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4 Day Tour

Lake Dunstan, Clutha Gold and
Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail

Multi-day package with Bike Hire, Shuttle Transport, and Accommodation

225 KM | Grade 1-2 | 4 Days

LAKE DUNSTAN TRAIL

Day 1 starts with the Lake Dunstan Trail, a picturesque cycling route nestled in the heart of Central Otago, New Zealand. This stunning trail winds its way along the shores of Lake Dunstan, offering cyclists a perfect blend of natural beauty, rich history, and outdoor adventure.

Stretching over 55 kilometres, the Lake Dunstan Trail meanders through vineyards, orchards, and rugged landscapes, providing cyclists with breathtaking views at every turn. Along the way, you’ll pass through charming towns and historic sites, where you can immerse yourself in the region’s fascinating heritage and warm hospitality.

With well-maintained paths and convenient amenities, including picnic areas and cafes, you can explore at your own pace while soaking in the beauty of Central Otago.

ROXBURGH GORGE TRAIL

Day 2 brings you to the Roxburgh Gorge Trail, a spectacular 34-kilometre trail following the path of the mighty Clutha Mata-Au River, offering cyclists an immersive journey through rugged landscapes, towering cliffs, and tranquil riverbanks.

As you pedal along the Roxburgh Gorge Trail, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and the crystal-clear waters of the Clutha River. Along the way, you’ll encounter remnants of the region’s rich gold mining history and have the opportunity to spot native wildlife in its natural habitat.

CLUTHA GOLD TRAIL

Day 3 and 4 are spent on the Clutha Gold Trail, a 125 kilometre trail which follows the historic route of the Clutha River, winding its way through breathtaking landscapes, charming towns, and remnants of the region’s gold mining past.

As you pedal along the Clutha Gold Trail, you’ll be captivated by the beauty of the surrounding countryside, with its rolling hills, lush forests, and sparkling river vistas. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to explore historic mining sites, quaint villages, and local attractions that showcase the rich heritage of the region.

Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist seeking adventure or a leisurely rider looking for a scenic escape, these three trails offer something for everyone. So, saddle up and immerse yourself in the natural beauty and fascinating history of Central Otago on this unforgettable cycling adventure.

* FREE pick-up from accommodation in Central Queenstown. Additional fees may apply from outside this area.

All packages include

Bike Hire

Shuttle

Helmet

Small pannier

Bottle Holder

Bike Toolkit

Trail Map

Your Itinerary

DAY 1 - 9.30am

Shuttle pick up and bike hire

Start the day with a relaxed drive, leaving Queenstown through scenic highways to the start of the Lake Dunstan Trail. Our shuttle leaves from Gorge Road, or we can pick you up from your accommodation, with bikes ready for you to enjoy your day on the trail.

11am

Smiths Way to Clyde - 58km on the Lake Dunstan Trail

The trail weaves its way along Lake Dunstan, with places to stop and relax or take a swim. Explore the galleries, cafés and stores at Cromwell’s Heritage Precinct.

Enjoy views over vineyards and the striking blue waters from the Bannockburn Bridge. Here you have the option to cool off with a splash at the designated swimming spot or stop at the Carrick Winery.

From here you head into the stunning Cromwell Gorge with its unique natural and historic manmade features. As you head into Clyde you pass NZ’s third largest hydro dam.

Day 2 - 9.30am

Clyde to Roxburgh - 42km on the Roxburgh Gorge Trail

Follow the Clutha River downstream from Clyde, past the historic Earnscleugh Tailings to Alexandra.

As you leave the urban environment of Alexandra and enter the backcountry wilderness, take in the inspiring colours of Central Otago, and the stone walled terraces remaining from the days of gold mining. On arrival at Doctors Point, transfer to your pre-booked jet boat for the next section of the gorge.

Enjoy a 45min boat ride down the Clutha Gorge while being entertained by commentary on the historic gold mining heritage of the gorge.

Pass through regenerating Manuka groves and rural farmland as you wind you way along the edges of Lake Roxburgh to the Roxburgh Dam, and on to Commissioners Flat. From here, continue your biking adventure from the end of Lake Roxburgh onto the historic Central Otago town of Roxburgh where you will find a choice of cafe’s or stop and enjoy some of the region’s famous stone fruit.

Day 3 - 9.30am

Roxburgh to Lawrence - 63.7km on the Clutha Gold Trail

Start your journey riding past orchards and the stunning blue waters of the mighty Clutha River. Take a detour across the bridge to the Roxburgh township for refreshments.

From here the trail meanders along the river past Pinders Pond (5km from Roxburgh), which is a safe swimming spot enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
*Note – swimming in the Clutha River itself is NOT recommended

Enter the Beaumont Gorge where you ride along quiet, remote country roads and disused railway lines, past the historic Horseshoe Bend Bridge.

From here the trail climbs to its highest point, through the Big Hill Tunnel and emerges out with views over rich green pastures of the surrounding farmland. Keep an eye out for reminders of the area’s rich past, from gold mining to flax making, as you approach Otago’s first gold rush town – Lawrence.

Day 4 - 9.30am

Lawrence to Waihola - 62km on the Clutha Gold Trail

This newly opened section of trail allows riders to continue their journey on past Lawrence, through the small town of Waitahuna and onwards to Milton, discovering interesting former rail tunnels and reserves along the way.

The last section of trail takes you through picturesque farmland to the small lakeside town of Waihola where you can congratulate yourself on completing this epic biking journey.

2pm

Return Shuttle

Our shuttle will pick you up and take you back to your Queenstown accommodation so you can rest your legs and enjoy the scenery on your journey.

