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Level: Beginner
Length: 45 mi (72.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: -
Total: 1 riders
 

Mountain Biking Clutha Gold Trail

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#75 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#6423 in the world

The first half of Clutha Gold Trail follows the mighty Clutha River through semi-arid, rugged landscapes from the Roxburgh hydro dam to Beaumont. Then it vers east as the landscape mellows until you're in the fertile rolling hills of Lawrence, a quaint historic village where gold was first discovered in New Zealand in 1861.

The trail was recently constructed specifically for mountain biking and walking. It's wide, smooth, easy weather-proof surface is the best of any New Zealand trail. It is a "family-scenic-historic" style ride, generally done over two days. It was built and is looked after by a non-profit trust which charges $25 per rider or $50 per family which also covers the Roxburgh Gorge Trail.

There are plenty of accommodation options along the way and shuttles too. Your best bet for more information is to talk to the good people at the Lawrence Information Centre: http://www.lawrence.co.nz and you should check out the trail website: http://www.cluthagold.co.nz.

Before you go
  • Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
At the Roxburgh end the trail starts on the north side of the hydro dam.
At the Lawrence end the trail starts right on the western (Central Otago) end of town as you drive through on highway 8.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Lawrence, New Zealand

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  • Jim Cummings
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    It's a great ride for all the family without a bump or a steep hill! You'll love the blue waters of the Clutha and the gold mining history. And there is the adventure of going through the "Big Hill Tunnel" - be sure to bring a torch!

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