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Level: Intermediate
Length: 21 mi (33.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: -
Total: 2 riders
 

Mountain Biking Roxburgh Gorge Trail

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#53 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#4791 in the world

The trail hugs the edge of Lake Roxburgh from Alexandra to the Roxburgh dam. This hydro lake winds its way through a fairly steep sided gorge surrounded by the stark, arid and rocky landscape of Central Otago. There is some historic interest along the way as the area was mined for gold in the 1860's and there are some remnants.

Currently there is a gap in the trail part way through so a 12km boat ride adds to the adventure.

The trail was recently constructed specifically for mountain biking. It is firmly in the "family-scenic" category of rides and is wide and easy with a firm smooth surface. It was constructed and is maintained by a non-profit trust which charges a $25 fee per rider or $50 per family.

At the Alexandra end the trail connects to the Central Otago Rail Trail and at the Roxburgh end it connects to the Clutha Gold Trail. These three trails offer a continuous 240km (150 miles) of wonderfully scenic easy riding through unique landscapes.

You'll find more information at: http://www.nzcycletrail.com/roxburgh-gorge-trail. There you'll see that the Roxburgh Gorge Trail is one in a series of rides all over New Zealand oddly called "The New Zealand Cycle Trail". You can check them out at: http://www.nzcycletrail.com.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Riding down river (from west to east), you start in Alexendra. Heading out of town towards Roxburgh you cross the bridge over the Clutha River and immediately pick up the trail which is on the banks of the river right under the bridge.
Starting from the bottom end at Roxburgh you pick up the trail at Roxburgh dam which is a few kilometers upriver from the township.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Roxburgh, New Zealand

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  • Jim Cummings
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    I've ridden the trail from both ends but I haven't done the boat ride in the middle. It includes some interesting sightseeing and visits to historic sites.

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  • Jim Cummings
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    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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  • Jim Cummings
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    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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  • Jim Cummings
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    This is a really neat day ride for the whole family with a jet boat ride part way through.

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