGHT IN HISTORIC CLYDE
We recommend you arrive in Clyde (Population 1000) the morning or afternoon before your ride. Relax, unwind and explore this delightful historic town. The small but eclectic retail precinct has Art Galleries, Home-wares stores, specialist food-stores and an artisan ice cream shop. The range of restaurants is second to none with at least 5 choices of places to eat; from casual fine dining to an outstanding local takeaway. Visit the Clyde Museum and Herb Factory, enjoy one of the short walks or visit local artists. We fit your bikes on arrival so they are ready for you the next morning. Alternatively add an extra day’s hire to explore the local vineyards on your bike. Stay the night, so you are rearing to go the next morning after breakfast.
DAY 1 – CLYDE TO ROXBURGH DAM – 36 KM also 13 KM Boat ride
Your Roxburgh Gorge / Clutha Gold Trails adventure starts at our Bike It Now! depot in Clyde.
We fit your bikes and then enjoy a complimentary drink while we run through our tour briefing.
You then cycle the river route to Alexandra, joining the Roxburgh Gorge Trail there.
Clyde to Alexandra 12kms
This section of the Trail follows the Clutha River from The Big Red Bridge to the Big Grey Bridge in Alexandra. This is easy single track riding you just need to be aware of other users as it is a walking and cycling track. Our bikes all have bells very useful in this section.
Alexandra to Doctors Point 10kms
This part of the trail begins in Alexandra passing under the Alexandra bridge and beside the historic bridge piers. The Manuherikia River joins the Clutha river and you enter into the gorge within 1km on the track start. Be amazed by the quick transition from urban to remote and the awe inspiring gorge setting. The trail gains height as it makes its way to Butchers Creek (4.1km) where you will see stone walled water races and signs of the old gold mining days. The trail stops beside the boat jetty at Doctors Point. This is where you will meet the boat at a pre-arranged time for a relaxing transfer down the lake to Shingle Creek.
Shingle Creek to Roxburgh Dam 11kms
From the Shingle Creek Jetty you ascend gradually into a more rural setting, passing through small secluded valleys. As you approach the Roxburgh Dam the rugged isolated landscape allows you to take in stunning vistas up and down the lake.
Overnight: Lake Roxburgh Village or a short 9kms down the river to Roxburgh
DAY 2 – COMMISSIONERS FLAT TO MILLERS FLAT – 29 KM
Commissioners Flat to Roxburgh 9kms
Start by crossing over the Roxburgh Dam, turning right to Commissioners Flat. This is the starting point of the Clutha Gold Trail. This part of the trail takes you alongside the mighty Clutha Mata-au Rivers – its distinctive turquoise colour, constant flow and ever changing moods become interwoven with your experience. Look out for signs of the original search for gold and imagine what the hardy settlers faced in the early days.
As you travel downstream you cannot miss the orchards on both sides of the valley creating a splash of colour at every season.
Roxburgh to Millers Flat 20kms
Meander along the riverside and enjoy a break in your journey at Pinders Pond, 5km beyond Roxburgh. There are many things to look out for along this part of the trail, including stunning rock formations both on the hillsides and in the river, and the largest stand of regenerating native Kanuka (tea trees).
Overnight: Millers Flat
DAY 3 – MILLERS FLAT TO LAWRENCE – 44.1 KM
Millers Flat to Beaumont 25kms
This section of the trail takes you from the pastoral farm land and orchards around Millers Flat through the remoteness of the Beaumont Gorge before re-emerging beside the main highway at the Beaumont Bridge. Visit the historic Horseshoe Bend Bridge, and for an added story take a short detour from the Horseshoe Bend Bridge car park up the road to the site of the Lonely Graves.
Beaumont to Lawrence 20kms
From Beaumont you start the climb towards the highest point of the trail and through the Big Hill Tunnel. After the tunnel you descend into lush green farmland connecting with and crossing the highway several times. There are many reminders of the area’s history along the route, including the discovery of gold, milling of flax fibre for rope making around Evans Flat and the arrival of the Chinese prospectors to the goldfields.
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