Your Itinerary

DAY 1 - 9.30am

Shuttle pick up and bike hire

Start the day with a relaxed drive, leaving Queenstown through scenic highways to the start of the Lake Dunstan Trail. Our shuttle leaves from Gorge Road, or we can pick you up from your accommodation, with bikes ready for you to enjoy your day on the trail.

Approx 11am

Smiths Way to Clyde - 58km on the Lake Dunstan Trail​

The trail weaves its way along Lake Dunstan, with places to stop and relax or take a swim. Explore the galleries, cafés and stores at Cromwell’s Heritage Precinct.

Enjoy views over vineyards and the striking blue waters from the Bannockburn Bridge. Here you have the option to cool off with a splash at the designated swimming spot or stop at the Carrick Winery.

From here you head into the stunning Cromwell Gorge with its unique natural and historic manmade features. As you head into Clyde you pass NZ’s third largest hydro dam.

Day 2 - 9.30am

Clyde to Roxburgh - 42km on the Roxburgh Gorge Trail

Follow the Clutha River downstream from Clyde, past the historic Earnscleugh Tailings to Alexandra.

As you leave the urban environment of Alexandra and enter the backcountry wilderness, take in the inspiring colours of Central Otago, and the stone walled terraces remaining from the days of gold mining. On arrival at Doctors Point, transfer to your pre-booked jet boat for the next section of the gorge.

Enjoy a 45min boat ride down the Clutha Gorge while being entertained by commentary on the historic gold mining heritage of the gorge.

Pass through regenerating Manuka groves and rural farmland as you wind you way along the edges of Lake Roxburgh to the Roxburgh Dam, and on to Commissioners Flat. From here, continue your biking adventure from the end of Lake Roxburgh onto the historic Central Otago town of Roxburgh where you will find a choice of cafe’s or stop and enjoy some of the region’s famous stone fruit.

Day 3 - 9.30am

Roxburgh to Lawrence - 63.7km on the Clutha Gold Trail​

Start your journey riding past orchards and the stunning blue waters of the mighty Clutha River. Take a detour across the bridge to the Roxburgh township for refreshments.

From here the trail meanders along the river past Pinders Pond (5km from Roxburgh), which is a safe swimming spot enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
*Note – swimming in the Clutha River itself is NOT recommended

Enter the Beaumont Gorge where you ride along quiet, remote country roads and disused railway lines, past the historic Horseshoe Bend Bridge.

From here the trail climbs to its highest point, through the Big Hill Tunnel and emerges out with views over rich green pastures of the surrounding farmland. Keep an eye out for reminders of the area’s rich past, from gold mining to flax making, as you approach Otago’s first gold rush town – Lawrence.

Day 4 - 9.30am

Lawrence to Waihola - 62km on the Clutha Gold Trail​

This newly opened section of trail allows riders to continue their journey on past Lawrence, through the small town of Waitahuna and onwards to Milton, discovering interesting former rail tunnels and reserves along the way.

The last section of trail takes you through picturesque farmland to the small lakeside town of Waihola where you can congratulate yourself on completing this epic biking journey.

2pm

Return Shuttle​

Our shuttle will pick you up and take you back to your Queenstown accommodations o you can rest your legs and enjoy the scenery on your journey.

Trail Maps

We’ve created a set of maps to help you along your journey, free to use.

Easy pricing

We like to keep it simple! Our bike packages include everything you’ll need for a great day on the trail – a selection of bikes to hire for the day, a return shuttle to and from Queenstown, and a few extras at no additional cost!

BIKES Bike Shuttle TOTAL
eBike
$110
$150
$260
Comfort eBike
$110
$150
$260
Mountain Bike
$60
$150
$210
Kids eBike
$80
$100
$180
Kids Mountain Bike
$40
$100
$140
EXTRAS Price per day
Baby Buggy
$40
Gel seats
FREE
Large Panniers
FREE
Helmet
FREE
Bag Toolkit
FREE

FAQs

Yes. This well-maintained trail caters to riders of varying skill levels, providing a perfect blend of challenging ascents and exhilarating descents.

We recommend eBikes for people who don’t regularaly bike as there are some steep inclines, but they are easy enough to walk up!

Yes! We recommend this trail for anyone between 7 – 80+ years old. Our range of Specialized kids bikes mean the whole family can enjoy a day out on the trails.

Kristin McGill
Kristin McGill
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We have just completed a fantastic day on the Dunstan Trail thanks to Mike and Queenstown Bike Hire. We were picked up at our accommodation in Queenstown and driven to Cromwell by Mike who shared great conversation and local insight along the way. Our ebikes were excellent and the pannier pack provided was very handy for carrying our lunch and the wine we purchased along the trail! When we reached Clyde, Mike was waiting for us to drive us home. Such a great day. Friendly, efficient, accommodating, and professional - highly recommended!
Shaun and Jane Chisnall
Shaun and Jane Chisnall
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Totally stoked with our tour today!! Mike was super accommodating, friendly and helpful! Beautiful ride on the Lake Dunstin trail. The E-bikes provided we’re AWESOME!
Matt King
Matt King
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Amazing experience, first time users of ebikes, we had such a good experience with Mike, his team were so good as we did not want to cancel due to bad weather so they worked with us to make sure we could still get a trip in. He came to pick us up at our arrived destination at the end of the bike trip early just in case we had got too wet due to the rain. Mike packed the bikes for us so we could dry out in the warm van then he waited while we went to a cafe to have lunch, and was happy to wait for as long as we wanted. Mike gave us suggestions for future trips based on our ability. Highly recommend this company, we will certainly be using again.
Six8five
Six8five
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Our family of three did the Arrowtown to Queenstown bike trail. We thought we couldn’t do it, as we hadn’t ridden a bike for over 10 years…but we did it! thank god for E bikes haha! It was a great, enjoyable family day out with beautiful views
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