Alexandra / Clyde | Cycling and Mountain Biking

Nestled in the expansive Manuherikia Valley surrounded by majestic block-mountains is the commercial hub of Alexandra. Experience the drama of its contrasting seasons – blossoms in spring, the fragrance of wild thyme in summer, the golden glows of autumn and the mystical beauty of winter.

For more information on cycling and mountain biking trails in the Alexandra region, click on one of the links below:

Boot Hill

A short family friendly loop, or cross-country burst with one short switchbacked climb. The trail is located on the outskirts of Alexandra 

Flat Top Hill

One of the newest areas for mountain biking in Central Otago. The trails at Flat Top Hill have been built by volunteers from the local Mountain Bike Club with permission from the Deparment of Conservation. A mix of options allow for a 10km loop that returns to Butchers Dam, or a challenging descent into the Roxburgh Gorge.

Hawksburn Road

The Hawksburn Road, known to locals as the Pylon Road is a trail that offers a mixture of mainly 4WD gravel roads, some tar seal, and some very steep climbs, but if you’re fit and love an adrenalin rush and the vast open spaces– do it: you won’t be disappointed.​

Old Man Range

The Old Man Range has nothing higher between it and the South Pole. For cyclists interested in an adrenalin rush, this ride will be unforgettable and the views breathtakingly beautiful, so make sure you pack your camera.

Alexandra to Clyde 150th Anniversary Track

This easy cycle ride for the whole family takes you along the true right banks of the powerful Clutha Mata-au River between Alexandra and Clyde. Expect to see walkers, joggers out for their daily constitutional.

Alexandra to Butchers Point

Here the trail takes you through a steep rocky gorge, with no other access than the old bridle path, winds down beside what are now the upper reaches of Lake Roxburgh Gorge. This rugged, lonely landscape has an ethereal beauty that envelops you into its own world. 
Planning
Otago Central Rail Trail
Discover New Zealand's Original Great Ride - The Otago Central Rail Trail is a relaxing 4-5 day ride through big sky landscapes and through historic townships. Read More

Roxburgh Gorge Trail
Explore New Zealand's Grand Canyon - The Roxburgh Gorge Trail is a unique one day experience. Described as 'Another World' this 34km trail includes a unique jet boat transfer. Read More

Clutha Gold Trail
A 73km journey of discovery through a tapestry of diverse landscapes from seductively rugged semi-arid dry lands through to lush green contoured farmlands that follow powerful Clutha Mata Au River. Read More

Cycling & Mountain Biking Trails
Central Otago boasts a diversity of cycling and mountain bike trails that beckon the cyclist to experience the freedom and the joy of getting off the beaten track. Read More

Getting to Central Otago
The Central Otago region is located in the middle of the South Island of New Zealand. A scenic a 1hr drive from Queenstown International Airport and accessible via road from Dunedin & Christchurch airports. Read More

Cycle Hire, Bike Rental & Tours
Central Otago has several specialist cycling operators who offer fully escorted tours or individual itineraries. These businesses can hire cycles and organise luggage transfers, accommodation and transport so you can cycle as much or as little as you choose. Read More

Download or request a Cycle Brochure
Download or request a 16-page colour brochure on cycling in Central Otago, featuring some of the region's key trails and inspiring imagery. Read More
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Central Otago NZ - Through Local Eyes
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Central Otago Food & Wine
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