The Clutha Gold Trail is an easy 2-day ride with stopovers at either Millers Flat or Beaumont villages. Accommodation is available at Millers Flat and Beaumont along with a range of farm home stays along the route. Accommodation is also available at either end of the trail at Lake Roxburgh villiage, Roxburgh and Lawrence towns.
The Clutha Gold Trail will offer a unique heritage experience along the mighty Clutha Mata-au River then through the Beaumont Gorge, branching off into the verdant valley’s of the historic gold mining town of Lawrence.
To enhance the experience, stories showcasing the area’s history of early Maori moa hunters, Chinese gold miners, European pastoral farming, mining and rail histories, as well as updates on local orchards, and arts and culture will be provided.
The trail forms part of an extensive network of Great Rides in Otago and, once the trail is completed, is intended to link directly with the well known Otago Central Rail Trail via the proposed Roxburgh Gorge Trail which will follow along the true right bank of Lake Roxburgh to the Roxburgh Dam. It will be achievable for most fitness levels.
Linking with the proposed Roxburgh Gorge Trail, the first 50km section of the Clutha Gold Trail will start at the Lake Roxburgh Dam upstream from the Central Otago historic gold mining town of Roxburgh. The trail will then follow the Clutha Mata-Au River and pass through the Teviot District and Millers Flat to reach the rural town of Beaumont.
Funding for a second section of trail, from Beaumont village inland from the Clutha Mata-au River to Lawrence continues to be under review but is expected to be confirmed in the near future.
The trail is accessible from either end. From Dunedin city and airport a one hour car journey along State Highway 1 via Milton to Lawrence. Alternatively access to Roxburgh is a two hour drive from Queenstown airport via Cromwell and Alexandra.
For riders wanting to attempt a near circuit of Otago, leave Dunedin via the Taieri Gorge Excursion Train, then bike the 150km Otago Central Rail Trail, then boat Lake Roxburgh or ride the proposed Roxburgh Gorge Trail from Alexandra to join the Clutha Gold Trail at the Roxburgh hydro dam. End your bike ride at Lawrence and take a further one hour car trip to Dunedin.