Clutha Canyon

Combine the mighty Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge trails into an action-packed 3 day adventure. These cycle trails offer some of the best scenery and insight into the history of Central Otago and New Zealand. You’ll follow in the footsteps of the early gold miners and take a fast-paced jet boat through the Roxburgh Gorge. This bike tour covers the Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge cycle trails at a moderate pace and is one of the best ways to experience New Zealand’s history and nature.

Clutha Canyon Cycle Tour Highlights

  • A historic expedition following in the footsteps of the early gold miners – you can still see their stone huts built into the steep canyon walls.
  • Cycle the highlights of 3 amazing cycle trails – Lake Dunstan, Clutha Gold and the Roxburgh Gorge.
  • Learn the history of the area and imagine what life was like for the early pioneers in this harsh landscape.
  • Enjoy a thrilling jet boat ride through the central gorge of New Zealand’s largest river
  • Fully supported – your tour guide takes you to the cycle trails, sets you up on your bike and explains where to ride. You can enjoy the trails at your own pace.
  • All inclusive – all meals, accommodation, bikes and transport included in the price.


3 Days / 2 Nights

Start / Pick-up


Finish – Drop-off


See below for dates and prices


  • 3 days riding on the Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge cycle trails.
  • 2 nights accommodation at a boutique country lodge with an excellent restaurant.
  • Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel in Queenstown and all transport on tour.
  • Your choice of a high performance e-bike, or mountain bike at no extra cost.
  • Jet boat ride through the Roxburgh Gorge.
  • Meals included:
    • Day 1: Dinner
    • Day 2: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • Day 3: Breakfast and lunch
  • All meals are high quality made with fresh local produce. Lunches may include either cafés or our famous make-your-own picnics.
  • Our expert local tour leaders provide insight and background on the areas you visit and show you how to use your bicycle and equipment.
  • Full vehicle support – in case you ever want to take a break from riding or skip a section.
  • Unlimited snacks provided – fresh fruit, nuts muesli bars, sweets and chocolate-coated coffee beans!
  • Drinks breaks provided on the trail – selection of teas, plunger coffee and bottled water.


  • Any alcohol, drinks or coffees in restaurants or cafés.

Clutha Canyon Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Pick-up from your accommodation in Queenstown. We start with a lovely ride around the edge of a lake and beside a river before taking you to your lodge accommodation for dinner.
  • Day 2 – Ride the Clutha Gold cycle trail, stopping for a picnic or café lunch along the way (depending on the weather). We may have time for a scenic walk in the evening before dinner with lovely views over the valley.
  • Day 3 – Today is a major highlight. From high above the dam, the trail descends into the canyon and skirts along the walls into the Roxburgh Gorge. After around an hour or so, the trail comes to a jetty from which you take a jet boat ride through the central canyon. Back on your bikes, you follow the river to finish at one of NZ’s most impressive feats of engineering – the Clyde dam. After a final celebratory lunch, we deliver you back to Queenstown in the late afternoon.

* Please note this itinerary is indicative only and subject to change depending on the conditions and group.

  • Choose between a high performance e-bike or a mountain bike or at no extra cost. Both are excellent but the e-bike is easier!
  • Pick-up/drop-off from alternate locations can be arranged upon request. We attempt to accommodate all requests but depending on the location, this may involve additional cost.
  • Private bike tours can be arranged for groups. Price will be subject to availability of accommodation and number of people booking. Please let us know your dates and requirements.


Start DatePriceSingle SupplementStatus
19/11/2020 $1395 $175 Sold Out
10/12/2020 $1395 $175 Sold Out
21/01/2021 $1395 $175 Sold Out
11/02/2021 $1395 $175 6 spaces left
18/02/2021 $1395 $175 6 spaces left
04/03/2021 $1495 $150 Sold Out
11/03/2021 $1395 $175 spaces left
25/03/2021 $1395 $175 6 spaces left
01/04/2021 $1395 $175 Sold Out
15/04/2021 $1395 $175 4 spaces left

Prices are per person and based on twin share (twin or double) room accommodation.
Individuals wanting a private room to themselves will be asked to pay a “Single Supplement”. 
Please note we require a minimum of 4 people booked to guarantee a departure. 
Prices are in NZD and include GST.

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