The Clutha Gold Trail is one of the ‘Great Rides’ of the Nga Haerenga, New Zealand Cycle Trail, a truly unique heritage experience between Roxburgh and Lawrence.

Distance: 73 km | Fitness:   Intermediate

Open year-round, this smooth and wide, well-formed trail requires moderate fitness. Whether you walk it or ride it, this trail is full of variety – from undulating to flat to meandering; there is a journey of discovery around every corner.

No matter which end you start, this trail offers a real rural heartland experience combined with a wealth of gold mining history.  

You will get the sense there are many adventurous souls who have travelled this path before – Maori, the pioneering run holders, the miners and the Chinese.

Be immersed in a tapestry of diverse landscapes from seductively rugged semi-arid dry lands through to lush green contoured farmlands. Almost two thirds of the trail travels alongside the powerful Clutha Mata Au River and its distinctive turquoise colour. And then most of all there are genuinely friendly communities who will take the time to say hello.

The Clutha Gold Trail will take you on a journey of discovery, offering a unique heritage experience set within diverse and stunning landscapes, and with the trails proximity to the Otago Central Rail Trail and Roxburgh Gorge Trail you will have the opportunity to experience even more of Central Otago’s unique scenery and hospitality.

Sections of the Clutha Gold Trail

Be taken on a journey along the trail and discover the fascinating stories of both our place and our past. Begin your own journey at any point along the trail and cycle or walk as much or as little as you like.

Clutha Gold Trail Map

Trail maps for the Clutha Gold Trail are available at Central Otago Visitor Centres and at key accommodation and cycling businesses around the district, or download a map of the Clutha Gold trail.

Transport & Shuttle Services

Before embarking on your journey of discovery, be sure to check out these helpful tips to ensure you keep safe while riding or walking the Trail...  

Safety on the Trail

Before embarking on your journey of discovery, be sure to check out these helpful tips to ensure you keep safe while riding or walking the Trail...

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to all of your questions regarding the Clutha Gold Trail.

Our Villages - Clutha Gold

Take the time to explore our many villages along the Clutha Gold Trail. Enjoy the local character and history along the way at Roxburgh, Millers Flat, Beaumont and Lawrence.

Trail Tags, Passports and Merchandise

Take a look at the range Clutha Gold merchandise and take a piece of your journey home with you, and prepurchase your trail maintenance tags and collectable trail passports.

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