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Level: Beginner
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +1,188/1 ft
Total: 1 riders

Mountain Biking Roxburgh Gorge South

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#70 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#5708 in the world

The Roxburgh Gorge Trail is actually two trails with a gap in the middle which must be done by boat. Many people just do both ends as out-and-back trails. This is the south end out-and-back trail which starts and ends near the Roxburgh dam. You go up the gorge for nearly 12 km to the jetty, then return.

The trail is excellent - wide, well formed, smooth and never very steep. But there are a lot of switch-backs and quite a bit of gentle climbing and descending as the trail winds its way along the side of the gorge. The scenery is awesome. The gorge is steep, arid and stark and the blue waters of Lake Roxburgh are always below.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
Head north out of Roxburgh and watch for signs to the Roxburgh Gorge Trail. The turnoff is on your right in about 7km just after the Roxburgh Dam Village turnoff.
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  • Jim Cummings

    It's a rugged gorge - arid, steep and rocky. The trail is well benched as it sidles along the south side of the gorge. It's a great afternoon ride, best enjoyed on a sunny summer day with friends or family or both!

    The Roxburgh Gorge trails are an absolute must-do for casual riders who like their trails mellow, scenic, historic and interesting. There are good operators who will provide bikes, shuttles, advice, accommodation and reassurance for this trail, the Otago Central Rail Trail which precedes it and the Clutha Gold Trail which follows on from it. These three combine to form the best multi-day, easy, scenic biking holiday in the South Island of New Zealand.

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