The 34km Roxburgh Gorge Trail starts in Alexandra and follows the Clutha Mata-au River through the Roxburgh Gorge to the Roxburgh Dam, linking with the Otago Central Rail Trail and the Clutha Gold Trail.
The Roxburgh Gorge Trail is a spectacular one-day ride between Alexandra and the Roxburgh Dam along the Clutha Mata-au River. Within a short distance from Alexandra the trail heads into the gorge. Along the trail are old schist huts built into the rock by Chinese miners and the remains of two small mining settlements.
The Roxburgh Gorge has been described as New Zealand’s own “Grand Canyon”. Opening up this gorge, which has no road access, will open up access to a truly iconic environment. Near Roxburgh Dam the hills become less steep and the swirling currents of the river are replaced by the still waters of Lake Roxburgh.
The opportunity to explore well preserved mining relics set within an imposing and inspiring landscape will appeal to a wide range of people looking for a great one day ride.
The trail’s proximity to the Otago Rail Trail and the proposed Clutha Gold Trail will also ensure that visitors to the area will have the opportunity to experience even more of Central Otago’s unique scenery.
The trail starts from Alexandra, with a car park located on Poplar Grove, which is off Earnscleugh Road on the Bridge Hill side of the Clutha Mata-au. It will end at the Roxburgh Dam, 8km north of Roxburgh.